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THEATRE GOSSIP #537: The "I LOVE LUCIE (Even if the TONYS Don't)" Edition.


Oh yeah, they're playing my song!

by Anonymousreply 600September 24, 2023 8:49 PM

link to old thread....

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by Anonymousreply 1September 11, 2023 8:20 PM

Two great tastes that taste strange together...

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by Anonymousreply 2September 11, 2023 8:25 PM

The only thing I saw at La Mama was the Carmilla reunion that was like 20 years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 3September 11, 2023 9:15 PM

Apparently Faith Prince and Harvey were not besties during a Catered Affair. I don’t think he’s always the loves or bear his rep would make u think he is

by Anonymousreply 4September 11, 2023 9:20 PM

R4, I can only imagine he was insufferable to everyone involved in that show, seeing how he played a large part in the debacle by completely distorting the piece in order to make it an acting vehicle for himself.

by Anonymousreply 5September 11, 2023 9:28 PM

John Doyle also apparently tortured Faith into a dowdier and dowdier look as the show moved from tryouts to previews to openings.

I never saw the musical but I assume they reverted back to the original Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and made the family Jewish instead of Irish as they are in the film? Is that correct?

by Anonymousreply 6September 11, 2023 9:31 PM

From the last thread, my own little No No Nanette remembrance: I saw the show in its first preview when I was a college student (yes, I'm ancient) and it tried out in Boston.

Can you imagine seeing that fabulous show and those performances when you had no idea what you were about to see? As great as Follies IMHO, which I also saw in its Boston tryout (those were the days!). My boyfriend, who worked tech on Broadway, came up to see it and as he knew one of the stage managers we went out with him to the local gay bar Sporter's (on Beacon Hill IIRC) after the show, where all of the chorus kids (gay and straight) were celebrating. What an unforgettable night!

I waited another year or so before seeing it on Broadway and the show seemed very tired by then, except for Helen Gallagher and Bobby Van, Joy Hodges (who?) had replaced Ruby and Lillian Hayman was in that night understudying Patsy Kelly. It looked like they just bought her an ordinary maid's uniform at the local uniform shop. Sad. But it taught me to never return to a show you adore and expect to have the same orgiastic experience.

by Anonymousreply 7September 11, 2023 9:48 PM

[quote]As great as Follies IMHO, which I also saw in its Boston tryout (those were the days!).

Nanette and FOLLIES were bookend shows regarding the nostalgia craze at the time.

by Anonymousreply 8September 11, 2023 9:51 PM

And yet they couldn't be more different in every way.

by Anonymousreply 9September 11, 2023 9:55 PM

[quote] Apparently Faith Prince and Harvey were not besties during a Catered Affair. I don’t think he’s always the loves or bear his rep would make u think he is

I don't think there's anyone in the world left who thinks this. By now, everyone knows what a first class insufferable cunt Harvey Fierstein is.

by Anonymousreply 10September 11, 2023 9:55 PM

[quote]I never saw the musical but I assume they reverted back to the original Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and made the family Jewish instead of Irish as they are in the film? Is that correct?

Incorrect, they were Irish in the musical as well. One more reason why Harvey Fierstein shouldn't have played the uncle. He's about as Irish as matzoh.

by Anonymousreply 11September 11, 2023 9:59 PM

Leslie Kritzer just screams Irish!

by Anonymousreply 12September 11, 2023 10:02 PM

[quote]And yet they couldn't be more different in every way.

That's what makes them bookends, r9. One was pro-nostalgia, the other anti-nostalgia.

by Anonymousreply 13September 11, 2023 10:03 PM

OP? You got no dignity.

by Anonymousreply 14September 11, 2023 10:05 PM

R5, I hope Harvey didn’t sexually harass Matt Cavenaugh, fresh from his bad experience with Arthur Laurents.

by Anonymousreply 15September 11, 2023 10:21 PM

I love the film The Catered Affair and think Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, and Matt Cavenaugh all gave creditable performances, but I’ve never seen a drearier show or heard a less interesting score. And Fierstein destroyed the core of this simple, touching story. (And as a gay man, I resented his terrible and self-indulgent fantasy of being a gay working class man in that era.)

by Anonymousreply 16September 11, 2023 10:45 PM

Now I'm curious about the genesis of The Catered Affair as a musical. Does anyone know if it began with Harvey and thus his idea of making the uncle gay? Or was there an earlier version with a different writer that never went anywhere before he was involved?

by Anonymousreply 17September 11, 2023 10:51 PM

The big problem is when a person writes a story that they act in. It ALWAYS leads to ruin

by Anonymousreply 18September 11, 2023 11:07 PM

Michael Berresse and his partner Jeff Bowen.

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by Anonymousreply 19September 11, 2023 11:13 PM

what was the huge story that was supposed to hit today?

by Anonymousreply 20September 11, 2023 11:34 PM

R20-Some crap about a has-been and Scientologists.

by Anonymousreply 21September 11, 2023 11:43 PM

R18, it does?

by Anonymousreply 22September 11, 2023 11:57 PM

I'm hoping that eventually Scientology falls to a RICO charge

by Anonymousreply 23September 12, 2023 2:54 AM

Something new!

Anyone got any inside knowledge on LEMPICKA?

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by Anonymousreply 24September 12, 2023 3:58 AM

I'm intrigued, I'll admit.

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by Anonymousreply 25September 12, 2023 4:00 AM

Telecharge jumped the gun tonight and started selling tix to "Water For Elephants" at the Imperial starting February 24th and opening on March 21st. Directed by Jessica Stone.Book by Rick Elice.

by Anonymousreply 26September 12, 2023 4:01 AM

[quote] what was the huge story that was supposed to hit today?

Do mean the James Barbour affair?

by Anonymousreply 27September 12, 2023 4:03 AM

[quote]A casting notice has been released for the Broadway production of Lempicka, which notes that the musical will go into rehearsals in January and open in New York in March. Per the notice, the entire creative team from the La Jolla production is sticking with the show, along with producer Seaview Productions. While no casting has been announced (or even formally, Broadway dates) at this time, the casting calls are only seeking ensemble roles - so it's likely most of the principals are sticking with the show.

And yet, the article doesn't bother to mention who the principals of the La Jolla production are. Great job, Broadway World, right up to your usual standards.

by Anonymousreply 28September 12, 2023 4:06 AM

[quote] Matt Cavenaugh, fresh from his bad experience with Arthur Laurents.

it's been quite a while since "fresh" and "Matt Cavenaugh" were in the same sentence

by Anonymousreply 29September 12, 2023 4:07 AM

A Catered Affair was shite.

by Anonymousreply 30September 12, 2023 4:52 AM

How the fuck does Jessica Stone get a gig directing a big budget Broadway musical? She was a failed actress ten minutes ago.

by Anonymousreply 31September 12, 2023 6:03 AM

Lempicka does look good in that trailer. She's also a great subject for a show.

by Anonymousreply 32September 12, 2023 6:09 AM

When I saw "Lempicka," i thought for a second it was "Lypsinka." No such luck.

by Anonymousreply 33September 12, 2023 11:14 AM

I enjoyed a lot of "A Catered Affair," particularly the score. I had gotten tired of Faith Prince's shtick by then, but it was some of the best work she had ever done. What killed the show for me was the whole subplot of the gay uncle, as if "special guest star, Harvey Fierstein, had showed up in a time machine from the present to teach those pesky people back in the 50s about the merits of homosexuality. It and he were pretty awful. Also, vocally, he killed every song he "sang."

by Anonymousreply 34September 12, 2023 12:16 PM

[quote]How the fuck does Jessica Stone get a gig directing a big budget Broadway musical? She was a failed actress ten minutes ago.

She has been directing for a while. And though you may not have noticed, she directed KIMBERLY AKIMBO, which won this year's Tony Award for Best Musical, and for which Jessica herself was nominated. You really should get out more.

by Anonymousreply 35September 12, 2023 12:59 PM

According to Prince, things really went south when Harvey wasn’t nominated for acting and the other cast was. It goes to show, you can win for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actor in a Musical, but if you aren’t nominated…it can turn ugly really quick.

by Anonymousreply 36September 12, 2023 1:04 PM


by Anonymousreply 37September 12, 2023 1:16 PM

Water for Elephants and Lempicka! 2 new Broadway musicals the ticket buying public might actually be interested in.

Will it start a trend?

by Anonymousreply 38September 12, 2023 1:38 PM

Lempicka yer nose!

by Anonymousreply 39September 12, 2023 2:24 PM

[quote] She has been directing for a while. And though you may not have noticed, she directed KIMBERLY AKIMBO, which won this year's Tony Award for Best Musical, and for which Jessica herself was nominated. You really should get out more.

Oh, I had no idea. Mea culpa! Good for her. I actually haven't been out much, as I was diagnosed with cancer a little over a year ago and have pretty much been a shut in on the west coast, in treatment for it. I didn't watch the Tonys this year because I wasn't really familiar with any of the shows and it's never interesting if you don't know any of the work (for me, at least).

I know how Michael Arden started directing and how his first Broadway directing gig came about, but I had no idea about Jessica.

by Anonymousreply 40September 12, 2023 3:13 PM


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by Anonymousreply 42September 12, 2023 3:31 PM

Thursday matinees may catch on

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by Anonymousreply 43September 12, 2023 5:17 PM

Why not? They've been doing them for years in London.

by Anonymousreply 44September 12, 2023 5:31 PM

If you want to know why theater is failing look no further: MTC is presenting two plays named POOR YELLA REDNECKS and JAJA’S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING. They may end up being good plays but talk about titles that are off-putting to the broader population.

by Anonymousreply 45September 12, 2023 6:32 PM

Here Lies Love weekly gross drops to $604,271.

by Anonymousreply 46September 12, 2023 7:10 PM

Damn, R46, that is NOT good. The mind boggles in trying to imagine how much money will be lost on the show itself and the reconfiguration of the theater.

by Anonymousreply 47September 12, 2023 7:12 PM

Imelda was no Evita.

by Anonymousreply 48September 12, 2023 7:12 PM

I feel bad for them, because I'm sure they thought they had a slam dunk. I've gotta think the non-normative seating plays a small part. I can imagine tourists at TKTS asking about it and having the ticket seller try to explain the seating. "Uhhhh okay, we will actually take 4 ticket to & Juliet."

by Anonymousreply 49September 12, 2023 7:17 PM

Interesting thought, R49. But the ticket setup is not THAT complicated. Basically, you can sit in the mezzanine or along the sides, or you can stand in the orchestra section.

by Anonymousreply 50September 12, 2023 7:29 PM

I'm not standing for 2 hours

by Anonymousreply 51September 12, 2023 7:40 PM

Oh wow you're not kidding. Here Lies Love at the ginormous Broadway barely outgrossed Kimberly Akimbo at the teeny Booth.

by Anonymousreply 52September 12, 2023 8:02 PM

And Shucked out-grossed them both

by Anonymousreply 53September 12, 2023 8:04 PM

[quote]But the ticket setup is not THAT complicated.

It's not—but people often opt for the path of least resistance.

by Anonymousreply 54September 12, 2023 8:06 PM

I can imagine tourists who don't want to stand for HLL but also think they'd be missing out on something if they sat. Totally overwhelming to them. Especially when it's a show they know nothing about and don't care about Filipino politics. Easier to just choose another show.

The Bridge's Guys & Dolls would be crazy not to be eyeing The Broadway Theatre right now for a transfer by late spring. I realize there'd still be a lot of work installing the rising platforms but at least the demo is done.

by Anonymousreply 55September 12, 2023 8:06 PM

I'm glad to hear SHUCKED is now doing well. I found it hilarious and tremendously entertaining overall.

by Anonymousreply 56September 12, 2023 8:21 PM

HERE LIES LOVE just sent out a press release announcing a new rush ticket policy for any card-carrying union member. Maybe that will help....

by Anonymousreply 57September 12, 2023 8:32 PM

HERE LIES LOVE is fun. But a lot of the staging simply doesn't work very well for people sitting up in the mezzanine. At least, it didn't work for me.

by Anonymousreply 58September 12, 2023 8:51 PM

Can someone explain how it is that Harvey F became involved in The Catered Affair? His re-working of the original story... wouldn't that have required approval from the Chayefsky estate or another group/person who had legal authority over the original script or movie script?

Someone or someones had to tell Harvey that he was just perfect for a role played at one time by Barry Fitzgerald (an actual Irishman).

by Anonymousreply 59September 12, 2023 8:55 PM

Really, R58. I sat in the front of the mezzanine and I felt like it was a great seat and I didn't miss anything in terms of staging or sight lines. But I can imagine that the worst seats in the house would be the rear mezzanine.

by Anonymousreply 60September 12, 2023 8:56 PM

Purlie Victorious starts off with 60% capacity—grossing $227,928 over 6 performances.

Anyone seen it yet?

by Anonymousreply 61September 12, 2023 10:08 PM

R61 is that good?

by Anonymousreply 62September 12, 2023 10:27 PM

The revenue made from rush tickets is not going to save HLL's box office. And I don't think it's exactly right for Thursday matinees either.

by Anonymousreply 63September 12, 2023 10:55 PM

[quote]I'm not standing for 2 hours

Turn down any invitations to Russian Orthodox weddings.

by Anonymousreply 64September 13, 2023 1:15 AM

The autumn into New Year's cull is going to be BRUTAL ...

by Anonymousreply 65September 13, 2023 1:59 AM

I just read Charles Busch’s memoir and it was delightful. He writes about feuding with friend Julie Halston and it seems they are always in a fragile state.

Are he and she on the outs again? I notice she isn’t plugging his book on socials

by Anonymousreply 66September 13, 2023 2:17 AM

I made a drunken phone call to Charles Busch *many* years ago.

by Anonymousreply 67September 13, 2023 2:27 AM

I love Charles Busch. I will read his book.

I am sorry that Charles Ludlam and his plays predate my theatregoing in NYC. (I've read Ludlam's plays, and seen 1-2 revivals.)

They both represent a kind of gay genius--original, insane, inspired, fearless, hilarious--that you almost never see in NYC theatre anymore. It's like we've forgotten how to laugh.

I think about that whenever I see what passes as "comedy" these days. Or "queer theatre." Ughh.

by Anonymousreply 68September 13, 2023 3:34 AM

Was it Busch who started the My Friend Julie threads?

by Anonymousreply 69September 13, 2023 3:45 AM

r68, it was...Theatre of the Ridiculous. It began with Ronald Tavel.

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by Anonymousreply 70September 13, 2023 3:49 AM

The main issue with HLL is inexperienced producers who didn't realize that "all Filipino cast" is not the flex they think it is. They should have moved mountains to get Ruthie Ann Miles who would have added some legitimacy to their show, at least in the minds of traditional theatergoers who might have regarded it as a legit musical rather than a loud, overpriced dance party. Also, trying to minimize David Byrne's involvement seemed rather foolish since his last Broadway show sold out. He's a rock star with an enormous fan base and they didn't use that to maket the show. They are finally putting out some ads with DB in them but it might be too late to save the show.

by Anonymousreply 71September 13, 2023 4:53 AM

R68, I feel the same way. I also long for the day when drag queens were more like him and less like the ones on RuPaul's Drag Race.

by Anonymousreply 72September 13, 2023 4:55 AM

3 Actors, 1 Unshakable Bond:

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by Anonymousreply 73September 13, 2023 5:07 AM

R73 poor Katie Rose Clarke. I know Beth is a smaller role, but the character sings the best known song in the show, “Not a Day Goes By.” Marin Mazzie played her to great effect twice.

