BWW Reader Feedback - 1/12/11

Below are BroadwayWorld.com's reader feedback from the last day. Catch up below to see what other BroadwayWorld.com readers have to say!

Deidre Goodwin and Kim Stern Launch THE BROADWAY WARM-UP 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
Omma - A great part of success is being prepared for the right opportunity at the right time . A quick 30 minute professional dance and vocal warm-up DVD sounds like a bargain at $35! Once I get the part that can launch my career, I want to do everything possible to perform at optimum. I have signed -on with a $35 pledge and look forward to getting the DVD. Omma

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Jeff Seaman - Tracy. I agree with some of what you are saying. This play sounds a bit slanted and inaccurate. But you mindbogglingly state that the Book of Mormon was dictated in less than 90 days, implying that it couldn't have been written in this amount of time, reducing your credibility. While it may be true that it was dictated in 90 days, it's also true that from the time Joseph Smith first mentioned the existence of the book and it's first day at the printing press you have a period of 7 years. This is plenty of time to create the content you are so enamored with. Perhaps thinking "outside of the box" should be practiced by all.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
John Bealgoode - Bliss B Ragsdale: Even the best-known anti-Mormon authors, Jerald and Sandra Tanner, have decried the tactics and scholarship of the author of "The Godmakers."

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Jack - I would advise reading this article, which may explain why he is a conman.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Jack - Try Mormonthink.com. They're very good about citing all of their work, and they may be able to give you some good background for what the article discusses.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Jack - Here's a reference for the court records when Joseph Smith was tried for using seer stones to con people out of their money. "Fact", meaning reality, not what you would like to believe, or what you've been taught is, reality. http://www.mormonthink.com/transbomweb.htm#courtr...

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Prophet - I agree with Potts. Mr. Ramsey takes a very sensitive and sympathetic look Joseph Smith. I for one found a great sense of spirituality and hope in the words Mr. Ramsey has written. It's often said the that criticism is more flattering than it is cruel. To attack man for your misunderstanding of the work is not his fault, but yours. Take another look at the play, and this time take a look with both eyes and a heart that's open.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Don Ormsby - The lack of knowledge about Mormonism rears its ugly head again. May I suggest a search for the works of Professor Jan Shipps, a non-LDS scholar published by the University of Illinois Press. Mormons have not been persecuted to any extent? How about an Executive Order from the Governor of Missouri for the extermination of all Mormons? How about the confiscation of land and personal property by the government? I understand poetic license, but for some to make the comments they have, which fly in the face of factual material ,is just abhorrent to me. It only points out, to the educated, that those commenting are totally devoid of objective thought. I would at least have expected this publication to make some kind of disclaimer, if only to save face!

URINETOWN The Musical Opens To Standing Ovation at The Grove Theatre 2010/05/25
Posted: 1/12/2011
James Reiss - It is Ironic that the name of this play so perfectly matches the description of the City of Upland, Calif. Urine Town would be a kind name for the toilet of corruption that is Upland, California.

Actress Dana Dawson Passes Away At Age 36 2010/08/10
Posted: 1/12/2011
e.boo.r12 - I was in America for another catastrophy so I never heard. I am sorry that this fine woman with immense talent had to pass away so young to such a terrible affliction. I truly am sorry.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Allen - So we can dismiss Ramsey's play because it hasn't been peer reviewed, right? ;-) -Allen

New Tour App Guides Users Through New York City 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/12/2011
Amy Glick - I downloaded this app yesterday and I am having a great time with it. It's fun and informative...

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Hank - Thanks, Stan. Now give me something that's peer reviewed and I'll believe it.

Deidre Goodwin and Kim Stern Launch THE BROADWAY WARM-UP 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
Gareth Sever - Very cool. I am actually very excited to try this and hopefully incorporate it into my daily pre show routine. I think it would be much better than my 1 minute of lip trills and my 5 minutes of rushed stretches before curtain!!

