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Intotheblue
#75LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:42pm

I agree 100%. I saw Lempicka this past Sunday matinee. Sat 6th row and could not help but be distracted by the girls in the front row. Such over the top reactions. There is loving the show and then loving the show so much that you distract others from having an experience for themselves. Such attention seeking behavior is diagusting.

 

 

 

 

 

chrishuyen
#76LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:46pm

I do wonder if releasing the cast album earlier on could've helped this show.  I remember seeing some comments to the effect of "if I had heard the music I would've been more interested in the show" when the KPOP album came out and maybe that could've been the same here.  To be fair I guess they did release a good amount of promotional material, but it seems like the more official clips were released later on, right before they announced closing (also somewhat understandable since they were making frequent changes throughout previews, but still).  I went back and listened to the 3 released songs as well as clips they put out and the picture of the musical that those generated seemed to be a lot better than the one I remembered.

Also as to the idea of this being for the queer community, did they ever specifically advertise to that effect (other than that one Vulture quote about Eden Espinosa)?  I think there's a good chunk of people who would be interested in a bisexual/lesbian romance being played out on Broadway but I'm not sure if that was necessarily made clear (or if they wanted to intentionally keep it as a surprise).  

hearthemsing22
#77LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:53pm

60'splayoff said: "I just needed to vent about how insufferable this fan base is. I actually enjoy the show, have already seen it a handful of times and took a friend over the weekend. It ended up being a miserable experience thanks to this "look at me watch the show" group. I understand deeply connecting to a productionbut when your response is so over-the-top and performative that you negatively affect patrons around you- idk I feel like they're alienating the very thing their belovedmusical needs in order to succeed. I'm probably giving them too much power, but it was just a very frustrating situation- my friend spent more time distracted by them than actually taking in Lempicka. The mouthing of the lyrics, the audible gasping and whipping around to look at each other when a performer made a new choice, don't even get me started on the LOUD weeping. From the rush line to the performance, I overheard a lot of "this show is for the queer community only!" As someone who identifies as lgbtq+, they made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed."

I can't stand when people claim shows as being for the community they identify as being a part of. It's so annoying. Anyone can enjoy a show, no one group can lay claim to it. They need to get their heads out of their- you know. 

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binau
#78LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:58pm

That sounds awful. I will say that poor audience behaviour of super fans has been going on for a long time - for example the closing performance of next to normal was reported here (and can be audibly heard on recordings) as a bit of a performative crying fest. And there was a notorious rush person who once described a particular rush seat as ‘theirs’ as if they owned it because they went so often.

And at the revival of RENT in 2011 I had to tell the person next to me to stop singing along with the show. There was similar fandom at Spring Awakening OB production, as far as I understand. 
 

But I do wonder if the next generation are being more obnoxious because they think what they are seeing is a concert where this kind of etiquette doesn’t hold. If you look at UK theatreboard people are making similar complaints about the behaviour of operation mincemeat super fans. 

But it’s not even just super fans - it’s mainstream now to scream over performers while they try and sell the big note (see Lea Michelle rain on my parade)  I’m convinced the only people that have ever actually heard her sing the role in full are those that have listened to the cast recording.

Also, I think we (older people who have perpetuated this mindset) can only blame ourselves for the divisive nature of our identity discourse that in my opinion causes people to say cringeworthy things such as this show is only for LGBT people - which was also said by a cast member to similar effect in response to the criticism of the very bizarre London Open Air theatre production of Legally Blonde. Or is also said in a somewhat different context by polarising figures who wanted to segregate black and white audiences in ‘slave play’, so that black people could be and I quote ‘free from the white gaze’, which caused even the prime minister of the UK to criticise because we aren’t looking to segregate based on race in the UK. 

This is why sometimes I don’t mind someone like Patti LuPone telling the audience to behave. 
 