But it does look like the press will ignore her for this revival and focus instead on just the 3 of them.

by Anonymousreply 74September 13, 2023 10:19 AM

Busch in his memoir relates his early life as a stripper and a rent boy. That was a surprise!

by Anonymousreply 75September 13, 2023 11:50 AM

HLL is in serious trouble. The in-fighting from the producers (2 ad agencies so far) destroyed the launch, and it appears Byrne has walked away, because he knows its doa. They never should have opened in the summer, particularly this one. It will cost millions to keep the show running until Tony nominations, and they don't have it.

by Anonymousreply 76September 13, 2023 12:31 PM

I always thought it was a song about a pizzeria - Not a Dago's pie

by Anonymousreply 77September 13, 2023 12:38 PM

Hmmmm. Do they dare move Annie Baker's play to Broadway? There are no off-Broadway houses left. I don't think Jesse's review will cause a stampede.

by Anonymousreply 78September 13, 2023 1:42 PM

Days of Wine and Roses at Studio 54. I love everyone involved, but this is a mistake. But I also felt that way about Kimberly Akimbo, so what do I know?

by Anonymousreply 79September 13, 2023 1:50 PM

R79-Supremely dumb move.

by Anonymousreply 80September 13, 2023 1:53 PM

HLL would have been a mistake no matter what season it opened in. Imelda who??

by Anonymousreply 81September 13, 2023 1:58 PM


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At least these are some adult titles not aimed at a teenaged girl audience or the bridge and tunnel juke box crowds.

by Anonymousreply 83September 13, 2023 2:10 PM

R6 The family was Irish in the TV version as well. Thelma Ritter played "Aggie Hurley" same as Bette Davis did. (Look at Thelma's Wikipedia page). J. Pat O'Malley played Uncle Jack.

by Anonymousreply 84September 13, 2023 2:10 PM

Yup, read all about it.

I loved the two of them in this show. But this will lose $$$ for all involved.

And the venue couldn't be a worse fit for this material.

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by Anonymousreply 85September 13, 2023 2:11 PM

Does Devil Wears Prada mean that Jerry Mitchell is putting Betty Boop on hold for now? Personally, I couldn't care less about either show.

by Anonymousreply 86September 13, 2023 2:11 PM

No TOMMY revival?

by Anonymousreply 87September 13, 2023 2:14 PM

I'd rather see a potentially good Betty Boop than the Prada show. Cause we already know it stinks.

by Anonymousreply 88September 13, 2023 2:14 PM

Have there been any London transfers announced for Broadway this season? I mean besides MERRILY. Now, that's rare.

by Anonymousreply 89September 13, 2023 2:17 PM

And The Notebook will sink like a stone.

But don't be surprised of Hell's Kitchen moves in time for the Tonys.

by Anonymousreply 90September 13, 2023 2:48 PM

I wonder if they'll try and get Hannah Waddingham for Miranda.

by Anonymousreply 91September 13, 2023 3:01 PM

[quote]Thelma Ritter played "Aggie Hurley" same as Bette Davis did.

Nope. Thelma played her like Thelma, which worked. Bette played her like Bette, which wasn't as successful.

by Anonymousreply 92September 13, 2023 3:10 PM

R85, I thought they were magnificent. It should have gone to Lincoln Center for a Limited Run where the two of them could earn Tony Noms and Lincoln Center could have a prestige hit (if not a box office one) following the two flops Flying Over Sunset and Camelot. Instead, this delicate little show will wither and die on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 93September 13, 2023 3:15 PM

Ben Rimalower’s newest episode of the Into the Woods podcast dropped. He really is interviewing everyone EXCEPT the two people that everyone wants

1) Betty Buckley -First witch, fired

2) Bernadette - hoping she closes the series…but she seems unlikely to speak to him.

by Anonymousreply 94September 13, 2023 3:21 PM

Cabaret, r89.

by Anonymousreply 95September 13, 2023 3:41 PM

[Quote] trying to minimize David Byrne's involvement seemed rather foolish since his last Broadway show sold out. He's a rock star with an enormous fan base and they didn't use that to maket the show.

Big difference. He’s not [italic] in [/italic] HLL.

by Anonymousreply 96September 13, 2023 4:16 PM

No one is talking about Second Stage bringing Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play "Appropriate" to Broadway? Another terrible show that's played NYC twice and set no box office fires. What is going on with producers lately? They keep recycling these shows that have played to death Off-Broadway and then they're shocked when no one comes to see them on Broadway. You've used up your audience already!!!

by Anonymousreply 97September 13, 2023 6:35 PM

The producers are 'woke,' which means they anti-capitalists, which means they really shouldn't be in the BUSINESS of show.

In short, nobody ever accused a socialist of being a good businessperson.

by Anonymousreply 98September 13, 2023 6:40 PM

Yawn. You're like a broken record, r98. Do you have anything else to offer?

by Anonymousreply 99September 13, 2023 8:26 PM

[quote]Big difference. He’s not in HLL.

Yeah, having a rock star write the score isn't a guaranteed way to sell tickets. Just ask Sting or Dolly Parton or Paul Simon.

by Anonymousreply 100September 13, 2023 8:30 PM

Dolly Parton is a rock star?

by Anonymousreply 101September 13, 2023 8:35 PM

R101. According to the Rock and Roll of Fame, yes.

by Anonymousreply 102September 13, 2023 9:53 PM

Hannah Waddingham is the only choice that makes sense for Miranda.

by Anonymousreply 103September 13, 2023 10:04 PM

If Lea had remained with HLL do you think the attendance/interest would be higher?

by Anonymousreply 104September 13, 2023 10:31 PM

I've only seen the filmed version (several times), but I would LOVE to see David Byrne's American Utopia live. Music, lighting, staging, all fantastic, and I'm not even a huge Talking Heads fan. Still, nice to have the film -- thanks, Spike Lee! (Although the few shots of the Boomer audience dancing at their seats are hilari-cringe.)

by Anonymousreply 105September 13, 2023 11:07 PM

Lea Salonga, like Patti LuPone is NOT a star!

by Anonymousreply 106September 13, 2023 11:16 PM

I love Lea but her role in HERE LIES LOVE is quite small, almost a cameo. (She's wonderful, regardless.)

I wonder if some of her die-hard fans are actually disappointed with her role when they do see her.

by Anonymousreply 107September 14, 2023 12:34 AM

Highlights of THE 12.


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by Anonymousreply 108September 14, 2023 12:54 AM

Saw Groban's US Nicholas Christoper today and he is mesmerizing, especially considering he has performed the role only a few times before a large audience. His voice is stupendous, more operatic than Groban's, and he is far more demented. (He received a semi-SO after Epiphany.) Groban is more sympathetic, but Christopher delivers more chills. Annaleigh is serving up more of what some adore, and what others deplore. Jeanna deWaal was on as the Beggar Woman, and it's by far my favorite take on the role. Audience went mad, even without Joshie, and it's still the best production of a musical in town, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 109September 14, 2023 1:20 AM

At this point I think Nicholas Christopher has been on for Groban around 12-14 times and I've heard nothing but raves from his first performance. Is he our new Julie Benko?

by Anonymousreply 110September 14, 2023 2:34 AM

There are two different understudies on this week

by Anonymousreply 111September 14, 2023 2:36 AM

I saw Ja Ja's African Hair Braiding tonight, an early preview, and it started out so SO promising with very witty sets and costumes but as the play progressed and more characters were introduced, it became increasingly difficult to hear the words as the African accents were so heavy and voice projection was lacking. Maybe it was just me and my companion, we are old and white after all. There was hearty laughter from the audience that just went over our heads. I wonder if they will eventually mic the actors.

But it was encouraging to see so many people of color of all ages in the audience enjoying themselves. Still, I found the play rather trivial, a lot of it is just bitchy comic bickering between the workers and customers in the salon, but not even as funny or deep as Steel Magnolias, and the inevitable melodramatic developments finally in the last 15 minutes seemed unearned....though it's heart is in the right place. The critics will probably love it. Sit close if you go.

by Anonymousreply 112September 14, 2023 3:02 AM

I wish he'd go on for Lovett so we could see the role performed without schtick.

by Anonymousreply 113September 14, 2023 3:02 AM

[quote]Maybe it was just me and my companion, we are old and white after all.

You sound almost apologetic about that.

by Anonymousreply 114September 14, 2023 7:35 AM

de Waal is AA's understudy, and she tones down the flourishes, but she's also not as much fun.

P.S. Watching deWaal's Beggar Woman makes it hard to believe she was Princess DI in that campiest of roles.

by Anonymousreply 115September 14, 2023 12:00 PM
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by Anonymousreply 116September 14, 2023 4:11 PM

Uncle Vanya at the Beaumont in April? Seriously? LCT is done.

by Anonymousreply 117September 14, 2023 5:04 PM

To be fair to deWall, she has to follow AA's template of comic business and movement so as not to throw off her co-stars. Would be interested to see her taking on the role on her own. Even with these restrictions, I thought she was excellent.

by Anonymousreply 118September 14, 2023 6:30 PM

Bernie, when all we knew her for was "Dames at Sea" and "On the Town" (according to Carol, anyway).

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by Anonymousreply 119September 14, 2023 6:37 PM

I see that someone else (NOT ME) posted that same clip in its own thread, for some strange reason.

by Anonymousreply 120September 14, 2023 7:31 PM

"Golden Rainbow" will be staged off-Broadway. I can't wait to see what they do with the freewheeling patio number.

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by Anonymousreply 121September 14, 2023 9:45 PM

[quote]I can't wait to see what they do with the freewheeling patio number.

IF that was EVER funny -- and that's a big IF -- it no longer is. Really and truly. So PLEASE STOP.

by Anonymousreply 122September 14, 2023 9:49 PM

I recently got to see some clips of SWEENEY TODD in performance, having seen the show live around the time of the opening. Most of the supporting cast is terrific, especially the Judge and Tobias, but you know who is really awful in it? The guy who plays the Beadle. Not only does he talk several lines that should be sung, he also sings a lot of incorrect note values. Plus he has a terrible wobble on his high notes, which is excruciating to hear precisely because those notes are so high. I sure hope they did whatever was necessary to make him sound okay on the cast album. (I haven't heard it yet.)

by Anonymousreply 123September 14, 2023 9:56 PM

Good luck with that, r122.

by Anonymousreply 124September 14, 2023 9:57 PM

If there ever was a post where it belonged, r122, it would be r121's. You're showing your ignorance.

by Anonymousreply 125September 14, 2023 9:58 PM

[quote]You're showing your ignorance.

r122 is showing his taste.

by Anonymousreply 126September 14, 2023 10:03 PM

[quote]—Datalounge memes must DIE!

The meme was used 100% appropriately, r126. Surprise.

by Anonymousreply 127September 14, 2023 10:10 PM

Stupidity is never appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 128September 14, 2023 10:11 PM

GOLDEN RAINBOW includes DL fave Max von Essen.

I don't recall how big the young kid's part is, but Benjamin Pasak just slayed as OLIVER at Encores. The kid was astonishingly good.

I may need to see this.

by Anonymousreply 129September 14, 2023 10:18 PM

[quote]Stupidity is never appropriate.

Then stop being stupid, r128. *The* freewheeling patio number is *from* Golden Rainbow.

by Anonymousreply 130September 14, 2023 10:24 PM

We're supposed to care r130?

by Anonymousreply 131September 14, 2023 10:25 PM

[quote]If there ever was a post where it belonged, [R122], it would be [R121]'s. You're showing your ignorance.

So, there's a "patio number" in GOLDEN RAINBOW? I don't know the show well -- how many people do? -- but I know it's set in Las Vegas, so I'm thinking there's probably no "patio number," freewheeling or otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 132September 14, 2023 10:28 PM

oh, for fuck's sake. Repeating this tired trope over and over again will not make it funny.

It was never really funny.

Please move on.

by Anonymousreply 133September 14, 2023 10:39 PM


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by Anonymousreply 134September 14, 2023 10:42 PM

It's funny cuz it's camp, r133. If you don't see that, well...continue being irritated over silly, trivial things.

by Anonymousreply 135September 14, 2023 10:44 PM

The freewheeling patio number...

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by Anonymousreply 136September 14, 2023 10:47 PM

Gay people quarrel over the strangest things.

by Anonymousreply 137September 14, 2023 10:52 PM

You don't know Opera queens, r137.

by Anonymousreply 138September 14, 2023 11:13 PM

Thank, R136. Now I get it -- there's a scene at the Patio Restaurant! So I guess that otherwise incredibly tired joke IS apt and funny ONLY in this particular context :-)

by Anonymousreply 139September 15, 2023 12:50 AM

What comes before a Golden Rainbow? Golden Showers, of course.

by Anonymousreply 140September 15, 2023 1:19 AM

Will there ever be another show for DL fave, Betty Buckley?

by Anonymousreply 141September 15, 2023 1:23 AM

I can't imagine one.

by Anonymousreply 142September 15, 2023 1:24 AM

Big Brother Australia?

by Anonymousreply 143September 15, 2023 1:26 AM

Ethel was 62 when she said BuhBYYYYYYE!!! to the Broadway stage.

by Anonymousreply 144September 15, 2023 1:28 AM

Betty seems very happy home in Texas near her mom and family. Occasionally appearing on Law and Order is probably enough for her.

by Anonymousreply 145September 15, 2023 1:38 AM

R132 & R139 jfc, ultraliberal wokesters (which is pretty much most people in musical theater these days) are a humorless bunch. 🙄

by Anonymousreply 146September 15, 2023 1:41 AM

Blessings upon you, r146.

by Anonymousreply 147September 15, 2023 1:44 AM

More like drive-by cunt.

by Anonymousreply 148September 15, 2023 1:45 AM

Andreas Wijk, a hot, out gay pop singer made his theatrical debut tonight as Christian in the first performance of the Swedish premiere of Moulin Rouge in Stockholm. He’s posting a lot about it on his Insta.

by Anonymousreply 149September 15, 2023 2:00 AM

Does Andrew Burnap keep getting cast in various shows because people think he's THAT good, or just because he's really pretty? I ask because, in my opinion, his acting talent is no better than average.

by Anonymousreply 150September 15, 2023 4:01 AM

So this Uncle Vanya production at the Vivian Beaumont next spring isn’t a transfer of the Off Broadway production which recently opened to raves? I wonder who will be playing Yelena. I think it should be Sarah Snook (Shiv on Succession) but she’ll be performing a one woman play Dorian Gray in London at that time.

by Anonymousreply 151September 15, 2023 4:18 AM

There's some terrible irony in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES transferring to, of all places, Studio 54, a space hardly renowned for its sobriety or seriousness.

Transferring DAYS to Broadway is an exercise in moronic indulgence. Not that it's bad. It's not. Kelly O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James gave fantastic performances at the Atlantic, and the Atlantic was the right venue for this work, which actually feels much more like a chamber opera than a musical.

But the show feels very, very small, and has zero commercial possibilities. And I mean zero. It's an intense, grim experience with an arty score that never soars. And though the often dissonant score may be appropriate for the story being told, it makes for a mostly unpleasant evening that made me wonder: Who exactly is this show for? And, more importantly, why is this a musical?

As much as I appreciate the ambition of the show's creators, several of whom have had well-known struggles with addiction, the truth is that this show isn't even very theatrical and will be a financial black hole for all who invest in it.

by Anonymousreply 152September 15, 2023 4:24 AM

[quote]r94 [bold]Betty Buckley -First Witch, fired[/bold]

Title for an autobiography?

by Anonymousreply 153September 15, 2023 4:56 AM

Michael McGrath has died.

by Anonymousreply 154September 15, 2023 5:40 AM

[quote]Michael McGrath has died.

Devastating. One of the nicest guys in show business.

by Anonymousreply 155September 15, 2023 6:35 AM

Yes he was.

Had he been ill?

by Anonymousreply 156September 15, 2023 6:41 AM

His died at home and his death was described as "sudden."

by Anonymousreply 157September 15, 2023 7:59 AM

He pronounced his name "McGraw" didn't he?

by Anonymousreply 158September 15, 2023 8:33 AM

Variety obituary.

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by Anonymousreply 159September 15, 2023 9:18 AM

He died in his sleep. Most likely a heart attack.

by Anonymousreply 160September 15, 2023 9:53 AM

Did you pay full price?

by Anonymousreply 161September 15, 2023 10:33 AM

Andrew Burnap is a solid, dependable, versatile actor whose work in INHERITANCE was markedly different from his King Arthur. He played gay very well and straight impressively. Not sure what his own sexuality is. (He was also excellent in that Andrew Garfield Mormon movie.) And he's attractive. Not surprised at all he keeps getting cast.

by Anonymousreply 162September 15, 2023 11:39 AM

Saw the London staging of Next to Normal a couple of nights ago.