BWW Reviews: DON GIOVANNI: A NEW MUSICAL at Seattle Musical Theatre 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/12/2011
Classical Gassy - Unfortunately, I have to agree for the most part with the reviewer. Smith's score did have some interesting moments, but he is obviously still a young artist. HIs work will certainly improve with experience and if he is willing to listen to constructive criticism. It is sad that Mr. Smith felt he needed to cheapen his own work by directly quoting the Mozart opera when the Commendatore enters to have his vengeance on Don Giovanni near the end of the show. It would have had much more impact had he written his own version of the moment. As it stands now, it takes all of the power from the moment and makes it laughable. Having studied the opera extensively in college while pursuing a degree in music, it is certainly difficult to compare this new work with Mozart's gorgeous original and not find it lacking. However, I admire the balls it took to try and retell the iconic and I encourage Mr. Smith to find a good book writer or at least someone knowledgeable who can help edit his work. To my mind, it would only make his work stronger to have additional perspective. Keep trying, Mr. Smith. Even Bernstein and Sondheim have written turkeys.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Bliss B Ragsdale - The real question here is "Have any of you seen the play?" Ramsey is an award winning playwright with an idea to present. Perhaps a dialogue would be better than the blanket denial of whatever seems to go against your idea of religion. Why not hear what he has to say and see what ideas it sparks in your own mind. And, for those of you hurling around history, please remember there are books out there (like "The God Makers" & "Under the Banner of Heaven") which would claim your version is not entirely accurate either. And, lastly, if you feel the Play is that "scurrilous", then don't watch it and continue to argue in ignorance.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Potts - I've seen a reading of this play, and as such, what I took away from it was more of a sense of sympathy for Joseph Smith than anything else. Does it have a slight anti-Mormon tinge? No. Any play specifically attacking a religion in this country would be widely denounced, as would artistic directors with enough of a lack of sense to put them on. Is it an examination of what it takes to make someone truly believe that they are a prophet? Yes. This play uses the lens of Joseph Smith to examine the larger question of how fundamentalist religions come about in this day and age. It does not seek to condemn Smith for his actions, because there would be no point in that, artistically. Every person makes mistakes. David had Bathsheba's husband killed so he could sleep with her. Moses abused his holy powers to draw water from the stone, and was denied entry to Canaan. Noah was a raging drunk. Joseph Smith started out his career using divination on simple country folks, using his brain to figure out what they wanted and giving it to them. In light of that, perhaps it would be interesting for all of you to set aside your deeply held belief in Smith and the Angel Moroni, and actually go see a play that may challenge your beliefs. If they are so strong, what are you afraid of?

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Allen - Actually, Patches, I don't see any attacking of Ramsey at all. Questioning, yes, but attacking, no. You seem to be defending Ramsey almost as vociferously as those you claim to be unthinking "sheep" are defending Smith. Perhaps, in your view, it is permissible to question Smith's motives but not to question Ramsey's. That would be what is commonly called a double standard. -Allen

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Allen - Hendy, you seem to be giving Erik Ramsey (the play's author) the benefit of the doubt, which the author does not apparently give to Joseph Smith. Note that Ramsey has been putting on this play or promoting it for several years. Here's a place where it (and the author) are talked about when it was put on in Michigan in late 2008: http://tinyurl.com/4s52yz6 Note that Ramsey says in the interview that the play is "about the lies a man tells himself in order to continue lying. By the end of [Joseph Smith's] career, I don't think he was a con. He stepped over the threshold and became the figurehead of what he said he was." Thus, in the views of the author, Joseph started conning people, but he transcended it. The lies (in the view of the author) still remain, however. Given this view, it is not preposterous to equate such a view with anti-Semitism. Religious bigotry doesn't have to do with only "enslavement, hatred, and potential eradication." (Although there has been plenty of hatred and potential eradication in the history of the Mormons, as well.) I suspect that if Ramsey had penned a play about Judah (the progenitor of the Jews) and portrayed him as a con man who continually lied to himself and others, there are more than a few Jews who might rightly point out his religous bigotry and intolerance. -Allen

WE New Series 'Downsized' to Premiere Nov. 6 2010/08/06
Posted: 1/12/2011
Parker Smith - Wow... I thought the Dad taking on 5 children that arnt his and basically Fathering them like his own is GReat he is wonderful for a dad much less a Stepfather! I think the Mom is great too!!! I hope they continue the series! LOVE IT! By the way Teeth does not make the charter of a person, but it makes the idiots who wrote before me look STUPID!!!!

Deidre Goodwin and Kim Stern Launch THE BROADWAY WARM-UP 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
katie dietz - this looks amazing! can't wait to try it.

WE New Series 'Downsized' to Premiere Nov. 6 2010/08/06
Posted: 1/12/2011
Parker Smith - You suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What does teeth have to do with anything??

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Patches - Clearly, several members of this board have only seen the words CON MAN, JOSEPH SMITH, and MORMON. You are Ignoring the fact that all of the information is historically accurate. Don't cite poorly made personal sites defending mormonism, and BYU as a place for objective information on the subject. Look for the real records and facts. Also, simply rushing to judge an artist who is exploring historical events is simpleminded. None of you have seen or read this play. You are attacking it for fear of the unknown. Ramsey is one of the most well-respected playwrights/dramaturgs in the country. Someone of his stature wouldn't write an attack piece on mormonism. He is exploring the moment when Smith begins to create what would one day become Mormonism. The details of the situation are true and the artist is striving to explore that moment of time. Think for Yourself you sheep.

'Toya: A Family Affair' Premieres On BET 4/19 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/12/2011
Maliaka - I can't to see this show!

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Stan Barker - To Hank: "historically based?" Hardly. Simply put, Ramsey has it wrong. I strongly urge you to read: http://shields-research.org/General/LDS_Leaders/1...

