While I am exasperated by the mediocre programming at Center Theatre Group (CTG), I do feel that there are quire a few obstacles in improving their programming.
First of all, the typical CTG subscriber is of retirement edge and is not going to be interested in avant-garde or experimental work. The Ahamanson's production of Soft Power didn't exactly pack them in. When Michael Richie was first hired, the LA Times asked him what his favorite play of all time was. He ans
While I agree that this is the worst Ahmanson season since 1993, when I subscribed for the first time, this has nothing to do with artistic taste or bad management.
The subscription model has been failing in most major regional theatres, and The Ahmanson has been especially badly suffering from drop in subscription sales. The average age of the Ahamanson subscriber is 72 and rising. The big donors in LA tend to give money to the Philharmonic and to Art Museums.
dramamama611 said: "This 'feels' like the best reviewed show of the season. I know that doesn't mean anything, necessarily for the Tony Awards, but it puts Tootsie AS the frontrunner, yes?
I think Santino Fontana (Best Actor in a Musical) and Robert Horn (Best Book of a musical) are both shoo-ins for a TONY. I would bet on TOOTSIE also winning best musical. It's a show that will do well on tour and it's a lot more accessible than Hadestown.
Mike Barrett said: "If Katrina tours I’ll be literally so happy"
I am guessing that Katrina would probably tour if they give her over-the-top billing and pay her a premium. Going on tour is quite taxing and hard on people's personal lives. If I were her, I'd be auditioning for non-singing roles. I had the fortune of seeing her in quite a few plays and musicals in LA. I wouldn't be surprised to see her headlining a non-musical play on Broadway or off
Since there are lot of people with inside info on this board--- are there any shows that are yet to be announced for Spring of 2019 (in time for Tony Cut-off) that could still announce opening? (For example, Kinky Boots is closing. Is there a show that could open up in time for the Tonys in that theatre?)
I haven't seen the production YET but I'd like to mention a couple of observations:
- Some critics liked and some hated the new choreography. While Agnes De Mille's original choregraophy is iconic, it's of its time (1945). One could argue that new choreography could make us see this show with new eyes.
- As wonderful as the Hytner revival was, most people forget that Billy was played by Michael Hayden, a wonderful actor but not a sin
Dollypop said: "Somehow I feel Charle Stemp would be a knock-out in the lead."
Charlie Stemp would be perfect casting. I do believe, however, that he is contracted to Hello Dolly! in May. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. And yes, Warren Carlyle is the perfect choice to direct this show.
Is there a chance this could go to Broadway for a limited run? I realize there's no way this production would even break even but maybe someone is passionate about the show and is willing to lose $15 million?
(And if only the reviewers would stop referring to the show as second-tier)
What I'm hearing from an unconfirmed source is that Lauren Ambrose is their choice for Eliza but that they have yet to find an actor for Higgins, their top 5 choices (including Firth and Kline) passed and now they're still desperately seeking a "name". At the rate this is going, we will end up getting an old TV name like Barry Bostwick or a Bristish stage actor like Douglas Hodge or Henry Goodman. I personally think Robert Sean Leonard would be ideal as Higgins, but hi
I saw it in La Jolla yesterday. It's an entertaining critic-proof jukebox musical in the same vein as Mamma Mia. The plot "excuses" for songs can be pretty lame. For example, a character is looking for a salt shaker so the plot can segue into the "Margaritaville" song ("Wasted away again in Margaritaville, searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.) The cast are all talented. The score is a Jimmy Buffet greatest hits collection. Lisa Howard is definitely