Probably one of the most uniformly excellently-acted production of a musical I’ve ever seen, especially the younger trio.

I was a fully paid up member of the fandom circa 2010, but thought maybe perhaps it would have dated or be too American for London in 2023. But it’s a really terrific production, and I was struck anew by how well it is written and how smart its dramatic construction is.

by Anonymousreply 163September 15, 2023 12:19 PM

[quote]Andrew Burnap is a solid, dependable, versatile actor whose work in INHERITANCE was markedly different from his King Arthur.

I agree with solid and dependable, but again, I don't think his acting is so special should have been cast in some roles he really wasn't right for. THE INHERITANCE, sure, but Arthur in CAMELOT? Troilus in TROILUS AND CRESSIDA?

by Anonymousreply 164September 15, 2023 1:41 PM

R152, I agree with everything you wrote, and I can only assume the primary reason for the transfer of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES is that the producers are looking at it as a prestige project that will garner lots of Tony noms and maybe a win or two. Which, of course, still doesn't make the show a viable Broadway project, especially not in that theater.

If it had to be in that theater, it would have been better if the producers could have worked a deal to make it either a production or co-production of the Roundabout. But maybe the Roundabout will offer the show to its subscribers anyway, even though it's not one of theirs?

by Anonymousreply 165September 15, 2023 1:45 PM

I hadn't realized until now that GUTENBERG was, in fact, another wacky irreverent musical about.... making a musical.

Count me out. I thought we were done with what Sondheim once referred to as "college shows." At least on Bway.

I'm fully prepared to hate this, no matter how good people tell me it is. (It won't be.)

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by Anonymousreply 166September 15, 2023 1:45 PM

Cute Andrew Burnap has a new gig.

Hopefully he'll steer clear of musicals going forward.

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by Anonymousreply 167September 15, 2023 1:49 PM

r164, did Burnap steal those roles from you? Why should you care?

by Anonymousreply 168September 15, 2023 2:00 PM

GUTENBERG looks painfully bad.

by Anonymousreply 169September 15, 2023 2:04 PM

Theater Camp is now on Hulu. Watched it this morning. It's pretty dreadful, and I would say the team behind the film Camp, which came out 20 years ago, should be asking where they got their inspiration from.

Ben is not the worst thing in it. That would be his fellow nepo baby co-star, co-writer/co-director Molly Gordon.

by Anonymousreply 170September 15, 2023 2:57 PM

Haven't seen Theater Camp, but Molly is just fine in The Bear.

by Anonymousreply 171September 15, 2023 3:26 PM

Any buzz on The Great Gatsby with Jeremy Jordan?

by Anonymousreply 172September 15, 2023 3:29 PM

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I didn't hate Noah Galvin in it.

by Anonymousreply 173September 15, 2023 3:29 PM

[quote]Did Burnap steal those roles from you? Why should you care?

What a mature, intelligent response. Right up there with, "Do you think YOU could have done better????"

by Anonymousreply 174September 15, 2023 3:40 PM

The Crucible Jr. (in the lobby…)

by Anonymousreply 175September 15, 2023 3:54 PM

Well, COULD you have done it better?

by Anonymousreply 176September 15, 2023 4:05 PM

Noah Galvin can be fun in the right role…but a little of him goes a long way.

by Anonymousreply 177September 15, 2023 4:58 PM

[quote]In my opinion, Noah Galvin's role in THEATER CAMP was very right for him.

The comment above that "the team behind the film CAMP, which came out 20 years ago, should be asking where they got their inspiration from" is dumb, seeing as how both movies are based on the goings-on at actual theater camps, which do exist. CAMP obviously got there first, but I would say the two movies are very different, and THEATER CAMP is far superior. (I thought CAMP had its moments and pluses but it was a pretty bad film overall.)

by Anonymousreply 178September 15, 2023 5:07 PM

Sorry, "In my opinion, Noah Galvin's role in THEATER CAMP was very right for him" was my statement, not a quote.

by Anonymousreply 179September 15, 2023 5:09 PM

Hugh and Deb divorcing!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 180September 15, 2023 5:46 PM


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by Anonymousreply 181September 15, 2023 5:47 PM

If those two kids can't make a go of it, what hope is there for the rest of us?

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by Anonymousreply 182September 15, 2023 5:51 PM

Someone has been patiently waiting in the wings for this day...

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by Anonymousreply 183September 15, 2023 6:27 PM

Hugh, call me.

by Anonymousreply 184September 15, 2023 6:40 PM

And they just took a new apartment!

by Anonymousreply 185September 15, 2023 6:43 PM

At this point, why bother divorcing? They can easily lead separate lives (and have been). She's pushing 70. What does she think is out there for her? And he's never coming out.

by Anonymousreply 186September 15, 2023 8:25 PM

Sorry, but Theater Camp makes Camp look like Citizen Kane. Gave up after 20 minutes. Dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 187September 15, 2023 8:57 PM

Penny dreadful? Dollar dreadful? Benjamins dreadful?

by Anonymousreply 188September 15, 2023 9:06 PM

[quote]Hugh and Deb divorcing!!!!!!!!

Thank god. Now maybe they'll both shut up about how madly in love with each other they are, which they kept reminding us about for years.

by Anonymousreply 189September 15, 2023 9:32 PM

I can't say it ever crossed my mind.

by Anonymousreply 190September 15, 2023 9:39 PM

OMG-Did she have some major plaster surgery? Lose a ton of weight? She looks younger than him now and the grey beard does him no favors

Who's the twink looking adoringly at Hugh in R183?

And I agree with R186-he'll never come out. His career is too based on his supposedly "macho" image.

by Anonymousreply 191September 15, 2023 10:40 PM

The twink is Taron Egerton, R191.

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by Anonymousreply 192September 15, 2023 10:46 PM

LCT is doing Vanya? Jesus...

by Anonymousreply 193September 15, 2023 11:35 PM

All the tsk-tsking about DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES' having no commercial appeal just gets an eye-roll from me. Do you really think that anyone involved imagines that this is going to be the runaway smash of the spring? I for one am thrilled any time someone gets behind putting something sophisticated and ambitious before the public, and I'd like to think that there are people out there who want to support work of this kind -- especially given how long it tends to be between new Guettel scores.

In any case, what do you care if it loses every penny? It's not your money.

by Anonymousreply 194September 15, 2023 11:39 PM

Theater Camp is entirely unfunny.

Andrew Burnap is Zzzzzz.

by Anonymousreply 195September 15, 2023 11:46 PM

Deb, call me!

by Anonymousreply 196September 16, 2023 12:23 AM

Theater Camp was awful. It had no idea what tone it wanted to play and was all over the place. Is it satire? Is it sincere? Mockumentary? Coming of age? Definitely made by people who never had anyone tell them "no" growing up.

by Anonymousreply 197September 16, 2023 12:35 AM

Nothing wrong w serious musicals but Wine n Roses is bleak, one-note doggerel.

by Anonymousreply 198September 16, 2023 1:49 AM

Is it worse than Far From Heaven?

by Anonymousreply 199September 16, 2023 2:24 AM

Far From Heaven and Sunset Blvd are purely cinematic and there's no reason to put them on the stage.

by Anonymousreply 200September 16, 2023 2:33 AM

[quote]Sorry, but Theater Camp makes Camp look like Citizen Kane.

I would say the opposite. Again, CAMP had a great concept and a few really good moments that everyone remembers -- "Turkey Lurkey Time," the "Everybody rise!" moment -- but overall it was quite a mess in terms of the script and the direction. THEATER CAMP stumbled occasionally but I thought it was quite hilarious overall, and I had no problem with the shifting tone in it. There's nothing wrong with shifting tone if it's well done.

by Anonymousreply 201September 16, 2023 2:48 AM

Yes, you've already told us this once, R201. We get it.

Also, you thought Shucked was "hilarious and tremendously entertaining," so I'd say you're firmly on your own about the superiority of Theater Camp over Camp.

by Anonymousreply 202September 16, 2023 2:52 AM

Camp had Stephen Sondheim!

by Anonymousreply 203September 16, 2023 2:55 AM

So what happened at SWEENEY tonight?

by Anonymousreply 204September 16, 2023 2:55 AM

[quote] Camp had Stephen Sondheim!

And Theater Camp had.... Priscilla Lopez.

by Anonymousreply 205September 16, 2023 2:57 AM

Awwwwww...Priscilla Lopez.

by Anonymousreply 206September 16, 2023 2:58 AM

R202, everyone I know who has seen SHUCKED said they had a great time -- and I'm talking theater-savvy people, not general-public people. I also hear the box office numbers have been rising as the show has continued its run, which indicates great word of mouth. So it's fine if you don't like the show, but please don't try to make me seem like an outlier for my positive opinion of it.

by Anonymousreply 207September 16, 2023 3:22 AM

Good for you.

by Anonymousreply 208September 16, 2023 3:24 AM

This will probably be the most pedantic post in DL "theatre gossip" history, so please bear with me. The other day I was quite struck hearing this Wagner theme on the radio (see link) and how it is nearly identical to the main chorus of "I Have a Love" from WEST SIDE STORY. Do we suppose Bernstein did this on purpose–Maria's love does seem to redeem her in Anita's eyes–or is it just a funny coincidence?

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by Anonymousreply 209September 16, 2023 3:39 AM

They're reviving Washing Garbage?

by Anonymousreply 210September 16, 2023 3:46 AM

R209 I’m always intrigued by theatre music being “lifted” from other sources

by Anonymousreply 211September 16, 2023 12:33 PM

R209, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Bernstein did that on purpose. The melody is only the same for a few notes, but it's striking once you've heard it. And get a load of this.

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by Anonymousreply 212September 16, 2023 12:42 PM

Hard to imagine Bernstein not being aware of the motif. His musical knowledge was encyclopedic.

by Anonymousreply 213September 16, 2023 1:42 PM

Bernstein was definitely aware of the motif. He recorded the Immolation Scene -- after composing WSS, of course, but I find it impossible to believe that a conductor of his vast knowledge hadn't already heard DIE WALKÜRE and/or GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG at the very least well before he wrote a note of WSS.

by Anonymousreply 214September 16, 2023 2:01 PM

R209, I had lectures once on musical theatre from a professor who was also a classical music critic and a Wagner maniac. He said there were several little riffs in WSS that alluded to classical works. Not sure they were all Wagner. I have a vague recollection there was a Beethoven one underlying the introductory music before the Jets Song.

by Anonymousreply 215September 16, 2023 2:39 PM

R212 that was a really good explanation to the layperson. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 216September 16, 2023 3:39 PM

Good artists borrow.


by Anonymousreply 217September 16, 2023 5:28 PM

WHET Jonny Orsini?

by Anonymousreply 218September 16, 2023 6:48 PM

R217, I don't WEHT him (I refuse to use the idiotic WHET), but I do know he changed his professional name from Jonny to Jon AFTER he had gained a certain amount of fame, which I've always thought is a foolish thing to do.

by Anonymousreply 219September 16, 2023 6:59 PM

Jon (or Jonny) Orsini and Micah Stock - did they just run off with each other as no one knows their whereabouts? Maybe they're hiding out in FL with Malcolm Gets.

by Anonymousreply 220September 16, 2023 7:02 PM

[quote](I refuse to use the idiotic WHET)

Of course you do, r219. You don't believe in DL traditions. You're above that.

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by Anonymousreply 221September 16, 2023 7:16 PM

R221, I truly don't understand people who come here then complain about the running gags, most are silly, harmless, and quite easy to not engage with. Reddit is 10 times worse than DL when it comes to that sort of thing, but I suppose we have a setting called "asbestos eyeballs" for a reason.

by Anonymousreply 222September 16, 2023 8:42 PM

R222, I wouldn't have mentioned "WHET" except that I was responding to someone who used that "gag," which I find silly and tired. But I agree with you, there's really no point in complaining about such things, so I will avoid doing so in future :-)

by Anonymousreply 223September 16, 2023 9:33 PM

All is forgiven, R223. Pointless bitchery is the soul of DL, but let's have the decency to make our bitching amusing!

by Anonymousreply 224September 16, 2023 9:44 PM

Every theater person I know thought SHUCKED was a B- musical

by Anonymousreply 225September 17, 2023 1:09 AM

So you did a survey? Considering much of the competition, B- is pretty much a rave.

by Anonymousreply 226September 17, 2023 3:12 AM

If B- is a rave, that says more about someone's shitty taste than the quality of a show.

by Anonymousreply 227September 17, 2023 3:23 AM


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by Anonymousreply 228September 17, 2023 3:27 AM

I finally caught up with the TV series Fleishman is in Trouble. Jenny Powers has a recurring role on it. (It shoots in NYC.) Does this mean Matt Cavenaugh has given up selling cars in the midwest and is back at the acting game or did Jenny get bored and they're spending time apart?

by Anonymousreply 229September 17, 2023 3:30 AM

[quote]Every theater person I know thought SHUCKED was a B- musical

Are you grading on the curve?

by Anonymousreply 230September 17, 2023 4:02 AM

R220, there's a little thing on the internet called "google" - you should learn about it. An amazing creation. Just type in something you're curious about - like the name Jon Orsini - and voila! up pops a list with hyperlinks about your subject.

Incredible really. I didn't know who Jon Orsini was until I searched his name through google ("oh, he was in The Nance with Nathan Lane - I remember him"). Now I know we live in the same state, where he works and what he does!

This concludes my DL-bitchy post for the day.

by Anonymousreply 231September 17, 2023 9:19 AM

Bitchy, yes. Clever, [italic] meh [/italic] .

by Anonymousreply 232September 17, 2023 11:59 AM

It's too bad Matt Cavenaugh didn't drive Arthur Laurents to selling cars.

by Anonymousreply 233September 17, 2023 12:05 PM

r231 did your google search tell you if Jon Orsini and MIcah Stock ran off together?

by Anonymousreply 234September 17, 2023 1:51 PM

It's Google NOT Giggle.

by Anonymousreply 235September 17, 2023 2:38 PM

Pity, that.

by Anonymousreply 236September 17, 2023 2:44 PM

I did not see - I didn't look either - for a Micah when I googled Jon Orsini R234... so I don't know.

by Anonymousreply 237September 17, 2023 3:10 PM

I wonder if Matt will ever do an interview where he talks in depth about what happened with Arthur from his point of view. Michael Reidel had written his thoughts. I’m surprised in the era of me too, that Matt didn’t discuss his side.

by Anonymousreply 238September 17, 2023 3:27 PM

Micah and his penis appeared in the Netflix revival of Tales of the City in 2019 and his IMDB has some credits since.

by Anonymousreply 239September 17, 2023 3:38 PM

As I recall, DL came to the conclusion that Orsini was/is straight.

by Anonymousreply 240September 17, 2023 4:01 PM

It's not Jon Orsini that Micah Stock is fucking, it's Chris Perfetti.

by Anonymousreply 241September 17, 2023 4:37 PM

And Micah is loving all that Abbott Elementary money so they can redecorate.

by Anonymousreply 242September 17, 2023 4:42 PM

Micah Stock was showing his big dick off in that Tales of the City finale a couple of years ago.

by Anonymousreply 243September 17, 2023 5:31 PM

Here's the Micah Stock nude link where he shows off R243's alleged "big dick"

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by Anonymousreply 244September 17, 2023 9:40 PM

Micah's dick looks delicious.

Otherwise: I so miss the beautiful tunes from early Broadway. Arlen, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers were all brilliant composers who clearly valued aesthetic beauty over being as socially conscious as possible. That said, many people seem to forget how "woke" lyricists like Oscar Hammerstein and Yip Harburg were in their own day.