REEFER MADNESS! Spreads to Westchester, 1/21-1/29 2011/01/01
Posted: 1/12/2011
Fat Joe - Keep your eye on Olga Kantor. She by far is NYC up and coming star. very gifted and talented.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Hank - As usual, the big picture here (in these comments) is utterly missed due to the lack of people to see past their known world and into the world of fiction. We can dredge up facts as readily as pulling hairs from the drain in the shower. The authenticity of these facts, however, is up for debate. Ramsey's play is undoubtedly historically based. However, to assume that it should be some sort of "stand in" for a history book is preposterous. Fiction gives us insight into the human condition. Theatre accomplishes this by making that condition live and palpable before us. But, as certain comments show, we often have too difficult a time distinguishing between fiction and reality, because of prejudices and beliefs. No one would take Warhol's silk screen of Monroe to be Marilyn Monroe. Nor would you confuse an actor playing Christ to be the ACTUAL Christ. So why should you think that a play about Mormonism is the same as the religion? Additionally, if you're going to use facts, please get them authenticated. Call me old fashioned, but I don't recall the internet being the vestige of Truth. And maybe, try picking your head out of the hole of your beliefs and wondering why you have them before starting to confuse a fictitious construct with actuality.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Hendy - Mr. Hall, do you have a Google news alert for "Mormon"? Because it seems like any time anyone at all might be questioning the foundations of Mormonism, you're right there to make sure that they are. It's preposterous to equate this play with anti-semitism, in part because it's borderline cruel to equate what the Mormon people have gone through with what the Jewish people have gone through. The latter has suffered millenia of enslavement, hatred, and potential eradication; the former has suffered 150 years worth of sideways glances and snide comments. From what I've heard, this play is surprisingly pro-Mormon, more of an attack on the immediate judging of the personal faith of one man by a collective of cynics. Though I, like you, have not seen the play and have only read the provide synopsis. And that con-man issue? A warrant was issued for Smith in connection with banking fraud (a warrant which he, as an honest member of society, fled from.) The above article does not declare LDS to be a con, it just plants a seed that free thinking audiences would need to water if they so chose. If Joseph Smith did not have flaws, he would not be a man, but you can still demonstrate the deep faith of a challenged individual.

Margaret Whiting Sings 'Time After Time' (BroadwayWorld.com)
Posted: 1/12/2011
nixxnutz - This is one of my all-time favorite songs, written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and sung by Kathryn Grayson to Peter Lawford in 'It? Happened in Brooklyn' (1947). Margaret Whiting was a "singer's singer," with a clear, beautiful voice and flawless diction. They? don't make them like her anymore, nor songs like this.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
LindaSDF - My question is, Based on WHAT historical accounts of Mormonism's early years? None of this is in ANY historical accounts, even the anti-Mormon ones I've read. But then, most of what is written against Joseph Smith was made up at some point, so why should it be any different now? The people who actually knew him all said what a hard worker he was, honest and polite.

New Georges Appoints Managing Director Jaynie Saunders Tiller 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
John Saunders - WOWSERS! CONGRATULATIONS! -- Your Dad

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
bill goulding - How sad losing Margaret Whiting. What a kind, generous, charming woman she was. Margaret was one of the finest singers there was. I saw her many times over the years and every performance was superb and memorable. Well Margaret, I bet you are now in the heavens with Judy, Lena, Ella, Rosemary, Kay Thompson, Sarah, Dorothy Squires and the rest of the great singers having a wonderful songfest together!!! You will never be forgotten and your fabulous CD's will go on forever.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Thaddeus - Tracy Hall Jr. has it exactly right. Viewing Joseph Smith's use of a seer stone as a grift or a con takes the boy completely out of context. In that era, common folk wanted and needed people with a talent for divination in order to decide where to dig a well or find lost things. We look at it now with confusion because we are not as superstitious a culture, but every town had at least one dowser in those days. They were as honest and earnest in their trade as farmers and doctors. There were surely also charlatans that moved from town to town attempting to dupe the simple folk out of their money, but Joseph Smith Jr. was not one of them. He stayed in town, a dangerous prospect if he were merely a conman. See this article for more info: http://www.fairlds.org/FAIR_Conferences/2009_Jose...

BWW Reviews: A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN - Ethnic Theater In the Desert Diaspora 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/12/2011
Steve Nielsen - I went to see "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn" a few years ago. What a waste of an afternoon and $65. Is the guy a musician? Yes. Is the guy Jewish? Yes. Did he grow up in Brooklyn? Yes. However, who cares? This guy is a glorified wedding singer with marginal discernable talent. Seriously, if this guy can have his own show, anyone can. I mean seriously, it literally is 90 minutes of him showing slides of his childhood (everyone's nightmare). Yes, I am sure he is the hearthrob for every 70-something jewish grandma, but please....Don't waste your money.

BWW Reviews: DON GIOVANNI: A NEW MUSICAL at Seattle Musical Theatre 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/12/2011
Guest - Were you paying attention? The reviewer completely overlooked the heart and soul of this work -- the stunning original music score!! Except for the last scene honoring Mozart's finale, Jesse Smith has written a completely new and wonderful score, and if you listen to the lyrics of each song, they are telling the story very clearly. He is indeed an extremely talented composer!

