I saw the play in the beginning of December with Pasquale and found his voice rather distracting. He sounded like a radio news announcer, like Bill McNeil from Newsradio. am interested in seeing Avers in the role.
To be out for 3 weeks of a 16 week run with no explanation is not good.
I was there on Sunday night as a last minute going away present for my daughter. It was really quite amazing and very different from what I was expecting. I am so happy that they put the videos up on YouTube. My favorite is "Her Embrace".
re: Actors Playing Instruments Onstage [non-Doyle related] Jan 30
2009, 01:26:47 PM
I have always wondered about this. Knowing how very strict union rules are, if an actor does play an intrument on stage, must they then join the musicians union? And do the rules vary with how often the instrument is used? For example, Doyle's Sweeney vs. Roger in Rent.
re: Is something going on with the ushers at Shrek? Jan 22
2009, 06:24:44 PM
Slightly off topic, but my 10 year old daughter had her winter concert last night, and the lady sitting behind me was talking loud as you please on her cell phone during the concert. Now, I know that elementary school concerts are really tough on the ears, but THAT IS YOUR FREAKING CHILD UP THERE. And if she didn't want to hear hers, I certainly wanted to hear mine.
re: Is something going on with the ushers at Shrek? Jan 19
2009, 10:44:56 PM "To clarify, I have never had static on my headsets from an audience member's cell phone. The phone has to be pretty close to the headset to cause this. If we hear cell phone static, and yes, it is very recognizable, then we all start asking each other who has their phone in their pocket on the same side as their belt pack."
This makes me laugh, because after all of the talk on this message board about cell phones in the theater, it makes it seem like all the people backstage hav
re: Is something going on with the ushers at Shrek? Jan 18
2009, 02:32:42 PM
The majority of people don't know that their cell phones could interfere with the sound equipment (How often does this actually happen?). It might be something that they could mention in the preshow announcement. I bet more people would turn them off.
Also, the only time I have ever seen ushers care about cell phone use before the show or during intermission is when people are recording or taking pictures.
re: Rent Tour Cast Announced Dec 1
2008, 10:45:08 AM
Does anyone know the age of the person playing Mimi? Also, that is almost the same cast that I saw this summer which doesn't make me all that happy. 6 months ago I would have been jumping at the chance to see this again, but now....not so much.
"People don't want to pay money for something they've never seen or heard."
Thats pathetic! True, but pathetic!
I don't know if it's pathetic to be hesitant to pay 100+ dollars for something that they are completely unfamiliar with. It's more like an economic reality.
WINSTON. Aug 18
2008, 04:52:28 PM We're also forgetting that there is a key difference in definition between "watershed" and "ground-breaking". The former implies a division between two phases or periods (in this case, time) while the latter implies literally the breaking of new ground or the creation of something utterly new. Very few pieces of art actually break new ground.
This is taking semantics to extremes. Using your definition of ground-breaking, the only things that are ground-breaking are the
WINSTON. Aug 18
2008, 03:31:11 PM
Well, this thread has pretty much disintegrated into "I hate Rent, so it is awful, overated, and a waste of time" or "I love Rent, so it is the most important piece of art ever created" Either reactions are extreme and ridiculous. People have a tendency to confuse their own personal opinions with facts.
Rent is what it is. When it opened back in 1996, it was hailed as groundbreaking, refreshing, authentic, and of the moment. Now it is familiar and comfortable. Who knows what people
WINSTON. Aug 17
2008, 08:00:14 PM "Winston - your examples are exactly why I believe it's NOT a watershed musical. it was NOT the first musical to deal with aids or homosexuality, and it was NOT the first musical with a drag queen. it was also NOT the first musical to bring teens to the theatre.
Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair did a great job at doing it, first. The whole controversial "rock show" found that young edgy audience. RENT was not the first to do anything you have claimed, Winston. "
re: RENT is not a 'Watershed' musical... Aug 17
2008, 04:25:52 PM
Rent tapped into an audience that many thought unreachable. For the first time in years teenagers were seeing a show not because their parents were going or the chorus was having a class trip. They went because Rent was for them. It also surpassed the success of any rock musical before it even without the benefit of the radio play that Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar had. People were responding to what was happening on the stage, not a familiar tune. I understand the statement about Hair be
re: If Sunset Blvd Returns to Broadway Aug 10
2008, 01:12:51 PM I cast my vote for Adam Pascal as Joe Gillis and for some reason I want to see what Julie Andrews would do with the role of Norma if given carte blanche.
I agree 100% about Pascal as Joe Gillis. Kevin Anderson was by far my favorite Gillis because he had an edgier sound, and Adam Pascal would take that even further.
re: The American Musical. New broadway vs. old broadway Jul 13
2008, 09:57:17 PM "The average theater goer will come and see a show that's based on a movie, book or tv show, but the chances of them coming to see an original plot with original music sung by legit singers is becoming a thing of the past. Now they come to see American Idols....shows based on movies...and so on."
And yet In The Heights is doing very well. Ok, it doesn't really have legit singers (Thank God), but it certainly is original. It has been mentioned several times that in the past show