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Darren Criss and Helen J Shen Will Lead MAYBE HAPPY ENDING on Broadway
 May 14 2024, 01:02:34 PM

Broadway Flash said: "FLOP"

This makes me think Maybe Happy Ending will be the next Chicago. 


THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
 Apr 26 2024, 01:55:25 PM

EDSOSLO858 said: "Releases July 12! Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls"

Great news, thank you!


THE WIZ Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
 Apr 24 2024, 11:57:54 PM

darquegk said: "The Wiz is a show that seems to thrive when it has a hook. Geoffrey Holder’s original staging was an allegorical journey through the mirror of cultural blackness, with Oz treated as a winking embrace/refutation of the “mother Africa” cultural movement at the time. The film, different as it was, at least found its own hook as a very seventies blaxploitationfairy tale: Alice in Wonderland by way of The Warriors.


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THE WIZ Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
 Apr 18 2024, 03:30:42 PM

chrishuyen said: "Kad said: "chrishuyen said: "I don't have any experience with Schele Willams (and haven't seen her two shows this year yet), but I wonder if it was an issue that in her first direction outing on Broadway she's doing two shows (one is co-directed to be fair, but Michael Grief is doing 3 shows, so not sure how much that's getting split)"

The Wiz was pretty much set once it started previews- it’s been touring


Welch’s GATSBY to premiere in 2024
 Apr 12 2024, 12:09:09 PM

Kad said: "joevitus said: "Kad said: "Nick is just enough of a cypher that a lot of interpretations can be read of his character. His fixation on Gatsby and indifference toward Jordan even when they are implied to be going on dates or seeing each other has been a topic of discussion for decades."

That people were capable of misreading literature decades ago doesn't make their interpretations any more valid. He isn't "fixed" on


Welch’s GATSBY to premiere in 2024
 Apr 12 2024, 11:49:58 AM

Kad said: "Nick is just enough of a cypher that a lot of interpretations can be read of his character. His fixation on Gatsby and indifference toward Jordan even when they are implied to be going on dates or seeing each other has been a topic of discussion for decades."

That people were capable of misreading literature decades ago doesn't make their interpretations any more valid. He isn't "fixed" on Gatsby. He's often rather repelled by him, bu


THE WIZ Previews
 Apr 8 2024, 10:28:51 AM

Any word yet about a cast recording? 


Next Sondheim?
 Mar 22 2024, 02:28:23 PM

binau said: "joevitus said: "Maybe Bernadette utilizing the same voice for Sally as she used for Marie has confused people about the general age of the four leads."

HAHAHAHAH. To be fair, I do think 49 in 1970 means something different than 49 in 2024 (or 2011;)). I also continue to be annoyed that Bernadette, who at least can sing, always gets trashed for her vocals in Follies while Staunton gets a free pass despite having very little lyrical beauty in


TAMMY FAYE will transfer to Broadway in 2024-2025 Season
 Mar 22 2024, 11:20:52 AM

GiantsInTheSky2 said: "Then…:don’t go? You’re allowed to not see the appeal or care about the show. There’s no obligation on your part."

Touchy, touchy, touchy.


Next Sondheim?
 Mar 21 2024, 11:42:10 PM

Maybe Bernadette utilizing the same voice for Sally as she used for Marie has confused people about the general age of the four leads. 


Why did Shuffle Along fall off the face of the Earth?
 Mar 5 2024, 01:23:31 PM

GiantsInTheSky2 said: "The author, Caseen Gaines, is coming out with a book about The Wiz next year,"

Way to bury the lede. I want a new thread on this, author interviews and updates and a publication date. I want all of this yesterday.


Playwright on HIV Med Strike / NYTW Responds
 Mar 4 2024, 10:12:40 AM

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "It's a toothless statement by NYTW, but a statement that never had to be made in the first place.

I hope the playwright is able to get some serious mental health treatment.
"

Agreed. And as someone who had posting privileges revoked for a short time because I hypothesized that a famous person might have mental health issues, I hope you don't face similar repercussions. 


Broadway will dim lights for Hinton Battle
 Mar 2 2024, 12:12:27 AM

quizking101 said: "Announced this afternoon after a social media campaign led by Kimberly Marable and others went viral.

Date TBD

Link:https://www.instagram.com/p/C3qmFLAOhb_/?igsh=MXFyNGxhbnZndHh5bw==
"

So glad to read this!


The Wiz returning to Bway in 2023 after National Tour
 Feb 28 2024, 09:27:46 AM

g.d.e.l.g.i. said: "In the original stage version, the Wizard first sang "Believe in Yourself.""

Yes, that's right. Thank you for the correction. 


The LES MIS movie is much better than I remembered (2024 re-release)
 Feb 28 2024, 09:26:11 AM

It's funny because I had somewhat the opposite reaction. The response was so negative when the movie came out that I didn't bother to see it in theaters. When I finally got around to watching it on Prime or something, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad and even Russel Crowe's vocals didn't seem as terrible as everyone claimed. Then maybe last year, I watched it again and--expecting something good this time, rather than something awfu


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
 Feb 25 2024, 08:40:33 PM

kdogg36 said: ""Despiterumors to the contrary, McDonald tells ET's Nischelle Turner that she willnotbe returning to Broadway to take on the iconic role of Mama Rose in a revival ofGypsypremiering during the 2024-2025 season."

Adding "during the 2024-2025 season" makes this a rather specific kind of denial. It reminds meof when it was announced that there were no plans whatsoever for a production ofSquare One.
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What's she supposed to say? "I officially declare that I will not play Mama Rose in this, nor any other season, for the rest of my life. No, no, never, the end"? Just to assure you that the rumors of this production were false?


The Wiz returning to Bway in 2023 after National Tour
 Feb 23 2024, 01:53:28 PM

CarlosAlberto said: "MagicalMusical said: "Kad said: "Even though the film as a whole doesn’t cohere, I can’t really bring myself to dislike it. The individual musical numbers are all incredible. The art direction and conception of anOz/NYC hybrid is genuinely brilliant and realized extremely well- it’s incredibly specific, rooted in Dorothy’s character and the experience of urban Black Americans at the time, and has a point of view.


The Wiz returning to Bway in 2023 after National Tour
 Feb 23 2024, 10:13:48 AM

It's odd to me that early on, the responses were much more positive, especially in terms of performance--only comments on the sets and overuse of backscreen projection was a consistent complaint, and even that was assumed to be an issue sure to be remedied for Broadway--but the most recent responses have been strongly negative even in terms of performance. Have things deteriorated?

If the show continues to be done on the cheap, I worry we won't even get a ca


The Wiz returning to Bway in 2023 after National Tour
 Feb 23 2024, 09:58:58 AM

silent said: "I think they should just have Melody double up as Addaperle/Evilene and Deborah as Aunt Em/Glinda. Both ladies still get two songs and Glinda’s introduction goes back to the 2nd half of the show."

I think any kind of doubling up sends the wrong message (as if we're supposed to intuit a link between the characters). I do prefer Glinda only showing up at the end.


Any chance we'll see Daniel Fish's Oklahoma! again?
 Feb 16 2024, 01:15:15 AM

blaxx said: "Broadway Flash said: "I hope not it was dreadful. Oklahoma is not supposed to be a tragedy. It’s better when you stick to the script and happy."

On the contrary, Fish was able to truly show the dark piece it is.
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There is no way on earth Rodgers and Hammerstein would agree had they seen it.

I think there is room for interpretations like this because Oklahoma! is a classic that can survive any interpretat


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