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Shorts in the theater
 Jul 13 2024, 02:03:38 PM

The average July temp in Central Park has increased 6 degrees since 1890 (to 79)  and there is no basis for believing it will not push into the 80s.

The average adult male height in the US has increased by 3 inches in the last 100 years. (Body mass even more!)

The world never stops evolving; it's a shame that the attitudes of some don't. 

In the fall, when temps drop into the 50s and 60s, we will start to see fur coats show up at the theatre. They are no

What Happened Between Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey?
 Jun 30 2024, 03:31:08 PM

GiantsInTheSky2 said: "“toxic blind gossip is not cool”

Neither is being self righteous, but clearly there’s noshortage of either on this board. To act like this is the first time anyone on this board has been nosey or gossipy is ridiculous. You all participate in the same nonsense when it’s convenient for you.

It is only self-righteous if you equate sin with uncoolness.

PS, people who live in glass houses....

What Happened Between Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey?
 Jun 30 2024, 02:07:41 PM

Call_me_jorge said: "I seem to recall some dramabehind the scenes with the musical The Visitor from a few years back, but are these two no longer friends because ofcreative differences? Brian Yorkey was not at the opening night of Next to Normal in the West End, a show he won a Pulitzer for. Was he avoiding Kitt or is there another reason for his absence?"

First of all, it you "recall some drama," why would you be asking?

Secondly, as hard as this may be for you to wrap your head around, showing up for a secondary opening of one's show is not nearly as important as you want to make it. Sure, if one is not busy and it fits into things, but it is not that unusual that one has much higher priorities in the scheme of things. 

Third, if he wanted to go and what you "recall" was true, a grown man knows how to navigate around another person at an event without skipping it. 

Finally, as you should (but apparently don't) recognize from the chilly reception you post got here, toxic blind gossip is not cool. 

Inside the Stephen Sondheim Auction That Stunned Even the Auctioneer
 Jun 24 2024, 12:00:49 AM

The provided link does not work but if one copies it into their browser it does. And it is worth doing that because the subject line here (copied from the Slate piece headline) is inaccurate as is the (also copied here) subheading of the piece.

The first thing we do is, let's kill all the headline writers.

In fact the interviewee from the auction house said that it is "not unusual" for attention grabbers to blow up the bidding by overbidding like that. Likewise, be

 May 21 2024, 12:45:46 AM

@Curtains Having read everything you have written in this thread, I am having trouble understanding your purpose. It seems that you have come here and posted a declaration. The foundation of all of your posts is that Broadway is "ruined." This is not a subject that you give any inkling you want to discuss or from which you hope to learn. You declare that you have created this thread to "tell" the rest of us the way it is. 

The problem is that you have only

Is "gentle" theater gone forever?
 May 19 2024, 07:03:04 PM

Although there can will likely always be "gentle" shows, it is flawed to suggest that all shows in the part were. Were [Miller, O'Neill, Williams, Albee ... ] ever accused of being gentle? For the most part, the theatre aspires to be more than that, and always has. (Was Medea gentle?)

The Tony nominators should've shown lots more love to 'Here Lies Love'
 May 11 2024, 06:25:55 PM

chrishuyen said: "Tony voting is as much of a political game as any other awards show"

Sorry for the late response but while it is true that Tony VOTING can be quite political, the nominations are actually one of the least political things in all of show business. Very very limited discussion, secret voting, secret results. If you are worried someone might not want to do business with you next year because of what you nominated this year, you are in a safety zone. (A

Canceled Productions That Eventually Happened?
 Apr 25 2024, 10:55:30 PM

I have a vague recollection (i.e., I could easily be wrong or have the facts mangled) that the marquee for the infamous production of Mata Hari was already up on Broadway when it closed out of town. I know it was done at the York much later (probably late 90s). Not sure if this qualifies but it gets close (if I am right).

CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
 Apr 21 2024, 11:10:05 PM

A couple of quick thoughts.

