I had the questionable fortune of seeing a community theatre production of SISTER ACT recently. The cast was excellent, as was the direction — but the problems in that show were massive, especially in the second act when we stopped so everyone could get a second act solo. By and large, it's a pretty awful adaptation.
"War and Peace" is like "Moby Dick" — a book everyone claims to know but hardly anyone's ever read — and I'll add that MD has never been out of print either. The 57 film is nice, but — by necessity — it's a Coles Notes version. And it's not something seen as a classic film. Even the recent miniseries was a ratings disaster.
Sorry, but for your usual Bway ticket buyer, this was a hard sell. If you're selling it as "War
GavestonPS said: "WAR AND PEACE is "obscure source material"? Surely, that's not what you meant to write, Sean. Even those who chap their lips reading long bookshave had several film versions from which to choose."
And how many peple have actually seen any of them, let alone read the book, let alone the seventy-some-odd pages used to create the play?
You're talking about people who think Dancing with the Stars actually means these people are,
Harold Prince moved CANDIDE from an immersive experience to a proscenium stage, and no one missed a thing. COMET doesnt *have* to be done that way: the show will work as a traditional proscenium presentation as well.
But if these investors really want to go after someone to explain the failure of the run, they might want to look at all the theatrical SJWs who failed to understand that Oak was *not* a name outside New York and that, cutting through it all, this is a business. COMET was
HogansHero said: "SeanMartin said: "And I can speak from personal experience that 829 is a total waste of time and money. It used to have standards that had to be met for membership — now, just write them a cheque (a rather substantial one, at that), and you're in."
You seem to misapprehend the purpose of the union. It is not a guild. "
Thanks for completely missing the point. Time was getting into 829 was one of the harde
And I can speak from personal experience that 829 is a total waste of time and money. It used to have standards that had to be met for membership — now, just write them a cheque (a rather substantial one, at that), and you're in.
Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "Hmm. I haven't seen the movie and I really love what I've heard of the score. Therefore, I can't speak to its dissimilarity to the original "tone." Perhaps this adaptation was meant for those new to Amelie?"
Well, I suppose by that logic one could simply go to Wikipedia, read the synopsis of any film, and then work up an adaption for the stage. After all, why bother seeing what it was that made the film so charming
>> "Its original run in 1998 wasn't awful but wasn't the best either as it ran for about a year and half but it got pretty meh reviews and got only a few tony nominations (and best musical was not one of them) and even though I loved doing it lets be serious the plot and characters (just like the film) in the show aren't very interesting and need a lot of work to make the show good as its pretty much high school rebellion the musical....but what do you guys think?&