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by Anonymousreply 245September 17, 2023 10:54 PM

You have to be taught, r245.

by Anonymousreply 246September 17, 2023 10:58 PM

Stop with idiot use of woke to describe 90 year old showtunes.

by Anonymousreply 247September 17, 2023 11:13 PM

Yes, R245--but did anyone want to see Yip Harburg's dick?

by Anonymousreply 248September 17, 2023 11:16 PM

[Quote] Stop with idiot use of woke to describe 90 year old showtunes.

r247— How dense can you be? r245 put it in quotes and that was [italic] exactly [/italic] their point: that being socially conscious and progressive wasn’t invented by the current 20-somethings who think no one was smart or just before them.

And your use of “idiotic” was facile and, well, idiotic.

by Anonymousreply 249September 17, 2023 11:38 PM

[quote]that being socially conscious and progressive wasn’t invented by the current 20-somethings who think no one was smart or just before them

Is this why you lot are always whining about 'woke'? Because it hurts your little ego that no-one's giving you credit? Or is that just another desperate reach to moan about 20-somethings, because absolutely no-one above 29 ever thinks that way?

by Anonymousreply 250September 17, 2023 11:43 PM

R250, I have no idea what you are trying to say, and I can't tell if you agree with me or not.

R249, thank you for understanding my point.

by Anonymousreply 251September 18, 2023 12:53 AM

That was so gorgeous, I was weeping listening to it, r245. Didn't even need a context for emotional effect.

If you love that number you must hear the 2 CD THE LAND WHERE THE GOOD SONGS GO, a compilation of 30 Jerome Kern songs sung by Rebecca Luker, Kate Baldwin, Heidi Blickenstaff, Philip Chaffin, Matthew Scott and Graham Rowat. Just glorious! Among the gems is the best version I've ever heard of "Bill" sung by Baldwin.

by Anonymousreply 252September 18, 2023 1:11 AM

Don’t use woke. With quotes. Without quotes. No.

The end.

by Anonymousreply 253September 18, 2023 1:37 AM

I'm breaking my promise just for you, R252. Kate Baldwin's "Bill" is brilliant. Speaking of Kate Baldwin, I think she would have been a far more intriguing choice for Mrs. Lovett than Annaleigh Ashford.

by Anonymousreply 254September 18, 2023 1:38 AM

I've never seen Kate Baldwin be funny. Much as I love her voice.

by Anonymousreply 255September 18, 2023 1:40 AM

I'll be surprised if Baldwin's version of Bill could better Constance Towers'.

by Anonymousreply 256September 18, 2023 1:50 AM

Constance Towers played her as a bald whore.

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by Anonymousreply 257September 18, 2023 1:54 AM

Constance Towers was super hot.

by Anonymousreply 258September 18, 2023 2:19 AM

John Gavin wasn't so bad himself.

by Anonymousreply 259September 18, 2023 2:22 AM

Always loved Constance Towers' "Bill" but Kate Baldwin's is superior.

Someone cleverer than me can probably post links to both.

by Anonymousreply 260September 18, 2023 2:39 AM

Your wish is my command, R260.

Here's Towers:

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by Anonymousreply 261September 18, 2023 3:49 AM

And here's Baldwin, I think she might being singing the original Wodehouse lyric:

by Anonymousreply 262September 18, 2023 3:50 AM

THis is how you sing Bill. The original...

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by Anonymousreply 263September 18, 2023 11:23 AM

Cleo . . .

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by Anonymousreply 264September 18, 2023 11:49 AM

Towers had to sing hers 8x a week for several months.

by Anonymousreply 265September 18, 2023 12:17 PM

So did Cleo and Helen sang it a lot longer than that, r265.

by Anonymousreply 266September 18, 2023 12:21 PM

I love (and prefer) the original Wodehouse lyrics to Bill. Did he collaborate with Hammerstein on them?

by Anonymousreply 267September 18, 2023 12:56 PM

Polly Bergen won an Emmy for the television version of “The Helen Morgan Story”.

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by Anonymousreply 268September 18, 2023 1:20 PM

[quote]I love (and prefer) the original Wodehouse lyrics to Bill. Did he collaborate with Hammerstein on them?

My understanding is that Hammerstein worked alone in adapting Wodehouse's lyrics, presumably with Wodehouse's approval.

by Anonymousreply 269September 18, 2023 1:36 PM

Cleo's rendition has always been my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 270September 18, 2023 2:06 PM

[quote]Towers had to sing hers 8x a week for several months.

Julie isn't Evita.

by Anonymousreply 271September 18, 2023 2:12 PM

When Towers sang it on Broadway, she received encore after encore of the song.

by Anonymousreply 272September 18, 2023 2:52 PM

How nice for Connie. How nice for us *all*.

by Anonymousreply 273September 18, 2023 3:04 PM

I think the best was Lonette McKee

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by Anonymousreply 274September 18, 2023 3:04 PM

Lonette McKee. Now there's a talent that should have had a much bigger career. What a sublime voice. And a very good actress.

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by Anonymousreply 276September 18, 2023 3:32 PM

R245 How did you leave out Berlin? As good as the rest of them. Whenever I hear one of their songs I think that composer was the best of them.

Bill was a trunk song. I wonder if it was written for somebody.

by Anonymousreply 277September 18, 2023 4:09 PM

THIS DAY IN BROADWAY HISTORY: In 1985, "Song and Dance" opened at the Royale Theatre.

by Anonymousreply 278September 18, 2023 4:21 PM

The new complete OKLAHOMA! recording is very good - if you like that sort of thing.

Although I always thought one of the cute farmers should sing that line that Ado Annie sings in "The Farmer and the Cowman" with new lyrics - "I shore am feelin' jealous of that pony!"

by Anonymousreply 279September 18, 2023 7:15 PM

Which shows will post closing notices tomorrow?

by Anonymousreply 280September 18, 2023 8:12 PM

Will they say Here Lies Here Lies Love?

by Anonymousreply 281September 18, 2023 8:22 PM

Sorry to go back to the tired old Mary Testa story, but I just watched that video of her introducing "That Dirty Old Man." Her story is obnoxious, sure, but her last sentence about telling him off: "Most people wouldn't have done that with Stephen Sondheim, but I did" is really hateful.

by Anonymousreply 282September 18, 2023 8:25 PM

Chita tests positive for Covid.

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by Anonymousreply 283September 18, 2023 8:34 PM

Chita we love you get up

by Anonymousreply 284September 18, 2023 8:36 PM

[quote]Sorry to go back

No you're not

by Anonymousreply 285September 18, 2023 8:50 PM

Wow, just looked. Cleo Laine is alive at 96.

by Anonymousreply 286September 18, 2023 10:22 PM

Alive-alive, r286?

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by Anonymousreply 288September 18, 2023 10:30 PM

I can't believe this isn't at a non-profit...it doesn't stand a commercial chance in hell of financial success.

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by Anonymousreply 289September 18, 2023 10:36 PM

I kinda agree with the posters here on the Mary Testa story. I think she misjudged her audience. I don’t think she realized how beloved Sondheim is by theatre people.

It would be like someone telling a cunty story about Betty White

by Anonymousreply 290September 18, 2023 11:08 PM

Ado Annie was not an eldergay.

by Anonymousreply 291September 18, 2023 11:25 PM

[quote]I kinda agree with the posters here on the Mary Testa story. I think she misjudged her audience. I don’t think she realized how beloved Sondheim is by theatre people.

Apparently not. And that makes her seem incredibly stupid, an impression of her that I had not previously held.

by Anonymousreply 292September 18, 2023 11:35 PM

R289, isn't that at the Roundabout???

by Anonymousreply 293September 19, 2023 2:31 AM

I think she revels in being a rebel and thinks she should be rewarded for it.

by Anonymousreply 294September 19, 2023 2:33 AM

[quote] [R289], isn't that at the Roundabout???

No, it's at the Music Box Theater.

by Anonymousreply 295September 19, 2023 2:49 AM

R293, if only there were some very quick, extremely easy way you could find out where a show is playing, and who's producing it. Maybe someday, someone will invent such a method.

by Anonymousreply 296September 19, 2023 3:25 AM

[quote]It would be like someone telling a cunty story about Betty White

Don't get me started ...

by Anonymousreply 297September 19, 2023 4:41 AM

I'm watching an episode from Season 1 of St. Elsewhere. Janis Paige plays a recently turned 50 year old woman (Paige was 60 at the time, but very believable as 50) who visits sick men in the hospital, strangers, wearing only a trenchcoat and flashes them. She's a hoot!

by Anonymousreply 298September 19, 2023 5:12 AM

Pay attention, r297. R290 already us4d that joke.

by Anonymousreply 299September 19, 2023 5:31 AM

[quote]I'm watching an episode from Season 1 of St. Elsewhere. Janis Paige plays a recently turned 50 year old woman (Paige was 60 at the time, but very believable as 50)

Janis Paige turned 101 last Saturday. I wonder whether she can pass for 91.

by Anonymousreply 300September 19, 2023 6:58 AM

She flashes the sick men then stabs them multiple times. The episode is called “Maim.”

by Anonymousreply 301September 19, 2023 11:40 AM

[quote]Janis Paige turned 101 last Saturday

So young, so very young…

by Anonymousreply 302September 19, 2023 1:32 PM

I thought I'd wake up to lots of photos on FB and Insta of Broadway and Biden or whatever the fundraising event was called. But I'm not seeing anything.

by Anonymousreply 303September 19, 2023 1:40 PM

Sean Young to Star in Off-Broadway’s Ode to the Wasp Woman

What could possibly go wrong?

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by Anonymousreply 304September 19, 2023 2:54 PM

New revival of Night of the Iguana coming this season. Lea Delaria?

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by Anonymousreply 305September 19, 2023 3:16 PM

Lea undoubtedly playing Maxine, the role Sylvia Miles played in the production with Richard Chamberlain. The only sensible casting here is Daly and Pendleton.

by Anonymousreply 306September 19, 2023 3:46 PM

Uh, I played her first! It was MY part FIRST!

But I got out quick when I realized that Maggie Leighton's part was much better than mine!

by Anonymousreply 307September 19, 2023 3:55 PM

No, I would think Daphne is playing Maxine. Lea is probably playing Hank the bus driver. Or maybe the bus.

What's unfortunate is they don't have a big name for Hannah (the Leighton/Deborah Kerr role).

by Anonymousreply 308September 19, 2023 4:03 PM

I know Tim Daly looks good for his age but at 60-something, he's a bit old for Shannon.

by Anonymousreply 309September 19, 2023 4:04 PM

Daphne is playing Maxine in the upcoming IGUANA. Lea is playing Judith. And the role of Hannah is being played by.... the virtually unknown Jean Lichty, who is nowhere near the same league as Daly, Rubin-Vega, DeLaria, and Pendleton, but guess what? She's the artistic director of the theater company that's producing this show :-)

by Anonymousreply 310September 19, 2023 4:04 PM

[quote]What's unfortunate is they don't have a big name for Hannah (the Leighton/Deborah Kerr role).

See my post above at R310 for an explanation.

by Anonymousreply 311September 19, 2023 4:05 PM

Hmmmmm.....Judith is a repressed lesbian in Night of the Iguana. How will Lea de Laria manage that aspect of the character?

by Anonymousreply 312September 19, 2023 4:07 PM

Are you sure DeLaria is playing Judith? I cannot see her in the role of a prim, proper, repressed lesbian. I happen to think Lea is very talented, but she's not what we'd call versatile. Hell, even in the last Broadway revival they didn't cast Cherry Jones in the lesbian role (she played Hannah instead, and wonderfully) and she could have handled it.

by Anonymousreply 313September 19, 2023 4:19 PM

Yes, R313, that's what I was told. Maybe she will offer a new take on the character :-)

by Anonymousreply 314September 19, 2023 4:26 PM

Jane Alexander said she was miscast as Maxine in the 1988 revival, and wished she had played Hannah (who was played by Maria Tucci).

by Anonymousreply 315September 19, 2023 4:31 PM

I wouldn't have even considered her for Maxine, r315. What odd casting.

by Anonymousreply 316September 19, 2023 4:33 PM

The bigger problem is that Emily Mann is directing. She's a fucking hack. I still shudder at the memory of her "Glass Menageries" at the McCarter, which she massacred with a cast that included Dylan McDermott, Shirley Knight, and Judy Kuhn. The absolute worst production of the play I've ever seen, and that includes the Sally Field debacle.

by Anonymousreply 317September 19, 2023 4:39 PM

I could see Jane Alexander being able to pull off Maxine, but who would want to? It's the least interesting role in the show (of the leads). I saw Marsha Mason play her in the '96 revival and she was definitely miscast.

by Anonymousreply 318September 19, 2023 4:40 PM

Twenty years ago, Bernadette Peters would have been a wild Maxine.

by Anonymousreply 319September 19, 2023 4:40 PM

In the1976 Chamberlain revival, William Roderick, who was playing Nonno, had Sylvia Miles brought up on charges by the Dramatists Guild for changing Tennessee's dialogue "to make it dirtier". Sylvia was fucked.

by Anonymousreply 320September 19, 2023 4:44 PM

I saw Mason as well, r318, and she was a lot earthier than I imagine Alexander was. Marsha's less patrician than Jane.

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by Anonymousreply 321September 19, 2023 4:46 PM

Sean was *born* to play Susan Cabot, r304!

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by Anonymousreply 322September 19, 2023 4:51 PM

Eileen Brennan was Maxine in a doomed production starring Jeanne Moreau (Hannah) and Michael Moriarty; it never made it to Broadway, but Brennan got decent out of town reviews.

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by Anonymousreply 323September 19, 2023 5:06 PM

Eileen Brennan would’ve been a great Maxine.

by Anonymousreply 324September 19, 2023 5:47 PM

I can't believe what passes for "stars" at Broadway for Biden. Aaron Tveit?! Alex Edelman?!

by Anonymousreply 325September 19, 2023 6:18 PM

Coming soon: Lea DeLaria, Lea Salonga, and Lea Michele in a musical version of "Avonlea."

by Anonymousreply 326September 19, 2023 6:28 PM

I overheard Lea a month ago at The Club in Provincetown tell someone that she’d been cast in Night of the Iguana and that Jon Hamm would be the star. I wonder what happened.

by Anonymousreply 327September 19, 2023 6:28 PM

[quote]I can't believe what passes for "stars" at Broadway for Biden. Aaron Tveit?! Alex Edelman?!

Considering the benefit is for Biden, shouldn't the stars be Chita, Glynis Johns, and Joel Grey?

by Anonymousreply 328September 19, 2023 6:38 PM

Don't forget 101-year-old Janis Paige, R328.

by Anonymousreply 329September 19, 2023 7:16 PM

This has been playing on the MOVIES! channel...

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by Anonymousreply 330September 19, 2023 7:24 PM

Anyone old enough to see Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton in the original? Would be hard to beat that for star power.

by Anonymousreply 331September 19, 2023 7:28 PM

Anyone? Most everyone here…👀 R331

by Anonymousreply 332September 19, 2023 7:52 PM

R325, Funny, I would have bet Aaron Tveit is a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 333September 19, 2023 7:55 PM

[quote]Anyone old enough to see Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton in the original?

Janis Paige, Joel Grey, Glynis Johns and Chita Rivera.

by Anonymousreply 334September 19, 2023 8:34 PM

[quote]I overheard Lea a month ago at The Club in Provincetown tell someone that she’d been cast in Night of the Iguana and that Jon Hamm would be the star. I wonder what happened.

Interesting! I would have been surprised if they'd gotten Jon Hamm. But on the other hand, Tim Daly is pretty starry casting as well, and I'm guessing he wouldn't have done this production for this company if the SAG/AFTRA/WGA strikes weren't continuing.

by Anonymousreply 335September 19, 2023 8:36 PM

R334, Don’t forget me!

by Anonymousreply 336September 19, 2023 8:39 PM

Keep moving, Eva Marie...

by Anonymousreply 337September 19, 2023 8:40 PM

Not a great first full week for Purlie Victorious—$331,700. Hopefully for them, there is nowhere to go but up.

Here Lies Love and Kimberly Akimbo staying steady at $634,406 and $588,851, respectively.

by Anonymousreply 338September 19, 2023 8:46 PM

[quote]Here Lies Love and Kimberly Akimbo staying steady at $634,406 and $588,851, respectively.

