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BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago

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#151BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 10:32am

Getting Burt Bacharach vibes from that curtain call song (a compliment)

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#152BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 10:57am

Updated On: 11/20/23 at 10:57 AM

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#153BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 11:26am

The curtain call song is "you turned my life into color." It was kind of a mess staging wise, but I'd imagine it'll get cleaner. Mitchell is great at a curtain call/finale. 

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#154BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 11:29am

This looks so fun from the curtain call video, and I like "Where I Wanna Be"! I would love to see this come to Broadway.


"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "

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#155BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 11:56am

I don’t know guys… catchy curtain call song, Rogers looks gorgeous, but this design seems cheap to me and the plot is sorta messy. 

Expecting mixed reviews at best, but hopefully it can find and build its audience if it comes to NY next season. 


Oh look, a bibu!

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#156BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 12:04pm

EDSOSLO858 said: "I don’t know guys… catchy curtain call song, Rogers looks gorgeous, but this design seems cheap to me and the plot is sorta messy.

Expecting mixed reviews at best, but hopefully it can find and build its audience if it comes to NY next season.
"

We don’t have the full plot or production photos yet, so I’m waiting to reserve judgement. Would love to find time to see this!

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#157BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 1:19pm

The design does indeed feel cheap to me. But so did other shows and they ran for years - kinky boots. The plot is all over the place. I think they need to reign it in and just focus on Boop because that’s who we care about. That said the audience ate it all up so I don’t think any of that matters. There’s just a lot of music and book so they need to edit down some scenes that dragged, edit down some of the music. But that’s what this whole process is for. 

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#158BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 1:38pm

What's Erich Bergen's role like?

OhHiii
#159BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 1:44pm

EDSOSLO858 said: "I don’t know guys… catchy curtain call song, Rogers looks gorgeous, but this design seems cheap to me and the plot is sorta messy.

Expecting mixed reviews at best, but hopefully it can find and build its audience if it comes to NY next season.
"

All of this after one single solitary public performance (that you didn't see) and a single curtain call video and you're ready to write the eulogy already....

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#160BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 3:36pm

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "What's Erich Bergen's role like?"

He plays a guy running for Mayor of NYC. Basically the slimy politician role. It's pretty thanks less. In Act 1 he has like 3 lines and we never see him again. But he's got a bigger role in Act 2. He's sort of the "villain" of the show.

Dolly80
#161BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 5:51pm

Directors need to stop hiring David Rockwell. 
he’s not a theatre designer and his shows always look cheap. This show already looks horrible from what I’ve seen.

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#162BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 6:33pm

Rockwell's work on plays, musical revivals, and period pieces has largely been excellent.

It seems that contemporary musicals are what trip him up (though I can't judge Boop because I haven't seen it). He doesn't work cheap, and his designs aren't cheap to build either.

Updated On: 11/20/23 at 06:33 PM

Dolly80
#163BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 6:41pm

They sure LOOK cheap though. Every damn time.

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#164BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/20/23 at 8:24pm

Legally Blonde didn’t look cheap. But this just felt like there wasn’t a cohesive vision for the world they were going for. I think that’s just the issue of relying on video screens for everything. It all just looks like clip art. 

WestEndGal
#165BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 4:38am

OhHiii said: "EDSOSLO858 said: "I don’t know guys… catchy curtain call song, Rogers looks gorgeous, but this design seems cheap to me and the plot is sorta messy.

Expecting mixed reviews at best, but hopefully it can find and build its audience if it comes to NY next season.
"

All of this after one single solitary public performance (that you didn't see) and a single curtain call video and you're ready to write the eulogy already....
"

3 things are certain in life: death, taxes and people on BWW looking for any reason for a show to fail before it’s even begun! 

WestEndGal
#166BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 4:43am

TaffyDavenport said: "First curtain call:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cz2uW6puA2H/
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I absolutely love the vibrancy and colour - this show looks like it’s going to be pretty joyous, and I’m all for musicals that just want to entertain. 

A snippet here of A Little Versatility from the opening night from Boop’s TikTok - I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it. Does it open the show?

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZGeeewJvo/

Updated On: 11/21/23 at 04:43 AM

Sammy232
#167BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 6:14am

Dolly80 said: "They sure LOOK cheap though. Every damn time."

Have to give him some credit for She Loves Me, that set was glorious.

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#168BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 8:25am

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • A Little Versatility 
  • Ordinary Day
  • In Color
  • Get Her Back
  • I Speak Jazz
  • Portrait of Betty
  • Sunlight
  • My New York
  • A Cure for Love
  • Where I Wanna Be

Act Two

  • She’s Here
  • Win with Betty
  • My Hero
  • Together, You and Me
  • Take it to the Next Level
  • The Campaign
  • Why Look Around the Corner
  • Something to Shout About
  • You Turned My World to Color

 

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#169BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 8:58am

WestEndGal said: "TaffyDavenport said: "First curtain call:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cz2uW6puA2H/
"

I absolutely love the vibrancy and colour - this show looks like it’s going to be pretty joyous, and I’m all for musicals that just want to entertain.

A snippet here of A Little Versatility from the opening night from Boop’s TikTok - I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it. Does it open the show?

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZGeeewJvo/
"

It does! And then she has a really pretty "I want" song after that. I think the musical numbers, for the most part, work very well. It's the book scenes that go on too long. And there might be one too many production numbers. There's one in a jazz club that is really good, but feels like an Act 1 closer, and it isn't. 

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#170BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 9:47am

RippedMan said: "I think the musical numbers, for the most part, work very well. It's the book scenes that go on too long. And there might be one too many production numbers. There's one in a jazz club that is really good, but feels like an Act 1 closer, and it isn't."

This is a good place to be in for an out of town tbh. What you describe SEEM like fixable problems, especially with Jerry Mitchell at the helm (as opposed to Moises Kaufman or Scott Ellis or Anna Shapiro). It's just a matter of seeing if the general public wants to pay big money to see it.

For those who've seen it, what's the orchestration breakdown? The band sounds great in the clips that have been shared.

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#171BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 10:01am

I think I counted 28 or 18? I can check once I've got the playbill in front of me. But it sounded very good and lush. As compared to a lot of musicals I feel like the music always sounds canned.

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#172BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 12:51pm

The Orchestra - 18 

  • cello
  • violin/viola
  • violin
  • bass
  • percussion
  • drums
  • four on reeds
  • guitar
  • tenor trombone
  • bass trombone/tenor trombone
  • two on trumpet
  • French horn 
  • two keyboards

P.S. Faith Prince makes her entrance riding in a despicable pedicab.

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#173BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 1:02pm

Thanks, Balconyclub!

We cannot escape the Pedicabs!!!!!!!!

BETTY22
#174BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical - Pre-Broadway Chicago
Posted: 11/21/23 at 4:17pm

That's a huge orchestra by modern standards - sadly. 


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