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LEMPICKA Reviews
 May 19 2024, 09:59:34 PM

TheatreFan4 said: "Something I find really weird (despite liking the song), is 'Perfection' becoming like THE song of the show that isn't 'Woman Is' they use it in a lot of promo, the recorded songs, they even scored their "farewell" video with it. 

It's a villain song. Its an ode to Futurism, the antithesis of Lempicka's art. I know Chavkin said "the men aren't the heroes or the villains, they're just there.&quo


What is the worst production you have ever seen on Broadway? What is the worst show?
 May 19 2024, 08:55:21 PM

BossBroadway said: "With how much it was talked about last season, I’m shocked to not see Bad Cinderella on any of these lists."

Carolee Carmello was great as the Stepmother. I'm not going to bat for the show being good, but any standout performance should disqualify a show from being labeled worst ever.


LEMPICKA Reviews
 May 19 2024, 08:16:19 PM

ColorTheHours048 said: "A clip of Rachel Chavkin’s speech at curtain call. It’s giving “too close to the material."

Right. Essentially she's blaming the reviews saying they didn't recognize it as a queer love story where the male characters are just there. 

I would argue everyone saw that, but devoting so much of the story to male characters the creative team actively doesn't care about is a narrative problem. The story needed to be more focused on the love story between the two women.

Down the line if this musical resurfaces in some form, I'd love to see a female director other than Chavkin take a stab at this material.


LEMPICKA Reviews
 May 19 2024, 12:40:10 AM

veronicamae said: "Madonna was at the show tonight (as was I) and I amstill trembling."

I'm glad Madonna got to see it and you got a chance to see her. 

But that's got to be pretty frustrating for the producers, that even a Tamara de Lempicka. super-fan like Madonna didn't get around to seeing the show until closing weekend. 


HERE WE ARE heads to the recording studio
 May 17 2024, 08:13:06 AM

Listening now, I'm struck by the same thing that stuck me both times I saw the actually production. 

The difference between other composers imitating Sondheim and actual new Sondheim is stunning.  


The Historians, the Rape Apologists, and the Bolsheviks: The most absurd lines from Lempicka "critics"
 May 14 2024, 04:27:40 PM

rivermelody said: "In regards to Suffs - their message is "women should vote", which is an easy message to get behind. Lempicka, on the otherhand, portrays the type of woman that still makes a lot of people angry. She's a power woman, but she cheats on her husband, she's not a great mother, she puts her work above all else. While men do this, we largely do not accept the same from women.

The show has no male heros. It barely passes a reverse bechdel test.


The Historians, the Rape Apologists, and the Bolsheviks: The most absurd lines from Lempicka "critics"
 May 14 2024, 03:12:39 PM

The line "Isn’t perfection the enemy?,” is in the 2022 recorded version of the song Perfection. If it was changed for the Broadway version, I don't have a line by line recall of the Broadway version, Johnny Oleksinski might have been listening to that when writing his review. 

Other than that, most of these examples rivermelody you bring up are just people having different opinions than you, not factual inaccuracies. 

For exampl


George Clooney is coming to Broadway.
 May 14 2024, 02:50:53 AM

dwirth said: "A "cash grab" is Hugh Jackman coming out of Wolverine retirementdoing his new movie for, what,$50MM? A cash grab on another level - after an all-time huge,,crowd pleasingBroadway box office hit."

It hasn't been released what Jackman is making for Deadpool & Wolverine, but I doubt he's being paid anything close to $50M, at least in upfront money. Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios is on the record saying he thoug


Scott Rudin returns:
 May 14 2024, 02:37:10 AM

FLarnhill said: "So many self-righteous people here who can't learn to separate the art from the artists and love to make others pay for their mistakes for their entire lives.
 

I hope you're all happy."

This isn't about if you can appreciate art created by horrible people, it's about creating safe work environments going forward. 

But also, Scott Rudin isn't himself an artist. He's a producer and project


Scott Rudin returns:
 May 13 2024, 05:36:35 PM

binau said: "But he did produce good work. And I wish his work was back on stage. I don’t know how to solve both problems. Can some powerful Broadway ‘people’, whoever they are - or even Scott Rudin himself - agree to work only under CCTV camera and provide an escalation path for workers if he cannot keep control? I don’t think he can have a second chance that is unqualified or unsupervised. But at the same time he is not Harvey Weinstein."


