UNIVERSES, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ensemble, will use the commission to develop a new musical, Maria. A response to cultural appropriation in West Side Story, the new musical focuses on what happens to Maria after the original musical concludes.
“Our jump-off point begins where the imagined Puerto Rican lives that inspired West Side Story left off,” said UNIVERSES co-founded S
HogansHero said: "A Director said: "If you need video to bring intensity to WSS, you haven't your work as a director or choreographer to from the beginning."
If I am correctly deciphering the mangled part of what you are saying, I think you are twisting yourself in knots trying to stay within some straitjacket. There is only one rule in directing or choreographing (or writing), and that is resonance. Anything else that seems like a rule is just poor
Porgy and Bess is an opera; not a musical. The Gershwin Estate, made up of the talentless branch of the family, tried for years to turn it into a musical I have seen the opera live plus several broadcasts and each time was moved.
Agreed, but even during the S21 scenes there was something about it that didn’t feel grounded or truthful. Maybe it was Jue’s often comedic/flamboyant tone, but it rarely felt fully invested in drama. But it certainly had its moments that landed hard.
Did you feel Joe Ngo's performance was grounded or truthful in the S21 scenes?
Ledaero said: "Saw this on Saturday night and also thoroughly enjoyed it. I found Lauren Yee’s script to be just an incredibly ambitious work of genius. The production itself I had my hesitations about. Acting felt a bit over the top and the tone felt too light (I know, weird critique given the subject of the play). Definitely an impressive feat and something that everyone should make their way to see. Feels like the Off-Broadway hit of the spring"