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Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:32pm
as did many in our row and section," a woman said in an online message board. "The staging was lifeless and the projections of fire and destruction boring."

I hope "Lestat" can be pulled from the fire & brought in successfully. It would be a real boon to the Bway Industry & definitely 1 for the history books. Am I correct in that I don't remember a show in recent years being in such danger & pulling it off?

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re: 'I would have left at intermission#1
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:34pm
I heard it was terrible. What was the plot even about?

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re: 'I would have left at intermission#2
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:34pm
The score and book are truly awful. Unless they are going to rewrite the whole damned thing, it doesn't stand much of a chance.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#3
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:35pm
It is based on the popular Anne Rice novels. Look it up.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#4
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:37pm
Wait, Bobby...you saw it??


And do re milla...
I'd say the last time I heard about a show so in danger of not making it to opening was sooooooooooooooo long ago.

About April 2005.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#5
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:37pm
I don't know that Movin' Out was in SUCH danger but it certainly got trashed out of town and then pulled it together.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#6
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:38pm
Yea, but at least Movin' Out had good music going for it.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#7
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:39pm
"The Vampire Chronicles" books tell the stories of the vampires Louis and Lestat whose wanderings from France to New Orleans eventually lead to rock 'n' roll stardom.

Um... yeah. I haven't read the books, but the musical doesn't have any rock 'n' roll stardom, unless they plan on adding that (which I guess might be less silly than the SF ending, with Enkil and Akasha and a happy chorus).

Here is what we took away," Maday said. "The play tried to do a lot. It tried to take a lot of themes and a lot of plots from the book and infuse a lot of intellectual ideas in the storytelling. We realized there was too much confusion."

Confusion? Yes. Intellectual ideas? Maybe not so much. Maybe they will be adding some of those.

Hopefully they can turn this around, and of course they are going to put a good face on it, but...

(That is really a very disturbing picture of Elton John)
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#8
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:39pm
Does Billy Joel have the appeal of Elton John though?
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#9
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:40pm
Well, Movin' Out was full of Joel's hits. Lestat is a new score, full of lackluster work by John.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#10
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:44pm
Well I'd argue that the score of Billy Elliot is pretty lackluster and it's still packing them in. So we'll see.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#11
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:54pm
I really feel that there is a potential for a real miracle here. The show I had in mind when writing my inital post was KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. I remember it being completely eviscerated by a critic (whom I can't remember off the top of my head), when the whole point of it being done at the college WITHOUT critics was to have a sort of Utopia where musicals could be developed with whatever time & care was deemed "necessary" by the creative team. This was not to be, blast it.

KOTSW was fated to be done in Canada first. I don't remember what the word was on it up there initially, but I certainly remember what happened here before it got to Broadway.

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re: 'I would have left at intermission#12
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:56pm
I want to see the show, just because I was such a follower of Anne Rice's books when I was in high school. I can't imagine the chronicles being set to music or the connection to Elton John. I always found the overall theme of the books to be much darker than anything Elton has ever produced. The songs I have listened to on the website seemed almost like a parody.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#13
Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:57pm
My post was referring to Sweet Charity!
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Posted: 2/3/06 at 7:57pm
They fixed Sweet Charity?
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#15
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:00pm
Is there a possibility that EJ will be canned? While I'm sure Rice has little or no final say (obviously) in the final decision would she lobby for a new composer to save the show? If she did, since she probably doesn't have ultimate say, would her status as the cult creator affect the decision?

Would getting a new composer solve the problem?

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re: 'I would have left at intermission#16
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:02pm
Ha Ha Ha, bobbybubby.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#17
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:04pm
With the short amount of time left to fix the show, I can't imagine they'd get rid of John. Plus Anne Rice's bio had some incomprehensible gushing about "Broadway Giants" in it, so at least whenever she wrote it, she must have been pleased with the choice of composer.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#18
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:06pm
If not getting rid of EJ, what about pulling a BAKER STREET & bring in an add'l composer (even tho that didn't ultimate fix BS)?

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re: 'I would have left at intermission#19
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:17pm
yes! Bring in an additional composer. Elton John can't pull it off by himself. He still doesn't even really seem invested or like he cares too much about it. He should be in New York straight through, not just pop over there every now and then.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#20
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:20pm
As already pointed out elsewhere, he should have been in SF from day one of rehearsals right through to closing night. That he wasn't and nobody seemed to really mind is really quite staggering.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#21
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:22pm
Oh, I'm sure they minded, but what the heck were they going to do about it?
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#22
Posted: 2/3/06 at 8:23pm
I heard that it was nicknamed "LeCrap". I didn't go to see it.
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#23
Posted: 2/3/06 at 9:21pm
Does anyone think it might pull a "Mambo Kings" and not open at all if it's realized that it can't be fixed and will prob do horribly?
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re: 'I would have left at intermission#24
Posted: 2/3/06 at 9:32pm
The problem with _Mambo Kings_ was the Director, that's why it never opened. From what I heard the director left most of the directing up to the choreographer, who eventually got fed up with him and _Mambo Kings_ fell apart and died. It was mostly backstage drama that killed that show.

Although a chunk of the songs in MKs weren't that great and most of the characters got what was coming to them, people were generally happy after that show. The dancing was amazing and acting was good and the sets were nice. It was good to see a show with a large Latino cast. It brought Latinos who hadn't been to the theatre before to see it, and that's always good. But I digress...