George Clooney is coming to Broadway.
 May 13 2024, 04:23:56 PM

If I can find a reasonable priced ticket to this, I'll still do it for the opportunity to see Clooney act live. But this at first glance, seems like a pretty underwhelming project. Everything Clooney had to say about Good Night, and Good Luck, we got nearly 20 years ago. 

It reminds me a little bit of Billy Crystal and Mr. Saturday Night, but since that was a fictional story, you could remix it and turn it into a musical.  Good Night, and Good Luck has


HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
 May 10 2024, 12:44:20 AM

There's a "flash sale" on tickets to the reunion concert. It looks like all the mezzanine seats row J and behind are now $28.40.  It looks like there are still over a 100 tickets for sale in the mezzanine section and about 175 tickets left for sale in the rest of the venue.


77th Tony Awards Performance Predictions
 May 7 2024, 08:10:20 PM

I would love to see Suffs do "Great American Bitch", it's the song that's the most fun in the show. 

"Keep Marching" is the song I expect to see. I get wanting to use a song that utilizes the entire cast, but I actually preferred the version Shaina Taub did solo playing the piano on Kelly Clarkson to the version in the show. More is not always better. 


STEREOPHONIC Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
 May 7 2024, 04:41:14 PM

Someone in a Tree2 said: "So for the Fallon appearance, who the hell is the 6th band member?? (The one in the red cowboy shirt and straight-leg jeans (very non-period for 1976)! Did they bring on a guitar ringer just for the tv appearance, or is there additional offstage guitar support playing every night at the Golden? Inquiring minds wanna know."

Justin Craig, who just got nominated for Best Orchestrations for the show. 


SCHMIGADOON! to play Kennedy Center
 May 7 2024, 02:46:36 PM

somecheapfrenchthing said: "Hmm... Maybe in the minority here but kind of wish Schmigadoon wasn't taking up one of the Broadway Center Stage slots. Would've much preferred a third "revival," consistent with past programming, a la Encores. But happy about Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde! Lots of exciting casting possibilities!"

It is a revival! Just a cross medium one.  


Dancin vs Illinoise
 May 7 2024, 02:41:07 PM

Broadway Flash said: "I thought Dancin was a breath of fresh air last season. I thought it was new choreography?"

Here's an article from Playbill that describes what happened in more detail. Basically because they don't have a full recording from the 1978 show, a couple of the original dancers tried recreating it based on their memory and Fosse's notebooks.


Dancin vs Illinoise
 May 7 2024, 12:09:45 AM

bigbelterbaby said: "Have been thinking about the reaction to Illinoise both positive and negative and how last year, a dance show that was also nominated for Best Musical failed to find an audience and closed. I just saw someone say there needs to be more dance based shows on Broadway, when we just had one last year and it closed quickly despite having renown Bob Fosse choreography. Of course Illinoise is a different vibe than Dancin’. The original production of Dancin was a h


2024 Pulitzer Prize Predictions
 May 6 2024, 05:34:44 PM

BoringBoredBoard40 said: "Winner - Primary Trust

Finalists

-Public Obscenities

-Here There Are Blueberries
"

It looks like you called it.

Primary Trust is an interesting choice from my perspective, based on how much I straight up disliked it. Giving a 38-year-old interpersonal relationship challenges that would make more sense for a 18-year-old, I found exhausting to listen to.


Fastest win to EGOT LMM or Pasek/Paul
 May 2 2024, 10:49:10 PM

TaffyDavenport said: "https://variety.com/2024/tv/awards/benj-pasek-justin-paul-egot-only-murders-song-submission-emmys-1235988018/

"‘Only Murders’ Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Go for EGOT With ‘Which of the Pickwick Triplets Did It?’ at Emmys"
"

This reminds me of how "We Don’t Talk About Bruno" didn't win an Oscar for Encanto, for the dumbest reason possible. Disney didn't even submit it for consideration, pushing “Dos Oruguitas” instead. 

Look for the Light has like 4X as many monthly listens as Which of the Pickwick Triplets Did It on Spotify. It's Murder's most popular song. Don't overthink it and just submit your most popular song.


LEMPICKA closing May 19
 May 2 2024, 10:17:16 PM

jacobsnchz14 said: "Per Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/C6e55FCvquq/?igsh=MTd1dzZ2aGIybGNqNg==
"

Considering how bad Lempicka is about accurately quoting people on social media, maybe the producers aren't closing it?   

The whole thing is a shame. This was the most ambitious of the many half baked new musicals that hit Broadway this Spring. The show really invoked Sondheim for me. Yes, because of all the singing about color and light, but also because much like Merrily We Roll Along, I think the show can still be fixed down the line. 


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