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Chas. Russell - Never let the "inconvenient" facts get in the way of a good "story"...Just because no one understands you doesn't mean you're an "artist", either. Whenever you kick at Mormonism, you only manage to kick it upstairs. Thanks for the free publicity!

Ogunquit Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, 'Spamalot' and 'Once on This Island' Are Fan Fav
Posted: 1/12/2011
paula - I saw Stefanie Powers in Sunset Blvd this past summer she was great.Congs Ms.Powers

LOVE NEVER DIES - Can It Be Third Time Lucky? 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
Chris - Interesting review, I've seen the show twice, once when it first opened and again after the most recent revamp. As a piece of musical theatre, I think it's brilliant, in terms of what you see visually and the score is beautiful at times and the rock score of 'The Beauty Underneath' is great. However, for me I feel that Phantom didnt need this continuation. It is fasinating to see 'what happened', I see it as Andrew Lloyd Webber's vision, but im afriad its not mine. By all means, I dont despise the show, its better than some shows that the West End has to offer. However, it cannot and will not win me over 'The Phantom of the Opera'. I see it as a completly stand alone show.

LOVE NEVER DIES - Can It Be Third Time Lucky? 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
Chris - For me the story of The Phantom' ended when he sat on his throne, threw a cloak over himself and disappeared, like a 'Phantom', that is what you call 'The Phantom', yes he is not really a spectre, but he is the 'Opera ghost'. The portrayal of The Phantom by Ramin Karimloo in Love Never Dies is flawless, its brilliant. But the 'character' of The Phantom, no matter who is in the role, is not what The Phantom should be like, in my view. He seems more gangster, for me, than a musical genius.

LOVE NEVER DIES - Can It Be Third Time Lucky? 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
chris - I disagree with the constant bad reviews of the show and it is great to see a review that takes all things into account. Love Never Dies is not a bad show at all, the concept of it being a 'sequel' is hard to take into account because I adore Phantom so much, I hope to play the role some day. But only in Phantom, for me Love Never Dies is not a desirable ambition like Phantom is. I really hope people do get a chance to see Love Never Dies and enjoy it, I enjoyed it. Some things I thought were not needed, but at the end of the day, I didnt come out disappointed and the cast, crew did do a terrific job. It was fun and intriguing. But next time I wouldnt pay full price for it as I would Phantom. But I hope that the show does do well elsewhere, it is extremely hard to pull of a show as grand as Love Never Dies so it does deserve at least to go a long way. Will it last as long as Les Mis, Phantom or a show like Chess? Who knows. Its really up to the audience what they think, not critics that only take a glance and make a desicion the instant they walk into the auditorium. Anyway, great to see a fair review at last! :)

DIY Network Adds 'Bath Crashers' To Their Crashers Franchise 2010/06/24
Posted: 1/12/2011
kelly - i need help with my bath room is the any thing out there that cost lest then title for the wall 12/8 room

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Michael Glenn Smith - Uh, Stephen, while I applaud your devotion to Ms. Whiting, you seem to forget that Mercer owned Capitol Records and worked hard at plugging his own work. Capitol constantly released albums like "Sinatra sings Mercer," "Ella Fitzgerald sings Mercer," "Bobby Darin sings Mercer," etc. etc. Mercer also won several Academy Awards, including one for "Moon River," which, if Ms. Whiting ever recorded, I never heard it. This article is full of errors. "It Might as Well Be Spring" was from STATE FAIR, which Whiting was not in. "Come Rain or Come Shine" was from, I believe, BLOOMER GIRL, which she was also not in. While these were famous songs that she recorded, she did NOT "introduce" them.

Photo Coverage: Rapp and Pascal Reunite at Town Hall 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Jennifer - I hear ya, I wish I could've been there!

LOVE NEVER DIES - Can It Be Third Time Lucky? 2011/01/12
Posted: 1/12/2011
westendgirl23 - What an interesting review. I haven't seen LND yet but have followed it with curiosity and hope to see it soon - I think I love Phantom so much that it would be a hard one to like. If anything, I think these constant changes, mixed reviews and imperfections have made it more interesting than if it had been an instant hit.

New World Stages Features Psychic Chip Coffey, 1/20 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Michelle - OMG! Chip is the best! I've been to his gallery readings before and HIGHLY reccomend this!

