SONDHEIM HYPOCRISY? Feb 18
2020, 09:09:41 AM
His letter re: P&B is still available on the NY Times and is worth a read. His criticism had to do with the attitude the creatives (and Audra) took toward the original material and their viewpoint that it was a flawed piece which they were fixing to finally make “work.”.
Hot Pants said: "This is an awful idea. Not only do I not care for the show (love the original film), but I just can’t see why this should be made except for a quick buck. There’s nothing about the musical that seems cinematic. A lot of the staging just won’t work on film. If they wanted to let a wider audience see the musical, they should’ve just professionally taped the Broadway production."
I was also there last night and agree. I was pleasantly surprised by how good Cameron was especially given it is his first performance. His vocals need some work but I think he was really nervous. Given it was his first performance I imagine he will only get better over the course of the next few shows. And also Renee’s was amazing! Her voice is unbelievable! There were a bunch of girls around me who were clearly there to see him so I do think he’s selling tickets.
I have a friend who works for one of the big talent agencies and confirmed that a number of their clients have been called in for various roles. The Stephanie J Block thing is just a rumor - her name was tossed around but no offer went out and she never auditioned. Basically every actress on Broadway has had their name in the mix but it is mostly just discussions. Marianne Elliot is in town for auditions looking for Bobbie's but it sounds like they didn't find
I've heard from multiple people that Sondheim left BMC at intermission. Has anyone else heard this? One of the shows producers posted a lengthy thing on FB about him being at the show (and enjoying it) which I assume is them trying to combat this.
I say front row at Barrymore for Six Degrees and it was great. I missed some of the scenes that happened further upstage but if I recall, most of Bands Visit is staged downstage. It is really better to be closer for this wonderful and intimate show. I saw fourth row on the right and it was perfect.
I actually believe that HP is NOT eligible for Best Score since Imogen Heap is not credited with Original Music. Her credit in the HP Playbill is "Composer and Arranger" so I believe they would have had to rule it as an original score written for theater.
When Fences was nominated a few years back, Brandford Marsails was credited as "Original Music by" deeming him eligible.