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'CATS: The Jellicle Ball' at PAC reviews
 Jun 23 2024, 04:08:26 PM
blaxx said: "chrishuyen said: "It is kind of annoying how much the "Cats is bad" discourse has grown in the past few yearsfor the general public who may have not even seen Cats(though of course it wasn't helped by the movie), but if anything I find it more impressive that those who hated Cats to begin with were able to enjoy the show so much. As for musical theater snobs, I feel like that's practically in the job description of being a critic ;)"


Titanic at City Center
 Jun 22 2024, 07:52:48 PM

Auggie27 said: "I was there this afternoon. Rapturous. I must second Nyadgal's take on Eddie Cooper's Etches: for me, a standout in a company that had no weaknesses. These vocals - separately and together - areso elegantly handled, they raised the bar. But Cooper's work, played differently from the sublime Allan Corduner, turned Etches into a front and center major player, which changed the dynamic in every scene he was in: Cooper brings an unexpected agency - as if the s

Titanic at City Center
 Jun 12 2024, 09:32:09 PM

MezzA101 said: "A Glorious ‘Titanic,’ Returned From the Depths

Unable to make it, so

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could someone spoil how they stage the collision?


Titanic at City Center
 Jun 8 2024, 03:27:54 PM

So they're going for the big sound with the orchestra, but, textually, will this be the original Broadway script and score or more in line with that of the recent chamber version?

 Jun 6 2024, 02:22:02 PM

Huss417 said: "OhHiii said: "MezzA101 said: "Ben Platt reveals his dream Broadway role

"So far, adulthood has brought him closer and closer to the role of his dreams—Georges Seurat in the James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim musicalSunday in the Park with George.

I mean, his claim to fame was playing a neurodivergent-coded character...

ILLINOISE Original Broadway Cast Recording Thread
 May 31 2024, 06:37:12 AM

CD drops 6/21, double LP on 8/30, per Bandcamp.

EDIT: Amazon says CD is out on 6/16, so a hair earlier.

 May 21 2024, 04:49:35 PM

Kad said: "The longer a show is in development, the more likely that more cooks start getting involved- particularly producers who want to keep their investors happy."

Or families and/or intellectual property rights holders.

Musicals that will never be revived on Broadway
 May 20 2024, 01:52:21 PM

Its quality notwithstanding, I can imagine the thorny legal issues surrounding Paradise Square would affect its chances at a revival, to say nothing of licensing.

STEREOPHONIC Original Broadway Cast Recording Thread
 May 13 2024, 09:13:03 AM

QueenAlice said: "Has Will Butler talked at all about his process creating the songs for the show? I'd love to read any interview that people are aware of. I would 'guess' that he wrote the songs in their entirety first and they selected the desired building block pieces of eachto show the evolution of the songs as is relative to the script, but of course I could be completely wrong."

From Vulture: How to Write a Fake Rock Song


Albums that should be made into Musicals
 Apr 27 2024, 09:34:51 AM

Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera

If not a musical, then some sort of tricked-out semi-narrative live staging.

cb981 said: "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel"

This one kinda sorta happened. Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls went back to her high school to help stage an adaptation of Aeroplane called With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart, combining the album with elements of Anne Frank's internment at Bergen-Belsen. And there's video of it. Also, an NPR article about it.

HERE WE ARE heads to the recording studio
 Apr 26 2024, 04:31:03 PM

To think that in seventy years (or whenever depending on what becomes of copyright law), Here We Are could very well become Sondheim's Turandot.

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES On Broadway - News & Discussion Thread
 Mar 28 2024, 03:49:52 PM

CD release on May 17th, per Nonesuch Records's Bandcamp.

THE SHINING opera will receive a cast recording
 Mar 8 2024, 08:03:18 PM

An orchestral suite also dropped recently, apparently.

HERE WE ARE heads to the recording studio
 Feb 29 2024, 05:09:45 PM

KevinKlawitter said: "Preview of "Bishop's Song" included in NYT Cast Album Roundup

Unfortunately I can't listen because it's behind a paywall.


DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES - Opening Night Critics' Reviews
 Feb 28 2024, 04:39:02 PM

Chicago Tribune: Column: ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ composer Adam Guettel had the challenge of putting addiction to music

Includes an aside about Guettel's aborted Princess Bride musical:

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Q: Years ago, after your Tony Award-winning success with “The Light in the Piazza,” you wrote several songs for a musical based on “The Princess Bride,” is that right? That sounds like the sort of simplicity challenge you’re talking about.

A: Ten songs, actually. Right. They’re propulsive, melodic — it’s up to the audience to say if they’re catchy.

Q: You and the “Princess Bride” author and screenwriter William Goldman came to an impasse on the project?

A: He wouldn’t sign a traditional collaboration agreement and insisted on a different kind of deal, which I felt I couldn’t do, not just for monetary reasons but for the example it would set for future collaborations. So. The project fell apart at that point. But the songs are mine, and we’ll see.


Anything Goes
 Feb 18 2024, 02:25:53 PM

darquegk said: "Those have been in the licensed production since summer 2022. I was in a production that specifically recruited two Asian men, only to discover that they didn't have roles for them other than Sailor/Ensemble when the new scripts came in.

The one-liners the kids Spit and Dippy now get are BAD. But at least they're not both bad and racist!

All these changes, and yet "The Gypsy In Me" remains in place.

Anything Goes
 Feb 18 2024, 12:33:02 PM

MrsSallyAdams said: "I saw Porchlight Theatre's production ofAnything Goesin Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Meghan Murphy's Reno brought back the vaudeville vulgarity that I've missedfrom others in the role.

I was pleased by the book rewrites which replace the caricatured Chinese missionaries with two bratty kids and disguise Reno as a Hollywood actress rather than a Chinese maiden. These revisions are cited on the Tams Whitmark website but don't appear to have been used in the Sutton Foster production. Does anyone know when they were first introduced?

Anything Goes (2022 Revision) | Concord Theatricals

Press materials suggest this is the first production to incorporate these revisions.

Costello-Ruhl’s A FACE IN THE CROWD musical and more set for Young Vic’s season
 Feb 8 2024, 06:13:25 PM

Here's Patrick Wilson joining Costello on the title song.

Ruhl and Bareilles writing a musical adaptation of The Interestings
 Feb 8 2024, 03:17:29 PM

Hey, Zelda! said: "ColorTheHours048 said: " this Sarah Ruhl’s first book for a musical? I’ve always found her plays intriguing - if not always successful - but usually a little shaggy, so it’ll be interesting to see her adapt a preexisting work that isn’t, y’know, a Greek myth."

She was working with Elvis Costello on a musical version of A Face in the Crowd, but who knows the status on that one.

We have a status: opening at the Young Vic in London this fall.


Billie Eilish wants to write a musical
 Feb 7 2024, 06:31:52 PM

Eilish write a musical? Hell yeah.

Fast track to Broadway, though? Why not Hadestown it? That is, she finds a story she can feel comfortable with working on for a few years, put together a DIY thing, try on the musicals-writer hat and sees if she likes it.

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