I like the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA broken-glass text treatment... but the famous mask logo makes zero sense. Unless I've been mistaken all these years: does the Phantom ever wear a half-face mask that covers both eyes? How did that mask become a universally-recognized visual emblem of the show even though the phantom's one-sided face mask has become a universally-recognized costume piece?
Haterobics, that wasn't quite what I was guessing. I think 1776 is way more well-known than the typical Encores! selection, and wouldn't be surprised if someone had eyes to test the waters there for a full-scale revival (again, election year and all, and also HAMILTON has revived the founding fathers as a vogue topic.) A revival would likely mess with performance rights.
Lizzie, good point about the n-word in BIG RIVER, and I don't think either of my suggestions would
If they keep going in the direction of a somewhat-traditional family-friendly musical that is based on a more-well-known property, CHARLIE BROWN would make sense, but I wonder if ABC's rights to the animated specials would conflict (either legally or strategically.)
I humbly propose BIG RIVER as a thought, which covers family-friendly and based on more familiar material, or 1776 (family-friendly, certainly 3 hrs long, and likely relevant after a Presidential election.) But Encores!
^^ if that encourages editors to just let takes last unedited for longer and longer I wouldn't mind. Even if that requires extensive shooting without an audience, for posterity's sake. But costs get prohibitive at a certain point.
When I was in London a few years back I arrived just after the shuttering of THE HARDER THEY COME, a musical adaptation of the Jimmy Cliff-led reggae film. I have never seen a reggae musical but imagine that, if an interesting and entertaining one were possible, that would have been a great candidate. I wonder if anyone saw it (or has seen any other productions of it?)
I also would love more roots/bluegrass/folk music. Genres with rich traditions of narrative music that have been under-
Ken Davenport is the last person to throw stones here.
That list of composers contributing to the score is surprisingly genre-diverse and very-accomplished. I agree with someone's earlier sentiment about Coulton and hoping his irreverent voice could be a connective tissue, but I think he tweeted that he only wrote one song for the show. Perhaps They Might Be Giants, having written a few children's music albums as well as their own decad
One of those HAMILTON men could be Jonathan Groff, so...
Plus, surely there will be other men in other Musicals this season. I would normally expect a category dominated by one or two shows exclusively to occur in a very top-heavy season with few stand-out shows.
Without knowing anything about the original SHUFFLE ALONG or this new production, only going by what's written, I can see how they might actually succeed in getting to be a Revival.
As Mr. Nowack points out, a new book is usually allowed for a Revival. Significant alterations to CABARET, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN and PORGY AND BESS (among others) didn't stop them. CANDIDE and ANYTHING GOES, shows that have had multiple different iterations, also have been nominated as Revival
Um, jnb, where did I ever say that subject matter is primarily the way I judge music? I love how people put words in others' mouths.
The point of my question there was to illustrate how your request was based on a faulty premise: it's similar to the old, "when did you stop beating your wife?" example. I would not suggest that you primarily judge music that way, but your question presupposed a definition of the genre that I would encourage you to expand beyond. So I simply
I would caution anyone against painting all of rap being any one particular thing, just as I would caution anyone from suggesting all country or classical sounds the same. After all, the range between Hank Williams and Garth Brooks or Bach and Stravinsky is as massive as the range between Kendrick Lamar and Iggy Azalea.
Rap is a musical form, and whether you like it or not likely depends on what you've heard done with rap. What Lin does with rap you may like a lot more th
I have to imagine "lazy Susan" was a reference not to Mr. Kail or his direction, but simply to the turntable, like one might find on a countertop.
Joey, Kad, your opinions are highly trustworthy to me, and your praise for this has me guardedly anticipating one of the more special entertainments of my lifetime. I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to get to see it!
^^ it's most likely that a vast number of the voters didn't see any of the shows, since they aren't voting on the show; they're voting on the album. And if there's any identifiable bias in just looking at the recent winners, from the last decade or so, it's that the voters generally prefer contemporary-sounding musicals to more traditional Broadway. The kind of music that would win in other categories. WEST SIDE STORY in 2010 seems to be an exception to that, but it's competitors weren't grou
Fun tidbits for HAMILTON's likely Grammy nomination: Lin-Manuel already won a Grammy for IN THE HEIGHTS' cast recording, and the HAMILTON recording is being produced by ?uestlove and Black Thought, who as members of the Roots have three Grammys to their name already.
I think JayG has an excellent point, but only his point regarding the editorial choices on BWW (where choice 'news' headlines include BWW Personality Quiz: What Kind of a Broadway Ticket Buyer Are You? and So Fetch! BWW Readers Want Musical Versions of MEAN GIRLS, THE BREAKFAST CLUB and More High School Classics.)
The HAMILTON and Lin-Manuel fan community (which I would always groups as a second phenomenon from cultural and critical luminaries
I believe FUN HOME's new album will be eligible, but for you EGOT counters out there, I doubt Tesori or Kron will be counted among the nominees. The Grammy rules state that "lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album" so, since FUN HOME received an album release previous to the current eligibility period and there is not a significant overhaul to the score, only the