DIY Network Adds 'Bath Crashers' To Their Crashers Franchise 2010/06/24
Posted: 1/12/2011
Leslie - It makes me cry when I see you demolish lovely old fixtures instead of giving them a new life with someone who appreciates the character they have. Shame on you. I am sure you could find Reuse Centers in every town instead of filling dumpsters and landfills. Recycle and reuse more on your shows, set an example for the country instead of continuing this wasteful practice.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Presents UNEARTHED, 1/23 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/12/2011
Tracy Hall Jr - I am astonished that the BBW News Desk parrots as fact Erik Ramsey's scurrilous "background" for his play. Joseph Smith was neither tried nor convicted for being a con man. Months after the alleged events, he was brought up on false charges, not by the supposed victim, Josiah Stowell, but by Stowell's nephew. There was no trial: a judge examined Smith in a preliminary hearing and released him. There was absolutely no flight from justice! http://www.lightplanet.com/response/1826Trial/fac... Josiah Stowell defended Smith during the hearing. Although he never joined the Church of Jesus Christ, he continued, many years later, to defend Smith's character. http://tinyurl.com/stowell-to-fullmer There are now about as many Mormons in the world as Jews, so perhaps it is inevitable that aspiring "artists" would attempt to emulate, both in quality and quantity, the classical works of Antisemitism. Will Ramsey's works rise to the lofty standard of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?" Let the audience decide! Those who want to know the real Joseph Smith, however, would do better to peruse the writings of competent and honest historians rather than the ravings of wannabe rabble-rousers. I suggest, for starters, "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling," by Richard Bushman. Finally, know that over the course of less than ninety days, Joseph Smith, Jr, alleged "con man," dictated to scribes a 588-page book from which capable and honest scholars continue to draw amazing insights. The honest seeker of truth should really think "outside the box" and actually read The Book of Mormon! Tracy Hall Jr hthalljr'gmail'com

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Stephen Taksler - My favorite recollection of Margaret was during the Broadway run of DREAM in 1997, Margaret’s solo scene was her rendition of “One For My Baby”. While she is singing the song and strolling by “Joe’-(the bartender) she has something clutched in her outstretched hand. After the show she explained to me, that every night, she held a golden compact – in her hand; a gift from her very good friend- Johnny Mercer. This way Johnny joined her on the stage, at each and every performance. She told me, that the Richard and Eleanor Whiting house was a very popular place for Hollywood folks to gather on a Saturday nite. As a thirteen year old kid she would sit on the staircase (often with her friend Judy Garland) and listen to the all the piano playing and singing. Here she met Johnny Mercer who would turn out not only to be a father figure but also a dear lifelong friend.

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Stephen Taksler - With total certainty I can say that the only reason to account for Mercer’s popularity, 101 years after his birth, was Maggie’s constant efforts to keep his music alive. She was the energy behind the Johnny Mercer Foundation from its inception. When I started my hobby website, in 1997, I asked her to write about some personal memories of Johnny. This all appears at http://www.johnnymercer.com/margaretwhiting.htm …. Thanks Margaret for your encouragement and inspiration, you brought a new meaning to my life. Stephen Taksler

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Joanne Theodorou - RIP, Ms. Whiting.....we were all just reintroduced to your lovely voice via "Julie and Julia" where they adapted your moving rendition of "Time after Time" quite prominently for use in the film....rest assured, there are upcoming generations that honor and value a good melodic line and accompanying great lyrics.... your contributions to the Great American Songbook are significantly noted.... My flights of angels sing thee to they rest....

Photo Flash: Christopher Tierney Returns to SPIDER-MAN Tonight! 2011/01/07
Posted: 1/11/2011
dniq - Like I said elsewhere, the dude's going to have lots of fun with that Vicodin :D You can tell by his demeanor how pumped up he's on it (or some similar medication).

'The Game' Begins Fourth Season On BET 1/11 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/11/2011
Val - The show was actually GREAT, put in mind this over 2 years...and the show actually started looking like that the ending of the last season on CW. The show is great! and only more greatness to come. The only flaw I think is Kelly and Jason, but that storyline has to evolve.

Academy Award Winning Film ONCE Comes to Broadway in 2010/2011 Season
Posted: 1/11/2011
Lauren Varian - YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!

'The Game' Begins Fourth Season On BET 1/11 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/11/2011
Aieda - It's whack! I waited for this. It's low budget n they have new writers. I'm crushed, if it went when it was a good show, it's for sure not going to last this time. This made me realize how broke bet is! : (

Susan McFadden Joins LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL 1/10 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Guest M.Richardson - Sorry - - I had to edit my last post as it was too long, and I obviously should have deleted 'she will return to the'! However, I could say I hope it won't be too long before Sheridan returns to the West End!

Susan McFadden Joins LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL 1/10 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Guest M.Richardson - The amazingly talented Sheridan Smith performed as Elle Woods for the final time on Saturday 8th January. I was there on Sat. evening to watch her last performance, and the audience reaction when she first appeared on stage was unbelievable! As soon as the trap-door opened, and Sheridan slowly rose up on the lift, the applause and cheering started, and there was a full standing ovation on all three packed levels of the theatre, and this continued for over three minutes! Sheridan was obviously taken-aback and totally overwhelmed - - - she instinctively put her hand to her mouth, and became so emotional. Then her professionalism took over, and she was eventually allowed to say her first line! She delivered another faultless performance and received rapturous applause at the finale. It was a very emotional night for the cast, the audience, and especially Sheridan. I'm sure she will miss being in the show, but I think the show and the public, will miss her as well. she will return to the Legally Blonde is an excellent production, and I wish Susan McFadden well, as she moves from being Serena to being Elle, and I hope the show has continued success.

BWW TV Special: Final Curtain Call of IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway! 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
bobbie - Ditto to all you said!!!!!

