I won yesterday (on the first shot, never happens!) and we were in F 22 and 24 in the orchestra. Probably the best lottery seats I've ever had - we missed one or two things on the extreme right of the stage - mostly set details - but otherwise perfect view. Had a lot of fun, though I warn you: the joke about "fifty dollar wine" in the opening number is not that far off!
I think it would be a mistake for Beetlejuice to do the opening number, if only because they did it on GMA and Lydia isn't in it. I hope it's at least the ending of Banana Boat, when Lydia finally summons him - "IT'S SHOWTIME!" - into That Beautiful Sound.
I absolutely agree with Brantley the Dearbhla Molloy should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.
As for Best Director of a Musical, I haven't seen Oklahoma but I think Daniel Fish will probably win. I love Rachel Chavkin - she should have won for the Comet - but I don't think she'll take it this year.
I was there on Thursday and really loved it. As I write this I'm realizing that Malloy's choral/a capella songs might be his strongest - "Prayer" in Ghost Quartet, the end of the Comet, etc. I really hope this gets a cast recording.
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I too thought the "Little God" song was a bit weird and long,
Saw the show last night and really liked it, though I think I would have gotten more out of it if I'd known more than a few of the songs. Amber Gray is really something - and quite the dancer, which I didn't anticipate!
I'm glad to hear the show is still in good shape, though I imagine the cast change will have a big impact on the originals' nomination possibilities. Of course Laura Donnelly already won the Olivier, but I really want Dearbhla Molloy to snag a Featured Actress nomination. Her explosion at Thatcher is my favorite part of the play.
Saw this last night and really hated it. Disjointed, insane, repetitive. I understand that to some extent those words could describe the book, but this was just a complete misfire all around. The only numbers I came close to enjoying were the Mad Hatter's and the Queen's, but the Hatter's seems to be gesturing at some comment on PTSD (?). Also, for some reason the Duchess make multiple fart jokes, and one of the birds runs out of his number because he has to pee.
I've actually never been a big Follies fan, but I do like a lot of the more famous numbers. Nothing will ever top Marin Mazzie's Losing My Mind, God rest her.
What do we think of Tracie Bennett's I'm Still Here? I was a little perplexed by the hysterical movement of her performance at the Oliviers, but it's easier to appreciate it on the recording. Those vowels, though. PLOSH velvet sometimes...
After so many years of theatre going, it's inevitable that there are some shows which will slip through the mental cracks. So which shows have you seen that you remember nothing or very little of? For me it's definitely the 2012 revival of Streetcar. I know I was in the front row; I remember Nicole Ari Parker's delivery of the line, "Did he KILL her?" but other than that, complete blank!
Ahrens and Flaherty have posted the following on their FB page:
hey will be dimmed on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 6:45, at the theaters where she performed.
Gershwin (Theater Hall of Fame) Nederlander (Pretty Woman - for Jason) Broadhurst (Enron) digital marquis with her photo Shoenfeld (Passion) St. James (Bullets over Broadway) Hirschfield (Kiss Me Kate or Man of La Mancha)