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Hugh Jackman in The Music Man

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Posted: 9/19/19 at 3:26pm

GiantsInTheSky2 said: "I just don’t get the hype around him in THIS - he has been on a world tour doing showtunes, standards, etc and IIRC, there was a whole thread on the tour and how sales weren’t as strong as they could be. In general I don’t think The Music Man is as good of a show as Hello Dolly, but I am looking forward to Sutton being back on Broadway."

The Music Man is a much better show than Hello Dolly.  It’s not even up for debate.  Better plot.  More conflict.  More romantic.  More detailed characters.  Better score.  Hello Dolly barely has a story and there are no ballads as good as Til There Was You.  The barbershop quartet music is better than anything on Hello Dolly.  There’s a reason The Music Man beat out West Side Story for the Tony.

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Posted: 9/19/19 at 3:35pm
This show will definitely not need any press, but I hope Hugh Jackman goes on SNL doing the “Two Sides” sketch and gives us some Music Man moments
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Posted: 9/19/19 at 7:49pm

Speed said: "GiantsInTheSky2 said: "I just don’t get the hype around him in THIS - he has been on a world tour doing showtunes, standards, etc and IIRC, there was a whole thread on the tour and how sales weren’t as strong as they could be. In general I don’t think The Music Man is as good of a show as Hello Dolly, but I am looking forward to Sutton being back on Broadway."

The Music Man is a much better show than Hello Dolly. It’s not even up for debate. Better plot. More conflict. More romantic. More detailed characters. Better score. Hello Dolly barely has a story and there are no ballads as good as Til There Was You. The barbershop quartet music is better than anything on Hello Dolly. There’s a reason The Music Man beat out West Side Story for the Tony.
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it  was also 1958(ish) when it beat out WSS, just as Sound of Music had beaten Gypsy the season before.  I don't think that wins  your argument.  I will take a good production of HD over one of MM any day, which just illustrates once again that we all have our own tastes.

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Posted: 9/19/19 at 10:36pm

Hello, Dolly and Music Man are not shows of the same genre and should not be compared head-on. Hello, Dolly is a farce. "A light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot."

Music Man is a romantic comedy. You're supposed to care about the characters. Music Man induces tears in some people (like me) at the climax. No tears from Dolly except maybe of laughter.

Some people think that farce is a silly and foolish waste of time. Some people think that romantic comedy is sentimental treacle. There is room for both and what is important is that both are near the head of their genres.

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Posted: 9/19/19 at 10:53pm

OlBlueEyes said: "Hello, Dolly and Music Man are not shows of the same genre and should not be compared head-on. Hello, Dolly is a farce. "Alight dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot."

Music Man is a romantic comedy. You're supposed to care about the characters. Music Man induces tears in some people (like me) at the climax. No tears from Dolly except maybe of laughter.

Some people think that farce is a silly and foolish waste of time. Some people think that romantic comedy is sentimental treacle. There is room for both and what is important is that both are near the head of their genres.
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I appreciate your post. Theatregoers are lucky to be seeing revivals, albeit in adjoining seasons, of very good examples of these two types of theatrical entertainment.

It is ironic that the theatre which housed the inaugural staging of West Side Story (Winter Garden) is now heavily speculated ( can't think of a more apt word) to house the 2020 revival of The Music Man.

 

 

Updated On: 9/19/19 at 10:53 PM
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Posted: 9/20/19 at 12:37am
The ticket prices are pearl-clutchingly high for this one.
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Posted: 9/20/19 at 12:44pm

bryan2 said: "If you haven't seen Hugh live in a Broadway show you have no clue what he is like live.
He is beyond description. I never liked him very much until seeing him in Boy From Oz...and I could not believe the wonderful feeling he gave the entire audience..very similar to the way Bette made you feel like you were in the room with greatness. I do believe the Music Man is one of the best musicals ever written and with the right Harold Hill it is amazing. I do have reservations about Sutton Foster..her voice to me is not Marion and I cant really believe she would accept this part...." I loved her in Milly ..perfect part for her I thought...and in Chaperone she was good...but I want to be proven wrong..
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I agree with you - he is a different animal - live.  I saw him as an afterthought in The Boy from Oz because my mom and I liked Peter Allen and we were blown away.  We also saw his one-man show in 2011 - so we were not going to miss this. 

On Sutton - yeah - I hope they don't change the original keys to the score that much to accommodate her - I think some of those songs need to be in a certain register to really be effective.  But who knows - maybe she has a soprano voice that she rarely uses.  Personally when they announced Hugh Jackman in this show - I thought the casting was perfect for him - but I was hoping for Audra McDonald when they said it was an older actress - that would have been phenomenal.  But - Sutton has succeeded in everything else she has done so far - so I hope to be pleasantly surprised. 

