There's no reason to revive this show. Mercouri was the only reason to see it. She wasn't a great singer or dancer (she sat in a raised chair snapping her fingers while everyone danced around her). At the matinee performance I attended there were a few rows of sailors seated and Mercouri was well aware of them. At one point the 40+ actress appeared in a bikini bathing suit and the sailors cheered wildly with some throwing their hats in the air. She loved every moment and was a o
The Debbie Reynolds' AGYG was excellent. I was never a big fan of Reynolds but she couldn't have been better in the role. I was truly impressed with how powerful her singing voice was plus her characterization of the main role was spot on. Gower Champion's direction was so much better than the last revival.
Why Reynolds didn't take the show to Broadway has been questioned before since it got great reviews when it played the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los A
What, no love for SIDE SHOW? Though I loved the original leads, I thought they did a great job in focusing on a more factually concise script in the revival/ revisal. A pity that a show that received positive reviews flopped twice.
We sat in the first row center orchestra the last time we saw PHANTOM and loved the show from that view. There's quite a distance from the first row to the actual stage so you don't have to worry about being too close. The only thing is you have to look over your shoulder when the chandelier drops however by the time that happens your attention is already drawn to it so it really doesn't matter. I highly recommend row A.
As a young child, I would always ask for theatre tickets to a Broadway show for my birthday and Christmas presents. I wasn't Damien but the week before the show I would always say extra prayers that my grandparents' health would hold up so their funerals wouldn't interfere with attending the show. However, since I've matured, I ceremoniously do what Sondeimite does. I enter the theatre in an altered state and hope for the best.
For try outs, The National Theatre in Washington D.C. as well as the Kennedy Center are pretty popular places to see shows. I was able to see the last performance of MEAN GIRLS at The National and will be doing the same later this year with BEETLEJUICE. And GIGI played the Kennedy Center before it transferred to NY. I regretted LITTLE DANCER didn't go any further yet I noticed it's playing in Los Angeles this coming March.
I've only seen a performer lose their voice twice during a performance. Once was Patti Lupone's last performance in Los Angeles prior to Broadway. By "A New Argentina" she couldn't shout out the lyrics much less sing them. She was replaced for the second act.
But the most interesting evening I had was seeing Barbara Harris in THE APPLE TREE. I enjoyed her performance so much that I returned a second time however it was evident she was in vocal distress from the st
I missed MAME but saw her in CHICAGO and FOLLIES. She was a true triple threat and always lit up the stage. Her dancing as Phyllis was the best I've seen. And as Roxie, Prowse had a great Velma in a very young Bebe Neuwirth. I regret I never saw her in IRMA LA DOUCE. She was wonderful in every thing she did.
Curious here. Has Ariana Grande ever taken Patti LuPone's Master Class in Enunciation? When I watch her perform on TV, I always have to turn on the close captioning feature. She makes Patti sound like Professor Higgins.
Back in her EVITA days I saw at least four different actresses play the title role in the pre-Broadway run in Los Angeles. LuPone by far was the best Eva and got more out of the role than anyone else. Why? Because she had no problem being understood and found more humor in her line readings than anyone else. I'm not sure if she got lazy in her enunciation over the years but at one time she was spot on.