Riedel: No 'Woods' on B'way Aug 17
2012, 10:51:10 AM
Weighing in on the OT comments about "Giant" in Dallas. I did see the show in Dallas, it was at most three hours, but IIRC it was 2h45m at the first preview.
That said, the audience response was tepid at best, and I think the general consensus (Ignore most Dallas papers, they want something to transfer to Broadway) was that it was an enjoyable-ish evening that needed focusing and re-working.
It also needed a show stopper or two to break up the monotony.
Playbill's Dozen Dream Miss Hannigans Feb 24
2012, 09:33:58 AM
My top choice from their list was Andrea McArdle and then Patti LuPone. I actually rather liked Kathie Lee Gifford as Hannigan.
Givesmevoice- I saw Ellen Harvey play Hannigan at Casa Mañana a few years back (She was actually the only reason I went, having loved her in Mamma Mia!), and she was really fantastic. She played it like a mix of Loudon and Jackie Hoffman.
The big issue I have with Playbill's article is that they keep mentioning Hannigan as a drunk. Aside from th
Replacing Last Midnight With Boom Crunch Feb 24
2012, 09:28:54 AM
The other thing is, Boom Crunch is a breakdown. The Witch isn't crazy, she's just pissed off and wants to take action versus whining and whimpering. She's calling everyone out on what they're doing wrong and how it doesn't make them good, just nice. It ties in the theme of the midnights and is a powerful song when done correctly.
RENT - PLOT HOLE? Feb 23
2012, 02:04:05 PM
I always thought that Maureen knew Angel from being performance artists who probably ran in similar circles.
High Fidelity Playbill Feb 22
2012, 02:25:16 PM
Would it really cost them more since they already have to print the Playbill box in Yellow to do the Yellow on the title?
Liza Minnelli originally supposed to be Roxie in the Chicago City Center Concert? Feb 20
2012, 05:57:58 PM
If that were the case, then Taye Diggs would have been a fill-in for Norbert Leo Butz, Susan Lucci for Bernadette Peters, and numerous others who covered vacations/illness. The fact of the matter is, if you go to IBDB, PlaybillVault, Ovrtur or any other theatre database they are going to be listed as a replacement not a fill-in.
I'd also be willing to bet their contracts state the same thing.
Delayed movie musicals... or ones that never happened Feb 20
2012, 05:55:08 PM
Reba's AGYG actually was supposed to be filmed for television like Peter Pan or Into the Woods. Reba wanted it to have a bigger budget and be a film (likely to get a soundtrack) and they wouldn't do it, so she said no to filming it for TV.
Disney's TANGLED on Broadway? Feb 15
2012, 11:32:54 PM
There are too many sequences that rely heavily on action to ever make it stage-able. Sure, some moments would be doable, and probably very magical, but it wouldn't work as a whole.
And while the story of Rapunzel is in the public domain, the characters in the film as well as it's plot complications and twists are owned by Disney...and the truth of the matter is, since all Disney really kept was "Girl in tower with long hair, witch owns her" and the tears at the ending, it was all the o
What FOLLIES recording would you recommend? Feb 11
2012, 10:52:51 AM
Papermill. Easily the best and most likeable of all the casts, and Donna McKechnie is flawless as Sally. The OBC is my second pick only because of how truncated it is.
NBC Super Bowl Commercial: Feb 6
2012, 02:44:39 PM
I was actually really surprised with Amy Pohler. Not really being a tremendous fan of hers, I was very surprised to see she can carry a tune, and well!
Ann Margret Heading To Broadway?? Feb 4
2012, 08:06:48 AM
I also saw the Whorehouse tour...and I really regret that. Like the others have said, it was not pretty, but I saw it well after she had had the injury and she should have been over it. There's a reason it didn't come into New York like they'd planned.
Her voice was almost gone then, too...so I can only imagine what shape it's in now.