Has to be MY FAIR LADY -- I was involved, peripherally, on the fringes. Higgins was horrible -- couldn't remember sh*t. In that first act patter song "I Shall Never Let A Woman In My Life" or whatever it's called, he continually went up on the lyrics. One performance he sat and stood there while the orchestra cranked it out. The only thing he uttered was "I'm a pensive man....".
GAWD, to have been in the room when Rivera and Allen were dancing "America" together! I hope the kids on this board realize that to see that would have been to witness musical theatre history...
Someone pass me a rag.
re: BLT III - clip from 1980 WEST SIDE STORY Revival Aug 9
2005, 10:44:08 AM
I think it's amazing that a Broadway production of WSS could be less-than-memorable. I'm not doubting anyone's opinions on here, but with that material, how could you go wrong? I guess you could if the wrong people were cast in some of the lead roles -- which is what it sounds like.
Incredible. With all the available talent in NYC, the casting folks couldn't find the right fit(s) for the roles? I guess it IS all in the casting...
When I was in high school, I saw a pre-Broadway tryout of THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG at the Ahmanson in L.A., and Lucille Ball was in the audience, two rows ahead of me. Watching her baby girl, Lucie Arnaz. That wig was hard to miss...so incredibly RED.
BLT III - clip from 1980 WEST SIDE STORY Revival Aug 9
2005, 09:11:46 AM
Tivo'd BROADWAY'S LOST TREASURES III Sunday night. To me, the gem of that compilation is Allen doing "America" from the WSS revival in 1980. She was a lean, mean dancing machine back then, huh? I remember seeing that on the Tonys that year, and being completely blown away. Thanks, whoever you are, for digging that clip up.
The HS production of "Anne Frank", when the buzzer mechanism (which signaled someone coming up into the Secret Annex) went kaput during the first act. How did they compensate? The prop master stood right next to the proscenium and shouted "RIIIINNNNNNNG!"
re: Solos in Wicked Apr 22
2005, 12:17:44 PM
I'm absolutely astounded. You folk know the CHORUS MEMBERS and what lines they sing in the opening number?!?!?! It's now official: WICKED has become the new LES MIZ (You old-timers remember when all the young pups were absolutely frothing at the mouth over anything MIZ?)
Broadway voice Apr 22
2005, 12:13:56 PM
But how did Joyce Chittick do?
re: trios Apr 20
2005, 09:39:02 AM
"Bobby and Jackie and Jack" - MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
re: Glinda Standby Apr 20
2005, 09:23:14 AM
Lord, the WICKED queens/kings are in a dither over this one! LOL
HOWEVER...I didn't shed a tear when Les Miz, Cats, or Saigon finally shuttered.
I did shed a tear (figuratively) when A Chorus Line and Fantasticks closed, though. It was so hard to imagine the Shubert not having ACL, and not having Fantasticks running.
I'm an ol' fart, I know.
re: What was the first cast recording you bought? Mar 2
2005, 02:28:38 PM
Lord, who can remember? I was raised in a house of cast albums. As a matter o' fact, before I started school, my mother would play cast albums to keep me entertained. I knew the entire score of GYPSY and SOUTH PACIFIC by the time I was 4.
And I wonder how I turned out to be a big ol' mo.... :)
re: Jamie Foxx in talks for Dreamgirls Mar 2
2005, 02:24:44 PM
bjivie, I knew he was sick during the concert -- that's why the CD was months late in being released, they had to go back and re-record some of his vocals (as well as some of the others, to be fair. I've got a bootleg video of the concert, and what was on that stage ain't what made it to the CD.) So I wasn't "dissing" him for that. :)
But the scenes? Lord a-mercy. During the Lorrell breakup scene, I mentally went out to the lobby and bought an orangeade, it was THAT unbelievable.