I saw this the day it happened on a local NYC news channel and believe me, the cast onstage was thunderstruck. I did not like seeing their reaction because it was painful and to learn afterwards that it was orchestrated by Merrick only made it worse. Sorry, but that's not theater .... that's cruelty.
Nathan Lane would be a great Uncle Jocko and I agree with whomever put forward Dove Cameron as Dainty June. I think Anna Kendrick would be a good choice for Gypsy. As far as Herbie, it depends on who plays Rose but I could see Bradley Cooper in the role, though I doubt that would happen.
I'm not going (the subject matter doesn't interest me) but I hope it succeeds for 2 reasons: Jason Tam (I've seen him in several shows and always like his work) and the possibility of bringing a younger audience to theater. I know other shows do that, too, but I always think it's a good thing.
"Whoa, rpvee, it's a bit of a jump to imply racism based on someone's opinion of music. After Eight's opinions may be harsh, even mean-spirited at times, but jumping to a conclusion of near-racism might be a bit of a stretch, in my opinion."
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"What we desperately do not need is music that can only be deemed music in thesense ofan amalgamof notes strung together, with all the appeal of a mud puddle."
Seeing as how the majority of the score is Middle Eastern music (the band numbers) andinfluenced by Middle Eastern music (most of the songs), your comment is borderline racist. Just because a culture’s
My personal favorite of the nominated albums is 'Carousel', but they're all worthy of the award so I can't say I'm displeased that TBV won. Maybe this will lead to more interest in the score and a longer life for the show outside of New York, which would be great.
Huntington Theatre usually has a good subscriber series each year. Another good one is the New Rep Theatre Company in Watertown, just outside of Boston. I agree that the Opera House has good sight lines and is much better than the Wang Barn, I mean Theatre. The Opera House now gets many of the shows that use to go to the Wang, whose gargantuan size is terrible for seeing a show unless your in the center orchestra section.
He was also memorable in the films 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning', 'Murder On the Orient Express', 'Shoot the Moon', 'The Dresser' and 'Under the Volcano'. Every one of those is worth a look. RIP to one of my favorite actors.
For a show with such an unusual premise to have won so many awards and found an audience is quite an accomplishment. I think I admire the show more than I love it, but I love the fact of its very existence and because it tried something different and challenging and succeeded, which is more than can be said for many shows. Thanks to everyone involved for giving us 'The Band's Visit'.
I agree he's a triple threat. He's a solid actor, his dancing is superb and, quite honestly, he has one of the best tenor voices I've ever heard on Broadway. The singing is what really blew me away when I saw OTT because it was so unexpected.
I've seen him in 'A Chorus Line' and 'On the Town' and was very impressed. His singing & dancing were superb. He's doing the American Songbook Series right now after having done 'Prince of Broadway' last year. I hope he's back on the boards someday soon. Anyone else a fan?
BwayGeek2 said: "I would actually love to see Pride and Prejudice as a musical!"
Actually, it already was adapted as a Broadway musical called 'First Impressions' in 1959 (I think) with Polly Bergen and Hermione Gingold. The cast recording is available on Amazon. I'm not crazy about the score and it didn't last long on Broadway but you might like it.
I think Donna Murphy would be superb. Emma Thompson is an interesting suggestion. I also think Christine Ebersole would be terrific. I think Laura Benanti and Sutton Foster still come across as too young for the role in persona but would obviously have the acting/vocal chops to pull it off.
In the 1950's, tickets were $6.60 or $8.80, depending on seat location and performance day/time. In 1979, I purchased tickets for a Friday evening performance of 'Sweeney Todd' from the Uris (Gershwin) Theatre box office for $15.00 apiece. Adjusted for inflation, that would be @ $52.00 today, which is less than the cheapest seats for most shows nowadays.
I do hope there's a rethinking of the staging. In the original show there was a lot of marching-to-the-front-and-forming-a-line-and-singing-at-the-audience stuff that grew tiresome onstage and would be worse onscreen. I think the show is dated but it's still dynamic and the score is memorable so I'm looking forward to it.
Sounds like you saw a poor production but I must say, I saw the original show a year after its Broadway opening and loved it. When I saw it again just before it closed 11 years later, I was surprised at how dated and corny it was and how clumsily it was staged.
I agree Jake Gyllenhaal would be perfect for Joe. He can act AND sing and he's about 38 now so the age range is good. Still, I've never cared for SB as a musical and won't expect much if the movie gets made.
The Golden Globes aren't voted on by the "Hollywood" that votes for the Oscars; it's voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is a much smaller group that is notorious for allowing votes to be swayed by outside influences. This is why the Globes often fail to recognize obvious choices and their credibility in the industry is second-tier.