I was equally amazed at the quality of the performances by everyone onstage. Whatever non-Equity means these days it sure doesn't mean bad. I also agree with you on the all-white cast - they need to do better.
There was a pretty good house last night - a Thursday - and the audience was very responsive. How could they not be? The show is magnificent and Stanley and Samonsky are sublime. And, btw, I thought they had plenty of sexual heat. The bonus was having JRB in the pit. He was fun to watch, he was so into it.
I saw this the other night and Sheridan is dazzling. No, she can't sing like Streisand but she can sell those songs and she can play this part. She's genuinely hilariously funny and absolutely heartbreaking. Her relationship with Darius Campbell's towering Arnstein - they have a lot of fun with her height in this, the chorus girls are also towering - is wonderful and touching. Michael Mayer's production is smart and focused and just right.&n
Count me in the minority that didn't like taking AVFTB back to its Greek tragedy roots. But Charles III, on the other hand, is wonderful in every way. Tim Piggott-Smith, as Charles, gives one of the greatest performances you will ever see.
Merrily 2012 Encore's recording Apr 17
2013, 06:14:09 AM
^ Totally agree with that. Elizabeth Stanley is sensational throughout. I also agree that Lin Manuel Miranda is the weakest link but perhaps it's because Lonny Price was so uniquely good on the OCR. His are the biggest shoes to fill.
RIP Richard Griffiths Mar 29
2013, 01:28:28 PM
I saw him in The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito in London last year - they made an unlikely but terrific team. I know there were plans to bring the show to the US. What a shame. RIP, a wonderful actor.
Catch Me if You Can ; LA tour Mar 16
2013, 08:28:56 PM
Just caught the show in LA and LOVED it! I had never seen a non-Equity touring show before, and I was wary, but the talent level turned out to be huge. Stephen Anthony (Frank) and Merritt David Janes (Hanratty) were both terrific as was, especially, Caitlin Maloney (Paula). If it was a budget production it didn't look like it. Go see it if it comes your way.
Will Swenson starring in Encores' ...SUPERMAN Mar 14
2013, 06:44:01 PM
What is pretty certain is that this production will rise or fall on Will Swenson's ability to approximate the genius of Jack Cassidy. But I have high hopes for him as I do for David Pittu as Dr. Sedgwick. Their duet, "You've Got What I Need" is a showstopper if they get it right.
On Your Toes at City Center Feb 24
2013, 03:20:45 AM
I saw a terrific production of it at Reprise in LA a few years ago - Jeff Denman in the lead - and it seemed to follow the cast recording of the 1983 production quite precisely.
The People Called It RAGTIME Feb 20
2013, 03:55:26 AM
The first thing I did this morning - I'm in London - was watch the opening number now up on this site and I'm an emotional wreck. I'll have to pull myself together to face the day.
But one point, with all the talk of the greatness of this cast, let's not forget the greatness of the Original Cast and especially Marin Mazzie who stopped the show nightly with her overwhelming Back To Before. No one here has mentioned her.