 


"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000
Updated On: 5/13/24 at 02:58 PM

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Kad
#79LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:58pm

chrishuyen said: "Also as to the idea of this being for the queer community, did they ever specifically advertise to that effect (other than that one Vulture quote about Eden Espinosa)? I think there's a good chunk of people who would be interested in a bisexual/lesbian romance being played out on Broadway but I'm not sure if that was necessarily made clear (or if they wanted to intentionally keep it as a surprise)."

Not much from what I recall. It really seems like the whole "support this show about a QUEER WOMAN" tack only really emerged after the negative reviews. The marketing language was always sort of cagey about it- referring to her "lovers" and stuff, and basically all of the main marketing material only showed Eden by herself.


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

MsPiety&Rectitude
#80LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 2:58pm

60'splayoff said: "I just needed to vent about how insufferable this fan base is. I actually enjoy the show, have already seen it a handful of times and took a friend over the weekend. It ended up being a miserable experience thanks to this "look at me watch the show" group. I understand deeply connecting to a productionbut when your response is so over-the-top and performative that you negatively affect patrons around you- idk I feel like they're alienating the very thing their belovedmusical needs in order to succeed. I'm probably giving them too much power, but it was just a very frustrating situation- my friend spent more time distracted by them than actually taking in Lempicka. The mouthing of the lyrics, the audible gasping and whipping around to look at each other when a performer made a new choice, don't even get me started on the LOUD weeping. From the rush line to the performance, I overheard a lot of "this show is for the queer community only!" As someone who identifies as lgbtq+, they made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed."

I totally relate to this. As a queer person who really loves this show (followed it from Williamstown to La Jolla to Broadway), I am also irritated by the performative obsession of these fans. "Look at me watch this show" is a perfect description. I wish that they realized that by conspicuously pulling attention from the performance and saying things like "this show is for the queer community only!" they are negatively impacting the show they claim to love.

Like everyone else, I hate to sound old or out-of-touch (mid-thirties here), but I'm afraid that this is part of a larger trend in the way young people act when attending Broadway shows. I've been at serious plays lately where young audience members were verbally responding to moments, not in genuine reaction but as a way of piggy-backing on the material and getting attention from their companions and surrounding seat mates (think a 20 yr old loudly saying "period." after a character in Appropriate delivers a harsh line). I feel like theatre etiquette has been seriously devolving since the pandemic.

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dramamama611
#81LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 3:49pm

Look at me, look at me is killing me.  Dressing thematially, claiming that the show is 'just' for a certain group, singing along, obnoxious stage dooring.  Second to this (and often interwoven) is the "YOU can't do it, they worked so hard" idea.  Long gone is the idea to "love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.  

 

 


If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.

hearthemsing22
#82LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 4:01pm

dramamama611 said: "Look at me, look at me is killing me. Dressing thematially, claiming that the show is 'just' for a certain group, singing along, obnoxious stage dooring. Second to this (and often interwoven) is the "YOU can't do it, they worked so hard" idea. Long gone is the idea to "love the art in yourself, not yourself inthe art.



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People also claiming to be BFFs with performers also just grinds my gears (old expression I know but it seems apt for this). Claiming to know all these things about behind the scenes goings-on. It's ridiculous. 

mshalo18
#83LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 4:18pm

Intotheblue said: "I agree 100%. I saw Lempicka this past Sunday matinee. Sat 6th row and could not help but be distracted by the girls in the front row. Such over the top reactions. There is loving the show and then loving the show so much that you distract others from having an experience for themselves. Such attention seeking behavior is diagusting.

Can confirm, as I was there also. They were obnoxious and over the top- and posted about their enthusiasm on Instagram at intermission (and Eden immediately reposted). 







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somecheapfrenchthing
#84LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 6:01pm

60'splayoff said: "look at me watch the show"

- - "Look at me watch the show" is perfectly put and I agree this has become an issue. Where a few years ago the biggest problem was people who were disengaged, talking, and on their phones (not to suggest this isn't *still* an issue), I've recently found myself most distracted and frustrated with people who seemingly need everyone around them to witness every single reaction they have. I'm not opposed to audible responses here and there and sharing an experience as a community can be very special, but it does feel like (esp post-pandemic) there's been an increase in people putting on their own "show" in the audience for everyone sitting around them.