But I can only assume that the nut for HLL must be a vastly greater amount of money than that for KA.

by Anonymousreply 339September 19, 2023 8:50 PM

I am willing to bet my condo that Lea will be playing one of the men's roles in IGUANA.

Agree about the woefully inept Emily Mann. She only ever worked because she ran a theater. This IGUANA sounds like a vanity production if the artistic director is playing Hannah, which is essentially, the lead.

by Anonymousreply 340September 19, 2023 9:12 PM

[quote]is playing Hannah, which is essentially, the lead.

Good ol' handjob Hannah.

by Anonymousreply 341September 19, 2023 9:22 PM

Hannah is also the most difficult role. I’m sure de Laria is playing Miss Fellowes, who is supposed to be a repressed (Ethan’s even to herself) lesbian. Casting de Laria seems too obvious and may portend a heavy hand (typical Mann), unless de Laria plays the character as written as opposed to her bulldyke persona. I thought de Laria was robbed of a Tony nomination for her Hildy in On the Town (they went for Mary Testa instead—really?) —she brought a verve to the role and a kind of comic masculinity to her man-hunter (which balanced Ferguson’s girly Chip), so she may surprise us. She WAS trained in the Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan, after all! ;)

by Anonymousreply 342September 19, 2023 9:26 PM

HLL sent out an email to their co-pros asking them to urge their friends to see the show NOW! Tic, Tic...

by Anonymousreply 343September 19, 2023 9:43 PM

Which is the role played by DL fav Grayson Hall—her near Oscar win ;)

by Anonymousreply 344September 19, 2023 9:47 PM

^^ just got it —the Fellowes lesbian

by Anonymousreply 345September 19, 2023 9:48 PM

I'll confess, I was in high school when IGUANA tried out in Detroit. I wasn't enough of a queen to appreciate Bette Davis, and not sophisticated enough to know appreciate Margaret Leighton. And I suspect I thought the play sounded dull (which it kind of is). One of those missed opportunities we regret.

by Anonymousreply 346September 19, 2023 10:29 PM

[quote]And I suspect I thought the play sounded dull (which it kind of is)

It definitely is.

by Anonymousreply 347September 19, 2023 10:32 PM

R346, Didn’t Bette not get along with Patrick O’Neal and Margaret Leighton?

by Anonymousreply 348September 19, 2023 10:55 PM

r346, perhaps the oiled up shirtlessness of houseboys Pedro and Paco shaking their maracas might have tempted you to attend had you known of their existence?

by Anonymousreply 349September 19, 2023 11:23 PM

The story seems to be that Bette was promised rewrites by Tennessee, beefing up her role, which never happened. Or happened....but not enough. In any case, she realized once the audiences showed up that Maxine was definitely not by any means the focus of the play. She also didn't enjoy the grind of 8 performances a week reiterating that realization. She was replaced by Shelley Winters, who was also, reportedly, unhappy in the role.

I think Ava Gardner's performance in the film somehow convinced everyone that the Maxine is a great role and stars are still attracted to it. But it's simply not.

by Anonymousreply 350September 19, 2023 11:29 PM

According to Bette, r348, they were unprofessional and kept doing business to upstage her.

by Anonymousreply 351September 19, 2023 11:30 PM

The role wasn't beyond Ava, r350, and she still had enough of her Movie Star beauty to definitely balance out the trio.

by Anonymousreply 352September 19, 2023 11:37 PM

[quote]I am willing to bet my condo that Lea will be playing one of the men's roles in IGUANA.

That was my first guess as well, but I have it on reliable authority that she is playing Judith Fellowes. So you might want to hold off on betting your condo....

by Anonymousreply 353September 20, 2023 12:01 AM

I'm still alive too, bitches!

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by Anonymousreply 354September 20, 2023 12:08 AM

When I think of Lane Bradbury, I think of her looking sullen for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 355September 20, 2023 12:35 AM

That Richard Chamberlain at the Roundabout was very enjoyable. Though he himself was not very good he still was in the full flower of his handsomeness. Though never my type the girl I was with was sighing throughout.

And yes Ava in the movie makes Maxine seem a terrific role. Even the most banal of big movie stars gains some acting chops with age. Except for Lana Turner.

by Anonymousreply 356September 20, 2023 12:51 AM

The most important thing "The Night of the Iguana" did for gays is put Puerto Vallarta (where the movie was filmed) on the map.

by Anonymousreply 357September 20, 2023 1:01 AM

I saw Iguana on TCM a few weeks ago. I thought it was the best work I’ve ever seen Gardner do—she didn’t have a high opinion of herself as an actress. Kerr was, of course, wonderful but the role was perfect for her and she was extraordinary even in dreck (her era’s Glenn Close-ironically, IIRC, Close presented Kerr with the Honorary Oscar)—you knew she would be great. But I was struck by how nuanced and deep Gardner’s Maxine was—tough and vulnerable, even when given some of the play’s worst dialogue—the stuff about Miss Fellowes and the “dike” is cringey). Burton’s performance doesn’t hold up that well—he gets hammy at times.

by Anonymousreply 358September 20, 2023 1:03 AM

[quote](her era’s Glenn Close-ironically, IIRC, Close presented Kerr with the Honorary Oscar)

Let that be a lesson to whoever hands Glenn hers.

by Anonymousreply 359September 20, 2023 1:08 AM

Why didn't that regional revival a few years back with James Earl Jones (as Nonno), Amanda Plummer (as Hannah), Dana Delaney (as Maxine), and Elizabeth Ashley (as Miss Fellowes) come in? There was a one night benefit reading as a consolation prize but that was it, when it was so clearly intended to be New York bound.

Michael Wilson directed it. It didn't have a star of equivalent wattage or theatrical lineage as Shannon though, and ultimately, even with Davis and Leighton, the play is Shannon's story: Richard Burton got top billing as Shannon in the film.

by Anonymousreply 360September 20, 2023 2:12 AM

Elizabeth Ashley played the repressed lesbian? If ever an actress was made for Maxine, it's Liz Ashley.

by Anonymousreply 361September 20, 2023 2:16 AM

Isn't Iguana the play wherein Miss Davis walked onstage to such an extended ovation that she broke character and took a bow?

by Anonymousreply 362September 20, 2023 2:33 AM

The very idea of preppie Dana Delany as the earthy over-the-hill Maxine is absurd. Who played Shannon? Tom Hanks?

Michael Wilson is just another hack.

by Anonymousreply 363September 20, 2023 3:07 AM

[quote]Even the most banal of big movie stars gains some acting chops with age. Except for Lana Turner.

Thieves never prosper...

by Anonymousreply 364September 20, 2023 4:26 AM

Jon Hamm as Shannon in NOTI? As DL fave Helen Lawson said "Broadway don't go for booze and dope". Don't know if he's ever done live theatre, but I just don't see him doing 8 performances a week. It's a little hard performing in a play with no "retakes" or "teleprompter/cue cards" while stone cold drunk/hung over.

R346-I imagine the play might have been a little "sophisticated" for a high schooler back then. I saw the Chamberlain revival, and yes, it was a little on the "dull" side. Chamberlain was just ok-Don't remember Miles "dirtying" up any lines. Dorothy Mcguire as Hannah was absolutely incandescent-gave a beautiful, sensitive, touching performance.

Any DL's remember TV talk show hosts of long ago Virginia Graham? She was holding court in the lobby at intermission; a few of us approached her for autographs. I'll never forget how she quipped "I can't wait to meet the iguana".

I think I read in one of the Williams bios that Better was jealous of all the adulation that Leighton got; I think the director pointed out to her that Hannah was the "Williams woman-not Maxine". Not sure if I'm remembering correctly or making this up, but I think I remember reading that Bette had a serious crush on O'Neal and propositioned him; she took an intense dislike to him after he turned her down.

I don't think it's an earth shattering revelation to hear that Bette didn't get along with her costars, or for that matter, just about anyone. I am probably one of the biggest Bette fans in the universe, but it does seem from all accounts that she thrived on tension and was almost impossible to get along with, both on and offstage/set.

Her daughter is a real born again lunatic, and it was beyond horrible and greedy of her to write that book when her mother was practically on her deathbed. That being said, I'm pretty sure that most of what she writes is true-Bette was extremely difficult, argumentative, possessive, and a terrible alcoholic in her later years. Again, it was terribly disloyal of BD to write that book, considering how Bette supported her and her family all those years. But I do believe most of it is true; as opposed to DL fave "Mommie Dearest". Not to get too far off topic, but IMHO, a large percentage of the stories in MD were exaggerations or outright fabrications.

by Anonymousreply 365September 20, 2023 5:01 AM

Lea is playing the iguana.

by Anonymousreply 366September 20, 2023 12:59 PM

[quote] Jon Hamm as Shannon in NOTI? As DL fave Helen Lawson said "Broadway don't go for booze and dope". Don't know if he's ever done live theatre, but I just don't see him doing 8 performances a week. It's a little hard performing in a play with no "retakes" or "teleprompter/cue cards" while stone cold drunk/hung over.

They said Jon Hamm, not Don Draper.

by Anonymousreply 367September 20, 2023 1:00 PM

I have to disagree about Ava as Maxine. It's odd to me that two of her most respected performances, in this and Magombo, were playing characters so like herself. And yet, I find her "acting" them rather than being them. Kerr practically wipes her off the screen. She always did better playing mysertious characters, who did little but being beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 368September 20, 2023 1:00 PM

r365, you had me until your takedown of Mommie Dearest.

by Anonymousreply 369September 20, 2023 1:17 PM

I would pay good money to see JON HAMM'S HAMM: A NEW PLAY.

Hamm will strip naked and jerk himself to orgasm 8 shows a week. Ivo Van Hove can direct it, because we'll want closeups.

by Anonymousreply 370September 20, 2023 2:03 PM

[quote]but it does seem from all accounts that she thrived on tension and was almost impossible to get along with, both on and offstage/set.

"All" accounts, r365? Hardly. Bette wouldn't have had the lengthy career she had if that were true. Did you read My Mother's Keeper? There's *nothing* wire hanger-level in it. BD is ridiculous, criticizing Bette for things as minor as jazzing up a Stouffer's macaroni and cheese entree. You sound like you read too much Daily Mail...."Mother practiced witchcraft!"

by Anonymousreply 371September 20, 2023 2:47 PM

I saw William Peterson and Cherry Jones the Robert Falls’ production at the Goodman in 1994. Jones played Hannah. What a dull play.

by Anonymousreply 372September 20, 2023 3:14 PM

It's funny but Joan Crawford comes off worse in BD's book than Bette.

by Anonymousreply 373September 20, 2023 3:22 PM

[quote]Hamm will strip naked and jerk himself to orgasm 8 shows a week. Ivo Van Hove can direct it, because we'll want closeups.

Would they charge a premium to sit in the Splash Zone?

by Anonymousreply 374September 20, 2023 4:01 PM

Isn't that the format of the old Gaitey Theater on 46th street?

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by Anonymousreply 375September 20, 2023 4:11 PM

[quote]Hamm will strip naked and jerk himself to orgasm 8 shows a week. Ivo Van Hove can direct it, because we'll want closeups.

Years ago in London, my BF and I attended a production of a one-man play at a space above the Maison Bertaux bakery in Soho. The "theatre" space consisted of two rows of seats, all on the same level as the "stage". The set was just a single chair placed just a few feet from the first row of seats.

The lights went down, the actor entered and sat in the chair. When the lights came back up, we saw an ordinary-looking chap (probably in his 40s) sitting nude on the chair with a single spotlight highlighting his face.

The entire one-act "play" consisted of the man jerking himself off while reciting a monologue about how he arrived at the moment. BF and I were sitting in the front row. About 10 minutes into the show, I leaned over and said to my BF in a stage whisper, "I suspect this is not going to end well for us." The rest of the audience laughed.

by Anonymousreply 376September 20, 2023 8:39 PM

R376 I love you Billy Boy.

by Anonymousreply 377September 20, 2023 9:19 PM

[quote]As DL fave Helen Lawson said "Broadway don't go for booze and dope".

Helen was many things but she wasn't illiterate. She said that "Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope."

by Anonymousreply 378September 20, 2023 9:22 PM

I think Hamm is too old to jerk off 8 times a week. And forget it on matinee days.

by Anonymousreply 379September 20, 2023 9:24 PM

I'll happily fluff the Hammaconda 8 times a week.

by Anonymousreply 380September 20, 2023 9:35 PM

Jesse Williams for matinee Hamm!

by Anonymousreply 381September 20, 2023 9:45 PM

Carole Rothman, Artistic Director of Second Stage for 45 years has announced her retirement via her own publicist though nothing has been announced by the theater itself. Is that weird or what? It screams of discord, no? Was she forced out?

In any case, with the death of Roundabout's Todd Haimes last year, the ancient leaders of non-profit NYC theaters are finally caving in, one way or another, though we still have Lynne Meadow at MTC, Andre Bishop at LCT and Oskar Eustis at NYSF to contend with.

by Anonymousreply 382September 20, 2023 10:24 PM

[Quote] with the death of Roundabout's Todd Haimes last year, the ancient leaders of non-profit NYC theaters are finally caving in, one way or anther


by Anonymousreply 383September 20, 2023 11:02 PM

Oregon Shakespeare Festival just announced its nine-show 2024 season: Macbeth and Much Ado again some more (yeah, I know, School Groups) and four one-person shows (two Bard-adjacent). I knew they were having budget problems (among other ones), but maybe they should change their name if they’re not going to focus largely on Shakespeare as they have for decades.

by Anonymousreply 384September 21, 2023 1:43 AM

Did anyone go to the first preview of Old Friends tonight in London?

by Anonymousreply 385September 21, 2023 1:45 AM

R382 - incredibly bizarre. Wonder if she purposely beat them to the announcement. Rumors of her management style have been floating around for ages so perhaps this isn't surprising to those in the know.

by Anonymousreply 386September 21, 2023 2:08 AM

[quote] Did anyone go to the first preview of Old Friends tonight in London?

First preview for both "Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends" and "Sunset Boulevard" are tonight, Thurs. 9/21.

by Anonymousreply 387September 21, 2023 4:36 AM

R370 do you suppose Jon Hamm masturbates?

by Anonymousreply 388September 21, 2023 10:57 AM

WE ALL masturbate.

by Anonymousreply 389September 21, 2023 11:16 AM

Tell me, r389!

by Anonymousreply 390September 21, 2023 11:35 AM

A profile of DL Fave Jeremy O. Harris in the latest issue of The New Yorker—

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by Anonymousreply 391September 21, 2023 1:27 PM

Only ultra-liberal New Yorkers enjoyed " Slave Play."

by Anonymousreply 392September 21, 2023 1:49 PM

[quote] Only ultra-liberal New Yorkers enjoyed "Slave Play."

Only ultra-liberal New Yorkers claimed to enjoy "Slave Play."

by Anonymousreply 393September 21, 2023 1:52 PM

Clearly it hit some nerve in you, to still be whining about it years later.

by Anonymousreply 394September 21, 2023 2:31 PM

Hitting a nerve and enjoying are two different things, as I'm sure all your acquaintances are well aware.

by Anonymousreply 395September 21, 2023 6:59 PM

Is it Sunset Blvd or Carrie???

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by Anonymousreply 396September 21, 2023 9:38 PM

Joe ran into her knife. He ran into her knife...ten times.

by Anonymousreply 397September 21, 2023 9:48 PM

She may not be a Jew but she sure can sing.

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by Anonymousreply 398September 21, 2023 9:51 PM

A regulah Eydie Gorme, that one.

by Anonymousreply 399September 21, 2023 10:07 PM

Attend the tale of Norma Desmond.....


by Anonymousreply 400September 21, 2023 10:13 PM

Jeremy O. Harris is exhausting and gross

by Anonymousreply 401September 21, 2023 10:19 PM

One of the comments from r396's link

[quote]Disgusting. Horrible stuff. Andrew Lloyd Webber has become Norma Desmond and Sunset Blvd is his Salomé. I smell another noisy flop. Without Cameron, Tim and Trevor and since he,s married to Madeleine, ALW's career has been a complete disaster. It's time to do the Curtain fall and help him say goodbye with dignity. As in a line from Aspects of Love: "This is terrible! So in fact he couldn't do it!".

