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Musical adaptation of film SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED from Nick Blaemire and Ryan Miller (Guster) to premiere at BAM
 Jul 18 2024, 10:19:55 AM

LOVE that movie and love Trensch! Fingers crossed this is good!


Protesters at Suffs tonight
 Jul 2 2024, 11:01:37 PM

Jeez. There are SO many things worth protesting right now, and they choose a Broadway musical? The Supreme Court just destroyed our democracy, but sure, it’s SUFFS that’s the real problem. Can’t roll my eyes hard enough. 


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 Jun 23 2024, 11:23:39 PM

Slightly off topic, but I just passed by the Majestic today and saw the new digital marquee. I absolutely hate digital marquees and think they’re making theatres look cheaper. Not to mention that they photograph horribly. So sad that yet another theatre has had their marquee replaced with a digital one. I guess it’s only a matter of time before they’re all that way. Sigh. Ok, rant over.

 


MOULIN ROUGE! Broadway Casting Thread
 Jun 21 2024, 11:00:05 AM

I’m not a dedicated Aaron fan, but it’s not too hard to figure out. He departed the show shortly after its 500th performance in 2022, then returned for 12 weeks in 2023. Considering the fact that he’s known for hardly ever calling out, I’d estimate that he’s somewhere in the upper 500s. Now for an exact number, that would definitely take a devoted fan!


This past weekend of understudies
 Jun 18 2024, 09:28:25 AM

Some sort of respiratory virus has been making the rounds at different shows recently, so that could be part of it. Before COVID, there was the whole “show must go on” mentality, and actors would just power through whatever sickness they had. We’ve heard stories about actors performing with the flu running offstage in between scenes to throw up in a bucket. After COVID, those stories stopped sounding “heroic” and just started sounding stupid. Why put your he


ELF Returning to Broadway this November
 Jun 14 2024, 06:27:36 PM

According to an Equity casting notice, ELF THE MUSICAL will return to Broadway November 16th and run through January 4th. Directed by Phillip Wm. McKinley and choreographed by Liam Steel.


THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
 Jun 14 2024, 03:04:36 PM

CATSNYrevival said: "Why is nearly every cast recording of The Wiz unwilling to record all three versions of Ease On Down the Road as they are performed in the show? Too repetitive?

But then there's a reprise of Ease On Down the Roadin act two? I don't remember that in the tour. How does that fit in?
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They sing a slowed down “emotional” reprise when Dorothy is saying goodbye to the three friends. It’s…..a choice.

Loo


THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
 Jun 7 2024, 04:15:41 PM

^ This production opens with Dorothy singing a bit of “Soon As I Get Home” to establish Dorothy feeling lonely now that she has moved to Kansas to live with Aunt Em after her parents died, so that’s the “Preprise.” All the other songs you mentioned were dropped for this production, and we only get Glinda’s version of “Believe In Yourself.” The Wiz is an unrepentant a**hole in this version.


Hairspray (Revival)
 Jun 6 2024, 06:17:27 PM

In case you couldn’t tell from my username, Hairspray is my favorite musical and has been ever since I first listened to the cast recording. I’m also a Black male. Maybe my love for the show blinded me to some of its issues, but I never really thought of Tracy as a “white savior.” Tracy’s initial plan to get the show integrated fails and gets everyone thrown in jail. After that, she’s ready to give up, until Motormouth convinces her and everyone else t


Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season!
 May 31 2024, 05:36:46 PM

From the casting breakdown released today:

 

BREAKDOWN

GYPSY (Broadway)

SYNOPSIS: Rose, an ambitious “backstage” mother, treks across the country with her daughters searching for both survival and success with their homespun vaudeville act. Along the way, they encounter others in the shabby theaters they perform in who are similarly burdened by finding their own ways of surviving in show business. As times change, Rose is forced to adapt as vaudevi


Disney will launch North American tour of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 2025, Broadway stop next?
 May 21 2024, 01:37:18 PM

Call_me_jorge said: "The tour will be using the tier 3 touring contract. Disney could afford to tour this on the highest level contract, so I’m shocked equity approved this."

