Hamilfan2, I'm not sure if you know, but the woman playing the band leader is Suzanne Vega. She had a couple of hit songs in the late 80's - early 90's. The most popular and heavy sampled was Tom's Diner.
ArtMan said: "Hamilfan2, I'm not sure if you know, but the woman playing the band leader is Suzanne Vega. She had a couple of hit songs in the late 80's - early 90's. The most popular and heavy sampled was Tom's Diner."Suzanne Vega is in this?! Reason enough to see it, though I have no idea if she can act.
The Other One said: "ArtMan said: "Hamilfan2, I'm not sure if you know, but the woman playing the band leader is Suzanne Vega. She had a couple of hit songs in the late 80's - early 90's. The most popular and heavy sampled was Tom's Diner."Suzanne Vega is in this?! Reason enough to see it, though I have no idea if she can act."The way she is used in the show she doesn’t really need to act. She mostly stands upstage on a podium has an omnipotent narrator. It’s definitely a role crafted for a music icon like her, it requires very little acting ability and is a great showcase for her voice and musicianship (she plays a bunch of instruments throughout the show as well). That being said I thought she did a great job with the acting material she was given! Especially given how quickly she’s had to learn it all.I am ashamed to say I was not aware of her before this, I didn’t realize she was such a big deal!
Ducan Sheik himself was originally going to be playing the Suzanne Vega role, but it's probably a wise choice to have the composer in the house and not on stage for a new musical. (Yes, LMM is the big exception.)
ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "Ducan Sheik himself was originally going to be playing the Suzanne Vega role, but it's probably a wise choice to have the composer in the house and not on stage for a new musical. (Yes, LMM is the big exception.)"I’d say this SHOULD apply to LMM too, be we know he loves to write himself a vehicle.
SouthernCakes said: "I love Sheik, but his music ever really propels the plot forward - with the exception of Bees."I agree with this. He seems to just insert songs into a narrative. Spring Awakenings made the most sense, but not always. I'd go see this for Vega alone. Maybe she'll be at a podium and reading the whole run. Is it intentional? Didn't she play Carson Mc Cullers in a solo musical she wrote. She must have some acting chops.
Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega have been developing theatre together for at least a decade now. I saw them in concert together back in 2012 and they talked about how they were collaborating and even played some songs from their various shows. Vega definitely has had experience in theater, and if I recall correctly she used to go to a summer camp for theater when she was a kid. I'd guess her not being off-book yet is due to last minute notice and her brain not being used to memorizing material quickly.
What a DUD! The person I was with didn't know Vega & thought her an amateur. (Had about half her part memorized & was reading off her notes because she is clearly not connecting with the material.) This is just b-o-r-i-n-g! Sheik needs collaboration w/lyricist. A vague pastiche but not feeling relevant.
this was painfully bad with a tone approaching parody at timespossibly one of the worst shows I have seen in the last ten years and another dud from The New Group which desperately needs a new artistic director
this might as well be called Ok Boomer The Musical
I saw the show last night with a friend, and both of us deemed it so-so. I fail to see why so much money, time and effort were spent in bringing this show to an Off Broadway stage. I'm thinking it was a corporate decision to monetize the property.In the Playbill is an insert with the cast names, etc. I glanced at it and compared it to what was printed in the Playbill, and I didn't see any major differences except that Jill Mazursky has been added as a consultant.On the other side are credits for Paul Mazursky, who co-wrote the screenplay and directed the film; Larry Tucker, who is also credited with the original screenplay; Columbia Pictures, for holding the underlying rights; and Jill Mazursky, consultant. That sounds pretty corporate to me, but I'm just speculating.
I saw the Saturday matinee and while I didn't think it was horrible, felt that it seemed like something that would have been tried on Broadway in 1983 and quickly died. Being Off Broadway for a limited run in 2020, it was a painless 2 hours (even without intermission), and having seen the movie about a year ago, felt it did have the heart of the film which I recalled through my IMDb review as very sweet and surprisingly full of heart. Yet, it seems pointless, but I did start to sway a bit with the music that had a Burt Bacharach feeling to it. The best moment came from a woman in the audience who was pulled onto the stage to be an airline passenger. Her adlibs were delightfully droll with perfect timing, and the audience gave her a big round of applause after she was escorted back to her seat.
This was a big miss for me. The music all sounds the same and does nothing to propel the plot along (it really is a play with music) and the whole just made me ask, "why?" Why musicalize this movie? Why now? The cast is very good and it's better than Alice By Heart but I can't recommend this.
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