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HELL'S KITCHEN Previews  Apr 19 2024, 06:09:24 PM

Does the Broadway production still end have visuals of current day Lower Manhattan (one WTC, etc) during Empire Stare of Mind? That seemed like a glaring error in a show that takes place one the 90s - or was it trying to tell us the story is over and this is now just a bunch of folks singing on the stage of the Shubert in 2024?

THE GREAT GATSBY Broadway Previews  Apr 18 2024, 01:06:37 PM

It’s not just that the show misunderstands the book. It’s that the story as told really had no reason for being once it’s devoid of that meaning. 
Also, the show really didn’t work for me as spectacle. It looks expensive, yes, but the choreography (both in dance and just in movement around the stage) and stage pictures seemed clunky and added nothing to the storytelling. 

THE GREAT GATSBY Broadway Previews  Apr 17 2024, 11:18:57 PM

Just left the show this evening and the whole affair felt entirely rudderless. The actors felt like they were all in different shows and, while the scenic design was relatively fabulous, the staging and choreography really didn’t do anything to assist the storytelling. (Neither did the score for that matter). I’m rather shocked that this transferred from Paper Mill. 

SUFFS Previews  Apr 14 2024, 09:02:27 AM

I also want to add that I took my 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son and they loved it and, shockingly, had very little trouble following the plot. 

SUFFS Previews  Apr 14 2024, 08:25:48 AM

I’m just about as baffled at the mixed reception for this show as I am at the current political landscape in this country. 
Shaina and team really put in the work since the Public. It was smart to get rid of the two act openers where all of the cast play men. Perhaps this is a good part of the reason why all of the actress really live and breathe their characters. 
I found Hannah Cruz exponentially more magnetic than Philippa Soo. Emily Skinner brought flare to her s

SUFFS Previews  Mar 27 2024, 12:51:03 PM

When I attended a performance of The Notebook mid-way through previews, the young lady behind me sang along with every song.  I have no clue how she knew the music so well so early into the run.  it was horribly distracting.

JRB's THE CONNECTOR at MCC will star Scott Bakula, Jessica Molaskey, Ben Levi Ross, & more  Feb 10 2024, 07:11:54 PM

I’m shocked that both Isherwood and Jesse Green point out the Wailing Wall song as a moment that doesn’t work. To me, it is when the themes of the piece and the plot really converged and was the most thrilling musical moment of the show. Green also mentioned the show being void of psychology - which I couldn’t disagree with more. 
Saw it this afternoon and loved it. It’s a piece that rewards patience. I found myself walking out of the theater connecting all o

How to Fix the Broadway Model  Jan 17 2024, 04:32:56 PM

RWPrincess said: "One of the best things that can help get more suburban folks in is to fix the LIRR schedule. Opening the $11B Grand Central Terminal last year basically cut service to Penn Station in half instead of adding Grand Central as incremental service, If they reroute trains after 8pm from Grand Central to Penn, that will give riders multiple options per hour to get home after a show. The same thing needs to happen on weekends. They also need to dispatch longer trains, espe

The Avett Brothers’ SWEPT AWAY musical at Arena Stage  Jan 12 2024, 07:56:34 AM

Saw this last night and, while the production is lovely to look at and well performed, I struggled to get anything out of the music or story (despite a passing familiarity with some if the songs). The show seemed to broad and allegorical (none of the characters have names) to be a personal and introspective story, but it also didn’t succeed for me in creating an allegory. So with only two or three real events happening in the story, it ended up being a very slow 90 minutes. The songs al

Nicole Scherzinger to star in West End Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy  Nov 18 2023, 09:28:06 AM

Is it apologizing for the material? Or making a point that the themes of the story are still relevant?  I haven't seen the production but I can assume from things I've read that it's aiming for the latter.

Sondheim's Final Musical: HERE WE ARE (Off-Broadway) - Critics' Reviews  Oct 23 2023, 09:08:50 AM

Reading the Vulture review made me love the show even more.  Also glad I didn't read the review before seeing the show, because it gives away A LOT.  

Especially in their thoughts about the ending.  I see intent where they see hesitancy and contradiction.  Spoiler ahead:

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HERE LIES LOVE Reviews  Oct 13 2023, 08:36:07 PM

jsg03jd said: "

It was obscene to see Filipinos cheering on and dancing to HLL’s nonsense. And you raised a good point about HLL not even trying to address American complicity in enabling the Marcoses’ corruption and ability to inflict irreparable harm (the U.S. protected its own interests and treated Marcoses’ victims as collateral damage by, among other things, keeping its foothold in the region as part of its war against communism by maintaining its th

PARADE On Broadway - News & Discussion Thread  Jul 10 2023, 06:52:24 AM

This story shouldn’t only be effective with someone who tugs at your heartstrings and I think that is exactly the point. This accusation and hanging was excused at the time because Leo was “different” than those around him. Just as today people rush to persecute people they don’t immediately identify with. I would also probe deeper as to what it is you found unlikeable. He did nothing particularly harmful compared to many of modern media’s anti-heroes. 

The 76th Annual Tony Award Nominations (2023)  May 2 2023, 02:41:05 PM

poisonivy2 said: "I am surprised at the nod for Ruthie Ann Miles in Sweeney. I liked the revival a bunch but did not feel as if Miles made a strong impression."

Interesting.  She is the only performer that really stood out to me from that show as really connecting with every word and moment the show gave her.  Most of the rest of the cast made me miss other performances I've seen.


PARADE On Broadway - News & Discussion Thread  Apr 14 2023, 07:11:03 AM

Finally caught this last night.  I have to say, after being introduced to Parade through a college production, I didn't have much appreciation for the show.  But this revival makes a case for it being an excellent piece of writing.  The music direction makes every nuance of the score soar and Michael Arden's direction drives home the story and - most importantly - why it's relevant to us as an audience.  The care taken with the words and music made me really ap

SHUCKED On Broadway - P/reviews & News Thread  Apr 11 2023, 06:33:10 AM

I'm not sure how a cancelled performance is not an audience's problem.  Perhaps some of you live next door to the theater and have ample opportunity to visit broadway shows, but that is not true of the majority of  theatergoers.  Speaking even as a local, scheduling a theater performance is not easy and I'd be ticked if a show that could've gone on, didn't.  Really it seems the attitude of "the show must go on" is what has changed post-covid a

SHUCKED On Broadway - P/reviews & News Thread  Apr 10 2023, 01:30:14 PM

I'm willing to bet most people in the audience would've preferred the show go on than be cancelled (out of town guests, an Easter day trip into the city, etc).  The show would've also been out upwards of $100K.  They made the right call. You could have argued in these times she should've had more rehearsal by now - but considering she spent much of the the past week or two covering another part, I can understand.

I was in the mezz and there wasn't a s

MERRILY will transfer next falli  Mar 23 2023, 10:41:15 AM

The prices for this show are rather ridiculous - at least for a Saturday evening ! Row E mezz that was 120 with fees for doll house is 188!!?

SWEENEY TODD Revival announces further casting  Mar 12 2023, 07:32:29 PM

I was there and he did actually make it into the pit, although a bit awkwardly. I thought the cast handled it well and had expected them to stop the show. 
It also added some humor in the following scene where he’s still alive in the basement. 

SHUCKED On Broadway - P/reviews & News Thread  Mar 8 2023, 08:08:57 AM

Can anyone who has seen it speak to whether or not they’d consider it a family show? Wondering whether or not to take the kids (who love little shop and & Juliet to give you an idea of their maturity). 

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