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Martin McDonagh's "Hangmen" will finally transfer to Broadway

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http://www.playbill.com/article/off-broadway-hit-hangmen-will-make-broadway-debut-in-2020?fbclid=IwAR2keNot5sFUDUo4GoGZ4AhLGt3T3IH1n4j7n_Pz1SMKRRtyuybpG-vHx0g

After its hit run at the Atlantic, this show had a ton of buzz to transfer to Broadway a couple years ago, then the rumor was that it fell through due to a conflict from a key cast member (if I recall correctly). 

Now, it's finally happening!

Personally, i had mixed feelings about the show when I saw it on the West End. I thought it started and ended well, but had a very slow middle. Still, I'm glad for them that it's finally getting this transfer! 

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 10:13 AM
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Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:45am

Weird...it was enjoyable at Atlantic (two years before its Bway transfer) but I figured its narrow window of buzz/Broadway interest had passed. I believe it had a theatre and everything for Spring 2018 and then things fell through when the lead actor's wife became pregnant.

What a crazy year for new plays on Broadway! Reminds me of 2017 all over again.

The Inheritance
The Lehman Trilogy
Slave Play
Hangman
Grand Horizons
The Sound Inside
The Minutes
A Christmas Carol
Birthday Candles
My Name Is Lucy Barton
The Height of the Storm

Linda Vista
Sea Wall/A Life

The Great Society

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 10:45 AM
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It's so nice that people are interested in seeing work from Phoebe Waller-Bridge's boyfriend!

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Still seems like The Sound Inside is the best play front runner so far.
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SouthernCakes said: "Still seems like The Sound Inside is the best play front runner so far."


If we're going by reviews alone, Slave Play probably received the most effusive reviews, and it feels more "important" than Sound Inside, which is well-written & well-acted but kind of slight. I don't even know if Sound is guaranteed a nomination at this point.

Tony voters still might like The Inheritance better than the critics. The writing has an accessible/commercial quality, it has a better chance of still being open around nomination time, and it wouldn't be the worst thing for voters to skip Part 2!

Inheritance could still win (or be nominated for) the Pulitzer Prize, too.

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That list is missing The Lehman Trilogy, which will definitely be a contender for Best Play, too. What an embarrassment of riches this season.

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True, but with Slave Play not extending, it may slip voters minds. 

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RippedMan said: "True, but with Slave Play not extending, it may slip voters minds."

I really don't think that's of much consideration if we look at last year's nominees and winners. Boys in the Band won revival and Choir Boy got the nomination over box office smashes like Mockingbird and Network.

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Posted: 11/18/19 at 12:53pm

RippedMan said: "True, but with Slave Play not extending, it may slip voters minds."

Is it definitely not extending? Man i wish I could see it again during my spring visit.

Edit: just noticed the theater Hangman's going in. Agh. Waiting for a miracle I suppose.

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Valentina3 said: "RippedMan said: "True, but with Slave Play not extending, it may slip voters minds."

Is it definitely not extending? Man i wish I could see it again during my spring visit.
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I've been told it has the potential to extend for another week or two, but "Hangman" has to take over the Golden mid-February.

Updated On: 11/18/19 at 12:56 PM
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Posted: 11/18/19 at 2:48pm

I hope he has taken the time to give it a second draft.  It was under-developed.

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Posted: 11/18/19 at 3:16pm

PianoMann said: "That listis missingThe Lehman Trilogy, which will definitely be a contender for Best Play, too. What an embarrassment of riches this season."

I enjoyed The Lehman Trilogy, but -- and I do think others shared my opinion -- I think it got 'less great' with each successive act.  IMO Act 1 was an A+, Act 2 was a B+, and Act 3 was a C+.  I really thought that Act 3 was confusing (and I spent my entire career in Banking and Brokerage), and the last part was pretty much a mess.  I think that will hurt its chances.  I also think it is going to be a challenge deciding how to nominate the actors, although I do think that Simon Russell Beale stood out in a great cast.

 
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Posted: 11/18/19 at 3:17pm

I don't see the point if Johnny Flynn doesn't come back with it. McDonagh is a favorite but even I thought this was second-tier work.

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I enjoyed The Lehman Trilogy, but -- and I do think others shared my opinion -- I think it got 'less great' with each successive act. IMOAct 1 was an A+, Act 2 was a B+, and Act 3 was a C+. I really thought that Act 3 was confusing (and I spent my entire career in Banking and Brokerage), and the last part was pretty much a mess. I think that will hurt its chances.

 

I actually felt the opposite about it, starting off on the weaker side and then getting stronger and stronger with each Act and generation. The 3rd person perspective was a lull and unexciting device to wrap me in from the get-go, but as it went on I became extremely invested and found the ending extremely exciting. The ending will also carry weight with the Tony voters, knowing that they lived through the event and were around the same age as the people in the company when it collapsed. I have definitely spoken to a handful of native New Yorker's who found the symbolic use of the cardboard boxes very emotionally charged.

 

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Posted: 11/18/19 at 7:02pm

 "I think it got 'less great' with each successive act. IMOAct 1 was an A+, Act 2 was a B+, and Act 3 was a C+. I really thought that Act 3 was confusing (and I spent my entire career in Banking and Brokerage), and the last part was pretty much a mess."

 

I completely agree about "Lehman Trilogy." Furthermore, the more time passes (I saw it last April at the Armory), the more I dislike the writing, the structure and the lack of point of view. The acting, however, was undeniably brilliant by all three.