I feel like Equity has no real power over this. They can’t even stop tours from going non-union, so how would they control what tier a tour goes out on? The good news is, this tour should sell extremely well, so the cast will hopefully make a good amount of overages. I’ve heard that the BEETLEJUICE tour has been selling so well that the cast is actually making more than they would’ve on a full production contract due to the high overages.


THE WIZ Previews
 May 12 2024, 11:08:11 AM

This show made me sad. Mostly sad for the performers who are so talented, yet are stuck in a production that looks SO cheap, even some community theatres would be embarrassed by it. I was hoping folks on this board were exaggerating but wow, every time a new scene began I was taken aback by just how terrible everything looked. I truly wonder how much work Hannah Beachler (Scenic Design) and Sharen Davis (Costume Design) actually did on this show. If I were them, I’d be too embarras


THE WIZ Previews
 Apr 10 2024, 12:05:50 AM

nativenewyorker2 said: "All I’ll say is the audience here is having 1000% more fun and has 1000% more energy than the audience I saw the immersive Cabaret with…and 1000% cheaper.


could be a case study in theater snobbery
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……or maybe they are two extremely different shows that invoke different responses in audiences? CABARET is a very dark musical, and from what I understand, this production amps that darkness up. I&rsq


THE WIZ Previews
 Apr 3 2024, 03:27:44 PM

These reports make me wish we’d gotten the 2006 La Jolla production that was supposed to come to Broadway or the Encores production from 2009. From the clips I’ve seen of them, they both seemed to have possessed much more imagination and creativity, especially when it comes to the costumes. I can’t get over how cheap and just……bland these costumes look. To those harping on the original production also looking cheap, at least it had a distinct look and visi


Happy Feet on Broadway?
 Apr 3 2024, 12:52:22 PM

That film hasn’t really had much staying power over the years. The original film was pretty fun, but the environmental message felt VERY forced and kind of out of left field. The sequel didn’t do as well at the box office and wasn’t well received by critics. I don’t think it would be a wise decision to put it on stage.


Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 3/3/24
 Mar 6 2024, 09:34:25 AM

^ Except jukebox musicals and musicals based on movies aren’t selling out theaters either. At least, not when they’re mediocre, which they increasingly seem to be. Have we already forgotten about ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, KING KONG, SUMMER, THE CHER SHOW, ALMOST FAMOUS, ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, TOOTSIE, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and NEW YORK NEW YORK? Nearly all of them were rejected by audiences and closed within a few months. Audiences a


Broadway Cares ripped for directing funds to Gaza
 Feb 14 2024, 10:45:08 AM

Perhaps BCEFA speeches after shows vary show to show, but whenever a show I’ve been a part of makes a speech, we always mention that BCEFA sends money to many different causes, including disaster relief and recently the war in Ukraine. Are people getting BCEFA confused with the Entertainment Community Fund? That is the charity dedicated to helping support actors and other members of the entertainment community in need. BCEFA directs some of its funds to them, but they are not the same o


Fantasia was Robbed!
 Feb 5 2024, 10:58:17 PM

Fantasia was indeed fantastic in the film. But if anyone robbed her of an Oscar nomination, it was the film itself. I don’t know whose decision it was to cut Celie and Shug’s fight that precedes “I’m Here” in the stage musical, but it was the worst decision they could’ve made for the movie. It robs “I’m Here” of all its power. The direction of the song didn’t do Fantasia any favors either. They just didn’t stick the landing wit


COLOR PURPLE movie musical currently in development
 Dec 28 2023, 04:34:52 PM

I very much enjoyed it, but there were several choices made that left me scratching my head.

SPOILERS AHEAD

As is typical with movie musicals, the new songs written weren’t as good as the songs in the musical. “She Be Mine” was my favorite of the new songs, yet I couldn’t help but wish they’d gone with “Somebody Gonna Love You” instead. “Our Prayer” would’ve been much better than “Keep It Movin’” and s


A Strange Loop Mini-Tour
 Nov 6 2023, 01:14:55 PM

Jay Lerner-Z said: "It won the Tony for Best Musical. It should go to conservative states and cities, same as other shows. I don't care about loss of revenue or whatever... there are people in these places who need to see this show. Vulnerable ticket buyers who will feel less alone, ignorant morons who might learn a thing or two. We should not repress ourselves. Isn't that what the spirit of the show is all about?"

After the terrible audience response to the


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