GottaGetAGimmick420
#85LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 7:21pm

60'splayoff said: "I just needed to vent about how insufferable this fan base is. I actually enjoy the show, have already seen it a handful of times and took a friend over the weekend. It ended up being a miserable experience thanks to this "look at me watch the show" group. I understand deeply connecting to a productionbut when your response is so over-the-top and performative that you negatively affect patrons around you- idk I feel like they're alienating the very thing their belovedmusical needs in order to succeed. I'm probably giving them too much power, but it was just a very frustrating situation- my friend spent more time distracted by them than actually taking in Lempicka. The mouthing of the lyrics, the audible gasping and whipping around to look at each other when a performer made a new choice, don't even get me started on the LOUD weeping. From the rush line to the performance, I overheard a lot of "this show is for the queer community only!" As someone who identifies as lgbtq+, they made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed."

 

I had this same problem because I accidentally got ticket for the day Tony noms were announced. Eden's entrance applause was two minutes long... all coming from the self proclaimed "Lempickstans" in the front row. Happy for them... but obnoxious to everyone else. Figured they only have a few more shows until they're gone, so... 


I'm just here so I don't get fined

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60'splayoff
#86LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/13/24 at 7:29pm

Ugh I'm so disappointed to hear that others have had similar experiences.

I just want to add that I'm no straight-laced grump at shows. I love an appropriately placed hoot and holler, I was wiping away tears at Hell's Kitchen last week, hell I'll even join a mid-show standing o if the spirit moves me! I just think the intention behind some of these audience member's behavior is annoyingly obvious and they cross the line from genuine support to pulling focus. I have no doubt that they love this piece, I just wish they would love it enough to not ruin it for everybody else.

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binau
#87LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 2:18am

Re: whether the cast recording would have helped. Well they DID release that EP and a music video of ‘Woman Is’. Which to be honest is what got me interested and a few here were impressed with the song. Maybe they didn’t need to release a complete cast recording but they could have included a few more: “I will paint her”, Amber’s intro song before I will paint her (don’t know name sorry), Blasted California Sun. Maybe one of the amber/eden duets. 
 

What surprises me most is reading comments that they didn’t like the score or thought it was all sounding the same etc. a more extensive EP might have helped people see the magic. 
 

After 20 years of derivative boring pop scores I find Lempicka to be such an unusual breath of inspired fresh air. I’ve been ‘listening’ to it and this is a score where the melodies and patterns really do start to click, where the vocals and vocal texture are stunning, where there is a bit of heart in the context of when and why people are singing.
 

It’s not just ‘woman is’. The score is filled with melodic and interesting songs. I particularly love as well the lower notes of Lempicka’s character that are frequent and rare for women. 

Also, some of the harmonies and polyphony are gorgeous. 
 

It’s kind of musically a more sophisticated frank wildhorn score or something. I am quite sure the composer must love this art form and have studied it extensively. This is not a lame attempt such as Rufus Wainright’s Opening Night in London. 
 

It’s a dense score so it’s hard to take it all in at first listen. Very surprised it didn’t get a Tony nom, but I cannot wait for the cast recording. 

 


"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000
Updated On: 5/14/24 at 02:18 AM

bwayobsessed
#88LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 7:47am

I think it's an excellent score! I agree some of the lyrics aren't the best but I think the emotion and musicality and tone is stronger than quite a few others this season

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Charley Kringas Inc
#89LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:08pm

The fact that they didn't release Don't Bet Your Heart ASAP is insane to me, that song gave me goosebumps from from the first note to the last.

rivermelody
#90LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:13pm

Charley Kringas Inc said: "The fact that they didn't release Don't Bet Your Heart ASAP is insane to me, that song gave me goosebumps from from the first note to the last."

And it is also brilliant foreshadowing. Amber Imam is the best thing in that show. I like the song "Woman Is" but it doesn't even rank among my favorite songs. That score is underrated.

