BEETLEJUICE Reviews Aug 14
2019, 06:07:26 PM
Saw this on Sunday and really didn’t like it. I thought the book was so lazy and often went for the cheapest possible jokes and refused to engage with the material dramatically. The score was even worse and some of the laziest work I’ve seen in a while (other than King Kong which I also had the “pleasure” of seeing this week) The actors and design were easily the most redeeming parts, and Rob McClure Leslie Keitzer and Kerry Butler are making the best of what they’re given.
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/7/19 Jul 8
2019, 08:16:27 PM
I loved Tootsie as well and thought it had a great score. It was a weak week for almost everyone, but I figured the controversy (which I think is pretty contrived) would probably catch up to its grosses at some point.
Sad to see Frankie and Johnny close early, but you can’t say it’s surprising given the grosses for almost its entire run.
The Ferryman recoups Jul 8
2019, 12:36:26 PM
Congrats to everyone involved with the production!
Best musical adaptations of movies Jun 13
2019, 01:51:17 PM
Glad to see Groundhog Day mentioned- I think that’s a perfect example of an adaptation that deepened the movies story without losing its charm.
I’ll also throw my hat in for The Band’s Visit.
Tootsie controversy Jun 11
2019, 12:51:05 AM
I’m a black and gay member of Gen Z who saw the show again tonight and loved it. I think everyone having a platform, like almost anything in the world has its ups and downs. It’s allowed lots of shows to build strong communities with their fans which is a good thing, but it can also start witch hunts like what happened with this show.
I completely understand why people had serious reservations about this show based on the plot, which has potential to be horrible with a bad adaptation.
Rate the 2019 Tony Performances Jun 10
2019, 04:14:10 PM
Ain’t Too Proud- B+ Sounded and looked slick and clean. Shows like this have an advantage because they have built in great songs.
Tootsie- B My favorite show of the season, but the performance didn’t make it look amazing. Santino sounded great but Unstoppable is probably their worst production number. I think I Like What She’s Doing or the audition probably would’ve translated better
Oklahoma!- B- Ali was great, but mixing the two Oklahomas ended up giving off a really weird vi
Give Santino Fontana the Tony. Jun 8
2019, 12:46:51 PM
Yeah, I loved Santino’s performance and think he’s easily the best in the category. I think the book absolutely deserves its win too, I can’t think of a better one from this season.
Drama Desk Reactions Jun 3
2019, 06:12:00 PM
I think Tootsie absolutely deserves music and lyrics above any of the other shows nominated here- I really loved it and I think especially lyrically it’s way smarter than given credit for. Hadestown for Score is one of the biggest locks for the Tonys anyway (deservedly), so it’s not like it’ll pull an upset there.
I dunno, Tootsie's gross potential looks meh but the Marquis is so huge that it's still making a lot of money (over 1M a week). Even if it does start falling I think it should be good through the rest of the year, or at least labor day.
I would be way more worried if I were the producers of Be More Chill, considering every musical (and some of the plays) are outgrossing it.
Again, I get why it's a surprise but I don't think it's unfathomable that the nominators just didn't want to put Mockingbird in Best Play. It got good reviews but The Ferryman/Constitution's were better and Choir Boy was on the same level, it's an adaptation of a well-loved work so it's not necessarily "wholly" original, and it's not like it was immune to criticism throughout the season. A lot of prominent people, including Jesse Green talked about ho
I don't think it's necessarily a swipe at Rudin, although I doubt his behavior helped. I think it's more about the nominators erring on the side of originality. Choir Boy, Gary, and What The Constitution Means To Me are all very unconventional, very original plays, and it seems like the nominators put more weight on that than on productions like Mockingbird and Network, which while solid, are much more commercial.
Caitlin Kinnuen and Lilli Cooper were both on my predictions
Way Too Early 2019 Tony Predictions thread Apr 28
2019, 09:11:05 PM
Didn’t Network get VERY mixed reviews? I don’t see it as a shoo in at all, I think Choir Boy, Hillary And Clinton, and even Gary have a better chance at a Best Play nomination.
Any chance both ladies from Gary get nominated? Julie White was already a given but featured actress isn't too strong a category and their might be some love for Nielsen simply for learning her part in a week.
If Beautiful closes, will the Roundabout start putting shows in the Stephen Sondheim? Or will they keep giving it to outside shows?
The Great "Best Musical" Race of 2019 Apr 24
2019, 12:33:34 PM
As much as it sucks when a movie-to-musical is made with no real effort/creativity, I don’t think that changes when one is good. Most musicals in general are adaptations of something, and some of the greatest ones of all time have been adapted from movies.
For me personally, I thought both Hadestown and Tootsie were great, but Tootsie seemed like the more well-crafted musical to me. Hadestown, as gorgeous as the score was felt like a paragraph of plot stretched over two hours, and despi