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Van Hove's Shining

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Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:05pm

Not surprised Ivo van Hove would be interested in this material, but I am surprised it's going to be written by Simon Stephens. This may end up being, dare I hope, good?

My question is whether it will open cold on Broadway or if they'll run it off first. Given all the press his productions get, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes straight to Broadway.

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Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:14pm

emmyjay said: "Not surprised Ivo van Hove would be interested in this material, but I am surprised it's going to be written by Simon Stephens. This may end up being, dare I hope, good?

My question is whether it will open cold on Broadway or if they'll run it off first. Given all the press his productions get, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes straight to Broadway.
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I’m sure it will be going straight to broadway. 
this should be a great production. 
I wonder who they will cast. ... I know Lori metcalf did misery. But. She would also be good in this as well. .. would also be a different role for her , as she would be playing the “ Jack “ role in this. .. I would like to see her in this playing a more vulnerable role. 

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Van Hove's Shining#3
Posted: 2/27/20 at 8:54pm
I thought this was going to be premiering on the West End.
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Van Hove's Shining#4
Posted: 2/27/20 at 11:10pm

Jordan Catalano said: "I thought this was going to be premiering on the West End. "

What Jordan wrote.  And that was Baz’s tweet today as well. 
 

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Posted: 2/27/20 at 11:33pm
I’m looking forward to seeing it over there whenever it does open, hopefully late this year. Horror is the hardest thing to pull off on stage. I’ve only ever seen it done successfully once and that was also on the West End last year with “Ghost Stories”.
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Posted: 2/28/20 at 10:39am

Tommymac 2 said: "emmyjay said: "Not surprised Ivo van Hove would be interested in this material, but I am surprised it's going to be written by Simon Stephens. This may end up being, dare I hope, good?

My question is whether it will open cold on Broadway or if they'll run it off first. Given all the press his productions get, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes straight to Broadway.
"

I’m sure it will be going straight to broadway.
this should be a great production.
I wonder who they will cast. ... I know Lori metcalf did misery. But. She would also be good in this as well. .. would also be a different role for her , as she would be playing the “ Jack “ role in this. .. I would like to see her in this playing a more vulnerable role.
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Laurie Metcalf is in her 60s.  Wendy is a young mother.  No.  

 

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Posted: 2/28/20 at 12:23pm

BrodyFosse123 said: "Tommymac 2 said: "emmyjay said: "Not surprised Ivo van Hove would be interested in this material, but I am surprised it's going to be written by Simon Stephens. This may end up being, dare I hope, good?

My question is whether it will open cold on Broadway or if they'll run it off first. Given all the press his productions get, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes straight to Broadway.
"

I’m sure it will be going straight to broadway.
this should be a great production.
I wonder who they will cast. ... I know Lori metcalf did misery. But. She would also be good in this as well. .. would also be a different role for her , as she would be playing the “ Jack “ role in this. .. I would like to see her in this playing a more vulnerable role.
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Laurie Metcalf is in her 60s. Wendy is a young mother. No.


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She could play the old woman in the bathtub...

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Posted: 2/28/20 at 1:31pm
One of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. Especially from that psychological perspective. This would be a tough one for the stage I’d think. If they pull it off, I’d definitely like to see it.
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Posted: 2/28/20 at 1:56pm
Van Hove has already worked with raining blood, so this makes sense.
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Posted: 2/28/20 at 2:39pm

Exciting news, no doubt. I just sincerely hope that, by the time this actually hits the boards, Van Hove will have completed the “video barrage” phase of his career and will return to a less distracting mounting so we can appreciate what’s actually happening on stage...especially given the tension of Stephen King’s original material.

Sad to report, his “vision” ruined WSS for me. If I wanted a movie, I’d go to AMC. But that’s just me.

Always willing to extend the benefit of the doubt, I’ll remain hopeful.

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Posted: 2/29/20 at 2:09pm

Given the book is set at a remote ski lodge in the late 70s, I can't imagine how he'd work an onslaught of video projections into it, but honestly you never know with him. I'm more interested to see how close Simon Stephens hews to King's book, especially considering how much King despised all the changes in the Kubrick movie...

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Posted: 2/29/20 at 5:03pm

Jordan Catalano said: "I’m looking forward to seeing it over there whenever it does open, hopefully late this year. Horror is the hardest thing to pull off on stage. I’ve only ever seen it done successfully once and that was also on the West End last year with “Ghost Stories”."

I agree 100% with the statement regarding horror being one of the toughest challenges to pull off in a live theatre setting. That being said, I’m surprised as how The Woman in Black wasn’t included as another of your examples of theatrical horror done successfully! 


As a HUGE horror buff, I was amazed at how genuinely tense/spooked I was during that entire show. *Mild spoilers ahead* The scene where the Woman in Black is walking through the audience toward the stage nearly made me scream out loud (I was in the front row, right in front of the stairs, so when she just sauntered out 2 feet in front of me I flung back in my seat and gasped quite loud. I swear I heard her giggle under her breath because of how good she got me.)

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Posted: 2/29/20 at 5:45pm
So interesting how tastes differ. The only thing that got me to see West Side Story yet another time was van Hove having a different vision for the material. While not 100% successful, I think he brought an energy and interesting focus to the material, and I am very glad I experienced it. I imagine he will do the same with The Shining.
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Posted: 3/1/20 at 12:13pm
Van Hove is also set to direct the Met's production of Dead Man Walking next spring.
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Posted: 3/1/20 at 1:40pm

StageJunkie2 said: "Exciting news, no doubt. I just sincerely hope that, by the time this actually hits the boards, Van Hove will have completedthe “video barrage” phase of his careerand will return to a less distracting mounting so we can appreciate what’s actually happening on stage...especially given the tension of Stephen King’s original material.

Sad to report, his “vision”ruined WSS for me. If I wanted a movie, I’d go to AMC. But that’s just me.

Always willing to extendthe benefit of the doubt, I’ll remain hopeful.
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How sad to hear that you don't enjoy his use of film in his productions. I find it extremely exciting, and for me made many moments in WSS very powerful.

I wouldn't get your hopes up about him toning it down with The Shining. The narrative and history of the story lends itself to cinematic techniques so I absolutely expect him to incorporate the style. I assume that he'll use offstage camera work to portray the surreal time travel moments that Jack goes through in the lodge.

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Posted: 3/1/20 at 3:44pm
Inject this into my veins. Yes.
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Posted: 3/1/20 at 5:13pm
This seems like a good fit for him. However, since The Crucible and A View From the Bridge, I've found his productions hammy and poorly acted, excluding Cranston in Network.
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Van Hove's Shining#18
Posted: 3/1/20 at 5:28pm

Georgeanddot2 said: "This seems like a good fit for him. However, since The Crucible and A View From the Bridge, I've found his productions hammy and poorly acted, excluding Cranston in Network."

Absolutely. I fear he spends so much time on the elements of the production he abandons his actors. Only highly skilled and confident actors like Cranston seem to survive his recent productions.

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Van Hove's Shining#19
Posted: 3/1/20 at 6:23pm

This play will definitely live or die on how good the three main performances are (especially from whoever they cast as Wendy), so I'm also on team Ivo leaving behind his projection fascination.

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Posted: 3/1/20 at 7:34pm
Cranston for the lead?