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The inherent racism of Asian theatre companies?  Jun 19 2020, 05:29:12 PM

TheatreFan4 said: "I think it's fine to go ahead with what you have in a professional productionwhere the the pool of people you have doesn't allow you to have full true to the piecediversity. Just don't do black face. Which in Japan at least has been an issue... in 2015 they did a production of Memphis with one black actor and all the other Black roles were done with black face.

 

And the recent production of Hairspray

The inherent racism of Asian theatre companies?  Jun 19 2020, 04:55:23 PM

Call_me_jorge said: "I understand the complaints about this post, but it is sincere and not meant to be offensive. If we are going to fight racism we shouldn’t focus on racism in one place at one time. We need to fight it everywhere. What’s the point of fighting it if it still finds its way somewhere else.


I also think many of you are missing a key point in my post. There have been numerous times where white actors from overseas were invited to perform in


The inherent racism of Asian theatre companies?  Jun 19 2020, 12:43:57 PM

You know, I don't comment much on here, but this thread is shortsighted, even for this board.  To put it briefly, KJ has it right from a social perspective.  But I should also add, from a practical perspective, it's not even a matter of there being almost no black people in Japan, it's a matter of there being almost no black people in Japan who 1.) can speak Japanese fluently enough to perform a translated musical, and 2.) have the skill set necessary to perform a Broadw

Dave Malloy's Moby Dick at A.R.T.  Dec 17 2019, 05:57:51 PM

MrsSallyAdams said: "I'm told the relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg is explicitly, as opposed to sub-textually, romantic in this. Does this story make up a large part of the musical or is it only in part one?"

 

It's a thread that runs throughout the musical.  To call it explicitly romantic would, perhaps, give too strong an impression?  Depends on what you expect.  It was emphasized, but I didn't find it too muc


Dave Malloy's Moby Dick at A.R.T.  Dec 16 2019, 08:53:10 AM

Wee Thomas2 said: "

A question of mine, regarding the Queequeg character, in his introductory song he tells us he will tell us about his place of origin in a later song. Did they cut that later song? We thought he was the best actor on the floor, but didn't feel like the cast had much passion. Could be the length of the show, with an early matinee after a long evening performance the night before.

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I assumed that he was referring to


Grammy Award Musical Theater Album  Nov 20 2019, 12:07:02 AM

If Moulin Rouge! is eligible this year, wouldn't that seem like catnip for Grammys voters?  As much as I adore Hadestown and think it deserves to win every award this year, the Grammys have always proven that quality doesn't necessarily beat pop music connections...



HADESTOWN to open in March at the Walter Kerr  Feb 5 2019, 07:07:53 PM

Ah, okay, thanks, that's interesting.  I didn't even realize they'd had another NYC reading.



HADESTOWN to open in March at the Walter Kerr  Feb 5 2019, 12:52:12 PM

Wasn't Shaina Taub one of the off-Bway Fates?  There are only three, so...?  Can someone clarify how many actresses played these roles during the NYTW production?

 



Way Too Early Tony Award Performances 2019  Dec 3 2018, 04:01:56 PM

Yep, I'm with Rainah.  I'd rather see "Way Down Hadestown" on the Tonys: a much better introduction to the show and characters than "Why We Build the Wall."



Bad lyrics by good lyricists  Sep 5 2018, 04:32:52 PM

I'm generally okay with Stephen Schwartz (at the worst, I feel like he's got a case of the "a-bit-on-the-nose"-isms), but man oh man, some parts of Wicked.  If I hadn't looked up the lyrics to "As Long As You're Mine," I still wouldn't know what they were singing.  At first I was just like, Butz, enunciate, my man, but then when I finally looked up the lyrics, I realized that it's a losing battle to try to make any sense out

Once on This Island lottery  Aug 15 2018, 01:09:16 AM

I can't answer the Telecharge/lotto question, but I did do this lotto last night (i.e., Tuesday, 8/14), and I think everyone there ended up getting lotto tickets.  There were 50 available, still chosen lottery-style (calling out names), and yes, they were $59.50.  We got row E in the 100s section.  Merle was in, and she was amazing.  Hope you get to see her!



