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Mack & Mabel City Center Encores!  Feb 20 2020, 12:40:05 PM

I went into this only knowing the songs, so what a delight to see it all in context! I had of course heard of Mack Sennett & seen Keystone Cops but never even knew that Mabel Normand was a real actress who had achieved such success or that the story is told as a memory. (Loved the way Mack could present a scene as the way he wished it could have gone - sided with the reality of saying the wrong thing.)

I didn't have a hard time with Mack's somewhat cold character becaus


Mack & Mabel City Center Encores!  Feb 19 2020, 05:26:32 PM

It is WRONG to voice negative opinion here following attendance at an invited dress, Matt Rogers. (I wasn't feeling right about saying that I felt casting a black actor for 'Fatty' Arbuckle didn't come off right - but that was an opinion that could have been derived from mere pre-show press releases.) I wish I had held-off starting the thread now. IMHO there is nothing messy or amateurish happening here. If one really sincerely 'wishes the best for a production' one do

Mack & Mabel City Center Encores!  Feb 18 2020, 11:47:52 PM

Impressive major fully-staged revival Feb 19-23 is directed & choreographed by Josh Rhodes with music direction by Rob Berman. This is a not-to-be-missed event for one week only. It sounds great, looks unlike anything seen in previous Encores productions, & casting is impeccable (pther than a black 'Fatty' Arbuckle.) Let's hear from the Broadway World community here of your experiences with this tuneful Jerry Herman mounting.



Girl from North Country advice  Feb 7 2020, 02:47:29 PM

Southerncakes: Its not the exact same look throughout - but I wouldn't confuse that with interesting direction? Most of it is lit darkly & the crew pull some things up & down & there is one brightly lit # - but the quasi radio show motif is used again & again, where singers use the old vintage looking mic.



Girl from North Country advice  Feb 7 2020, 12:21:25 AM


I was bored BORED bOReD with this. It's pretentious & just downright a poorly constructed show! (I couldn't believe how many times scenes/songs/music just stop midnote & go into another with no artful transition or applause closure!) Thoughtless, unfinished results without attention to musical, choreographic or storytelling detail.

In regards to this thread & some of its previous comments, just because you win a tkt lottery doesn't mean it's free.


Bob & Carol &Ted &Alice (PREVIEWS)  Jan 23 2020, 01:30:10 AM

What a DUD! The person I was with didn't know Vega & thought her an amateur. (Had about half her part memorized & was reading off her notes because she is clearly not connecting with the material.) This is just b-o-r-i-n-g! Sheik needs collaboration w/lyricist. A vague pastiche but not feeling relevant.



Worst Broadway Show of the Decade?  Dec 22 2019, 08:03:24 PM

King Lear Glenda Jackson caused me to think that Shakespeare was an awful playwright. Lightning Thief had me leave at intermission. Hated Farinelli. Don't agree with others choices of If/Then, Mullinger, Beetlejuice or Amazing Grace. Slave Play pissed me off with its anti-white "taking up too much space" stance.



Slave Play  Dec 22 2019, 07:48:52 PM

I reactivated this thread BUT only dramamama611 IS TAKING ABOUT THIS PLAY!



Slave Play  Dec 20 2019, 03:58:24 PM
 
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Reading the previous comments here shows a majority response from people who haven't even taken the time to see this play - so I don't think it is achieving as much notable biased rabble-rousing reaction as it strives for?

I found this to be an offensive & insulting piece t


Little Shop Cast Recording  Dec 20 2019, 12:06:04 PM

Glad to hear this score getting some new interpretations.
I don't understand how an actor in a Bwy musical could be called "over-qualified" as a singer? (Earier comment from CatsNYrevival.) Have audiences just always seem the shows women in the past to be carrying the scores vocal heft? Does that mean a singing actor makes the music sound too pretty, too legit. vocally? Also,can an actor have a recording contract that allows some artistic control? It seems like the actress


10 Favorite BROADWAY Performances of the Decade  Dec 17 2019, 10:53:51 AM
Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hanson)
Patti Lupone (War Paint)
Alan Cummings (Cabaret)
Cynthia Erivo (Color Purple)
Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy)
Ellen Barkin (Normal Heart)
Joshua Henry (Violet)
Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre...)
Richard Blake (A Bronx Tale)
Kristin Chenowith (On the 20th Cent.)

Special mention for ensembles of Follies (Maxwell, Burstein, Raines, Peters) & It Shoulda Been You (Boggess, Harris, Daly, Howard)


Your Top 10 Shows This Decade  Dec 2 2019, 12:51:27 AM

Matilda
Natasha,Pierre & the Great Comet
War Paint

Follies rev.
Cabaret rev.
Color purple rev.
On the 20th Century rev

Harry Potter
Humans
Inheritance



The Inheritance or Slave Play?  Nov 24 2019, 07:53:24 PM

Inheritance by far. A much superior piece. You can read the published work. (I doubt Slave Play will be so legitimized?) The funny thing is that I enjoyed SP until I pondered it afterwards & then became quite angry about it. (An earlier posting about it that I shared here got completely erased by BW - so I dare utter the same "r*****"word of condemnation I expressed about it?) Inheritance caused me to want more while watching it, but left the theatre feeling so grateful for the

SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW to Play Limited Engagement at the Sondheim  Nov 21 2019, 08:18:06 AM

Luv this dreamlike encounter! So much better than similar constructs (BlueMan, Gadzillion, Stomp, Cirque du Soleil). The clown sketches (co. of 12) touched me, tapping into my inner child, but if you're not inclined that way, the interactive aspects will engage your senses.

Ladies dressed to the 9's with lacquered 'just right' hairdos for later events need to be forewarned to stay away from this one. The forceful in-your-face blower almost freaked me out when a piec


EVITA City center  Nov 13 2019, 05:03:45 PM

This is a hard call. The ENCORES! formula has always relied on classic musicals, thus the emphasis on full orchestras featuring lush romanticism or razzle dazzle over rock operas? I haven't seen any take on EVITA since "Prince of Bwy" presented a tad of its material (which unfortunately failed to resonate with me) & THE FILM, so long ago! I saw the orig. show in 1980 w/the alternate female lead & then 2nd acted it w/LuPone. Having POB not 'do it for me' actually

Favorite cast album for a show you have never seen?  Nov 13 2019, 03:49:28 PM
Celebration; Promises,Promises; No No Nanette

LIGHTNING THIEF Reviews  Oct 16 2019, 08:40:02 PM
Bwy houses are definitely better off staying empty than selling out to poor quality fillers. Hallowed halls are reduced otherwise.

LIGHTNING THIEF Reviews  Oct 16 2019, 07:43:04 PM
Just like our Facebook President, it's a sad state of affairs when a Shubert Bwy Theatre adds amateur crap to its real estate...it's no longer 'real'?

Anyone know who this is as Sweeney opposite Lansbury?  Oct 16 2019, 07:35:37 PM
I don't think it's anyone mentioned herehere.

The Inheritance - Previews  Oct 11 2019, 03:19:04 PM
This is a fabulous double-bill that absolutely requires both parts (unless you're the type who loves leaving after Act 1 of something?) Yes, it's an investment of time (AND money) but it's worth it! See Howard's End prior, or not. Read the script prior, if you want? Just make sure you give yourself the opportunity to be a part of this masterpiece.

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