The mention of the marriage to Madeleine intrigued me - is she rumoured to have played a part in Lloyd Webber splitting from Cameron, Tim, Trevor, etc?

Mind you, not exactly like they've had mega-hits themselves since the ALW shows.

by Anonymousreply 402September 21, 2023 10:20 PM

The Chamberlain Iguana transfered to Circle in the Square from LA where Miss Eleanor Parker played Maxine. This was a few years after her Pal Joey debacle at CITS so maybe that's why she didn't transfer with it.

by Anonymousreply 403September 21, 2023 10:30 PM

Yes, that is a terrific voice, very powerful and clear diction (looking at you Ms. Lupone). But... something's not quite right. She sounds like she's singing in a Vegas showroom, not a musical comedy. Whatever we may think of Lea, and even though most of the time she sounded like she was trying to imitate Barbra, she does possess that "musical theatre voice". Perhaps Kit needs more coaching from the musical director as to how to properly modulate her voice correctly for the musical theatre stage.

by Anonymousreply 404September 21, 2023 10:47 PM

My Aunt Yetta can also knock those Funny Girls songs outta the park but is anyone gonna pay 100 bucks to hear her do it?

Funny Girl needs a star. It once made someone a star but now it needs....a star.

by Anonymousreply 405September 21, 2023 10:50 PM

I assume part of the reason they didn't get a star is that if the understudy has to go on, nobody will care.

by Anonymousreply 406September 21, 2023 11:33 PM

Stars cost money and this production is cheap cheap cheap. I saw photos from the curtain call and the ensemble looks very small and they're wearing drab costumes instead of the colorful ones worn on Broadway. Clearly they're counting on Funny Girl itself being the draw plus they're playing mostly one week engagements so anyone who wants to see it has 8 chances to do so.

by Anonymousreply 407September 21, 2023 11:40 PM

I'm watching an old episode of St. Elsewhere and Blythe Danner is a patient in an episode from 1984. She's doing her damnedest to play every one of Tennessee Williams' heroines while waiting to get a nose job. I'm sorry, but I think she's a fucking horrible actress.

by Anonymousreply 408September 21, 2023 11:46 PM

It sounds so...so...bus & truck.

by Anonymousreply 409September 21, 2023 11:47 PM

I'll always be annoyed with Barbra for adding all those melodic distortions to "Don't Rain On My Parade," in the movie version. 60s year later people still don't sing it as written.

by Anonymousreply 410September 21, 2023 11:47 PM

I didn't realize until recently that Lainie Kazan did Funny Girl in stock after the show closed on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 411September 22, 2023 12:13 AM

Jule Styne said that Funny Girl was the best film version of one of his shows. Except he hated the ending with My Man. Saying that it turned Fanny Brice into a self pitying victim. But it was just because it wasn't his song. Brice in real life allowed herself to be abused and exploited by Arnstein for a very long time to the point where you think what the fuck is wrong with this lady and My Man was one of her signature songs. So it was pure jealousy that he didn't get the last word. It certainly is one of the most stunning numbers in a movie musical. The crime of the movie is they didn't include his wonderful The Music that Makes Me Dance. And then there is Who Are You Now. That score is an embarrassment of riches. More so than Gypsy though Gypsy has the book which makes it a great musical. And Styne didn't even write Rose's Turn that apotheosis of the Broadway musical according to Sondheim. Despite its magnificent score Funny Girl is not a great musical.

by Anonymousreply 412September 22, 2023 12:17 AM

I wonder if it was ever considered to have Fanny reprise Don't Rain on My Parade after singing My Man in the film? In the show she reprised it after The Music That Makes Me Dance so it did give her a "winning" ending but perhaps they realized nothing could top My Man. Have outtakes of a reprise ever surfaced?

by Anonymousreply 413September 22, 2023 12:49 AM

[Quote] I saw photos from the curtain call

Links are always nice

by Anonymousreply 414September 22, 2023 1:27 AM

[quote]Is it Sunset Blvd or Carrie???

They're all going to laugh at it!!

by Anonymousreply 415September 22, 2023 1:33 AM

r414, Google is your friend, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 416September 22, 2023 2:15 AM

R416, at least I [italic] have [/Italic] a friend, cunt!

by Anonymousreply 417September 22, 2023 2:39 AM

I liked that they gave Fanny "My Man" to sing at the end, but can understand why Styne didn't. A critic once wondered what "The Sound of Music" would have been like if the Von Trapp Family singers had sung Bach's "Jesu Meine Freude," from their actual repertoire, at the Salzburg Festival instead of "So Long, Farewell."

by Anonymousreply 418September 22, 2023 3:17 AM

R396 & R402 How does Norma get all that blood on herself? She shoots Joe multiple times but from afar and then he falls into the swimming pool.

by Anonymousreply 419September 22, 2023 3:30 AM

Max finally snaps and throws a bucket of pig's blood at her, r419.

by Anonymousreply 420September 22, 2023 3:33 AM

R419 They cut the pool. It is set on a a patio now.

by Anonymousreply 421September 22, 2023 6:58 AM

R419, It was Norma’s heavy flow day.

by Anonymousreply 422September 22, 2023 9:21 AM

When I saw the first photos, I thought it was a revival of American Psycho.

by Anonymousreply 423September 22, 2023 11:42 AM

And they've added Jessica Chasten spinning on a chair, gagging.

by Anonymousreply 424September 22, 2023 12:19 PM

That Funny Girl has more great songs than Gypsy is highly debatable. FG has certainly more disposable songs: Henry Street, Find Yourself a Man, etc. And Gypsy has more songs that have become standards. Only Little Lamb has been debated as to whether it's necessary. (I vote yes.)

As for Jule Styne not writing Rose's Turn? Come now. It's made up of fragments from songs from the show. Sondheim and Robbins stitched them together, but they were definitely Styne's tunes.

by Anonymousreply 425September 22, 2023 12:37 PM

Gerg! Best of both worlds. Or trolls

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by Anonymousreply 426September 22, 2023 1:34 PM

Kenny Leon has directed Purlie Victorious as if it were an old Warner Brothers cartoon, complete with Jay O. Sanders as Foghorn Leghorn. And damn, if it doesn't work perfectly. Kara Young steals the show out from under Leslie Odom, Jr., who unfortunately races through all his lines, so half of what he's saying is unintelligible. But the rest of the cast more than makes up for it. Even the music puts you in mind of those beloved cartoons. This is going to make Kara Young a Tony-winning star. She deserves the added bow Odom graciously gives her at curtain.

by Anonymousreply 427September 22, 2023 1:48 PM

R427 - glad you liked it, but from your description it sounds awful.

by Anonymousreply 428September 22, 2023 1:55 PM

R428-You had to be there.

by Anonymousreply 429September 22, 2023 1:59 PM

Andre Bishop stepping down! Finally.

by Anonymousreply 430September 22, 2023 2:15 PM

Over at BroadwayWorld, a London poster called imeldasturn had this to say about the recent SUNSET revival:

[quote]As the overture starts playing, Young Norma, who has been standing behind the curtain for a good ten minutes, does a little interpretative dance. The stage is bare, except for Nicole sitting at the back of the stage with her back to the audience, and a body bag in the middle. As the music goes on Joe opens and crawls out of the body bag. The whole "Let's Have Lunch" sequence is staged with characters coming on front stage, delivering their lines, and moving back: it's a very young cast, modernly dressed in black and white and looking like a zara advert. During the car chase, Joe holds a wheel-cum-camera as he sits in front stage while his face is projected on the LED screen and credits start appearing on it too, culminating with the title/logo as the Sunset Boulevard motif starts playing.

[quote]Nicole looks like a star, and she's never more regal than when she stands there doing nothing. Her voice is brilliant, and the acting is very Real Housewifes of Beverly Hills. A lot of fingers snapping, hair flipping, and looking into the camera as if she were in The Office. Eg, when Joe warns her that he is very expensive she replies something like "Don't worry about money, HON–EYYY". Some lines are delivered directly into the camera and she got a lot of laughs, not sure if they were intentional. When Joe suggests that the audience doesn't want to see her in every scene of Salome, she replies "Of course they do" and then to the camera “What else would they have come for?” *wink wink*

[quote]You couldn't drop her in Trevor Nunn's production and expect her to be great, but it's a performance that works in this context, although you never get the sense that she used to be a movie star. She acts and talks like every woman in reality tv shows, and even when a more organic character emerges as act two goes on, I think we never really come to appreciate she used to be a Hollywood star – let alone wonder why someone looking so young and sexy and acting like everyone in showbusiness is not working in showbusiness anymore. "Nothing's wrong with being forty" (the line has been updated) "unless you're acting twenty" etc etc

[quote]The only bit that really doesn't work – imo – is Salome, in which she does a whole püssycat routine with even the split and sultrily rolling around the stage with spread legs like Velma in All That Jazz. It's a performance that works because it builds on NS' persona and career, I'd be curious to see if Rachel Tucker is directed to do the same or has a different approach, because some of the lines make sense only if NS delivers her. Young Norma is quite charming, works better than the Lonny Price's version of a few years ago, although she is not fully necessary.

by Anonymousreply 431September 22, 2023 2:29 PM

[quote]I liked the use of the screen and the way the conversations at Paramount – Sheldrake telling Max they want the car, Joe meeting Betty again, Max telling Joe the truth – only appear on screen, while Norma remains center stage. She never leaves the stage for the whole of act 2. DeMille never appears, his face is just a gigantic silhouette on the screen, and it works.

[quote]Jamie Lloyd makes a lot of bold choices, and most of them work. The entr'acte and title song, as discussed, is entirely done on screen, starting with Joe chilling in his dressing room and watching the scene in which Gloria Swanson engulfs William Holden in her arms (the equivalent of act 1 ending) before meeting his fellow cast members as he walks through the backstage and sings the title song while he exits the stage door, goes around the block, enters the Savoy, goes down the endless stairs and finally enters the stalls and climbs on stage for the final note. It's trashy, it's gimmicky, I loved it, it was fantastic, and the audience ate it up. Biggest ovation till curtain call, got a full standing ovation, unlike "As If We Never Said Goodbye", which was partial.

[quote]Again, a lot of the choices sound ridiculous when described (and even when you see them), but most of them actually work. In the whole orchestral section between "The Phone Call" and Betty's arrival at the house Max, Joe and Norma run endlessly around the stage. When Joe tells Betty "That's Norma Desmond, That's Norma Desmond, That's Norma Desmon" the whole cast appears on stage, dressed in NS' black négligée. As the confrontation between Joe and Betty climaxes, all characters start running in a circle. Again, makes no sense, but it's fantastic. I think it kinda works only if you're willing to buy into it. I was ironically puzzled for most of act 1, but really engrossed in act 2.

[quote]For some reasons, they really try to make you feel for Artie, which is odd because I doubt anyone has ever spent a single thought on him. He dramatically walks around the stage as Joe and Betty sing Too Much in Love To Care. When they kiss, the huge LED screen on the back – think about the mirror in A Chorus Line or the original production of Cabaret – shows a close-up of Artie with a single tear rolling down his cheek. You can't make stuff like this up.

[quote]The script and score have been trimmed, although it's not always done consistently. In the "Salome" reprise in the final scene, Norma says "Mad about the boy", but it makes no sense since she never presented Joe with the cigarette case before The Perfect Year – in which she really does tango.

[quote]David Thaxton is usually brilliant at making boring characters shine (eg Giorgio in Passion), but he's not quite there yet, it was a lot of looking dour into the camera and not much else, but he's a fantastic actor and I'm surely he'll be great eventually.

[quote]Tom Francis is great. He looks and acts a bit like Jeremy Allen White, wonderful voice, and charismatic stage presence. He is a bit young to be so disillusioned, but again everyone in the cast is too young. Grace Hodgett Young is a very good Betty too.

[quote]The orchestra is wonderful and it's very well sung.

[quote]It's not quite camp, but it has a minimalist sort of camp that makes it work. The purists will hate it – which is very fair, it's doesn't always work, and NS is not a Norma Desmond (or rather, she's a Norma Desmond for the ig reels generation – but I had a blast.

by Anonymousreply 432September 22, 2023 2:29 PM

Andre Bishop OUT

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by Anonymousreply 433September 22, 2023 2:44 PM

^ About time, no?

by Anonymousreply 434September 22, 2023 2:46 PM

Song from THE NOTEBOOK musical.

What say we?

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by Anonymousreply 435September 22, 2023 2:53 PM

[quote]You couldn't drop her in Trevor Nunn's production and expect her to be great, but it's a performance that works in this context, although you never get the sense that she used to be a movie star. She acts and talks like every woman in reality tv shows, and even when a more organic character emerges as act two goes on, I think we never really come to appreciate she used to be a Hollywood star.

Whoever wrote this should not consider seeking a job as a professional theater critic. If a huge point of the character you're playing is that she used to be a great movie star, yet the audience never gets a sense of that, then I would say the performance definitely does not "work" in any context.

[quote]Again, a lot of the choices sound ridiculous when described (and even when you see them), but most of them actually work.

Umm, okay.....

by Anonymousreply 436September 22, 2023 2:57 PM

" Purlie" had the best opening number ever.

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by Anonymousreply 437September 22, 2023 3:02 PM

Sunset sounds intolerable. Happy it won't come here.

by Anonymousreply 438September 22, 2023 3:20 PM

[quote] Robyn Hurder and Kerry Butler as Ivy and Karen in Smash


by Anonymousreply 439September 22, 2023 3:21 PM

Not a single one in anybody's profit-minded head.

by Anonymousreply 440September 22, 2023 3:28 PM

I give The Notebook until TONY time and then, GONE.

by Anonymousreply 441September 22, 2023 3:33 PM

We're always focuses on age here. So, Marilyn died at 36. Robyn Hurder is 41. Kerry Butler is 52.

by Anonymousreply 442September 22, 2023 3:51 PM

Kerry Butler is talented, but not even in Bizarro World is she eligible to play Marilyn.

Should I even know who Robyn Hurder is?

This casting is... odd.

by Anonymousreply 443September 22, 2023 3:57 PM

Robyn Hurder is forced to sing / dance that execrable “Forever in Blue Jeans” dross in the Neil Diamond show.

by Anonymousreply 444September 22, 2023 3:59 PM

Robyn Harder was the best Cassie I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 445September 22, 2023 4:02 PM

Better than Donna?


by Anonymousreply 446September 22, 2023 4:05 PM

The best of the Cassies that I saw. The first one I saw was Wanda Richert. I did not see Donna, but obviously she is Cassie.

by Anonymousreply 447September 22, 2023 4:07 PM

r431/r432 Somehow I'm not buying the "it sounds terrible but it works" line

by Anonymousreply 448September 22, 2023 4:13 PM

How the hell is Kerry Butler going to get away with playing the young ingenue in Smash at 52 years old???

by Anonymousreply 449September 22, 2023 4:17 PM

The Purlie opening number was so great, everything after it was a letdown.

by Anonymousreply 450September 22, 2023 4:19 PM

[quote]How the hell is Kerry Butler going to get away with playing the young ingenue in Smash at 52 years old???

V-e-r-y carefully.

by Anonymousreply 451September 22, 2023 4:19 PM

Maybe Kerry can play Angelica Huston.

by Anonymousreply 452September 22, 2023 4:23 PM

Dancing chorine Robyn Hurder’s clit is strong as a steel girder.

by Anonymousreply 453September 22, 2023 4:25 PM

R448 yeah, that BWW poster sounds like they're really trying to convince themselves that they truly enjoyed it. 😂

by Anonymousreply 454September 22, 2023 4:25 PM

[quote] The Purlie opening number was so great, everything after it was a letdown.

