In about 1980 my parents and I went to see the local Catholic H.S. production of South Pacific and got to hear a high school Bloody Mary yelling, "Bastard!!!" The nuns sitting in front of us were not fazed.
Meanwhile a few years later a different local Catholic H.S. put on Two Gentlemen of Verona, although they did make some changes to Thurio's Samba.
"I think it’s worth noting again that Dominique Morisseau who wrote the book for Ain’t Too Proud actually retweeted the article in agreement, she wants the audience to participate in her shows."
Interesting. The writer of the book encouraging audience participation during someone else's part of the show. I wonder if she would be as generous if people "participated" during the book scenes: "Boooo
Several years ago in a previous thread on this subject I had proposed any of the Ealing comedies, in particular Passport to Pimlico.
I had specifically called out one of them as an exception, however, because it would be too difficult: Kind Hearts and Coronets, which we all know became A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. So that's my track record. Of course I could tell myself that someone read my post and took it as a challeng
Stephen Sondheim, guilt-ridden after reading recent broadwayworld threads, admitted to being a talentless hack and that his success is totally due to his boyhood friendship with the son of influential Broadway composer and producer Oscar Hammerstein II.
"I don't really have much talent, you see, and it was very important to have the support of Mr. Hammerstein in the beginning. He was like a second father to me, and I gotta tell you, I used that
Jarethan said: "I would love it if they did a few of his driving along singing episodes -- whatever they are called -- say with Angela Lansbury and / or Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, etc., the greats only and things they are associated with...ideally any composers could at least carry a tune, if not sing well. (Bette Midler doing a few Hello Dolly songs, Liza Minelli...Kander and Ebb). Since it would be taped, it would
Divine's Edna was not intended to be "Gee, that's a man playing a women" so much as "Sheesh, that is one ugly slob of a woman." Then through the course of the film the audience realizes that, despite their appearances (which the audience pre-judged), the Turnblads had more class than just about anyone else in the story. I felt that was what John Waters was trying to depict. This is why I so disl
Do you avoid Manistee, Michigan? Aug 7
2013, 09:56:08 AM
By coincidence I was just in Manistee yesterday morning. US 31 runs right through it so it's hard to avoid unless you know the back roads, which I don't. Happened to drive past the community theater (9 to 5, Peter Pan, Rocky Horror this season). Seemed like a nice little town. But I guess everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.
I just got an image in my head of those in queue saying to the line monitor, in Cool Hand Luke fashion, "Goin' potty, boss!" and a rifle-toting man in mirrored sunglasses silently nods his approval.
Cute little lyrics you love Jun 19
2013, 03:32:18 PM
It's the fragment, not the day. It's the pebble, not the stream. It's the ripple, not the sea that is happening.
Not the building but the beam, Not the garden but the stone, Only cups of tea and history and someone in a tree.
My favorite line from "You're the Top" is probably
You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire.
Adam Pascal sounds off on the haters! Jun 5
2013, 04:23:13 PM
Do we realy need a new thread every time someone flubs a line in a show? It's live theater for cryin' out loud. When I "pay good money" to see a show, it's with the knowledge that I'm seeing a live performance where anything can happen. Wasn't there a thread a while back where people shared examples of mistakes they had seen on stage. It was lighthearted and not meant to point out the deficencies of the performers. But starting a thread specifically for one performance is pretty lame. Pasca
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Previews May 29
2013, 11:55:49 AM
I saw a local production of this at a small black box theater in Minneapolis last fall and I liked it a lot. The style is very reminiscent of The 39 Steps (which I saw on Broadway and loved) wherein 1 actor plays the main part and the rest of of the small wacky cast plays everyone else. I'm glad to see this show made it to the big time.
Hello Dolly Tour - Sally Struthers May 7
2013, 12:26:39 PM
I saw her as Dolly several years ago at a community theater in Bloomington MN where a close friend of hers was artistic director at the time. As an audience member I quite enjoyed the performance. Surrounded by high school students and other non-professionals (albeit several with theater degrees) she never came across as any kind of diva. She seemed like an incredibly generous performer who let others take the spotlight and was genuinely proud to be performing with them. Attitudes like that