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ILLINOISE Reviews
 Jul 19 2024, 02:16:47 PM

Saw this both yesterday evening and last week -- got a journal in my Playbill last Monday, but did not get one last night. Seems they ran out sometime this past week and may not be planning to produce more for the final weeks.

 

Seen Illinoise three times now, and it remains one of the most moving, open-hearted productions I've ever seen. Hoping to go at least one more time, maybe I'll finally remember to bring tissues.

 

 


Cast Replacements
 Jul 19 2024, 02:14:15 PM

Word on the street is the current cast will extend for at least a few more months.

Very excited that this group will be the one to break the "one year" trend, if so. Seen them twice on Broadway and it's some of the best singing I've ever heard onstage. 


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 Jul 17 2024, 04:45:11 PM

Could Herbie be Danny Burstein? Does "Honey Bun" in South Pacific count as drag?


Would love to see a Sound of Music Revival
 Jul 15 2024, 11:04:32 AM

God, imagine this as a Hytner's Carousel-sized revival at the Beaumont - the orchestra swells as the stage rolls forward to reveal Maria on the Austrian Alps...


3 female musical theatre songs!
 Jul 2 2024, 02:33:03 PM

"So Good So Far" from The Hello Girls is stunning. Each woman gets a verse and they come together with beautiful harmonies at the end 


'CATS: The Jellicle Ball' at PAC reviews
 Jun 14 2024, 01:25:13 PM

No Growltiger or Pekes and Pollicles. Everything else seemed to be intact.


'CATS: The Jellicle Ball' at PAC reviews
 Jun 14 2024, 12:59:05 PM

I was there last night! Definitely sung live, and the ensemble as a whole sounds full and strong when they all sing together (Shereen Pimentel is giving probably the best soprano vocals I've ever heard on this score, btw, and that soprano line gets pretty damn high). The score sounds like it usually does, with some added ballroom beats during some of the dance breaks and category walks, as Theatrefan mentioned. They blend seamlessly (and often thrillingly) into the show.

The p


The 77th Annual Tony Award Nominations for 2024
 Jun 13 2024, 01:16:26 PM

SisterGeorge said: "MezzA101 said: "Listen to the Best Tracks From 8 Tony-Nominated Show

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/13/theater/cast-albums-broadway-tony-awards.html?unlocked_article_code=1.zU0.e_03.zqmAgM237LWx
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I saw and loved HLL (10 years ago) and Wine and Rose off-broadway, and I'm excited to catch up withStereophonic and Illinoise on my NYC visit starting tomorrow. These "best tracks" though are still not moving meto spend money onW4E, Outsiders, HK, and Suffs. I do have one slot open, though, and realizingthat judging them divorced of their scores is hard, can anyone recommend which onemight be the most engaging on a dramatic/non-musical level. I'm leaning toward Suffs? (I'm also seeing EOTP, Cats, Ben Platt, and Christine Andreas).


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If you're able to get a seat up a bit closer, I would actually recommend Water for Elephants -- The best part of the show is Jess Stone's kaleidoscopic approach to the story, and the main actors are doing some strong, grounded work amongst the spectacle of the acrobatics (particular shout outs to Paul Alexander Nolan, Isabelle McCalla, and Gregg Edelman). Seen it a few times now, and it's just gotten richer as the show has settled and steeped.


The first look inside
 Jun 13 2024, 10:53:30 AM

Looks cool! I'll be there tonight - first time at the Perelman. Will report back


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 Jun 11 2024, 02:09:36 PM

everythingtaboo said: "Welp, the final nail in the coffin...

Paul Giamatti Boards ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’

Starts filming late this summer.
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What's John C. Reilly up to these days?

If the casting notice had been different, I would have loved to see Jeffrey Wright and Audra together onstage. 


Songs from shows that might work in church
 Jun 10 2024, 02:21:20 PM

"Beautiful City" from Godspell

"Migratory V" from Myths and Hymns


FLOYD COLLINS to be given Broadway revival by Lincoln Center
 Jun 10 2024, 10:41:22 AM

Saw Colton Ryan in concert a few months ago, and he mentioned that this was a dream show and role (or roles -- I remember him talking about both Homer & Floyd)


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 May 31 2024, 06:24:28 PM

babyjunegem said: "I'm puzzled by the desire to make Herbie white and make colorism between June and Louise a focal point of the show. Why is the latter in particularnecessary? This show will need Black theatergoers to keep it alive once the usual Broadway crowd has come through. Adding the colorism elements comes across as condescending. We know it exists, and we don't want to be beaten over the head with it.I would hope that Wolfe doesn't go for such low hanging fruit.<


RIP to Richard M. Sherman, songwriter of Mary Poppins, Over Here!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Bedknobs & Broomsticks
 May 31 2024, 04:59:51 PM

Jonathan Cohen said: "There's a great documentary on Disney+ called The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story equally about their music and their estrangement from each other. I'd highly recommend it.

For decades, if someone said they loved Disney songs, that really only meant two things. They liked Sherman Brothers songs and/or they liked Ashman and Menken songs. The cultural impact of the Sherman Brothers' work is immeasurable.
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One of my fav


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 May 31 2024, 03:58:20 PM

It really would add a potent texture to Rose's perspective - the "born to soon" line she speaks just before "Rose's Turn", the agony of living out your dreams vicariously through your children because you seen in them a chance the world never gave you...

I think Isabelle McCalla could make a wonderful Louise for this reason -- killer actress, self-professed student of Judy Garland and the vaudeville origins of musical theatre with a voice to f


Moments You Love in Cast Recordings
 Aug 24 2011, 01:43:48 AM
NIGHT MUSIC REVIVAL:
This recording's full of really, really little moments that I keep listening to over and over again. A few...
*Every Day a Little Death, around 1:48, Erin Davie's "Ah, well" is just so delicate and beautiful, especially after her harsh second verse.
*A Weekend in the Country, around 1:53, Leigh Ann Larkin holds out "guess WHERE" and it sounds so good amongst the quick lyrics and pace of the song.
*You Must Meet My Wife (reprise): I just love the tenor's tone

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