Live Blog The Live Sound Of Music Dec 5
2013, 10:58:11 PM
Carrie Underwood's acting is simply atrocious. Her performance will become legendary in the wrong way. She has no sense of line delivery or diction. This is a theatrical disgrace...they can't even fix the hiss on the sound system. How is this junky production with 8 million commercials turn on anyone to theater?
re: Bad audience behavior - revisited May 23
2006, 01:29:29 PM
Coming from Miami, where they arrive late and loud and leave earlier and louder....I am used to audience horrors...What's happened in New York these past 10 years is simple. Sophisticated, well-behaved people don't comprise the audience majority at mainstream Broadway shows................especially the musicals, which with few exceptions, are not aimed at the sophisticated audience. They are for tourists from the sticks and 13 year old girls....If you want a well-behaved mature audience...find
re: Sweeney Todd Seating Question Dec 28
2005, 09:35:26 PM
Obstructed views....7th or 8th rows...barely obstructed $50. I didn't miss a thing. day of show...$70. advance.
re: New York Trip -- questions Dec 28
2005, 09:29:55 PM
Good suggestions TKTS is your best bet....also if you are not seeing a musical, window #5 at TKTS is for plays only and usually just a five minute wait.....The long line which can run 45 mins to an hour is for musicals and.....Big hit shows like Spamalot and Wicked are rarely on TKTS....Go to the New York Times website..... they have a good archive of reviews so you can see which shows might appeal to you.
re: Why do some people hate Rosie so much? Dec 25
2005, 03:48:20 PM
Two-fold....I remember paying top price to see her as Rizzo in that awful 90's revival of "Grease." She was nauseatingly unbelievable and off-key in her butch interpretation. This was selfish exploitation. SHE HAD AND HAS NO BUSINESS ON A BROADWAY STAGE..... Secondly, she came along as Broadway's "savior" during the "Disneyfication" period and everything she has promoted seems to be on the increasingly "Kiddie-Low Brow Chitty Chitty" end of the theater spectrum that many of we purists whin
"Promises Promises" Dec 25
2005, 03:30:30 PM
Has there ever been a B'way revival of this show or rumors of one? A good idea?
re: When MAMMA MIA fills more seats than AVENUE Q - something is wrong in t Feb 15
2005, 12:06:46 PM
Is this surprising? If you think that Broadway theater audiences are sophisticated.....chat with the rubes in the TKTS line. Its Faustian isn't it? We sold our soul to Disney to save Broadway. We are now doomed to "Mamma Mia meets The Lion King in Brooklyn who can't pay Thoroughly Modern Millie to save Beauty and the Beast in spite of The Boy from OZ." Shows like "Avenue Q" and "Urinetown" are clever Off-Broadway pieces that moved to Broadway to feed the declining minority of theatergoers
re: breaking news: a chorus line returns to broadway 2006 Jan 17
2005, 09:37:12 AM
Not to shed a curtain over all this optimism....but since the halcyon days ACL, the backstage chorus kid story has been told over and over again through "Fame" another vehicles and the mid70's has little nostalgic appeal. Point being, without some updating and serious tweaking of the book, a contemporary version of "A Chorus Line" contains a lot of material that is dated and very "whiney".
re: My little women review... Jan 17
2005, 09:25:18 AM
Sounds disappointing. I heard a couple of tunes from it on Broadway XM channel and was looking forward to seeing it...and the hopeful thought of a show like that featuring so many females one day being available for me to direct in a high school production was cause for optimism as well.
re: AVENUE Q Jan 17
2005, 09:18:27 AM
Just had one of my students sing "It's a Fine Fine Line" for Thespians competition...This show takes the mantle from "Urinetown" as the only musical on Broadway with any sophistication and bite......
GO SEE Forbidden Broadway! Jan 17
2005, 08:58:48 AM
Saw it in October....The "Wicked" segment was a rivalry between the the two stars....that was so-so.....My favorite still is "The Circle of Mice" which parodies "The Lion King" and savagely berates the Disnifying of Broadway..."Kiddie Trash" and "Theme Park Shows replacing what we we used to call content" are among the lyrical snippets that send my Disney hating heart soaring.
re: What is it with middle schools and Into the Woods? Jan 17
2005, 08:45:35 AM
I've directed the Junior version of "Into the Woods". It's simplified and the end of Act I ends the play....so none of the later darker stuff.. The whole MTI Junior series which also contains "Annie" , "Guys and Dolls", and "Fiddler" ,are excellent packages with contain everything including an accompiniment CD for those with limited resources. All these shows are very good for summer programs etc...and you get to keep all the materials!! rights and materials for non-admission amateur perform
re: Overrated Classic Shows Jan 4
2005, 10:42:32 PM
"The Music Man" and "The Sound of Music".......... At the least the second act of The Sound of Music you can wipe off some syrup as the play creates sympathy for the characters and has plot suspense......... "The Music Man" on the other hand.....Plot ends with a thud....after some stupid random song that freezes the plot called something like "Patoochie"..... The rousing "76 Trombones" finale leaves you forgetting this insipid and very contrived show....."The Music Man "is why musical ha
re: Modern Orthodox review 12/30 Jan 1
2005, 10:06:40 AM
A strained sitcom plot...but Jenn Harris was worth the price of admission....besides not much else in town is very funny.
re: the life vs. titanic Jan 1
2005, 10:03:15 AM
No comparison...."The Life" was passable, with unlikable characters. "Titanic" was nearly great! If the "Titanic" plot had focused more on fewer characters,and subplots like the movie.....and was produced before the movie........."Titanic" may have sailed longer and mightier.
re: Times when the tour is better then the broadway cast Jan 1
2005, 09:56:34 AM
Tours vary. Over the years in Miami,I saw some excellent touring editions of "Crazy For You", "Annie", and "Guys and Dolls". Technical shortcuts necesssary in transporting a Broadway show or cheap producers can greatly diminish a road production. In a Miami edition of Chorus line, the great moment of the finale when the mirrors light up on "One" was replaced by a cloth drop. Last year in the "42nd St". tour the breathtaking lighted stairs in the finale were unlit,flattening that effect. The wors