Again, I'm speaking from a place of ignorance about this particular piece, not having seen the material presented traditionally, but I do think it's interesting, Whizzer, to consider whether a production can be successful even if it doesn't capture the intent of the writer. Is it possible to consider that this production's success (to some!) shows off even more clearly the underlying strength of the material in that it shows that the piece can sustain such radical reinvention
I'm encouraged by the reports. Sounds like it's transferred pretty much intact from St. Ann's. I worried that the bigger space (though possibly smaller playing area?) would swallow it up.
For perspective, I didn't know Oklahoma going in. A few of the songs, sure, but not the plot of the show. And what I found was, to me, a chilling, extraordinary look at the early American West with all of its misogyny, violence, and desperation at the core of this v
It's interesting to me that so many find Kelli miscast in this. I understand it, though I didn't feel the same way. To me, she brought some much needed subtlety to a part that almost begs to be overplayed. Now, I love a hammy actress, but her decision to tone her Kate down, for me, rooted the production in a feeling of genuine fondness between the two leads. It wasn't sizzling hot chemistry, but it had the lived-in quality of a relationship that's put both folks through the ri
Be More Chill definitely was affected by not only opening night comps but also all press comps throughout the week leading to opening. It's still dicey how it will do given that each week of previews saw a sharp drop in income, but this show has surprised me before, so I don't think anything is a given.
On the other hand, it's starting to look like the writing is on the wall for King Kong and The Prom, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Waitress, Beautiful
I think there's something happening here where people equate an audience around them being audibly into a show that they personally don't like as being obnoxious. You're noticing it more because you're not invested. It happened with me at War Horse--gasps at the horses, huge ovations at the end of the first act and the show itself. Clapping throughout for the puppets. I wasn't mad at the audience for loving it so much as I was frustrated that I didn't connect to it as
uncageg said: "But isn't the appeal and the point of live theatre seeing something that never can happen again?
100 times over. THIS. These are performances that casts, directors, and designers work so incredibly hard on to make sure that they will be experienced fully and LIVE. Bootlegs are an insult to everyone who worked to build a performance for the theater, and they're a slap in the face to anyone who didn't give their consent to h
Why did MEMPHIS not run longer? Jan 14
2019, 09:55:35 PM
I truly cant pass this thread by without commenting on what got garbage this show was. The racial politics were troubling at best, and even if you werent offended by it, I cant imagine how one could be interested in it. In a year that gave us Fela and American Idiot, which were divisive but at the very least also ambitious, its horrifying that this POS won Best Musical. I wouldve given it to Fela (along with Best Book), and Best Score should have gone to a play for the first timeBranford Marsali
I'm so thrilled for this show. It was one of my faves last year. Besides being incredibly smart and thoughtful, it blended deeply moving stories with some very funny material. And what was so surprising and wonderful about it to me was that it was such an exceptionally hopeful show which, in this political climate, is an incredible gift to the audience.
Because it's not a traditional play, I'm unsure how it will be handled by the Tonys. In the end, I jus
Choir Boy Reviews Jan 8
2019, 11:02:17 PM
Green managed to write a critics pick review that feels like it will make people want to skip the showa shame as I found this tremendously moving. The faults that some reviewers seem to be finding didnt occur to me as faults. No, we dont get to know the secondary characters that well. But the play is never about them.
In any case, its a rich piece, and while not McCraneys very best (The Brother/Sister Plays will be tough to beat), its still one of the strongest and most enjoyable shows
If we're counting shows he wrote lyrics for, we also have West Side Story coming in next year.
I confess that I'm someone who love Merrily with unreserved passion. I don't think it's a problematic piece that needs a strong directorial hand. I honestly think the backwards storytelling is hugely effective and loved the Encores production a few years ago. But I won't be seeing the Roundabout Merrily. I deeply hated the Fiasco Into the Woods. I just
Scotarts, having seen the recent Angels in America production and the recent Torch Song AND having seen The Inheritance...your arguments are absurd. Are you claiming this work is plagiarizing NINE different works AND a person's entire life? By your logic, Angels in America was a rip-off. People died of AIDS in And the Band Played On. Both of Kushner's Angels plays stole their three act structure from Torch Song. There were angels in the BIBLE... And that's barely scratching t
GeorgeandDot said: "Brecht's been doing that for a century now. I believe many call it the isolation effect. This production does the opposite. By bringing modern visuals to a period story that's filled with references to that period, it makes it so that the themes become unavoidable. You can't help but see how it reflects modern American life. This production focuses on the violence on which America was built. By putting the cast in contemporary dress, we see how that fa
Mike Barrett said: "I have never in my life gotten to see a production of Oklahoma but I feel I should at some point. For those familiar with the show, is this a good production for a first time viewing? I can't say Im excited for this show but it is a classic so I must give it a chance."
This was my first experience with Oklahoma, and I thought it was STUNNING. I confess to having been very confused by the ending and needing to look up how the original ended to
Broadway Joe said: "I hope the reports are good because I try to see everything that opens but I have absolutely zero desire to go see this based on the plot summary. "
FWIW, I saw the off-Broadway run a couple years back which shares the same director, design team, and some cast members, and it was a really lovely, moving evening. McCraney is a true talent, and while this wasn’t as strong to me as his Brother/Sister plays, it was still a vibrant, beautifu
Jarethan said: "CoffeeBreak said: "How long do The Prom, Anastasia& Beautifulhave left? Possiblenew spring shows in those theaters ?
RUBEN & CLAY -11.7% oh"
Given the non-advance that The Prom had, I think it is heading in the right direction. If word of mouth builds, this couldbe a sleeper. Itis not the same as HOH, Amazing Grace, Honeymoon in Vegas,Disaster, most of OOTI's run, et al, whose producers kept pouring money down the d
A few moments I'm thankful for in the theater this year:
Having the chance to see Billie Piper's astonishing performance in Yerma. She left it all on that stage. It was brutal; it was shocking; it was beautiful.
Mare Winningham starting to sing "Like a Rolling Stone" facing upstage in Girl from North Country before turning to stare us down for the remaining verses--a beautiful performance and an actor and director willfully not giving you the moment you expecte