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Miserent
#91LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 8:41pm

Is Eden still having bad pitch issues?  I’m debating seeing it one more time, but if she’s still super pitchy most of the time, I dont think I wanna do it.

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veronicamae
#92LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 9:32pm

Miserent said: "Is Eden still having bad pitch issues? I’m debating seeing it one more time, but if she’s still super pitchy most of the time, I dont think I wanna do it."

She was great at the May 5, 2pm show, and I think reports have generally been positive since she came back from her sick leave.

I might suggest not going to a 1pm matinee (only 2 of those remain) - she said on Instagram that they are very hard for her to wake up her voice in time for.

berniesb!tch
#93LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 10:17pm

I saw this again on Mother’s Day and while it’s really imperfect there’s enough about the show that I do like at the end of the day. Amber Iman is just blowing the roof off the place. George Abud and Natalie Joy Johnson are just giving such FUN performances. Eden is there. And I appreciate the ambition, even if I feel it often fails. I’m sad to see this go. I wish it had more time. 
 

 

rivermelody
#94LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/14/24 at 11:59pm

Miserent said: "Is Eden still having bad pitch issues? I’m debating seeing it one more time, but if she’s still super pitchy most of the time, I dont think I wanna do it."

I saw her recently and I thought she was a joy to listen to. I've heard others say same. 

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#95LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/15/24 at 12:09pm

rivermelody said: "Miserent said: "Is Eden still having bad pitch issues? I’m debating seeing it one more time, but if she’s still super pitchy most of the time, I dont think I wanna do it."

I saw her recently and I thought she was a joy to listen to. I've heard others say same.
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Far from being a joy to listen to when we attended that's also what are friends said when they saw the show as well. She was perpetually flat and had pitch issues throughout the show is what we all experienced.

Mariand Torres was a joy to listen to when we saw her!!! 


"Anything you do, let it it come from you--then it will be new." Sunday in the Park with George

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binau
#96LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/16/24 at 3:05pm

Maybe the show will have a comeback as a musical film with Lady Gaga in the role :P. It would be an instant gay cult classic of all time. 

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"You can't overrate Bernadette Peters. She is such a genius. There's a moment in "Too Many Mornings" and Bernadette doing 'I wore green the last time' - It's a voice that is just already given up - it is so sorrowful. Tragic. You can see from that moment the show is going to be headed into such dark territory and it hinges on this tiny throwaway moment of the voice." - Ben Brantley (2022) "Bernadette's whole, stunning performance [as Rose in Gypsy] galvanized the actors capable of letting loose with her. Bernadette's Rose did take its rightful place, but too late, and unseen by too many who should have seen it" Arthur Laurents (2009) "Sondheim's own favorite star performances? [Bernadette] Peters in ''Sunday in the Park,'' Lansbury in ''Sweeney Todd'' and ''obviously, Ethel was thrilling in 'Gypsy.'' Nytimes, 2000
Updated On: 5/16/24 at 03:05 PM

OhHiii
#97LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/16/24 at 3:42pm

Saw the show on Tuesday and can confirm Eden is very much still having horrible pitch issues. The score is merciless, but Woman Is was quite painful to witness her struggle through. So much so that I found my upper back tensed after the lights came up for intermission. The song is already written in a daringly close to unpleasant place in her voice when it’s on pitch, so when it’s not it’s really glaring. It’s absurd to me that they’ve developed this role with her for a decade and haven’t made adjustments so this doesn’t happen. I saw the show in Williamstown as well and don’t recall her having these issues, so it may just be her range isn’t what it was. And the way she’s pushing through it now won’t help it in the future either. I Will Paint Her was an also a rough go Tuesday as well. To hear Amber’s runs and clean notes was SUCH a welcome reprieve. And I was most excited for Eden finally having a role worthy of her talent.

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WldKingdomHM
#98LEMPICKA closing May 19
Posted: 5/16/24 at 3:49pm

She sounded great when I saw her, but they should of given her a matinee off from the get go to save her voice 


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