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Highland Guy
#1A Sign of the Times
Posted: 1/29/24 at 5:36pm

Featuring the songs of Petula Clark, Lesley Gore and Dusty Springfield.  Loved their music when I heard it new and fresh in the 1960's, and still love it more than half a century later.  Hope this is a massive hit.  Oh, yeah!

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photos-Go-Inside-Rehearsals-for-60s-Musical-A-SIGN-OF-THE-TIMES-20240129

 


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Actinggbugg474
#2A Sign of the Times
Posted: 1/29/24 at 7:14pm

I’m interested in this show, but I can’t find much info about it. Has anyone seen a previous incarnation? Any clue if it’s supposed to be good?

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EDSOSLO858
#3A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/8/24 at 11:52pm

The rescheduled first preview was tonight. Started right at 7:35 and clocked in at just over a 2:30 runtime (compared to the 2:15 listed on Telecharge).

It's pretty lowbrow and clichéd for the most part, but it takes a few interesting twists and turns here and there. Crystal Lucas-Perry walks away with the whole thing, and an effervescent Edward Staudenmayer nearly steals the show in various roles, including a fabulously gay Warhol doppelgänger in the second act. Chilina Kennedy — twice my Carole King in Beautiful — holds her own throughout and comes through near the end with a burning "You Don't Own Me."

It felt nice to be back at New World, which seemed to be about 70% full at best tonight. I can't really imagine this getting good reviews when it opens on the 22nd, but it's nostalgic and panders to its audience. 

Safe and somewhat pleasant. Certainly not one of the worst jukebox musicals I've seen.


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Updated On: 2/8/24 at 11:52 PM

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#4A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/9/24 at 12:01am

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Updated On: 2/20/24 at 12:01 AM

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Smaxie
#5A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/9/24 at 12:25am

I do love when people on this board get indignant about things they've invented. They announced that the show will convert to a commercial contract after four weeks as a York Theatre Company production. It is staying put at New World Stages. 


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Jordan Catalano
#6A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/19/24 at 10:30pm

I feel like the majority of audience was over 70 and this show was custom built for them to enjoy and reminisce over “the good old days” even though it’s heavy on the racism and Vietnam, it still plays like a show on a senior citizen cruise. 

Cast is all very good, even if the material calls on them to overact and have too many “wink wink nudge nudge” moments to the audience over 60s references.

Opening night is this week and the production has strategically placed people around the theater (and you absolutely can’t convince me otherwise of this) to completely lose their sh*t and get way too over excited at too many moments which was just odd. 

Leaving this though, I didn’t know if it had been meant to be a celebration of the 60s or a condemnation of them and honestly, I don’t think the show knew, either. 

Updated On: 2/20/24 at 10:30 PM

Theater3232
#7A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/20/24 at 12:40am

What time is a 7:30pm show getting out? Show opens Thursday so I imagine the "plants" are in the audience for these critic performances.

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Jordan Catalano
#8A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/20/24 at 12:53am

Got out at 10:05 tonight. 

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EthelMae
#9A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/20/24 at 8:07am

I loved Trip of Love, Off-Broadway, which most of this town loathed. I’m curious about this new 60’s revue. For those who might have seen both shows, how do they compare? Thanks!

Updated On: 2/20/24 at 08:07 AM

Zeppie2022
#10A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/20/24 at 9:06am

"I feel like the majority of audience was over 70 and this show was custom built for them to enjoy and reminisce over “the good old days” even though it’s heavy on the racism and Vietnam, it still plays like a show on a senior citizen cruise."

I know you did not mean to be insulting but IMO you make it sound like that anybody in their 70's would only enjoy a nostalgia show about their youth. The senior cruise remark was a bit snarky. The people I know in their 70's never look back fondly at the 60's with exception of some of the music. If I overreacted to the intent of your remarks, I will apologize.

"Leaving this though, I didn’t know if it had been meant to be a celebration of the 60s or a condemnation of them and honestly, I don’t think the show knew, either. "

Race riots, Vietnam war and assassinations (JFK, MLK & RFK) are not something to celebrate in a show, to bad show did not condemn it and maybe write some original music.

Updated On: 2/20/24 at 09:06 AM

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ErmengardeStopSniveling
#11A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/20/24 at 11:35am

Jordan Catalano said: "I feel like the majority of audience was over 70 and this show was custom built for them to enjoy and reminisce over “the good old days” even though it’s heavy on the racism and Vietnam, it still plays like a show on a senior citizen cruise."

Well, this is a York Theatre production and that's basically their modus operandi! They do old things (or new things that feel old), catering to people who saw SUGAR BABIES and NO NO NANETTE and STATE FAIR more than once during their original runs. They don't really stray outside the box, they keep budgets modest, and they remain solvent while never being as wealthy as the more notable companies who have their own space and produce more daring work.

gordi_92
#12A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/22/24 at 6:49am

Do they offer Rush or Lottery?

BroadwaysBroad
#13A Sign of the Times
Posted: 2/22/24 at 7:13am

One of the best shows I’ve seen off broadway in a long time 


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