For those who don't know this is a new play as part of the Brits off Broadway festival at 59e59 theater. This play imagines what went on during the audiences between The Queen and Margret Thatcher.
I saw the first preview of this last night. I really wanted to love it. Susan Lynskey and Beth Hylton were outstanding unfortunately the play is disappointing and also has been re-written for American audiences which I found disappointing. The new references felt either forced (vague Tru
Even with the cast I say skip this show. I am a big encores fan and never miss a show there, but this one was a doozy.
I think this is the worst show they have done since Irma La douce. The show is a third rate music man plot but felt so shoddily put together. It seemed to amble from a book scene with random musical numbers thrown in. As the older lady next to me put, "the story is just odd." (She didn't stay for act 2)
I saw this last night and loved it! I think the show is in great shape. I'm sad that they couldn't have slotted this in in time for Tony season as I think Audra and Michael would both be contenders. My one criticism is that I think both are a bit too attractive for these characters as another poster mentioned. But still its a fine display of acting from them both.
I think the play is still quite lovely and McNally's dialogue is wonderful. So many funny scenes and I th
I rushed on Sunday got there about 11:45am (15 minutes before opening) and was about 10th in line. I was able to get great side orch seats row L. Perfect for $40!
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I saw this last night for the first preview. Interesting to be back in the Sweeny Todd theater and see the space totally reconfigured.
There was a speech before the show by director Lila Neugebauer explaining that the show had been re-written up until three hours ago and that there was someone available to call for lines if needed. This proved to be unnecessary as no one did.
I have to say I really enjoyed this show. The play could use some more edits and doesn’t a
I saw this last night and definitely feel this production will generate some strong opinions.
The biggest (easy fix) issue right now is the sound. While I actually loved Philip Glass’s score it often overpowered any dialogue which is a pretty big problem to have in Shakespeare. It seemed like a lot of the ensemble were not miched which need to change. While I enjoyed the score the added songs (I think there are three now) don’t add much and in an already long show, they sho
I saw the first preview and have to disagree about Huppert. While she does have a thick accent, I did not have many issues with it and thought she was excellent and for at least the first 45 minutes giving quite a diva performance. The "how could you not love this" line comes to mind.
I actually enjoyed the father, but this play fell short for me. Its uses repetition like the Waverly gallery but we keep seeing the multiple versions of scenes that play out differently. I
I was there last night. Somehow I stumbled on this show earlier this year and become obsessed with the score. I thought it was so catchy and fun and loved the Tony performance which I have watched quite a bit.
The performance was introduced by NBC’s Bob Greenblatt who apparently became a fan of the show as a teenager on a trip to NYC when the top ticket price was $21.50! It was nice to hear just how many people had reunited including a few of the original voices (though sad
I saw this last night and found it to be delightful. I thought Carmen was a delight and loved her voice. I know she isn't merman but I thought she made it work. She's such a charmer and I'd go to a party hosted by her any day!
I also thought Jason Gotay was quite charming and Worsham did great work. Carol Kane and Darrell Hammond only have one scene, but it is a very fun one and Kane's pronunciation of Lichtenburg really cracked me up.
I saw this last night and echo the consensus that A Life is the better of the two. I thought Tom Sturridge was excellent but I was very frustrated by the play itself which seemed to present little more than misery for 45 minutes.
Jake Gyllenhaal has such a warm presence and I thought he was so believable as a father to be. He's a very talented actor and it definitely is worth the price of admission to watch him alone on a stage for 50 minutes do his thing.
I saw Merrily last night and have to say, as a fan of the show, having seen the Encores version twice, the London production once, and the Boston cast of the London production, I do not think this version does the show any favors.
I think most can agree that Merrily’s scores is one of its best assets. This production has severely cut down the score, even the songs that are left in are shortened and chopped up. To anyone who has never seen this show I implore you to go listen to t
I was there last night and as a gay man wasn’t particularly offended but a little disappointed with the prostrate bit too. It’s such a cliché for straight comedians to do and I think Birbiglia is better than that.
I will say that overall I enjoyed the show. I think Birbiglia is a great storyteller and I appreciate that for his Broadway show he added a bit of theatricality. I was moved by the story of him becoming a father. I think this actually works pretty well in a
I was there last night and have to be a dissenting opinion and say I was unimpressed. The pacing is pretty deadly and the contrast of the loud scene change music with the very soft dialogue grew on my nerves as the evening went on.
The problem for me is that the show felt long and short at the same time. Just as any scene seemed to be getting started we had moved on to the next one. Obviously I see the parallels to modern day times and I think they are certainly touching on themes that
Do we think there will be discounts for this? I can't get myself to pay $50 for rear balcony or $75 for front balcony for a show that has no casting announced. Even the previous galas were not that expensive! Seems that at least for the balcony there are plenty of seats left.
After years of never getting anything more than Gazillion Bubble show I actually got two sets of tickets at this! I have one set for Kinky Boots, but got another for Frozen on Oct 31 that I cannot attend. I'd happily trade another show or date if anyone is interested. They seats are Orch S26 and 28.
I was there last night. This will certainly be a very divisive production. My boyfriend was visibly upset with the show at the end and continued to talk about how he thought they ruined the show long after we got home.
I have some negatives which I will get to at first.
1. The sound is bad. The space at St. Anne’s sucks most of the sound up into the massive ceiling. This is an understated and soft production and while (apparently they were wea
I saw this last night and while I feel I have truly hit my quota of Joan of Arc plays between this, St. Joan and the musical that played the public, I thoroughly enjoyed Glenn Close and mostly liked the play. Glenn is giving a Tony award worthy performance that is fiery and passionate. Her final lines leading up to “I had a daughter” were really powerful.
As for the play I appreciated that it took a lighter approach. There was less of Joan’s insufferable piety here an