GYPSY Film Happening Feb 6
2019, 10:50:40 PM
I don’t care if they have to dub her singing old school style—a Melissa McCarthy/Amy Sherman Gypsy is giving me everything I never knew I needed!
Overnight bag into a theater? Feb 3
2019, 04:01:33 PM
The theatre where Choir Boy is playing now has lockers (which all theatres should start to do.)
Bad Theater Behavior Feb 3
2019, 11:30:10 AM
It sounds like an aggressive group. I was at the Lyceum in front of a school group in the mezzanine. They weren’t aggressive, but they used the back of my seat and shoulders as a foot rest. I was so grossed out when the bottoms of ther boots kept resting on my hair. I don’t think they were malicious but it was clear the students and their chaperones just did not know how to behave at a theatre. I would wager to say that most groups like these these are experiencing a broadway show for th
Who would I like to see play MAME? Jan 27
2019, 12:56:33 AM
I really like Sutton as a performer but she seems too...stable for Auntie Mame? If that makes any sense. While she is out of this world talented but I want to feel like the actress playing Auntie Mame is a little quirky and narcissistic in real life.
School Of Rock Closing Performance Jan 23
2019, 11:19:34 AM
I think more eyes were on Broadway that year than any recent year thanks to Hamilton. More people watching the Tonys, etc. I think overall it was good for business all around.
1. Despite cultural stereotypes British musicals tend to be far less sophisticated than American musicals. The best shows in the West End (in terms of musicals) are British productions of American shows.
3. They dont seem to have the same caliber of star performers and history of star performers
Broadway theatre absolutely blows away the West End in almost every aspect. My take on why this happens is because 1.
I think it’s a complex answer but another contributor is in 2013 if a performer missed more than something like 5 or so days of work in a month then their pay would be docked, so you had to “recover” within a certain time in order to keep your full pay. Now they are not allowed to take away some of your wages if you are sick and need more time to recover which would encourage more time off knowing there is no financial penalty.
THE CHER SHOW Reviews Dec 4
2018, 12:27:38 AM
I saw this the other week. I did not hate it at all (also did not love it.) It just made me think, if I were a producer it would make me a little nervous that so much of the show hinges on one (spectacular) performance. What happens when she gets sick, vacations, or it tours? Block’s magnetic performance was (for me) the center focus of the show.
Company London Dec 2
2018, 11:11:40 AM
I have been part of so many productions/pre-productions that Reidel has written about in his column and it’s always confounding how he makes things up or misleads. Sometimes what he says is true but not if it gets in the way of an entertaining column!
Shows that should have made it to Broadway, but never did?? Nov 24
2018, 01:53:24 PM
Roman Holiday, First Wives Club, Tammy Faye Baker Musical w/ Kristen Chenoweth, Soapdish, Romy and Michelle’s HS Reunion, The Sting, Godspell (the first attempt at the revival with Gavin Creel as Jesus), Little House on the Prairie, Nerds, Rebecca, Lone Star Love....
Company London Nov 22
2018, 01:54:28 PM
I saw it a few weeks ago and agree with your observations.
The gender swapping works so well but interestingly enough though the person I saw it with is now the description of the lead (an unmarried 35 y/o New York female feeling pressure to settle down, marry, have kids, etc.) but did not feel connected to it at all. She felt the production chooses staging over investing in the character and I agree. I hope this gets a closer look as well if and when it transfers.
I think they are also trying to make the point that there is a little bit of a “Little Red Hen” situation going on. In many of these labs they hire the best actors because they know they will come up with large amounts of quality dialogue, bits and gags, and even how they are costumed (The Prom and School of Rock come to mind.)
If a show goes on to make millions and millions of dollars through Broadway, tours, regional theatre, licensing, etc. sometimes it is