Broadway Moms Part 1: The Balancing Act Featuring Marissa Jaret Winokur 2011/01/05 Page 1
Posted: 1/11/2011
Maryann - Very interesting perspective to Broadway. Great article!

Geva Theatre Center Presents OVER THE TAVERN, 2/15-3/13 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
ernoinferno - What will we remember on Friday January 28, 2011? We will recall Friday January 28th 1977-- a day and following week that will live in our minds forever. It arrived with a blinding roar of hurricane force winds that cleared deep snow off of the 10,000 square miles of frozen Lake Erie. We were buried in our cars, trucks, homes and schools. Sixty below zero wind-chills added to the most dangerous of blizzards that was soon declared a major disaster. We were convinced that a new ice age had begun. We fought Mother Nature but learned an important lesson. Never take her for granted and ignore her. Or you too will find yourself buried in your car, home or place of work and hopefully survive. Many people froze to death. Erno Rossi captured the Canadian and American experience of this fearful storm in his 432 page book and DVD, White Death-The Blizzard of ’77 and added over 70 classic photos of this disaster. This book has become a classic. Available at book stores and chains or at www.whitedeath.com. Beware of snowflakes! ERNO ROSSI Tel: 905-835-8051 erossi@cogeco.ca www.whitedeath.com

Lora Cain Featured as WHEEL OF FORTUNE's First Guest Announcer 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/11/2011
BMD - I am sick and tired of Pat Sajak making fun of guests in little subtle ways, and sometimes directly. He sometimes makes cutting subtle remarks to Vanna. I have watched this program many years, and the last year he has gotten a little more direct with his "jabs". It is not pleasant to see him make fun of people.

Photo Coverage: Richard Skipper as 'Carol Channing' in Performance 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Chuck - A First Rate Artist! A performance not to be missed.

Photo Coverage: Rapp and Pascal Reunite at Town Hall 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Ashlee - I hear you, Pam. I'm lucky that I got to see Adam and Anthony reprise their roles as Roger and Mark in "Rent" when it came to Seattle a few years ago. It was the experience of a lifetime. I love Adam's approach to Roger. Even though the character is bitter and angry and lashes out at those around him, Adam's interpretation makes him a guy you just want to throw your arms around.

Mastro's Steakhouse Opens In Chicago 10/22 2010/10/22
Posted: 1/11/2011
Oona C. - Mastro's is THEE BEST STEAKHOUSE I've been to. Everything from the food, to the people to decor was fabulous! My life partner and I really enjoyed ourselves and the staff was great also. We are going back next week. I love it!

Casey Spooner's SPANISH TEENAGER Released, Video Out 1/11 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Amun Levy - www.altarbeast.com post production, audio mastering, projection consultant, type design and layout, title sequence

Casey Spooner's SPANISH TEENAGER Released, Video Out 1/11 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Amun Levy - for the record

BWW TV Special: Final Curtain Call of IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway! 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Steve Perez - Greatest show ever!!!

SPIDER-MAN to Be Fined for 'Misleading Preview Advertising'? 2011/01/07
Posted: 1/11/2011
Kadd - This is ridiculous only a idiot would not know that the show is still in previews.

WICKED Miniseries Deemed 'a Fabulous Idea' by ABC President 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Jon - That sounds great!

Photo Coverage: Rapp and Pascal Reunite at Town Hall 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Pegc4 - It was a GREAT show! Too bad we had stupid, talking Norh Jersey hoes behind us! But it did NOT ruin the evening! Really fabulous and very different from what I expected.

Mullally Turns Down Sondheim (BroadwayWorld.com)
Posted: 1/11/2011
Shelley Miller - I couldn't leave the country either - not even for Sondheim - be an honorable daughter of an elderly parent. Shame on anybody for judging that. If she IS a diva? - which by most accounts she is now - she's in a long line of divas so who cares? Are we so cynical we can't just say... good for her for being a good daughter? Because YES that role is like winning an Oscar. Read more: /pulse/viewblog.cfm?blogi...

Mullally Turns Down Sondheim (BroadwayWorld.com)
Posted: 1/11/2011
Shelley Miller - Oops - I meant to write "by most accounts she is NOT"...

BroadwayGirlNYC: The Quiet Season - Winter on Broadway 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/11/2011
Zanna - I hope you do get to revisit LA CAGE again soon. Saw the show for the first time ever this past weekend and was blown away with happiness watching the fun on stage. PERFECT! Belly laffs for three "straight" hours. Audience was ecstatic with enjoyment and spontaneously raving about the show during intermission. (THIS is the true test of how good a show really is.) And raving even more at the end. Kelsey is gorgeous with beautiful voice; Doug is going full throttle and beyond fabulous. Entire cast is superb. And, for me (and a great deal of the audience from what I heard) a new star was born: SEAN PATRICK DOYLE played the Jacob role on Sunday and a SIZZLING star he is! And just like that I have a new favorite. :) And the stand-up before the show is doing a fantastic job. Love it all! Love Broadway!!!

