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Profile: I am a working actor and artistic director in Chicago. Top 3 favorites are Sweeney Todd, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Lippa's Wild Party

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What is the best Stage Performance You Have Ever Seen?  Nov 12 2018, 02:33:54 AM

Not much of a poster anymore but felt the need to chime in that Patti in Gypsy and Alan Cumming in Macbeth are probably the  best acting performances I've ever witnessed. Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman was also really something.

Rights to Taboo... the boy George Musical  Apr 3 2018, 12:36:16 PM

Rosie does not control the rights. I'm friends with one of the original broadway cast members and he and I have talked at great length about our joint desire to have a regional production. He said he knows who to contact about it, I believe its one of the producers but sadly dont remember the name he mentioned the last time we talked about it (some months ago). He has also voiced, as previously mentioned in this thread, that George doesnt really want the show produced. It would take someo

2017 TONY Awards Performances  Mar 28 2017, 04:32:10 PM

While Josh won't be with the show any more I still expect him to be heavily featured on the telecast. I expect they will do the prologue into Dust and Ashes. It just makes the most sense. However, I too would love to see them do Balaga or The Duel. I want to see them show off the staging as much as they can. Dear Evan Hansen will do You Will Be Found. Face to Face is a smart choice for War Paint if they perform. I think if Gavin gets a nom as well they'd opt to do Sunday Clothes. An I

HEDWIG TOUR  Mar 27 2017, 02:53:07 PM

I am surprised to hear so much divide on Euan's performance. I thought I was going to be comparing the entire time because I was spoiled and saw JCM's second performance in New York. And while John is forever the ultimate Hedwig, I was enthralled by Euan. Maybe this was one of his "on" nights? His vocals were superb and that lightness in his voice that he displayed effortlessly in Taboo really shined through on Wig in a Box and Wicked Little Town specifically. I found him en

The Humans - Rush/Limited View  Aug 24 2016, 10:29:07 AM

It was my understanding that there is a lottery now but no rush policy anymore? Can anyone confirm what the current policy is, I'm hoping to catch this in December when I'm in town

The Humans at the Schoenfeld  Aug 15 2016, 10:48:41 AM

Glad to hear the show has translated well into the new space for the most part. I am hoping to catch this in December. Did they do away with the rush policy as someone mentioned a lotto?

Which Regional Theatres Do You Think are Overdue for a Tony?  Aug 15 2016, 10:42:42 AM

@Call Me Jorge, I would absolutely NOT award either the Mariott or Drury Lane. The work at both theatres is not only inconsistent but is hardly relevant especially at Mariott. Also Mariott was just involved in a racial casting controversy.  If Paramount continues to do the amazing work they have been then maybe in 15 years they could be fitting of the honor but they are far too young and new for consideration,.

Shows where you prefer a different recording from the original?  Aug 12 2016, 10:20:53 AM

I think in general I tend to prefer the revival recordings of most shows due to the better sound quality. That said there area  few that stand out for both sound and performance.

Hair - in my opinion the revival recording is definitive


The Color Purple


Cabaret (9

Company (solely because of Raul)

The 1985 Follies Concert


How many people on these boards work in theatre?  Aug 10 2016, 10:29:29 AM

Going on 5 years as a regionally based actor. Also a freelance critic for a minor publication. Currently working on starting a theatre company

Sleep No More is AMAZING  Jul 25 2016, 10:49:43 AM

I have been twice: 2012 and 2013. The first time for me was electric. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. The second time I went back I had 4 one on ones! It was such a personal experience and remains one of if not the best theatrical experience I've ever had. I was considering revisiting the show this December but it sounds like while its exciting for new attendees it just lacks the "it" factor it once had. Sad to hear that, I think I'll just live with the ste

WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 20 2016, 10:51:21 AM

@Kaylee the first time I saw the show i liked the song. It was amusing. But upon seeing it a second time it felt like sentiments neither of these intelligent, albeit hurt men would make. I think the characters do need a song here to say goodbye and exit the story but I just dont think this is the one. I think the praise for the song is that its fun but that doesnt make it right for the story.


