Drove up to Barrington to see it. It was abysmal. The poor cast was doing their best to make it funny, but it just wasn't funny... at all. And most of the music was completely forgettable. A complete miss, in my opinion.
This is so exciting! It's easily one of the best things I saw last year. I'm so pleased more people will have an opportunity to see this, and Heidi is absolutely a contender for Best Leading Actress in a Play come Tony time.
Legit just rushed today for the matinee. I got there at 9:40, was the third person in line (the first person wanted the evening, so technically I was the second for the matinee), and got Seat B101 (front row, center section on the aisle). Granted this was for a Wednesday...
little_sally said: "A friend was at the invited dress last night and said Zimmerman was out."
I was going to say... in the highlights clip just posted (presumably from last night's invited dress), Sheila is very clearly played by a brunette girl who is NOT Zimmerman. She also isn't the female swing, so it must be one of the cut dancers from the opening sequence.
I have a weird request for anyone who has seen the show. I just had to leave right before intermission because I was having pretty severe stomach pains. (I'm ok now, so no worries!) Would someone be kind enough to DM me what happens in Act 2? I though Act 1 was fine, but not strong enough to get me to go back and sit through it again just to find out what happens at the end.
Kyle Jean-Baptiste had literally one Broadway credit, and he was performing in that show when he died. Very different circumstances than someone like Mazzie who is a Broadway legend and who doesn't have one particular theatre or role she is "most associated" with.
I love that DidHeLikeIt.com (owned by Ken Davenport) has conspicuously left the shortcut to the reviews off of the main page. You have to click the title in the side bar, and even then the only reviews listed are Jesse Green's negative one and The Wrap's (apparently?) positive one, which doesn't even seem like much of a review.
Honestly, I was disgusted before I even got to Brantley's line about Peppermint. This early line did it for me:
"And its dichotomous nature matches the didactic thrust of a show that celebrates the importance of not being (and pardon me, for trotting out what’s starting to feel like the decade’s most overused word) binary. "
It just reeks of a lack of tolerance, and it was clear that he was going to hate this show no matter what.