Photo Coverage: Rapp and Pascal Reunite at Town Hall 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Pam - sweet Jesus, I wish I saw that

Photo Coverage: Rapp and Pascal Reunite at Town Hall 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
Sonata - Goddess, they are still so sexy!

RIALTO CHATTER: Disney's ALADDIN Headed to 5th Avenue in Seattle? 2011/01/07
Posted: 1/11/2011
Josh - The songs Menken and Ahsman wrote for the original treatise of Aladdin are really fun. Can't wait for this to happen!

Margaret Whiting Passes Away at 86 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
bill goulding - Margaret Whiting was a great entertainer... a superb singer and a kind and generous lady. I have had the pleasure of attending so many of her shows over the years which were always super. Another great legend is gone...I am sure she is up in the heavens with Judy, Kay Thompson, Lena, Ella, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Squires welcoming Margaret with open arms!!!

'The Game' Begins Fourth Season On BET 1/11 2011/01/06
Posted: 1/11/2011
lovethegame2011 - I love ''THE GAME'' its the hottest tv show right now. There's none like it. Can't wait to see it. Let ''THE GAME'' begin....lol

Update: Streisand Interested in Starring, Not Directing GYPSY; Producers on Board 2011/01/05
Posted: 1/11/2011
Mare - BARBRA SHOULD CONSIDER LuPONE WHILE WE'RE AT IT!

Photo Coverage: BLOOD FROM A STONE Production Pics! 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
JMC - Saw the play Saturday night. It was amazing on so many different levels. The set was incredible and rivals a Broadway production rather than an Off-Broadway. The writing is smart, funny, and intense. You are kept at the edge of your seat for the entire performance. First time playwrite Tommy Nohilly is a talent to be reckonded with and weaves a dramatic story about a blue collar family in CT. Ann Dowd as Margaret is passionate and believable as the matriarch, sacrificing her life for her children. Gordon Clapp as Bill is quiet and cruel and his performance as the 'unknowing-yet-controlling' father is spot on. You love to hate him. Ethan Hawk plays Travis and dispite all his unwise choices you route for him to escape the chaos of his own life, but first hug his father, and rescue his mother. Performancse by Daphne, Natasha and Thomas round out an intense cast and keep the flow real. You leave the theater feeling tired and overwhelmed which mirrors the family so they definitely invite you in and make you a vital part of the drama. Bravo!

Photo Coverage: BLOOD FROM A STONE Production Pics! 2011/01/11
Posted: 1/11/2011
JMC - Everyone should be able to identify with one character in the play or has someone in their lives that mirror these brillant performances. You truly believe these characters are real and are a looking through a mirror into their lives.

Update: Streisand Interested in Starring, Not Directing GYPSY; Producers on Board 2011/01/05
Posted: 1/11/2011
Mare - I think its a mistake that Barbra take this role on BUT as along as she is, then Laura Benanti should play Louise. You shouldn't have 2 big name stars in this movie. Laura IS big on Broadway and did a FANTASTIS job in the role. I don't think Streisand and Hathaway is a good mix.

Photo Flash: Geoffrey Rush in BAM's DIARY OF A MADMAN 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Bonny - Tickets are on sale this week to the general public, Anonymous...and are likely to go very quickly. It would be a shame of devoted theatre fans to miss out just by virtue of not knowing...

BWW TV Special: Final Curtain Call of IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway! 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
bill goulding - It was almost like attending a rock concert...all of the fans who had seen the show numerous times were there. The energy level was 110% and the sound volume was at fever pitch. Everyone in the cast received a rousing ovation upon their appearance on stage...and everyone in the cast gave the performance of their lives...especially was the darling Andrea Burns who just soared with her stage savvy and double takes and those top notes were just fab and brought down the house. Anyone in the audience that night will never forget it...it was a love fest between the actors and audience. Lin, Chris, Olga,Marcy, Priscilla, Tony C, Doreen, Shaun, Seth, Marcos, Michael B, Rosie, and the rest of you wonderful actors were just marvelous....you all absolutely super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lin what can i say...you are a gifted genius...thank you for IN THE HEIGHTS....

Academy of Music Welcomes LES MISERABLES Tour, 1/4-15 2010/11/04 Page 2
Posted: 1/11/2011
Les mis fan - Saw this show on opening night. It was the best version i have ever seen. Everyone was amazing and lets not forget the kids! They were great too.

New Yorker's Turn on SPIDER-MAN (BroadwayWorld.com)
Posted: 1/11/2011
gmanmd - Ask people who go to a NASCAR race why they go. Sure they'll tell you it is the speed, the crowds, etc. But what are they really waiting for? The crashes.