On another random note on the score - I saw Shirley Jones in a concert at a casino in Mississippi around 15 years ago - and she could still sing her songs from The Music Man, Carousel, and Oklahoma in the original keys - at 70!  When I got to talk to her afterwards and remarked on it - she said she was glad someone finally noticed :)

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Posted: 9/21/19 at 6:36pm

LOVE the very short clip of Hugh in rehearsal--what a performance this will be.

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Posted: 9/21/19 at 8:01pm

SweetLips22 said: "LOVE the very short clip of Hugh in rehearsal--what a performance this will be."

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2eJZt1HSKW/

I did not notice the first time I saw the clip...but the  sound and rhythm of the tapdance seem like that of band music!  That was why Hugh referred to a band in his post wink

Warren is probably testing some dance routines with Hugh - isn't there some kind of lab work they're supposed to be working on?

 

 

Updated On: 9/21/19 at 08:01 PM
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Posted: 9/22/19 at 1:36pm
Great anecdote about Shirley Jones. That must have left you pretty high.
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Posted: 9/25/19 at 5:22pm

I bought one of the $159 -Mezz Row E seats on the aisle and now I can't go! UGH. Almost every show I've had tickets for recently I've had to reschedule.

<smacks head>

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Posted: 9/25/19 at 5:44pm

Flowerlovestage5 said: "I bought one of the $159 -Mezz Row E seats on the aisle and now I can't go! UGH. Almost every show I've had tickets for recently I've had to reschedule."

It should be easy to make an argument to Telecharge about getting a refund, since (A) the theatre hasn't been announced, and (B) the seating chart isn't identical to the Winter Garden. When they announce the theatre, just call up and say you didn't know it would be in the Winter Garden. If they press you, say something like "I'm working til 8pm and could have made it to the Imperial in time, but the extra 10 minutes to get to the Winter Garden would make me late" blablabla.

I imagine they have to give anyone a refund if requested, because of the venue mystery.

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Posted: 9/25/19 at 5:49pm

ErmengardeStopSniveling:  That's a great idea --- I'll give it a try.  I didn't think this far out I would run into a scheduling conflict but I have.

I'd sell the ticket at face value but they haven't released them yet.

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Posted: 9/25/19 at 5:51pm

I'm sure you could get rid of it on StubHub, at MINIMUM face value (likely higher).

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Posted: 9/25/19 at 11:16pm
Telecharge are usually very accommodating ... as long as you are able to buy a new ticket over the phone with them to replace the ticket you can’t use. They will put you on hold and call somebody affiliated with the office of the Music Man producers, and ask if it is ok to exchange your ticket(s). I have never been told no ... I think I have probably had to call to exchange for one reason or the other at least a dozen times. Then they will charge you for the new ticket(s) on a date when you can go, and once that has gone through they will refund your original ticket. I have had a true emergency before, and in that case whomever they spoke to agreed to refund me without an exchange/new purchase. But I think that is probably more of a 50/50 proposition.
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Posted: 10/8/19 at 11:11am
Just saw Sutton perform almost 90 minutes nonstop at a concert, and she is just so talented! I think she does have some soprano upper register awaiting to be heard, and I cannot wait to see how she brings Marian to life!
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Posted: 10/16/19 at 6:27am

If it isn't the Winter Garden does anyone know how they will handle changing the tickets. Do they just assign you a new seat in the same section/price range, do they call to tell you or email or do you need to login and do something.

Asking because I want to buy tickets for my great aunt and her husband but they are not internet users and don't have a cell phone so I just want the change over to be as easy as possible for them if it comes to that. Maybe I should give my contact details. 

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Posted: 10/16/19 at 6:37am

I can't help but wonder...would this show have rush...and if so what time would people start lining up...or would it be like Springsteen with lottery-but a ridiculously high priced lottery. Hmmm. 

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Posted: 10/16/19 at 8:54am

magictodo123 said: "I can't help but wonder...would this show have rush...and if so what time would people start lining up...or would it be like Springsteen with lottery-but a ridiculously high priced lottery. Hmmm."

Yo, maybe ask in a year when it starts previews. 

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Posted: 10/16/19 at 11:26am

Bit the bullet and bought tickets for January 2021. Row H in the side section, around $280 with fees. I believe I'm 5 seats in from the very end of the row - any estimated guesses if this seat will be partial view? I've never been in the Winter Garden (assuming that is the theatre) so have nothing to go off except 'view from my seat' pics. 


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