Happy 75th Anniversary to OKLAHOMA! Mar 30
2018, 03:11:06 PM
Speaking of Oklahoma, next month at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR will present the first ever LGBTQ adaptation of the show. Directed by Bill Rauch, the show has been creatively constructed to include gay and trans characters along with same sex relationships. The festival is known for taking risks, and I can’t wait to see what they do. I have my tickets for June.
Michael Curry was the puppet designer for the cruise ship and theme park productions. And was billed with the creative teams for those productions. As of yeah He has not been billed with this creative team, if I'm not mistaken?
Read the full description of the project! This will not be a fully staged live musical in the sense of NBC or FOX. This is simply a viewing of the animated film with live performances woven in via what they did last year at the Hollywood bowl. Yes, a live action adaptation will still be necessary.
I still prefer the 1994 cast recording. It was much fuller and it's a lovely balance with the Orchestra and Performers. For instance, during Put On Your Sunday Clothes it feels like the ensemble is right there performing the piece with full choreography and in costume. This recording the song feels like a high school show choir gently performing the piece on risers. Not to mention the complete "I Put My Hand In."
Kenny Leon really had no business directing Hairspray. He did a wonderful job with the wiz , but this required a director of much bigger caliber and innovation. Plus the performance by baleo were inconsistent she was not Tracy. Also, I would've much preferred if they had William Ivy long recreate his original costume design for this production. A lot of Maddy's costumes were distasteful.