HADESTOWN to open in London, Broadway in 2019  Aug 14 2018, 03:16:22 AM

"ps did anyone see Reeve in Canada ? has his acting improved? I heard it was caught in a web last time"

"I heard nothing but good things about the Edmonton run, Reeve included.
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Yes, but can he sing the part as written?  (A genuine question; I didn't see him perform it in Edmonton.)  It's such a strange vocal part with so much controlled falsetto and other oddities, and while I'm not too familiar


Rent's Legacy & Reputation Today  Aug 11 2018, 08:58:25 PM

I always think it's a little funny whenever I hear people complain about the characters in Rent being s***heads (which I completely agree that they are), because I mean, really, what could we honestly be expecting from anything that's an adaptation of La Boheme?  They were a**holes in the original short stories, they were a**holes when they had the names Marcello and Rodolfo and were singing Puccini, and they're still a**holes in Rent.  I can't really think of t

...JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE Discussion Thread  Apr 2 2018, 02:14:20 AM

The Distinctive Baritone said: "Loved it, overall.

Agree about John Legend. He was fine overall but his “Gethsamene” was painful.

Norm couldn’t really hit all the low notes - he’s amazing but Caiaphas needs do be sung by a true bass. Was he wearing platform boots to appear taller? His physical presence was perfect.

As for Pilate, it is best played by an “actor who sings” like Ben Daniels, but he was off pitch severa


HUNCHBACK high school production casting controversy  Feb 8 2018, 06:05:44 PM

...This whole debate becomes very odd when you remember that in Victor Hugo's original novel, Esmeralda was ethnically 100% white French by birth, and had simply been kidnapped by gypsies as a baby and then raised among them..... :/



Ragtime lyrics  Dec 4 2017, 09:35:52 AM

Does anybody else prefer the "studio" recording of "Make Them Hear You"...?  I find the OBCR version hard to listen to, what with the shortening of the song, the sped-up tempo of that last note (boo!), and the dropping of lyrics that I thought gave some interesting depth to Coalhouse, i.e., "My path may lead to heaven or hell, and God will say what's best / But one thing He will never say is that I went quietly to my rest!"  Also

re: Favorite 'I want' song in a musical  Aug 26 2017, 06:51:13 PM

poisonivy2 said: "The original Great Comet didn't have an "I Want" song. But for Broadway they put in "Dust and Ashes" which is definitely an I Want song.

Kiss Me Kate doesn't have an I Want song?


 

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I think someone on this board expressed it well when they said that "Pierre" (the second song of the show, incidentally) functions as Pierre's "I-Don't-Know-What-I-Want" song, a q


Lucas Steele  Jul 22 2017, 05:18:35 PM

The one time I've seen Josh Canfield on as Anatole, I liked his portrayal a lot, and most of the score he sang just fine, but I was disappointed at how he doesn't seem to fully trust his falsetto.  He didn't seem entirely comfortable with the falsetto parts in "Letters," and he attempted to belt his final "Petersburg" note, which...did not quite work, let's just say.  On the other hand, there were parts that he did that I thought were better&

Lucas Steele  Jul 22 2017, 12:37:52 AM

Found the link to that interview: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/fashion/amber-gray-lucas-steele-new-york-fashion-week-the-great-comet-tory-burch.html



Lucas Steele  Jul 22 2017, 12:33:05 AM

Considering all the health issues he's had with his knee as a result of the physically demanding nature of the role (didn't he have surgery, even?), not to mention the tough vocal demands of the role, I would be surprised if he renewed his contract.  At least, in an interview done a few months ago at a fashion show, when he and Amber Grey were asked whether they'd renew, they both said they didn't think they would (they've both been with the show for years now).<

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