I saw it this week and thought that it was interesting. I thought the same thing about Slave Play when I first saw it. That is why I went back again to see that play and thoroughly enjoyed it at my second viewing. Actually I found the themes somewhat vague. Yet even a "vague" play by Jeremy O. Harris is more entertaining and fulfilling to me than other playwrights who are often praised for their work. The New York Times gave the play a positive review. I
I loved the cast album of GYPSY! God what I would have given to have heard Merman sing that score live. I had the rare opportunity to sit in back of her at a performance of IRENE on Broadway starring Jane Powell. I told her how exciting she was on the recording. She replied in her own inimitable voice "Thanks honey!"
Evita@theBroadway said: "Saw Moulin Rouge last night at 8 and was disappointed to see that Karen Olivo was out. However there was no notice in my playbill and no pre-show announcement made. I thought it was equity rules that you have to notify the audience if someone is out and also who will be going on in their place.
Am I wrong? For the record her understudy was awesome."
I definitely thought that that was a rule. It gives the theater goer the option to
I agree with you. I also saw Lansbury in Gypsy and consider it one of the greatest musical theater performances in theater history. I was so overwhelmed that I went back the very next night and bought standing room. I cannot possibly imagine how Ethel Merman could have been better.
Fortunately for me I caught her last matinee performance as Mame in the original Broadway production. Superb!
Slave Play coming to Broadway in September! Sep 23
2019, 09:00:49 PM
Is there something wrong with theater turning out to be more of an experience instead of an entertainment? I can think of plenty of evenings in the theater that have turned out to be fantastic experiences and I have grown and learned from them. Can you imagine that?
First of all there is the hurdle of getting past the Gershwin estate for a remake of Porgy and Bess. There will be a new production that opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC that is planning a tv broadcast of the opera - not the musical - Porgy and Bess and i think that that is more in line with what the Gershwin estate is envisioning right now.
No disrepect for Billy Porter and his talents but I think that the greatest Sportin' Life of this generation is Damon
soulgrrl said: "amoni said: "How dare Tammy Blanchard not be Ellen Greene! The nerve!"
I don't think that comment is fair to those who pay a pretty pennyto see a live performance. Sure, Ellen Greene is the gold standard but she's not the only actor/actress in theater who have shined in their respective roles. Others have come in afterwards and killed after original casts have moved on...hence standout performances in other revivals. When I see a
Saw Little Shop of horrors tonite and loved every minute of it. The only weak link in the cast was Blanchard who just doesn't have the vocals to handle the role the way Ellen Green encompassed it. It would have been better to cast a complete unknown who could have been a discovery for the audience instead of hiring a "name" who wasn't up to par.
That said, Jonathan Groff (and the rest of the cast) were superb and it was an unexpected surprise and joy to