Photo Coverage: Jaden Smith And Jackie Chan Premiere KARATE KID in Cancun 2010/07/02
Posted: 1/11/2011
talita - hi i love jaden smith o menino mas bonito do planeta rsrs

Dracula: They All Deserve To Undie (BroadwayWorld.com)
Posted: 1/11/2011
Iris - "They All Deserve to Undie". Absolutely brilliant! Thanks, Michael! :)

An Evening With Cole Porter at Boston Pops 2010/06/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
GAIL - YOU HAVE ONE OF THE MOST CONFUSING HOME PAGE I HAVE EVER SEEN! IT'S WAY TO BUSY AND WHERE IS THE ACTUAL CONNECTIONN TO COLE PORTER/

Rep Stage Presents AN ALMOST HAPPY PICTURE, 2/2-20 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Yvonne Erickson - Hi. The name of the play is "An Almost Holy Picture" as it states in the body of the release, NOT "An Almost HAPPY Picture"! PLEASE correct this. Have a good day.

Met Opera Announces Cast Change For Tonight's Tosca 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
inna - Alagna was amazing yesterday.

Photo Preview: Blackman and Willetts in South Pacific Tour 2007/07/09
Posted: 1/11/2011
LUTHER AUGUSTINE - Helena Blackman , I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Photo Preview: Blackman and Willetts in South Pacific Tour 2007/07/09
Posted: 1/11/2011
LUTHER AUGUSTINE - I WANT TO BE PANTER NOW , Helena Blackman

Maguire's WICKED Headed To The Small Screen 2011/01/09
Posted: 1/11/2011
Raymond - Congratulations on making this momentous decision. I have read the book and am agog at the skill at the adaptation from novel to musical. I saw it Melbourne, Australia and want to see it again after reading the book. Chookas with the production. Regards Raymond

Broadway Moms Part 2: I Want it All Kind Of Featuring Kerry Butler 2011/01/10 Page 1
Posted: 1/11/2011
Coggie - It doesn't matter if you're a working actress on Broadway, a waitress single mom or a stay-at-home mom, raising children is hard and rife with choices. I think most of us make those choices and sacrifices in the privacy of our souls, then get on with it. I personally don't think anyone can have it all. But I do agree that a balance can be achieved, with one world informing the other, as Kerry Butler discovered for herself. I had the pleasure of watching her help try out the new "Catch Me If You Can" musical out in Seattle a few years ago before it hit Broadway. And, further back, of watching her in an all-too-brief soap opera role of a misunderstood villainess on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. My hat is off to her, however she is making this all work.

Tiffany & Hogget to Helm ONCE on Bway; Creative Team Announced 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
M. Johnston - Cast Glen Hansard or forget it.

BWW TV Special: Final Curtain Call of IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway! 2011/01/10
Posted: 1/11/2011
Ray Workman - I did not care for this show at all. I know that many did. I think the entire show was one of the dullest shows I have ever seen.

Metro Theater Company and the Edison at Washington University Present THE GIVER 1/7-23 2011/01/07
Posted: 1/11/2011
Mark - I took my 11 year old niece to the play. Both of us had read the novel and were excited about the performance. An admittedly difficult novel to adapt for the stage, the production succeeded in its effective use of lighting and creative, mood-setting sound-effects. Unfortunately, these impressive efforts could not compensate for unfortunately miscast role of the Giver, and some poor directorial choices. Both my niece and I were incredibly disappointed, but were able to agree upon the following three points of criticism. The story of The Giver is incredibly dense. While Lois Lowry's novel succeeded in establishing a richly imagined world with sparse language, the play rushes through the many layers of detail so rapidly that the audience lacks time to digest the material. No sooner does one scene end then the next begins. The pace is set by the repetitive chime of a bell, but rather than building tension than lack of transition from one scene to the next leaves the audience little time to consider the images they witness on stage. With such thought-provoking material, it would seem wise to allow the weighty dialogue and dramatic content time to breath in the minds of viewers before hopping to the next scene. Perhaps most troublesome is the choice to play The Giver as a warm, grandfatherly teacher. A far cry from the haunted, cynical, and emotionally distant character of the novel, the stage version of the Giver warms to Jonas immediately. It is as though the actor had not read the source material, or else gave little consideration to how such an individual would inevitably be traumatized by the failure of the previous attempt to replace him. (I'll spare the details for those who haven't read the novel, but anyone familiar with the book will recognize that the Giver would be forgiven for having a thick coat of armor preventing him from getting close to Jonas.) Most infuriating is the delivery of one pivotal line of dialogue spoken by the Giver to Jonas, a line revealing the identity of another character. On opening night, the actor delivered this line as casually as though announcing the time of day. The effect was jarring only in that it failed to have any impact or gravity whatsoever. Another mistake in direction was the choice to have Jonas alone on stage for the final ten minutes of the play. While the young actor handles himself well, it is simply too much to ask a sixteen year old to carry the final scenes of a play, unaccompanied. The young boy alone on stage, in the spotlight, is reduced to a narrator describing to the audience what he experiences. While there is some nice visual work suggesting the emotional blizzard the character endures, far more could have been done to assist an actor who otherwise appears to have been left to his own devices to solicit an emotional response to a by then restless audience. The director proved creative in his depiction of an elephant on stage; why not do the same to show the audience the deer Jonas is seeing, rather than have Jonas simply tell the audience "I see deer"? It is worth mentioning again that there is much to praise about th


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