Not really. There are several other numbers in that show that really make an impact: "Purlie," "I Got Love," "First Thing Monday Morning," "Down Home," and especially, "He Can Do It." Plus, it had young, hot Cleavon Little.

by Anonymousreply 455September 22, 2023 4:30 PM

THIS DAY IN BROADWAY HISTORY: In 1966, "A Delicate Balance" opened at the Martin Beck Theatre.

by Anonymousreply 456September 22, 2023 4:34 PM

Goodbye and good riddance André!

Maybe new blood will reinvigorate LCT.

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by Anonymousreply 457September 22, 2023 6:03 PM

So the writing team in SMASH are now married. The Kerry Butler casting is odd unless Karen is now 52 and a character actress. I can see Robyn Harder as Ivy.

by Anonymousreply 458September 22, 2023 6:03 PM

R451, Ingrid Bergman said that one advantage to acting on stage as opposed to acting in films is that women, especially, can get away with playing parts they are twenty years too old for.

by Anonymousreply 459September 22, 2023 6:08 PM

R459. Amen to that!

by Anonymousreply 460September 22, 2023 6:13 PM

Purlie has a number of great moments. I'd also add Down Home, by Little and the great great Novella Nelson. It makes for a very entertaining cast album.

by Anonymousreply 461September 22, 2023 6:30 PM

Does Leslie Odom have a smooth scrotum?

by Anonymousreply 462September 22, 2023 6:44 PM

[quote]Maybe Kerry can play Angelica Huston.


Or she could play Deb Messing.

by Anonymousreply 463September 22, 2023 6:54 PM

Smooth but ashy

by Anonymousreply 464September 22, 2023 6:54 PM

Why is everyone shitting on Andre Bishop? The man did amazing work at both Playwrights Horizons and LCT for decades. You really think "new blood" will help Lincoln Center? No, it's only going to bring more stuff no one wants to see like Jaja's Hair Braiding Salon and Chicken n Biscuits. If Lincoln Center got shitty the past few seasons it was because they were put in the same position every theater company has been put in- to produce shows no one wants to see because a small faction were whining about representation while ignorantly ignoring the fact that theater has been the most inclusive to all minorities of any art form.

by Anonymousreply 465September 22, 2023 8:03 PM

Nice try, R465, but you can't blame woke-ism (or whatever term you might use) for these recent misfires:



CAMELOT (the abortion of a revival)



Just some top-of-mind titles.

by Anonymousreply 466September 22, 2023 8:46 PM

Andre produced great work for many years, at LCT and elsewhere. No doubt about that. I guess people are judging him on his track record over the past several seasons (including quite a few seasons before the pandemic), which has been poor indeed. And it seems like maybe CAMELOT was the last straw, but if that's the case, we can only hope Bartlett Sher will be phased out (or forced out) as well.

It does seem it's time for Andre to retire, or maybe a little past time for him to retire -- BUT that certainly doesn't negate all the good he did for decades.

by Anonymousreply 467September 22, 2023 9:08 PM

Broadway Production Assistants Seek Recognition As Equity Union Members:

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by Anonymousreply 468September 22, 2023 10:09 PM

r465 and r467 are 1000% correct. It’s just fashionable and facile to say get the old hack out. And r466 proves nothing by citing some fails. Andre has a long (true, maybe too long) record of great work.

Also we beg for risk especially at non profits and then a-holes like r466 come along.

by Anonymousreply 469September 22, 2023 10:39 PM

Another Sunset Boulevard curtain call pic, this one might be more to DL's taste

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by Anonymousreply 470September 22, 2023 10:48 PM

Let's try that again

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by Anonymousreply 471September 22, 2023 10:50 PM

[quote]Another Sunset Boulevard curtain call pic, this one might be more to DL's taste

What blood?

by Anonymousreply 472September 22, 2023 10:52 PM

Well if any musical could use a reinvention it's Sunset. They just plopped the movie down on stage verbatim.

by Anonymousreply 473September 22, 2023 10:56 PM

Melba Moore - "I Got Love" from PURLIE (1970 Tony Awards)

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by Anonymousreply 474September 22, 2023 10:57 PM

When I worked as a musical director in the theater (many years ago), we often asked talent if they could do a "Melba Moore Run." Vocally hard to demonstrate, but you just had to listen to a recording of "I've Got Love" to understand what we were looking for.

FYI, I had worked with Melba Moore when she was in the original pre-Broadway cast of HAIR at the Public Theater. Actress Susan Batson always said to me of Melba, "Now that girl can SING!"

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by Anonymousreply 475September 22, 2023 11:43 PM

Term limits for Artistic Directors!

by Anonymousreply 476September 23, 2023 12:06 AM

^^ the poor schmuck who started the London/Paris trip thread is gonna freak out when he sees that production of Sunset Blvd…he gave up a chance to see more of Paris for that shite?

by Anonymousreply 477September 23, 2023 12:49 AM

For anyone who's interested, the Sydney Opera House now has a streaming app. As it approaches its 50th birthday in October, it is putting up 50 shows from over the years, which are free and most of which are available worldwide. There is opera, ballet and modern dance, plus some more contemporary concerts of the indie rock type.

In early October they are putting up Peter Allen's 1977 concert at the House--he was at his absolute peak at that time.

Most of these things are only up for a month from the date they start. There are other shows that are up all the time, most of which you have to rent for a small amount.

by Anonymousreply 478September 23, 2023 12:50 AM

She's back where she was born to be...

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by Anonymousreply 479September 23, 2023 2:23 AM

[quote]Well if any musical could use a reinvention it's Sunset.

But not if the reinvention makes it even worse. It looks from these photos like anything that was good about the show has been obliterated. There are no words to describe how ridiculous that curtain call photo looks. And I'm sorry, that guy who plays Joe has a body that's average at best, and a face that's -- shall we say, not pretty.

by Anonymousreply 480September 23, 2023 2:42 AM

[quote]anything that was good about the show

Two arias and the mansion going up and down

by Anonymousreply 481September 23, 2023 2:45 AM

[Quote] that guy who plays Joe has a body that's average at best

r480 if that is average at best, please post your underwear shot ASAP

by Anonymousreply 482September 23, 2023 3:31 AM

R480, Tom Francis is playing Joe Gillis.

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by Anonymousreply 483September 23, 2023 3:38 AM

^Tom Francis

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by Anonymousreply 484September 23, 2023 3:39 AM

Meh face

by Anonymousreply 485September 23, 2023 3:46 AM

Am I the *only* one looking at the bulge?

by Anonymousreply 486September 23, 2023 3:49 AM

R471 Golly. Does Nicole still menstruat?

by Anonymousreply 487September 23, 2023 4:10 AM

Who the fuck is this Soutra Gilmour who designed that abominable Sunset Boulevard and the current revival of Merrily on Broadway as well as the awful sets for &Juliet? What has happened to the brilliant generation of British designers that gave us Bob Crowley, Richard Hudson and Mark Thompson?

by Anonymousreply 488September 23, 2023 10:04 AM

A production insider just sent me an excellent quality audio recording of the Sunset Blvd. first preview performance, listening to Act I as I type.

The singing by the leads is outstanding and the orchestra sounds full and lush.

by Anonymousreply 489September 23, 2023 11:34 AM

I'm always amazed at how picky DLers are about "our" men.

by Anonymousreply 490September 23, 2023 12:11 PM

[quote]What has happened to the brilliant generation of British designers that gave us Bob Crowley, Richard Hudson and Mark Thompson?

R488 They were men.

by Anonymousreply 491September 23, 2023 12:14 PM

[quote]They were men.

White men, currently being re-imagined for a contemporary audience.

by Anonymousreply 492September 23, 2023 12:38 PM

What am I, chopped liver?

by Anonymousreply 493September 23, 2023 12:46 PM

Yeah Maria, I would say so.

by Anonymousreply 494September 23, 2023 1:06 PM

The visually stunning Sammi Cannold Evita is now at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, and really shows the limitations of the current batch of artists. The production digs deep into showing how Eva was abused by men from her teens. It’s not an insane interpretation, except the show as written does not support it. If you are expected to feel sorry for her, which is counter to the Hal Prince Brechtian take, there is no story at all. She just gets cancer.

What Prince understood is that the most compelling part of the story is her ruthless instinct for taking advantage of any situation. She even tries to use her illness and premature death to garner sympathy. She wants power, not pity.

But that is not a message that is comfortable today. In fact, Cannold strengthens gender constructs by painting Eva as delicate rather than savvy.

by Anonymousreply 495September 23, 2023 1:32 PM

Lemme guess—Sammi Cannold is yet another nepo baby?

by Anonymousreply 496September 23, 2023 1:44 PM

R495, I would say the first step towards this foolish reinterpretation of the Evita character happened when the song "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" was taken away from Peron's mistress and handed to Madonna to sing in the movie. That was a huge mistake, and it was done for all the wrong reasons.

by Anonymousreply 497September 23, 2023 3:00 PM

[quote]If that is average at best, please post your underwear shot ASAP

Umm, I'm not comparing him to me, I'm comparing him to other young actors who are likely to be cast as Joe Gillis in SUNSET BLVD. This current guy's body isn't bad, but to me it looks lacking in definition. And to paraphrase Mrs. Strakosh in FUNNY GIRL: If you're going to put your leading man onstage in only a skimpy swim suit, people want something special to look at!

by Anonymousreply 498September 23, 2023 3:06 PM

Tom Francis resembles a young Michael Ball in that curtain call clip.

by Anonymousreply 499September 23, 2023 4:03 PM

A friend just saw Purlie Victorious knowing nothing about it. Comps. She loved it. Thought it was wonderful. Still I wonder if it will have any kind of run.

by Anonymousreply 500September 23, 2023 4:30 PM

Was there ever a young Michael Ball?

by Anonymousreply 501September 23, 2023 4:31 PM

Interesting you mention that, R499. Frank Rich, in reviewing ASPECTS OF LOVE on Broadway, wrote that Michael Ball "bares his chest for no worthwhile esthetic or prurient reason." While this new SUNSET guy's body is certainly better than that, I still say it's nothing special. If you want to see not one but two spectacular male bodies on stage, head over to DRACULA: A COMEDY OF TERRORS at New World Stages in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 502September 23, 2023 4:32 PM

By the time I saw Aspects of Love Ball must have done some serious working out. I must be the only person on the planet but I didn't think it was nearly as bad as everyone was saying and I enjoyed it and I am not a Weber fan. The Nunn production was excellent.

by Anonymousreply 503September 23, 2023 4:42 PM

I saw Sunset twice with Buckley and Paige. Except for the two beautiful big numbers the rest of the show is a bore. I can't imagine sitting through it again.

by Anonymousreply 504September 23, 2023 4:48 PM

I dunno, I remember the summer of 1990 playing on a Broadway Show League team opposite Aspects of Love one afternoon and Michael Ball hit on me. (I was 19 at the time.) He definitely had a bit of a gut then.

by Anonymousreply 505September 23, 2023 4:49 PM

[quote]By the time I saw Aspects of Love Ball must have done some serious working out.

Well, after that review, I wouldn't be surprised!

by Anonymousreply 506September 23, 2023 4:58 PM

Michael Ball looked like he was in great shape (Prince Edward doesn't like pudgies) when Aspects opened but went back to his doughie look during the run.

by Anonymousreply 507September 23, 2023 5:33 PM

R507, I guess you're referring to the London run. I saw the show right around the time it opened on Broadway, and his body was very much as indicated by Frank Rich in that review.

by Anonymousreply 508September 23, 2023 5:43 PM

Lea DeLaria is playing Judith in Night of the Iguana. She mentioned it at her show last night in Provincetown.

by Anonymousreply 509September 23, 2023 6:44 PM

Yes, R509. As I had reported, despite other people doubting that she could be playing that role.

by Anonymousreply 510September 23, 2023 6:46 PM

[quote] Yes, [R509]. As I had reported, despite other people doubting that she could be playing that role.

We believed you, dear. We still doubt she can play it.

by Anonymousreply 511September 23, 2023 6:53 PM

Ha! I meant that they doubted she had been cast in that role :-) Whether or not she can play it well is another matter :-)

by Anonymousreply 512September 23, 2023 7:32 PM

I think Lea could surprise people if she tones down her schtick and has a good director. And I hope she does.

by Anonymousreply 513September 23, 2023 7:34 PM

Anyone seen DL TG fave Charlie Williams lately?

by Anonymousreply 514September 23, 2023 7:37 PM

I thought she was an actress.

by Anonymousreply 515September 23, 2023 7:39 PM

[quote]I think Lea could surprise people if she tones down her schtick and has a good director. And I hope she does.

That was certainly true once upon a time, r513. I'm not sure that it's possible any more. There is no question that she has talent .

by Anonymousreply 516September 23, 2023 7:43 PM

R516, your feelings about Lea are very similar to mine.

by Anonymousreply 517September 23, 2023 8:04 PM

R514 He recently had an injury.

by Anonymousreply 518September 23, 2023 8:12 PM

Where's Imelda?

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by Anonymousreply 519September 23, 2023 8:52 PM

Thanks for the capsule review, R427. I was on the fence, but now I definitely see it.

by Anonymousreply 520September 23, 2023 9:55 PM

Welcome back, Follies! It's been far too long!!

by Anonymousreply 521September 23, 2023 9:56 PM

I love Lea as Eddie/Dr. Scott

by Anonymousreply 522September 23, 2023 10:28 PM

[quote] Was there ever a young Michael Ball?

Ask Prince Edward. He’ll tell you.

by Anonymousreply 523September 23, 2023 10:38 PM

But Lea does not have a good director.

by Anonymousreply 524September 23, 2023 11:08 PM

London "Sunset Bvld" carrying the ridiculous, no set, no costumes, no props of "A Doll's House" but full price tickets.

by Anonymousreply 525September 23, 2023 11:46 PM

Well Sunset Boulevard has such a strong book and score it doesn't need expensive trappings said no one ever. How boring. And lazy. At least John Doyle would have had Norma play the harmonica.

by Anonymousreply 526September 24, 2023 12:35 AM

R514-Has he really split from Ryan? Was it Ryan's idea?

by Anonymousreply 527September 24, 2023 1:56 AM

[quote]Well Sunset Boulevard has such a strong book and score it doesn't need expensive trappings said no one ever.

Seriously. The only three things that show ever had going for it in any production were (1) star power, (2) that amazing set for the mansion, and (3) literally two or three good songs at most. NOT the kind of show that can stand on its own in a minimalist staging with no major star in the lead.

by Anonymousreply 528September 24, 2023 1:57 AM

How about with a Pussy Cat Doll in the lead?

by Anonymousreply 529September 24, 2023 2:00 AM

If only Nadine's tits & Bob's pot belly were worth their weight in gold bars...

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by Anonymousreply 530September 24, 2023 2:09 AM

Imagine him laying on top of her.

by Anonymousreply 531September 24, 2023 2:12 AM

Sorry, wrong thread. But maybe Nadine could play Norma at Circus Maximus in Atlantic City.

by Anonymousreply 532September 24, 2023 2:17 AM

We've found our Mame.

by Anonymousreply 533September 24, 2023 2:19 AM

How much do you think Andrew paid Jamie Lloyd to drag Sunset into the 21st century

by Anonymousreply 534September 24, 2023 2:20 AM

Sondheim was smart enough to let it go. All of the great musicals have *some* element of heart.

by Anonymousreply 535September 24, 2023 2:25 AM

[quote]Imagine him laying on top of her.

Laying what on top of her?

by Anonymousreply 536September 24, 2023 2:27 AM

Laying his belly *right* below her boobs and then they'd lie flat.

by Anonymousreply 537September 24, 2023 2:31 AM

R533. LOL. That comment made my night.

by Anonymousreply 538September 24, 2023 2:45 AM

R518, that footage looks like it's the return engagement, where Joanna Riding replaced Imelda. I'm enough of a theatre queen that I can tell the difference just by the wig.

by Anonymousreply 539September 24, 2023 5:24 AM


I just had a whirlwind theatre trip to London.

I saw:

SUNSET Boulevard.

