"S. Epatha Merkerson takes the stage as Lola Delaney in Michael Pressman's modestly affecting revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba, now at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre, with three strikes already against her -- at least for those audiences familiar with this 1950 drama. First -- and to some foremost -- she is an African-American woman playing a role clearly meant for a white performer. Inge did not write a drama
"Dreams don’t dissolve into memories in Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Come Back, Little Sheba - they all but drown in sunshine. The inexplicable fondness with which this production looks back on the dusty past, curiously, the perfect reflection of its delusional characters who can’t help but spend their days doing exactly the same thing.
In this way, Michael Pressman’s new production of William Inge’s 1950 domestic tragedy is as id
re: Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/6/2008 Jan 7
2008, 10:20:56 PM
Regardless of contracts, under Equity rules, a producer can close any show with one week's notice. And once a show closes, no actor (or musician or any one else) continues to get paid regardless of how long his contract was (his contract is void as of closing).
Agnes deMille -- Dream Ballet (Oklahoma) Jerome Robbins -- Prologue (West Side Story) Jerome Robbins -- America (West Side Story) Jerome Robbins -- The Rumble (West Side Story) Jerome Robbins -- Tradition (Fiddler) Jerome Robbins -- To Life (Fiddler) George Faison -- The Tornado (The Wiz) Michael Bennett -- Turkey Lurkey Time (Promises Promises) Michael Bennett -- Who's That Woman (Follies) Michael Bennett -- I Hope I Get
re: Bloody Mary is the Jan 6
2008, 08:08:36 PM
Whoa! Why the hell am I being attacked? I said she "APPARENTLY" was a star in her naive Hawaii and that's EXACTLY what Playbill implied:
"Acclaimed Hawaiian actress and chanteuse Loretta Ables Sayre will transport New York audiences to "Bali H'ai" this spring as Bloody Mary in the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific......
Sayre is a prominent Hawaiian entertainer, who has performed at the Halekulani and Kahala Mandarin Oriental hotels, as well as in You
re: Thoughts on The Seafarer- spoiler free Jan 5
2008, 03:49:42 PM
I was pretty much riveted beginning to end and didn't find the beginning slow at all -- the writing had entirely too much richness, depth, character development and humor for me to be bored for one second. Easily one of my favorite theatrical experiences of the the year, by far. I also had zero problem hearing or understanding anyone.
re: Play Recommendations for a B'WAY novice Jan 4
2008, 09:44:05 PM
Under no circumstances, miss AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. It's easily one of the most entertaining, exciting and flat-out superb American plays to come along in a decade.
re: Tough Show Decision... :( Jan 4
2008, 09:04:45 PM
This particular production of SUNDAY is brilliant -- in my opinion even better than the classic original production. This GYPSY is terrific too, but I would personally choose SUNDAY over it, given that you'll very likely get to see another first rate production of GYPSY sometime in the next decade or so. GYPSY continues to be one of the most consistently revived shows in the musical theatre canon (the LuPone version will be the 5th time the show has been on Broadway in the past 50 years, plus
re: CYRANO taped for PBS Great Performances, 1/02/08 Jan 3
2008, 12:28:04 PM
And doesn't the contract for Great Performances only allow for a very limited of broadcasts (2-3?) and no DVD sale? I know that's been the case in the past, so everyone just make sure that their DVR/Tivo/VHS/DVD recorder is properly set.