My bad Whizzer. Someone mentioned health issues and thought it was you. It was a while back. Apologies for putting that out there. Glad to have you back!
uncageg said: "My bad Whizzer. Someone mentioned health issues and thought it was you. It was a while back. Apologies for putting that out there.Glad to have you back!"I think you’re thinking of Dollypop. Luckily, he’s on the mend and just made a return to Broadway to see Sea Wall/A Life.
Whizzer I hope you enjoyed your travels more than watching The Lightning Thief!
Saw it last night. Mostly disliked it, sometimes hated it. There were a few bright spots here and there, but overall it was just loud, screechy, with a mostly cringey book and mostly generic songs. I was in the mezzanine and just wanted to strangle the lighting designer for the distracting and often BLINDING lights being pointed directed at us. Though that said, it did help keep us awake, for those of us that stayed. I was in side mezzanine, and most of my side didn't come back for Act 2. To me it just felt like a first reading of Be More Chill, especially in that sidekick character that just screamed Michael in the Bathroom - little did I realize the book and direction were by the same folks. Direction was painfully needed. It seem like they said, "We're in a Broadway theatre now, make sure your choices, and your voices, are so loud can be seen by audiences at the Kerr." It's a talented cast but some of them really need some guidance so that their mostly Broadway debuts don't seem so glaringly obvious.Also, the running time is supposed to be 2hrs5mins, but I think it was at least 5-10 more minutes last night, and I don't recall curtain or intermission being unusually delayed.
Saw this last night. Got a rush ticket for $42 around 5 pm for the evening show. I think they were handing them out to anyone that asked as a guy in front of me also got a pair and someone behind me asked what a rush ticket was after I bought mine. We were all seated near each other in the front orchestra on the side(rows B & C). Overall it's a fun production with the cast giving it everything. But it's so easy to get lost in the show in what is really a show suited more for off-Broadway or even the college ranks. The theater looked empty, which for a Saturday night, isn't good. There's so much to take in and part of me just stopped caring what was going on by the end of Act 1. Act 2 is the better act, but I still didn't care. Outside of a few songs(Good Kid, My Grand Plan, D.O.A., The Last Day of Summer), this show is just completely scattered. Kudos to everyone in the cast for making their Broadway debuts in this. The show ran at just over 2 hours, which included a long intermission(20+ minutes?). This show could easily be cut down to a 100 minute, intermission-less production. The costumes are cheap, the set is cheap, the 5 piece band is cheap. Apparently, from talking to people at intermission, nothing changed from the tour to Broadway. They had one "brush-up" rehearsal before moving into the Longacre. That's unbelieveable.They had time to tweek things and they chose not to.However, somehow the audience loved it, and just from judging from the orchestra, it was mostly families with young kids and what seemed like plenty of family & friends of the cast & crew there. I can't imagine this getting good reviews and I'd still be surprised to see this finish its entire 16-week run. I get the point on why they brought this to Broadway(see: Be More Chill), but this just feels so out of place on Broadway.
Jorrel Javier is out this weekend, so you probably saw his understudy, Izzy Figueroa. Honestly, Figueroa was a standout last night along with Steele. The rest of the characters were forgettable.
I saw this today. I felt like it was a middle school production of something. What a terrible decision. This belongs in regional theaters/middle schools only. Yikes.
After getting back from this tonight, I can't shake the feeling how there seemed to be no energy in the audience. There was no buzz, no juice, no excitement. Sat in the third row of the orchestra and maybe the entire theater was half filled. Even the staff seemed over it.As for the show, it is what it is. I give the cast credit for trying to make it work. The production values, it's already been said here numerous times.
Well, since you were there... you apparently?
Jordan Catalano said: "There were so few people at the show today, they closed off the mezz and balcony. WHO IS PAYING TO KEEP THIS OPEN??"Some portion (take off the 1st and last and dig in) of: Martian Entertainment, Victoria Lang, Lisa Chanel, Jennifer Doyle & Roy Lennox, Van Dean/Meredith Lucio, O'Hara/Rae/Zurcher, Wei-Hwa Huang, Tosha Martin, Cara Talty, Fisher/Jacobs Baker/Masotti/Prince, SJGH Productions and TheaterWorksUSA
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