Has anyone seen/heard anything about this production yet? Im planning on going in a couple weeks, but would like to know what others think! I love George Abud, so Im very excited to get to see him in a leading roleOn another notedoes anyone know anything about stagedooring at the Paramount in Aurora? Are the actors stagedooring at all? EDIT: for any students wanting to see the show, I did message asking about student rush! They have a $10 student rush, one per ID (only for college students)
I'm reviewing it next weekend, so fingers crossed! Not sure of the stage door situation, unfortunately.
Thank you for mentioning this. I live nearby and hadn't heard a word about it.I just bought a ticket!
pc1145N said: "Thank you for mentioning this. I live nearby and hadn't heard a word about it.I just bought a ticket!"Awesome! What date are you going? I’d love to know what you think!
A0326T said: "I am from Chicago and subscribe to Paramount Aurora series and I am seeing this and looking forward to it as wel, with Mr Doyle directing,on the 26th May. And an original.Hope to see this transfer to Broadway."It is based on a movie of same name.
See this in a few weeks.I gotta say I'm really liking this song.https://wgnradio.com/2019/04/28/dean-richards-sunday-morning-4-28-19-lin-manuel-miranda-august-rush-avengers-endgame/It's at 40 minute mark.The show is 90min
We saw this last night! John Doyle's direction was wonderful and beautiful at times. The leads (August, his parents and Hope!) we excellent. In true Doyle fashion the entire cast plays instruments and he effectively weaves them in and out throughout the entire show so the show has many seamless transitions from scene to scene. The music is beautiful, but at times seems repetitive and not as memorable as you'd think especially since about 85% of the show is sung. Overall, we enjoyed the production, I'm sure they are still working on it - the ending seem to happen very quickly. Also, there's no intermission and no merchandise. The audience seemed to love it as well - lots of "bravos" and standing ovation.
I don't think it would be possible for me to disagree with the previous post more. This "show" is terrible. There I said it. I saw the show on Tuesday and have been living with it since then trying to find something positive to write. I did not see the source movie and still really don't know what was going on onstage. Pure randomness. It had a very high school "let's put on a show" feel for me.I've seen John Doyle's shows before and loved Sweeny Todd. Patti LuPone, playing a tuba was genius. But here we are many years later and the schtick is old. There doesn't really seem to be any benefit to the actors playing instruments. I've never felt like I should get my money back after seeing a show I didn't particularly like but I really felt robbed with this "show."There was tons of merchandise. Windowcards ($10.00) Magnets ($5.00) Key chains and tons of hoodies.
Reviews so far:https://www.theatreinchicago.com/august-rush/reviews/9879/https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-Critics-Sound-Off-On-The-World-Premiere-of-AUGUST-RUSH-THE-MUSICAL-20190507
Yikes, most of the reviews were pretty negative. Makes me sad because I think the Paramount was really taking a chance on this show, and wanting the theater to become a hub for pre-broadway engagements. I hope this doesn't stop them from continuing that effort. It's a great theater. They have another world premiere this season, THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, I'm sure they're anticipating a better reception for that.
Note: The Secret of My Success opens next season in February, 2020.https://paramountaurora.com/broadway/
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