| Is there any new talk about the future of BEETLEJUICE? Sep 18
2020, 07:18:54 PM|
Biggest licensing roll out since Shrek. Beyond that? I suspect even the tour will be canned.
| RIP Edward Albee Sep 16
2020, 10:00:03 PM|
But what about Generalissimo Francisco Franco? How is he doing?
| Typos Sep 15
2020, 09:51:15 AM|
I can still hear him lisp-screaming “TELL US A STORY!” With the rapid zoom in on his enlarged head...
| Songwriter Cameos on Cast Recordings Sep 11
2020, 11:43:50 AM|
The Waitress one is an unusual example, because while Bareilles appears at first to be just a pre-recorded chorus vocal, as the show goes on it's heavily implied that she's actually the remembered voice of Jenna's mom. So Bareilles plays a pre-recorded but significant character in the piece... even when she's also in the show, playing her own daughter.
| Do you think the ùPhantom film should have been made earlier? Sep 10
2020, 01:32:22 PM|
I would love to see Jim Carrey do a great movie musical, especially after the premature cancellation of his musical dramedy “Kidding.” But he’s more a Dan in Next to Normal than a Phantom.
| Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers? Sep 9
2020, 10:36:33 AM|
In terms of iconic riffs, wasn’t much of Idina’s music in Rent and Wicked formally rewritten around her riffs because they became so much a part of how the show sounded initially?
But beyond that, Shoshana Bean is a tough act to follow, especially on the Godspell “blue album.”
| Survival Jobs Sep 7
2020, 01:30:54 PM|
I may well be an audience of one, but there are some Broadway/national tour ladies who I would pay out the nose for their OnlyFans...
But I know the real money is in the chorus boys.
| Time For A Gypsy Revival Sep 3
2020, 09:55:36 PM|
Wake me up when it’s GYPSY II: THE BLANCHARDS.
| If one musical survives 200 years from now Sep 3
2020, 09:54:48 PM|
Iambic pentameter might be out of fashion, but people are still writing in it and premiering major works in it.
| If one musical survives 200 years from now Sep 3
2020, 08:04:18 PM|
Sweeney Todd feels like the obvious answer to me: it's a period piece so it's not tied to any ephemeral trends or theatrical movements. It's structurally a classic revenge tragedy, and audiences 500 years ago would find almost nothing alien or unrelatable in it. The music is a universal amalgamation of about 100 years or so of popular and theatrical music in one, so it does not sound explicitly of one time and place; it's classical and opera and musical theatre and folk ballad
| What is your Most loved Episode from any TV show Aug 30
2020, 04:31:21 PM|
Great episode from a forgotten ensemble showcase: the “book burning” episode from “The Crazy Ones.” One of the best examples of farce structure in a sitcom episode outside of “Frazier;” until the day I die I will not hear the word “Frankenstein” without picturing Brad Garrett struck dumb, recoiling from the pyre and suddenly, unmistakably being Boris Karloff.
| re: What's a Charm Song? Aug 30
2020, 03:29:55 PM|
If a charm song is an entertaining piece that moves audience sympathy towards a character, an anti-charm song would be the opposite: an entertaining song that, even if not an outright "villain song" actively moves our sympathies against the character without revealing anything new or deep about their personality or situation.
Tim Minchin fills "Matilda" with anti-charm songs: "Loud," "The Hammer" and "Telly" are prime examples.
| Oklahoma subtext Aug 30
2020, 09:59:21 AM|
Curly ingratiates himself to Jud by sharing and viewing pornography with him. This is enough of a trope that it’s constantly associate with “grooming” of younger boys as sex objects, and the homoeroticism is it is spoofed by Lonely Island on at least one of their songs.
| Favorite Glinda? Aug 29
2020, 10:49:19 PM|
Carol Kane as the demented, homicidal Glinda in “Scrooged.”
| What Show Would You Like To See At Encores? Aug 25
2020, 02:48:27 PM|
The mystique of SMILE is compounded by the fact that the circulating script and the "reference recording" all represent the greatly-improved licensing version of the show, and there's an even BETTER cut of the show produced a few years ago if I recall. The Broadway version, a notorious flop, exists in a bootleg video and basically nowhere else.
So all the questions of "how did this clever, quirky little show fail so bad?" are referencing a version of the show th
| Searching for unsolvable riddles/brainteasers., Aug 21
2020, 01:49:31 PM|
Unsolvable riddles of Broadway:
What does Eliza see when she gasps?
Is the relationship between Hunsecker and his ward in “Sweet Smell of Success” more than it seems?
What happened in that Harold Pinter play?
| Dear Evan Hansen movie? Aug 19
2020, 10:09:07 PM|
Idina is the obvious choice... I wonder if Alanis Morissette herself, who seems to be the vocal model for the role, would want to do it, and is she a good enough actor?
| Lysistrata Jones Aug 17
2020, 11:00:43 AM|
Behold, the most words ever written about “Lysistrata Jones.”
Not that I should poke fun, after spending months reconstructing a complete “Extended edition” libretto to both Cabaret and Rocky Horror...
| Cringe moments in otherwise great shows Aug 15
2020, 01:19:18 PM|
Community theatre productions of the Wizard of Oz where the Tin Man pumps his elbows and goes “Toot Toot,” because they wanted the moment where he spouts steam but couldn’t afford a special effect.
| The Who’s Tommy revival Aug 14
2020, 01:14:12 PM|
Will Townshend do a fourth rewrite on the project? Tommy has always been a bit of a therapy session for him to work out his sexual traumas.
And since his dubious pornography bust finally forced him to address the themes of molestation trauma threaded through 90% of his catalogue, I wonder if he’s still going to have this show be so glib and dismissive about the way half the characters in Act 1 molest Tommy, then are the “lovable comic sidekicks” in Act 2.