Okay…I actually loved it. Now I am a huge fan of the recordings but I never saw Glenn, or Patti or Betty, so I have no reference from what was…but I loved this interpretation. The video/lighting was exciting and Nicole has an amazing voice. She really nails the songs. Joe Gillis ends the show stripped to his underwear.

Old Friends

Bernadette and Lea are amazing and it’s an entertaining show. I was also impressed with Clare Burt and Joanna Riding. Gavin Lee keeps the gender bent Could I Leave You. Bernadette’s big numbers are Send in the Clowns and Losing My Mind. Lea’s are Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Loving You and the Sweeney Todd Segment.


I know Maude Apatow is a Nepo baby…but she was really good. Probably not to the level of Jessie Buckley, but the show is directed and staged in a way that I don’t think anyone would be awful in the role. The Emcee was very good. I missed the end reveal of the concentration camp outfit from the Mendes revival. It was always so striking. The audience still gasps when the Nazi arm band is revealed. I don’t know that London audiences really appreciate how Nazism is rising in the US. This added a very upsetting element. I’m sure when the revival opens in the US in April…right around the election, it’s going to be very upsetting to witness the parallels.

by Anonymousreply 540September 24, 2023 10:18 AM

Yes we know—get back to your London/Paris trip thread stat…


by Anonymousreply 541September 24, 2023 12:23 PM

R495 do these people not realize that Eva Perón is the villain in the musical -- and in real life? The show is rightly critical of her:

♪ Instead of government, we had a stage ♫

♪ Instead of ideas, a prima donna's rage ♫

♪ Instead of help, we were given a crowd ♫

♪ She didn't say much, but she said it loud! ♫

The fact is, Eva Perón was BAD for Argentina. When she rose to power upon Juan's election in 1946, the country was very rich and a world power. By the time Eva died during Juan's second term in 1952, after years of her excessive spending and mismanagement, Argentina was bankrupt and irrelevant and has never recovered seventy years later.

It's funny how feminists will latch onto any powerful woman and try to justify their actions, but EVITA is a cautionary about how a resentful, lower class woman in power -- hellbent on revenge -- can destroy an entire country, particularly the middle class.

No person in their right mind would sympathize with that.

by Anonymousreply 542September 24, 2023 12:41 PM

Well, good morning, sunshine, r541!

Who pissed in your cornflakes?

by Anonymousreply 543September 24, 2023 12:43 PM

ELDERGAY ALERT: all DL show queens will definitely want to see Golden Rainbow at the York. It's well done, with an orchestra of five, which is practically symphonic by Mufti standards. It's well cast and directed by Stuart Ross, who knows exactly what to do with this sort of material. There are projections and well chosen costume pieces added to give production value. The choral singing at the York is much more polished than the rushed tempo and ragged vocals in the Tonys clip below.

Most interesting is how different the score is from the cast album eldergays know and love. Nearly every song has some lyric changes. Not sure if these changes were made for Mufti by the still-living composer Walter Marks, or made along the way during the troubled Broadway run, but after the cast album was recorded, or post-Broadway for licensing. It's fascinating to theatre people who enjoy this kind of show. There's an entire subplot not represented on the album with two songs that sound like they could be sung by the Eydie character, but aren't. Danielle Lee Greaves sings the heck out of them. "Matter of Time" and a cute duet with the kid, "You Put in Good."

The Lawrence character has a song not on the album, "Same Old Song and Dance" (not the song by that title that Sinatra recorded). The song on the album as "Kid" here is sung by the Lawrence character, but first sung as "Mom" by the boy. The whole Nelson and Jeanette "Desert Moon" sequence in the second act is gone, in its place is a hilariously trashy extended James Bond spoof, Vegas style, "Dr. Thunderfinger" that gives a much-needed rest from the Lawrence/Gorme characters squabbling and lets some of the rest of the cast take stage. Right after that "All in Fun" and "It's You Again" are both gone, replaced by "Suddenly You."

Max Von Essen, Mara Davi, Nick Cearley, Bob Cuccioli, Danielle Lee Greaves, Benjamin Pajak are all entertaining and excellent. This version of the show does what Mufti does when it's working best: it features the score to the utmost, gives the sensation of movement (technically a reading, they're not allowed to do full out dancing), and brings out what comedy there is the book while downplaying its weaknesses. The book might have been touched up too, not just cut, it doesn't say in the program notes, though press releases said that songwriter Marks revised the book, so who knows what changes were made when? Some of what happens doesn't fully match Mort Goode's extensive synopsis from the original vocal selections. The main issue with the book is inconsistent tone and there being little suspense about how it's all going to turn out. Still, everyone's talented and it's breezy and enjoyable.

You'll never get to see Golden Rainbow, in NYC, with this level of talent again. Like many of these imperfect shows, there are some dull spots in the writing, but overall it's a blast. Only in New York. Go!

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by Anonymousreply 544September 24, 2023 1:06 PM

Thanks for that excellent report, R544.

by Anonymousreply 545September 24, 2023 1:41 PM

That looked dreadful…

by Anonymousreply 546September 24, 2023 2:04 PM

Thanks, r544. I have a ticket, but have considered eating it because of the nasty weather. Now I'll think twice. You sound like a less pedantic AlanScott from ATC.

I'll miss All in Fun.

by Anonymousreply 547September 24, 2023 2:16 PM

When Michael Ball looked best.

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by Anonymousreply 548September 24, 2023 2:43 PM

[quote] (technically a reading, they're not allowed to do full out dancing)

So no freewheeling patio number then?

by Anonymousreply 549September 24, 2023 2:45 PM

he looks good here

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by Anonymousreply 550September 24, 2023 2:45 PM

R548. I read that as Marcia Wallace….and thought well then, this is what that show has come to.

by Anonymousreply 551September 24, 2023 2:49 PM

No patio number R549, "For Once In Your Life" stays strictly an argument duet between Steve & Eydie's characters. It doesn't open up into the part on the album with the chorus where (according to Mort Goode's notes) they show her Vegas. I was waiting there wracked with suspense to see if Equity's rules about no dance in a reading would bend enough to let them recreate the massive box step pattern in the notorious-on-DL patio number photo. What was the matter with Ron Field? WHET Tommy Panko?

So you don't get "meal incredible/meal inedible" or "pervasiveness/persuasiveness" or "Aw it's gettin' to me now!" but again I repeat it's so much fun. The opening number, the ballads for Eydie's character, the title song and I've Gotta Be Me all really hit the target in a socko way that musical theatre today reaches for but rarely achieves.

It's very 60s, with characters appearing in other character's minds a time or two, or the chorus popping in extraneously. Every number sounds like it's made to be a pop cover or part of someone's act. It's gloriously retro and you don't get to see a musical that's just made to be sheer entertainment of the moment (1968) anymore. You wouldn't get anything as wild and wonderful and glitzy and shameless and high-voltage as Golden Rainbow in its best moments after a myriad of readings, labs, workshops, and ten years of non-profit development

by Anonymousreply 552September 24, 2023 3:37 PM

[quote] All of the great musicals have *some* element of heart.


by Anonymousreply 553September 24, 2023 3:37 PM


by Anonymousreply 554September 24, 2023 3:43 PM

Alright now you’ve gone overboard…put away that last Adderall

by Anonymousreply 555September 24, 2023 3:47 PM

R544, did you also get to see The Lieutenant?

by Anonymousreply 556September 24, 2023 4:03 PM

Pacific Overtures has heart, r553.

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by Anonymousreply 557September 24, 2023 4:13 PM

[Quote] WHET Tommy Panko?

Made a killing in breadcrumbs

by Anonymousreply 558September 24, 2023 4:40 PM

I much prefer grade school teacher Tom Ball to Michael Ball.

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by Anonymousreply 559September 24, 2023 4:41 PM

[quote]WHET Tommy Panko?

MARCH 15, 2002

Tom Panko, a Broadway chorus dancer who would become choreographer for Broadway's Golden Rainbow and the film, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," died Feb. 18 of complications following heart surgery, according to friends.

Mr. Panko was 74 and will be remembered by friends and family 1 PM March 16 in the Ellington Room at Manhattan Plaza, 400 W. 43rd Street. He was a resident there. Up until the time of his death he took dance classes in the building and was an active part of the showfolk community on that block near the theatre district.

by Anonymousreply 560September 24, 2023 4:45 PM

Cole Porter, it ain’t.

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by Anonymousreply 561September 24, 2023 4:54 PM

I knew Tommy Panko when I lived at Manhattan Plaza, though I had no idea of his history. The day after I saw the revival of The Music Man, he stopped me and went into a long and detailed critique of the show. It was fascinating. Till then, I had no idea that he was Onna White's assistant on her shows - including Music Man.

by Anonymousreply 562September 24, 2023 4:58 PM

But what did he think about Jan Maxwell's long time residency there?

by Anonymousreply 563September 24, 2023 5:05 PM

R562, What did he think of Craig Bierko?

by Anonymousreply 564September 24, 2023 5:06 PM

Although I pretty much hate the musical SUNSET BOULEVARD, I would say there's some heart in the story, obviously inherited from the original screenplay. I think there are moments when Norma's desperation and delusion are moving, and also her love for Joe, possessive and destructive though it may be.

by Anonymousreply 565September 24, 2023 5:20 PM

I don't find any heart in the screenplay, r565. It's very cynical.

by Anonymousreply 566September 24, 2023 5:23 PM

R566, That was Billy Wilder’s intention.

by Anonymousreply 567September 24, 2023 5:56 PM

I know, r567.

by Anonymousreply 568September 24, 2023 5:57 PM

Seeing WIZ in Baltimore tonight. Will report. But in SUNSET talk, I remember seeing some other "stripped down" SUNSET with actors playing instruments in the West End. Does anyone remember that production?

by Anonymousreply 569September 24, 2023 6:22 PM

[quote]All of the great musicals have *some* element of heart.

Well ...

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by Anonymousreply 570September 24, 2023 6:44 PM

I guess Max could be called an enabler, but I thought his loyalty to Norma (in the movie) was very touching.

by Anonymousreply 571September 24, 2023 6:49 PM

[quote]I don't find any heart in the screenplay, [R565]. It's very cynical.

Those two things aren't mutually exclusive. The screenplay is indeed quite cynical overall, but that doesn't mean there aren't some moments of heart in it. A story that was cynical through and through, without a few moments of heart and sincerity, would be badly written. Think of even the broadest farces and satires, and you can almost certainly find SOME moments of sincerity in them.

Another moment of heart in SUNSET BLVD. that I didn't mention is the way that DeMille allows Norma to believe he wanted her for a comeback, when it was a miscommunication and he was only interested in using her car in one of his films. He lets her live in her delusion because he can't bear to break her heart by explaining the truth.

So I'm sorry you feel there's no heart in the screenplay because it's cynical overall, but maybe you can only think in black-and-white terms and you can't understand or appreciate nuance.

by Anonymousreply 572September 24, 2023 6:56 PM

[quote]I guess Max could be called an enabler, but I thought his loyalty to Norma (in the movie) was very touching.

Yes, that's yet another example of heart in the original story.

by Anonymousreply 573September 24, 2023 6:57 PM

You call it heart, I call it pity regarding DeMille and devotion regarding Max. Wait, I *will* give you that Norma gets a moment of charm when she does her Chaplin imitation.

[quote]but maybe you can only think in black-and-white terms and you can't understand or appreciate nuance.

Or maybe (just maybe) I have my own opinion.

by Anonymousreply 574September 24, 2023 7:05 PM

[quote]You call it heart, I call it pity regarding DeMille and devotion regarding Max.

Pity and devotion are emotions that require empathy and love, i.e. heart.

[quote]Or maybe (just maybe) I have my own opinion.

Sure. But in my opinion, your opinion is based on a misunderstanding of what the word "heart" means.

by Anonymousreply 575September 24, 2023 7:09 PM

I love the Sinatra film A HOLE IN THE HEAD which I think was the source material for GOLDEN RAINBOW but I guess the musical strayed pretty far from the film....is that the case? Probably to build up Eydie's role?

by Anonymousreply 576September 24, 2023 7:09 PM

"There Is No Other Way" from PO is all heart.

by Anonymousreply 577September 24, 2023 7:11 PM

Holden died a couple of years before Swanson. Jesus how does such a beautiful talented man fuck up his life so thoroughly.

by Anonymousreply 578September 24, 2023 7:13 PM

Golden Rainbow can go fuck itself. They cancelled today's performance with no explanation. Didn't inform us until 40 minutes before curtain. I should have followed my first instinct and stayed home.

by Anonymousreply 579September 24, 2023 7:17 PM

One thing that I found really effective about the revival was that even though Nicole is still a knockout…it was still commentary on society that women, even when still gorgeous, are still treated differently after 45.

I also appreciated that her face moves. She didn’t look like a real housewife

by Anonymousreply 580September 24, 2023 7:17 PM


Welcome to NYC—now go home

by Anonymousreply 581September 24, 2023 7:21 PM

[quote]Probably to build up Eydie's role?

Yes, r576.

by Anonymousreply 582September 24, 2023 7:23 PM

John Simon quite accurately described Michael Ball as looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy in Aspects of Love.

Ball actually had man boobs which required a man bra. The preview audience I attended gasped in disdain when he removed his shirt. My fellow theatergoer whispered to me “Don’t they have gyms in England?”

by Anonymousreply 583September 24, 2023 7:42 PM

R573, They were once married.

by Anonymousreply 584September 24, 2023 7:46 PM

Norma’s age has been altered for the London revival.

Joe now says, “There’s nothing wrong with being 40 unless you act like you’re 20”.

Isn’t 40 a bit young to be considered a has been?

by Anonymousreply 585September 24, 2023 7:50 PM

But she had other husbands after Max. It was more than love on his part. I took it as he felt responsible for her.

by Anonymousreply 586September 24, 2023 7:50 PM

Well, r585, who wants to see an old bag up there yodeling those arias?

by Anonymousreply 587September 24, 2023 7:52 PM

R587, Indeed.

by Anonymousreply 588September 24, 2023 7:53 PM

Isn’t 40 a bit young to be considered a has been?

Not in show business

by Anonymousreply 589September 24, 2023 8:05 PM

[quote]I love the Sinatra film A HOLE IN THE HEAD which I think was the source material for GOLDEN RAINBOW but I guess the musical strayed pretty far from the film....is that the case? Probably to build up Eydie's role?

In A HOLE IN THE HEAD, the other family member who becomes involved in the situation of the ne'er-do-well father and his young son is the father's brother. In the musical, it's the boy's aunt, the sister of the father's now-deceased wife. That was the part that was created for Eydie.

by Anonymousreply 590September 24, 2023 8:07 PM

I received an email that both of today's performances of GOLDEN RAINBOW were canceled due to illness, with no further details. If it was on such short notice that the cancellation didn't happen until 40 minutes before curtain time of the matinee, I certainly hope it's nothing very serious.

by Anonymousreply 591September 24, 2023 8:09 PM


by Anonymousreply 592September 24, 2023 8:10 PM

R590 is that a material, detrimental change?

by Anonymousreply 593September 24, 2023 8:15 PM

In Goldman's The Season Golden Rainbow gets its own chapter. It's one of the best in the book. Anyone into musicals will really enjoy it. So it's kind of amazing to me so many people are enjoying this revival.

by Anonymousreply 594September 24, 2023 8:20 PM

I think they're enjoying it by keeping it in context, r594.

by Anonymousreply 595September 24, 2023 8:22 PM

[quote]Isn’t 40 a bit young to be considered a has been?

You must be joking.

by Anonymousreply 596September 24, 2023 8:32 PM

[quote]Isn’t 40 a bit young to be considered a has been?

Couldn't she have gone from sloe-eyed vamp, to someone's mother, to camp?

by Anonymousreply 597September 24, 2023 8:35 PM


R592, how brilliant of you to come up with that as a possible reason for the cancellation! I'm sure NO ONE else thought of it. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 598September 24, 2023 8:44 PM

Well, R593, that's a matter of opinion, isn't it? But I should note further that the aunt character in the musical was at one time romantically involved with the boy's father, before he married her sister, and that plot point does strike me as an unwise and unnecessary complication.

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