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Music Man 2000 Revival Cast Recording
 Jul 11 2024, 06:24:56 PM

Anyone know why the cast recording of the 2000 revival of The Music Man is nowhere to be found on streaming services? Or at least not on Spotify. To me it's the most satisfying recording of the show, much more complete than the original cast recording and better sung than the Hugh Jackman revival.


CABARET at the Kit Kat Club (2024) Opening Night Critics' Reviews
 Jun 26 2024, 09:54:17 AM

I know I'm super late to the party here, but I've been traveling a lot lately and wasn't able to chime in back when the Tonys aired.

That Eddie Redmayne performance was jaw droppingly weird and off putting. I could not watch two hours of that. I'd already had a bad reaction to the Redmayne/Buckley London cast recording -- couldn't even get through it -- but seeing Redmayne's physical performance was the nail in the coffin of my interest in this show.


TOMMY To Close on July 21, 2024
 Jun 26 2024, 09:48:56 AM

Have to admit I feel a little bit of validation over this news. I saw the original and to this day remember it as one of the best things I've ever seen on stage. This revival was so "meh." I didn't understand the point of reviving something and keeping the staging almost exactly the same, except less colorful, less dynamic, and with cheaper, minimalist design. It was like, "let's stage a replica of the original show, but make it worse on purpose in almost every way.


NYP: Broadway sings New York’s blues as crime, costs slow post-COVID comeback
 Jun 5 2024, 03:49:19 PM

I saw this post and noticed that ten of you "liked" it. Normally I stay in the heart of Times Sq and never have any problems with drug addicts and/or homeless. But my sister just planned a last minute trip to New York next week and I have been talked into accompanying her and her family since they dont' know what they're doing and I could serve as a tour guide. The already booked their hotel which is on 8th Av in the mid 30's. My sister and her family are die-hard Tr


NYP: Broadway sings New York’s blues as crime, costs slow post-COVID comeback
 Jun 5 2024, 03:39:04 PM

Chicago dumped their crappy mayor for a social justice lunatic and now Chicago is worse than ever, people have to reject social justice Socialist types , unless you actually like murder and chaos lol 😂 No matter how much white guilt you feel, and how much your heart bleeds- politicians like Maya Wiley and the Democrat Socialists (DSA)!endorsed people are dangerous period 

Oh good grief, I live in Chicago and it is not true that Chicago is "worse than ever." Chi


BEN PLATT: LIVE AT THE PALACE Thread
 May 30 2024, 05:48:58 PM

Sally Durant Plummer said: "Uh... Dakota Johnson has been the best thing about virtually every movie she's been in."

Well, that just speaks about quality of the movies she was in...Honestly, boiled potato can act better than Dakota Johnson. Maybe she can be a special guest at Ben Platt's concert! 💡 

Thread highjack -- Lol, I know, right? To me, Dakota Johnson sucks the life out of everything she touches, but to each his own.


BEN PLATT: LIVE AT THE PALACE Thread
 May 30 2024, 02:19:36 PM

EvanstonDad said: "Oof, looking at the ticket availability for this is actually painful. I mean I literally can't imagine who would want to see this guy in concert, and I would never buy a ticket myself. But still, it's hard not to feel for anyone playing to audiences as sparse as this."

Lucious said: “I’m sure your heart genuinely bleeds for him. 🙄. I’ve never come across so many people who dislike an entertainer so much, yet c


BEN PLATT: LIVE AT THE PALACE Thread
 May 30 2024, 10:20:06 AM

EvanstonDad said: "Oof, looking at the ticket availability for this is actually painful. I mean I literally can't imagine who would want to see this guy in concert, and I would never buy a ticket myself. But still, it's hard not to feel for anyone playing to audiences as sparse as this."

I’m sure your heart genuinely bleeds for him. 🙄. I’ve never come across so many people who dislike an entertainer so much, yet continuously monitor their


BEN PLATT: LIVE AT THE PALACE Thread
 May 29 2024, 05:09:41 PM

Oof, looking at the ticket availability for this is actually painful. I mean I literally can't imagine who would want to see this guy in concert, and I would never buy a ticket myself. But still, it's hard not to feel for anyone playing to audiences as sparse as this.


Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/19/24
 May 23 2024, 10:17:59 AM

I guess it shouldn't by this point, but it still manages to dumbfound me week after week how much some people are willing to pay for some of these shows. Like who is shelling out $237 to see Chicago when it's playing at 70% capacity? I even really liked Chicago.....you know, like when I saw it 20 years ago. 


What is the worst production you have ever seen on Broadway? What is the worst show?
 May 21 2024, 05:54:54 PM

Ok, am I the only one who actually kind of wants to see Prymate now?


THE WHO’S TOMMY Broadway Previews
 Mar 14 2024, 04:52:49 PM

I saw this production at the Goodman and left it feeling underwhelmed. I saw the touring production of the original, and it goes down as one of the most thrilling things I'd ever seen on stage. So I was willing to give this one a break for not living up to my expectations. The audience seemed to love it, but an (admittedly) small sampling of people sitting around me had not seen the original -- did not even realize this was a revival. So maybe it plays better if you don't have the pre


re: Which one?--Cabaret
 Feb 22 2024, 04:38:04 PM

Searched for this thread because I just tried to listen to the new Cabaret cast recording with Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley. Eesh, couldn't make it through. I don't know what on earth Eddie is doing, but I literally could not listen to his line deliveries for an entire recording. Buckley has a good voice, but she just shouts through most of her songs. And the tempos were soooooo slow. I Buckley would never get through Don't Tell Mama and Mein Herr. On the plus side, the orche


First Look - Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein
 Dec 21 2023, 10:19:17 AM

Thought this movie was a slog. Cooper's screenplay is terrible. He chooses to make a movie about all of the most mundane things about Bernstein's life (oh shocker, a famous artist has a toxic marriage), and the result is that this biopic is just like every other bland, boring biopic ever made. If you don't already know why Bernstein was legendary, you're not going to learn it here. Of course it will be nominated for a bunch of Oscars, because the Academy loves nothing better t


SHUCKED will close January 14, 2024; TOMMY rumored for the Nederlander
 Oct 16 2023, 10:00:48 AM

Is the Nederlander a big enough house for Tommy?

I saw Tommy at the Goodman in Chicago, which is not a very big theater. I don't know how it compares to the Nederlander, but I'm guessing most any Broadway house could accommodate it, at least any house that frequently is used for musicals.


Complete Recordings
 Oct 6 2023, 09:25:59 AM

There was a complete recording of MAN OF LA MANCHA with the original London cast (Keith Mitchell and Joan Diener). This is not the Jay Records recording from 2000. This was released as a 2-LP set in 1968 by Decca.

It seems to have disappeared; not available digitally anywhere. 


 

Would love to hear this. I'm reading Don Quixote for the first time right now lol.


Complete Recordings
 Oct 5 2023, 10:02:01 AM

The new complete recording of Oklahoma! has got me on the hunt for other complete recordings of other musicals. I've found a few (The King and I, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity), but I don't much care for them. In those two cases they're from a while ago and the sound is echo-y and lacking in crispness. In some cases I've cobbled together my own "complete" recordings taking tracks from different versions. 

I know of the complete symphonic versions of Les Miz


1993 London Cast Recording of Carousel
 Oct 4 2023, 10:21:35 AM

Curious to know from anyone who saw the 1994 version: Was The Highest Judge of All cut from the show, or was it just not included on the recording? I ask because you can hear a couple of bars from it instrumentally during the finale.


1993 London Cast Recording of Carousel
 Oct 3 2023, 04:38:52 PM

I found that same footage online and gasped out loud at that moment. Stunning. Wish I could have seen it.


1993 London Cast Recording of Carousel
 Oct 3 2023, 04:31:40 PM

I was looking for a good recording of Carousel on Spotify and wanted to listen to the 1994 Broadway revival because of that production's legendary reputation. It's not there, but the London production is. I'm obsessed with this recording right now. Good holy Jesus is it beautiful. I think there are people who could sing it better, but there's something about how the voices of Billy and Julie are earthier and a little rough around the edges that fascinates me and fits the chara


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