I saw the show on opening night (my review is linked in the other thread), and although I don't think it was the best show I've seen at the Muny this year, and especially in the past 4 years (since Mike Isaacson took over as Executive Director and everything go noticeably better), I enjoyed it a lot. It's not a groundbreaking production, but I don't expect those at the Muny. Aside from a few relatively minor timing issues (that I mentioned in my review), I thought it was good.
The stage door/gate is easy to spot because of all the people standing around it after shows. In addition to regular audience members there to meet the cast, the crowd seems to be made up largely of family/friends of ensemble members, many of whom are from the area. For shows that have the Muny Kids/Teens in them, the stage door crowd is noticeably bigger, as well, because their families are often waiting for them there.
I've only actually "stage doored" once at the Muny,
Lisa Karlin as Leading Player in PIPPIN (National Tour)
Pearl Sun as Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL (National Tour)
Broadway Bolter Dec 15
2014, 08:52:04 PM
I've never walked out of a show in the middle, when I've paid or with comps. As a reviewer, I feel it's my duty to stay and watch the whole show even when I don't like it. The only case I could see of leaving a show early when I'm there to review it is if there is an extreme emergency, and in that case I would probably write to the producers and explain what happened, and then not review the show unless I'm able to see it on another date.
Also, even when I pay to see the show, I c
Pippin Tour? Dec 14
2014, 06:44:59 PM
I saw the show opening night in St. Louis, and loved it. I didn't see the Broadway production, although I wished I could have. I'm glad I was able to see the tour. It's a very impressive production.
Here's my review:
Seth MacFarlane, as Harold Hill in NBC's The Music Man? Dec 6
2014, 07:51:50 PM
I've seen the clips of McFarlane singing, and I agree he has a good voice, but I also agree with those on this thread who think he doesn't project the likability and vulnerability that Harold Hill should have. Jimmy Fallon would be an interesting idea if he can sing (also Harold doesn't have to be a great singer).
I also think that as great as Kelli O'Hara is, she's too old at this point to be ideal as Marian. I've noticed in her recent TV appearances (the Carousel concert and Peter Pan
The Daily Earworm Oct 6
2014, 07:34:15 PM
Today, and for the past few days, mine have been "How 'Bout a Dance" from BONNIE AND CLYDE (because I just saw a regional production of it) and "The Worst Pies In London" from SWEENEY TODD (because of the PBS broadcast).
Fiddler On The Roof Revival Oct 2
2014, 03:39:17 PM
I don't know about a total re-imagining, like changing the time or place (in fact, I think that would be silly), but after having seen so many different productions that are all staged essentially the same way, it would be interesting to see one that's allowed to change the staging and choreography. As great at the original Jerome Robbins choreography is, every professional production is required to use it, and if you've seen enough productions it's easy to sit in the audience and zone out a lit
Rob McClure & Jenny Powers to star in THE ADDAMS FAMILY Jul 16
2014, 06:28:11 PM
The photos of this production don't really do it justice. I think it looks a lot better from the audience. I actually loved this production. I never saw the Broadway show, but I loved the TV show and liked the movies. I thought the casting was great, and it's a very entertaining show if not a masterpiece writing-wise. It's very, very funny, though, and I'm glad I saw it. Here's my review:
Christopher Walken cast as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live! Jul 16
2014, 12:01:28 AM
I have also seen this show with a male Peter Pan--Francis Jue at the Muny in 2007. He was fine in the role, but whenever he sang I kept thinking the songs work much better with a female voice. It also seemed stranger for some reason to see an adult male in the role rather than an adult female. Maybe if a teenage boy played Peter, it could work but I doubt it. These songs were written to be sung by a woman, and I think they sound best that way.
For other versions of the story, a boy pl
Christopher Walken cast as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live! Jul 13
2014, 06:23:16 PM
If they wanted to cast the closest present-day equivalent to Mary Martin in the role, I think Chenoweth would be the best option in terms of ability, physical type and name recognition. I don't think that's what today's TV audiences are looking for, though (why cast another "Mary Martin" when you can just re-watch Martin's version?) I'm guessing they'll cast it younger.
Also to clarify, I'm not saying Kristin Chenoweth is exactly like Mary Martin, but in terms of thinking about their
Modernized/updated Hammerstein shows? Jul 7
2014, 04:45:47 PM
There's a production of CAROUSEL currently running in London that changes the setting to during the Great Depression. It's been getting good reviews. There are photos from the production on the website.
Dream cast your favorite performers! Jul 1
2014, 12:32:47 AM
Theatregeek6, if you are able to get to St. Louis in August, you'll get your HELLO DOLLY wish. Beth Leavel is scheduled to play Dolly at the Muny from August 11-17.
Tarzan at the Muny Jun 28
2014, 10:11:20 PM
I've been going to Muny shows for 10 years now, and I would say that in the past two years since the new Executive Producer took over, the quality of productions is a vast improvement over the previous years. The general air of the Muny before was of sloppy technical productions with rented costumes and sometimes good performances. I saw some good shows, but not in comparison to the past two years, in which the quality has steadily improved. It's still a mixed bag to a degree, because there ar
Live Blog The Live Sound Of Music Dec 8
2013, 09:42:24 AM
Excellent comments, best12bars! I agree. Her acting was more non-existent than bad, but she did have a few moments that made me think that, with training and without all the pressure and hype of an event like this, she might become a good actress someday.
Live Blog The Live Sound Of Music Dec 8
2013, 07:47:44 AM
Here's a great article from Time Magazine, basically arguing that Underwood was inadvertently set up to fail. I think the writer makes some good points.