@KnewitwhenIwasinfront I think the men are absolutely vital the to the story. Th

WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 19 2016, 10:23:05 AM

Was at the opening last night. It was a very special evening. Upon a second viewing I think Dinosaurs and Better Yourself both need to be re written. I disagree that some are finding the show generic. I found it to constantly be about the one upmanship of each woman on the other. I think the show does an excellent job of portraying that. Some tightening and minor re-writes will likely be done between here and new york but i agree on all the praise the score and the cast are receiving. Those a

Company at The Writers Theater  Jul 15 2016, 10:15:14 AM

I have not gone to see it based on the opinion of several theatrical colleagues that I trust. Apparently there are some bizarre staging choices going on in the show. I do hope you can enjoy the show, but with a constantly long list of things to see in this town I was told it was a very strong show to pass on.

Chicago HAMILTON cast announced  Jul 14 2016, 10:51:17 AM

@theatrenerd is it wrong to hope? Of course not. I am sure that if Karen had wanted to go to broadway she could have. I believe the proximity of chicago to madison played a part in it. I am thrilled we will get to see her. I expect her to be the highlight of the chicago run. However, I am part of the camp that finds Alex to be less than thrilling casting. I typically find him wooden on stage with the exception of his work in Violet which I did love. So i agree this will be time to see how the

WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jul 14 2016, 10:10:24 AM

I saw it last night. I imagine by friday the show will be frozen if it isnt already to prepare for the opening on monday. Sure a few minor tweaks will be needed between now and New York but I thought it was a wonderful evening of theatre. Both women were in top form. I agree with the assessment many have made that Ebersole's Arden is a little more eloquent and restrained wheras Patti's Rubenstein is quick witted and brash. Dossett and Sills do hold their own against both women, and wh

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?  Jul 11 2016, 11:19:10 AM

To those asking about Jeffrey, he mostly teaches/coaches now (thats how I know him, hes an excellent coach) but he works when a project he's interested in comes about. He was in Measure for Measure at the Goodman a couple years ago and recently this past spring was in Cymbeline at Yale Rep

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?  Jul 7 2016, 10:49:33 AM

What a wonderful thread. I havent had the chance to see a production live, however I happen to be friends with both the actor who originated the role of the son on Broadway and the actor who played the role in the wonderfully received Remmy Bumppo production here in Chicago previously mentioned. I remember reading the play a few years back and being floored. I dont know that I've ever read a play as quickly as I did when i first opened the script. I think it is easily a top 3 work for Alb

WAR PAINT - Pre-Broadway Thread  Jun 29 2016, 11:24:31 AM

So exciting to hear strong buzz coming from the first preview. I am sure with David Stone attached it will be transferring.  Ill be there July 13 and this has only built my anticipation. Thanks for all the early details Whizzer!

Your Most Prized Theater Item/ memborabilia  Jun 1 2016, 10:57:34 AM

I agree with what several of you have said about the true prize being the memories of performances and indeed how they inspire. As someone who knew early on that I was going to pursue acting there have been performances that stand out to me as the ones that made me want to keep going, keep studying. When I look at my playbills now, the signatures dont represent an autograph but rather the memory of how I felt after, how I had been affected. Ones that stick out to me are Michael Cerveris in Sw

What's the best amateur performance of a musical you have ever seen?  May 24 2016, 10:06:09 AM

@ Sertzo19 - I had many friends in that production of Parade and the affinity they have for it when they talk about it is unlike anything else. Years later, most of that cast is professionally working and they still consider it a highlight of their career.  I wouldnt call Porchlight Amateur in the slightest though, they are an equity theatre employing several AEA performers. They do great work though and I cannot wait for Scottsboro Boys next year.


@MisterMatt I was

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