I have always hated Oklahoma, although there are clearly a number of great songs. The reason I hated it was because I felt it was too corny, that the Ado Annie/Will Parker/Ali Hakim storyline was almost embarrassing in its cuteness, and I have never liked the big ballet. Reading these write-ups, I actually now want to see it...it doesn't sound like corny and cuteness are part of this. Did they change the text or is nit all about more sexual innuendo or body language
I have to admit that I can never remember not wanting to see a big musical as much as I don't want to see this, between the Washington reception and the fact that I HATED the movie. I hope I am wrong, as Broadway ALWAYS benefits from a new hit musical.
I fear that -- if Tootsie disappoints -- this will be an abysmal season for big musicals and maybe musicals period. I at least admit that my disinterest in seeing Hadestown could be very wrong.
Two productions that I thought were very different between Boston and NYC, 40 years apart, were Dear World and Finding Neverland. Dear World received mediocre reviews in Boston and managed to eliminate some of the best stuff. It was very different an a lot worse. There were so many things to love, but the show went from a B (with some beautiful A quality scenes) to a C- (while still having some lovely moments). I have always wondered what would have happened
I have to admit that I don't remember a lot, but that I loved Malkovich, who got some pretty bad reviews from some critics (there weren't as many in those days); he wasn't even nominated for a Tony because of the whole question of whether he was overacting or not. Joan Allen, who I have always liked, won an undeserved Tony; I always assumed that it was a consolation for not winning the Tony the year before for Th
I was being sort of snarky, because I have to admit that I went from having a huge grin for the first 15 minutes or so to being bored out of my mind foraged chunk of the rest of the show. Also, it is not a show that ever seems to get revived (at least any place where I have actually lived over the last decades.
While Follies has some real flaws -- I will be happy t
Broadway61004 said: "Jarethan said: "Avenue Q beating Wicked for Best Musical. I can't imagine anyone expected that."
Certainly this goes down as a huge surprise, but I think what's forgotten is there actually was a lot of buzz building for Avenue Q in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. The Moonlight and La La Land Oscarskind of reminded me of it--La La Land was the behemoth that most people assumed would win and most likely predicted, but peo
haterobics said: "So if a show is doing well, the conventional wisdom is that a movie would kill its grosses. But if a show isn't doing well, a movie would help its grosses?
Seems like it should always do the same thing, no?"
If you are inferring that from my post, I do not agree. I do not feel that The Lion King will be hurt a speck by the movie; if Frozen were released right now, I bet it would spur interest in the show, i.e., tickets would bec
Miles2Go2 said: "You mean film the staged version or a new movie adaption of the musical? Either one could further dilute the Broadway show. People would figure they don’t need to see this staged version since they saw the movie. Plus movie musicals are dicey propositions as many don’t recoup not to mention that financing of movies is often separate than financing of Broadway productions. Beautiful has done very well. It recouped a long time ago. It is in the small club o
Miles2Go2 said: "I have noted posters stating that this is a fun show and that Driver and Uranowitz are humorous. I was under the impression that this was primarily a drama from the promotion photos and especially from the description:
“When a mysterious death brings together two unlikely strangers, their explosive connection sparks a chemistry too fiery to ignore. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and co-starring To
I am surprised that I even opened this post because I usually ignore topics with over-the-top subject lines.
Evan Hansen is absolutely NOT a sociopath. He is a kid sad and lonely kid, a complete outsider (we learn that in the first five minutes of the show) who unintentionally fumbles his way into becoming more accepted, particularly by the girl he has secretly pined for for for a long time. This sudden taste of receiving the slightest interest, particularly
My initial reaction was I wonder he can carry a tune (probably more than that, given Max's songs), because it seemed like a great idea; then I though that, if they are going to try to make her seem younger, will they have to address the fact that he is so much older than her, like 30 years or so. Then I thought that it took place in 19650's Hollywood, and there were probably plenty of May - December marriages and romances. If he can sing (I guess they could dub him if he c
QueenAlice said: "For the movie to work at all, the filmmakers have to be able to suspend the audiences belief that Close is her actual age. In this story, Close is playing a woman in her earlyt 50s. Period. The pure historical fact that film didn’t become popular entertainment until the 1910s dictates this. Unless they change the year the story is set in, Norma Desmond is 50ish.
I frankly think everyone is likely making too big a deal of Close’s actual age. It
I have to admit that I am not a big Shakespeare fan. To the best of my recollection, I can only remember three times when I have purchased tickets prior to opening:
1. The Macbeth with Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson that played the Hellinger a thousand years ago. It was a bloody bore, badly reviewed by the critics, and IT WAS SHORT. Despite its relative brevity, I was bored out of my mind. Even the scene where she tried to ge
I really like the idea of Chris Pine, but wonder whether (if it really happens) whether he is too young for Close. Where does the 'yuk' factor kick in? With a little more back-story, couldn't they explain why Joe is almost 50 (could he also be a has-been?) and cast a Jackman or maybe a Patrick Wilson, who is at least mid-forties?
I imagine there must be some other handsome actors who can sing and are in their mid-to-late forties, who I
EJ24642 said: "Jarethan said: "Does anyone know when their original run was scheduled to close?"
I believe they were originally running through March 17, and their first extension was to April 28th"
Which means that, had they not extended, they would have made a sliver of a profit at best, while selling out the entire time. I guess the investors were banking on Cranston getting the type of reviews he did. Had he
broadwayboy222 said: "Any predictions for Tampa? Based on the other 4 major florida cities, I’d predict: - Miss Saigon - Mean Girls - Escape To Margaritaville - Aladdin - Summer
Wild Card Tossups - Band’s Visit (not announced for any other FL cities thus far though in the past Straz has gotten other shows as their only FL stop such as Fun Home and If/Then) - Once On This Island (not announced for any other FL cities thus