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WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Announces Broadway Closing  Mar 22 2020, 01:19:06 AM

Nathan Lane has never been good in dramatic roles.



WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Announces Broadway Closing  Mar 21 2020, 10:34:00 PM

They should cancel Death of a Salesman.  Is anyone really that interested in seeing Nathan Lane as Willy Loman?



Hamlet Cancels Saturday Matinees  Aug 4 2017, 09:19:01 AM

Maybe somebody can clarify their other "screw you" to patrons.  I had heard that they had two types of subscribers and that one set of subscribers would get screwed out of seat selections due to the Public having to make seats available for NYCID holders.  Maybe someone can explain that.



Hamlet Cancels Saturday Matinees  Aug 3 2017, 04:23:20 PM

What's up with the Public Theatre that they sell tickets to shows and then figure out the actors can't handle the physical demands of the show?  I mean, they've only been doing Shakespeare for 50 years.  And scores of theaters do Hamlet.  What's so difficult about this one?

 

http://www.playbill.com/article


Remembering NICK & NORA 25 Years Later  Jul 8 2017, 09:32:44 PM

It's the only musical I ever saw where the furniture got more applause than the actors.

In the opening, the Art Deco furniture comes swirling onstage and everyone applauded profusely.



City of Angels revival ever?  Jul 8 2017, 03:41:42 PM

The nice thing about the original Broadway cast was that it was all Broadway actors.  (People knew Rene Auberjonois from tv, but he had a long list of Broadway credits).

They did do a bit of stunt casting after the originals left, Richard Kline, Tom Wopat, but it wasn't anything obnoxious where you were going to see a major star in a musical, whether they fit the role or not.

And, yes, the scenery gimmicks did sell the show a bit, but it's got a nice score to go alo


The Rise & Fall of Little Voice: Bway Next Season  Jul 8 2017, 11:51:38 AM

"Wasn't the original broadway production a transfer of a Steppenwolf production and not the original London?"

I just looked that up and yes, you are correct.  It was a Steppenwolf transfer.  That explains why they didn't bring in Horrocks.  I remember thinking it wasn't a very good production and was wondering what all the excitement over in London was about.

I would have liked to have seen Alison Steadman play the mother about ten years ago.


Remembering NICK & NORA 25 Years Later  Jul 8 2017, 11:40:54 AM

WOW!!  25 Years?  That makes me feel old.  I saw the show twice.  Once in early previews and once in previews two nights before it opened.  During that time they wrote a completely new song for Christine Baranski.

There were two problems with the show:  the script and the music!

It was an excellent idea to musicalize.  And they assembled a top notch cast.  The main problem was Arthur Laurents.  The script was dreadful.  I


The Rise & Fall of Little Voice: Bway Next Season  Jul 8 2017, 11:28:02 AM

I saw the original on Broadway and it's not that great of a show.  It was basically written around Jane Horrocks' ability to do impressions.  There's no real compelling story there.

I don't know what the brouhaha was that Horrocks couldn't repeat her performance on Broadway. Probably an Equity issue of "she's not a star" magnitude.  It's one of those shows that I think should have played off-Broadway.



City of Angels revival ever?  Jul 8 2017, 11:22:40 AM

It's on my list of shows I want to see revived.  However, I'm a bit scared that it may not be as good as the original was.  I'm afraid that they will star cast it and it won't be as good.  Plus, the show needs really good singers because it's very tight jazz harmony.



Ethel's Business  Jun 22 2017, 05:39:40 PM

Trippy!



Remembering the Mark Hellinger Theatre (In Honor of Eliza Doolittle Day)  May 23 2017, 11:14:32 PM

I saw my first Broadway show, Shenandoah, in the Hellinger.

I went back a few times for church services.  What's really nice is to sit upstairs where you can see the crown flanked by angels hanging over the proscenium.  You can see some of it in the second to last picture.

eta:  I'm not sure if they do, but it would be so nice if the church opened it up for tours.  I'd love to go onstage and even see the backstage.  I'd pay to take a


Unpopular Show Opinions  May 23 2017, 11:01:53 PM

Passion.  I saw the original Broadway cast and didn't like it.  I listened to the cast recording several times after that and just couldn't get to like it.  But it's *Sondheim* so I guess everyone has to love it.



Laura Linney/Cynthia Nixon Tony Eligibility  Mar 6 2017, 11:04:05 AM

"While technically in accordance with the opening night show, I'm skeptical that the committee would grant such a request, and even more skeptical that Tony voters would go for Nixon in supporting."

The Tony committee does whatever the producers tell them to.  For example, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley being nominated for one spot in Side Show, even though they were playing two separate characters.  The committee makes a lot of eye rolling decisions.

And


Laura Linney/Cynthia Nixon Tony Eligibility  Mar 4 2017, 05:33:06 PM

The producers would be stupid not to put Nixon into the Featured catgory.  The idea is to maximize Tony wins and having an actress in each category increases the chances of both winning an award, not competing against each other.

I think that was one of the problems in 1996 with A Delicate Balance.  Both Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch were put into Best Actress category.  If Stritch had been dropped to Featured, she might have won.



5 people Broadway numbers  Dec 2 2016, 11:41:05 PM

Personally, if I were you, I would pick a song that you all liked and arrange it for the voices you have.  Or do a mash-up of two songs like they did on Glee.

 There are two songs I can think of for your requirements, but they aren't that great for competition.

 Your Fault from Into The Woods

 Overture from A Little Night Music





What Got You Interested in Theatre?  Dec 2 2016, 08:10:22 PM

When I was in Elementary School, I saw productions by the Prince Street Players.  I was hooked into the worlds they created.



Show tunes about immigration  Aug 19 2016, 09:03:09 AM

Definitely "Greenhorns" from Rags.

"How Can I Call This Home" from Parade



Sondheim-Favorite Artist Song Performances  Aug 17 2016, 01:05:48 PM

The entire "Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim" album.



Streisand's Fifty Percent  Aug 7 2016, 03:38:06 PM

I think the lyric changes are terrible and add nothing to the song.  "I don't open his mail"  So what?  A lot of wives don't either.  "I don't butter his toast" - about as banal as a lyric can get.

 

Oh, and Barbra's "At The Ballet" is the worst hatchet job ever.  It's terrible and somebody should have stood up to her and told her how awful it is.



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