1. It is almost exactly 19 years since my favorite day in Broadway history, the day New York Magazine unceremoniously dumped John Simon. And today, Sara Holdren, who has finally found the antidote to the stench in his office, beats him at his own game, and would show him how to do it without applying his usual overdose of intentional bigotry: "[A]s the Emcee, Eddie Redmayne is on his own look-at-me planet. His singing voice never leaves a plug

Why do so few New World Stages shows transfer to Broadway?
 Apr 18 2024, 02:14:19 AM

@uncageg,well that does not follow. If you are suggesting you know something that others don't then feel free to explain, or not. I very much doubt you do, based on what you have already said here. 

Why do so few New World Stages shows transfer to Broadway?
 Apr 18 2024, 12:36:07 AM

uncageg said: "All I can say is that you are way off base regarding the "conspiracy Theory". Having no information on it and basing it on "firmly held convictions" does not make it so."

Are you saying that I have mis-stated the conspiracy theory about the Shubert acquisition of NWS? How am I off base? Do you understand that a conspiracy theory is not rooted in facts, and that there are people who nonetheless firmly believe it? There is nothin

Why do so few New World Stages shows transfer to Broadway?
 Apr 17 2024, 08:42:20 PM

@Matt Rogers "they have had plenty of quality shows"

I don't think the list you c&p'd bears out your assertion but you are obviously entitled to your opinion. Understand, though, that my observations (assuming I was within your target) were addressed to a smaller sample (the degradation to which I referred) and the scope on which the OP focused (NWS->Bway). I hardly think you are suggesting that NWS  contributed to the "quality" of, e.g., Re

Why do so few New World Stages shows transfer to Broadway?
 Apr 17 2024, 06:36:02 PM

Once upon a time, NWS was Dodger Stages. The ambition of Dodgers at the time aligned pretty much with the "concept" of the OP in this thread. They hoped to have in-town equivalents of out-of-town tryouts, without the costs of going out of town, and with the talent pool mostly built-in. The concept failed, the Shuberts took it over, and things went downhill fast. Part of it was the broader decline of commercial off-B, part of it was the ascension of non-profit off-B into real estate

 Apr 15 2024, 12:52:24 AM

I think this is a show for which the reviews (which is a euphemism for the Times review) do matter. This is a show for folks with a subscription to the Times and however you shorthand that review (mixed or pan) it ain't gonna sell tickets. 

How do shows assign dressing rooms?
 Apr 11 2024, 01:52:55 PM

"Broadway's nicest dressing room, the star dressing room at the Lunt"

Raising a question that is actually of no significance to me:

Between Groban and Ashford, one would assume he got it, but Sutton>Aaron in star terms so did they do a reverse?


Sondheim Estate Permissions Custom Stephen Sondheim Musical Tribute Revues (Music + Lyrics)
 Apr 11 2024, 01:00:34 AM

*"Permission" is not a verb.

A lack of great new choreographers and director-choreographers?
 Mar 31 2024, 12:06:36 AM

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "Now that I've resurrected this thread...who's choreo is everyone loving this season?"

Justin Peck, hands down.

Congestion pricing will destroy broadway
 Mar 27 2024, 02:26:04 PM

In this thread, we can witness the convergence of this board's most popular phenomena. First and foremost, we are hearing the death rattles of the fabulous invalid. Second, we are being bombarded with incorrect information because people complain first and read second (or never). [E.g., Lyft/Uber: The number of licenses has been capped, and a flat rate congestion charge has been added. The "disabled": There is an exemption available. Etc etc etc] And last but not least,

 Mar 26 2024, 12:19:10 PM

Bettyboy72 said: "Thanks Hogan, I was thinking first row mezz, but I've seen reviews of the Belasco with people complaining about the railing in front of them. I wonder how bad it is."

I don't recall about the rail but I think maybe a safer bet would be 2nd row. Belasco mezz is pretty well raked (full step).

 Mar 25 2024, 11:58:16 PM

Bettyboy72 said: "Can anyone going in the next few days let me know how high the stage is. The first few rows are cheaper than mid orchestra. I need to buy tickets soon but don’t want to be craning my neck. Thank you."

I cannot answer your question, but I will say that this is a show I prefer from a vantage point (front of mezz>orchestra) but not the first few rows of orchestra regardless of stage height because there is quite a bit of action played on the l

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