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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #1
Posted: 10/10/15 at 7:02pm

Did anyone know they were making a Stephen Schwarz musical revue? I want to see this!!

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Princess-Cruises-Premieres-Stephen-Schwartzs-New-Musical-Revue-MAGIC-TO-DO-20151010

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #2
Posted: 10/10/15 at 8:09pm

Looks fascinating! I also saw an ad today for a new Australian concert tour of Stephen Schwartz material starring Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley.

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #3
Posted: 10/10/15 at 8:12pm

Now And Forever is much better.

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #4
Posted: 10/11/15 at 9:45am

No it is not .

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #5
Posted: 10/11/15 at 10:01am

Because so many things of quality come from a cruise ship.

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #6
Posted: 10/11/15 at 10:42am

I certainly wouldn't book a cruise just to see this, but it does look entertaining.

 

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #7
Posted: 10/11/15 at 3:01pm

Exactly. If your going on that cruise ship anyway, I am sure it will be better than the standard cruise ship entertainment. 

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #8
Posted: 10/11/15 at 3:23pm

It is a little weird that this is premiering on a cruise ship, but hey, if its good, its good.

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Stephen Schwartz's New Musical Revue #9
Posted: 10/11/15 at 6:41pm

With any revue, there should be a mix of standards and well known numbers and those that were cut and are lesser known.

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 9:41pm

Mr Roxy said: "With any revue, there should be a mix of standards and well known numbers and those that were cut and are lesser known.

 

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"Should be", Mr. R, but I doubt you'll get the lesser known songs on a cruise ship, no more than you will in a "Broadway revue" in Las Vegas. Not unless they are seriously preparing the show for New York.

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#11
Posted: 10/12/15 at 3:31am

This is the concert they are doing in Sydney if anyone is interested. http://www.defyinggravitytheconcert.com

I booked my tickets today. Great line up of stars.

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#12
Posted: 10/12/15 at 10:06am

I was actually astonished at the song selection of the Broadway revue that was performed on the Celebrity Equinox for quite a few years. (We were on that gorgeous ship back in 2010 and again in 2012-- same show more or less.) Amidst all the expected schlock, they actually managed a respectable Sondheim medley of 4 songs, including (if I recall correctly) "Putting It Together", "You Could Drive a Person Crazy", "Being Alive", and culminating in a performance of "Send in the Clowns" with an entire Cirque-du-Soleil- style pas de deux performed upstage behind the singer! Hysterical!

 

And Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas has a truly legitimate bang-up one-act production of CHICAGO that really knocked our socks off! Same staging and every bit the equal of the current Broadway production. (Or if that sounds like faint praise, consider it far superior to the Broadway company.) 

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#13
Posted: 10/12/15 at 10:17am

Will the singing and band be live for the Schwartz revue, or will it be the cruise-ship standard of half live, half click track with lip sync?

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Posted: 10/12/15 at 10:55am

Can't say with any certainty, but that CHICAGO production mimicked the Broadway revival set with the band onstage so, yes, for that show they had a respectable live band. The Equinox show's instrumental score was entirely prerecorded. As for singing, my recollection is that in most cases only the soloists are singing live. Any ensemble singing seems to be prerecorded.

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#15
Posted: 10/12/15 at 4:42pm

Someone, it may just be that the ensemble track was "sweetened". That was the procedure at THE FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES: the ensemble was singing live to a prerecorded track "sweetened" by vocalists imported from L.A. It was the only way the cast could simultaneously dance full out and also appear to sing full out.

 

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Myself, I wouldn't call that Sondheim medley "obscure". Okay, so they weren't singing "Cabaret", but those are among the most recognizable Sondheim songs and "Send in the Clowns" is his one, true commercial hit.

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#16
Posted: 10/13/15 at 8:28am

mtchairs said: "This is the concert they are doing in Sydney if anyone is interested. http://www.defyinggravitytheconcert.com

 

I booked my tickets today. Great line up of stars."

Don't remind me! I'm desperate to see this (Sutton Foster! In Australia!) but I have tickets to something in Melbourne on the Sunday night that I'm not willing to miss and is a only on that weekend and I just don't think I can justify the flights to Sydney for such a short time. Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney Why does it have to be that weekend?!

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Defying Gravity Concert in Sydney#17
Posted: 10/14/15 at 2:21am

What's the relationship between the Sydney concert and the cruise ship revue? (it seems odd this thread is trying to service both topics).

The Sydney concerts are selling very well. Both will be sold out for sure before the performance date. Exciting!

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