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Sunday, May 9th, 2004
6:52 pm
[swedishfrogs]
The Tony Awards
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/09/weekinreview/09bott.html

Interesting article about the business of the Tony Awards. Opinions, kids? This community has been oh-so-quiet lately.
Monday, March 22nd, 2004
11:08 am
[onthestairs]
Oh, censorship, you're a funny thing.
Yo, home skillets.

Long time no...er, something.

Here's something fun to chew on:

A school district in Virginia has banned 1776 from their junior high social studies curriculum, deeming it inappropriate.

Funny, I would think the problem would be that eighth graders as a rule aren't going to appreciate a somewhat dated film of a period musical, however brilliant it may be.

I'm speaking from experience. We watched 1776 in my eighth grade history class, and the first half of the movie was mocked by the class. However, the last half? They were riveted. However, this was 1997-98 we're talking about, and half of our problem was that Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World was playing John Adams. If I referenced Mr. Feeney, would the eighth graders of today know of whom I speak?

Ponder. Discuss.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, September 29th, 2003
8:35 pm
[leeofcuttyhunk]
http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm?int_news_id=3935

I found this to be a pretty interesting article. It went along with, I think, the thread we had going about guilty pleasures and guilty unpleasures. I'd be interested to know what everyone thinks about it.
Thursday, September 11th, 2003
12:21 pm
[onthestairs]
Um...what?
All right, discuss.

As you guys know, I saw the Full Monty national tour when it came to Louisville in mid-June. (And I enjoyed it, though that's neither here nor there.)

The audience response was pretty predictable up until the (IMO underdeveloped but whatever) gay subplot came into play in the second act, when the people around me (in the second row, nonetheless) were muttering in disgust.

(Among specific things heard around me, the woman next to me said, "I can't believe this. This makes me sick.")

Knowing the audience demographics as well as I unfortunately do, this normally would not have come as a surprise to me. However, in light of the show itself, it seemed really interesting (and, dare I say hypocritical) of an audience paying to see a show about male strippers (and one with definite content disclaimers re: nudity and such posted in the lobby, no less) to take offense at what was essentially one of the milder and more insignificant aspects of the show.

Any thoughts?

Also, have any of you ever seen anything else where the audience reaction baffled your socks off?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
11:29 pm
[potatomistress]
Anyone need voice lessons?
Hey everyone! I just wanted to let anyone interested that a friend of mine is looking for new students in the New York area for voice lessons. Now, you might be thinking, who could *I* know that mgiht be good enough to give awesome lessons? Not only is he an amazing opera singer, but he's Eugene Brancoveanu, one of the Marcellos from Baz Luhrmann's La Bohéme on Broadway that just closed. He's an exceptional singer and has rates for students that are really good, even cheap for NYC standards. If you're at all interested, please email me at potatomistress@livejournal.com and I'll give you his contact info. This is a chance of a lifetime, you guys, so take advantage of it!

Pearl

Crossposted all over the place, sorry if you get it fifteen times!
Friday, September 5th, 2003
9:51 pm
[onthestairs]
Ask not what Broadway can do for your revival, but what your revival can do...
Check this mother out:

NY Times: What the 'Cabaret' revival meant for Broadway.

Sound off, babydolls.

(Also? Keep up the good posting work. I love it.)

Current Mood: tired
Monday, September 1st, 2003
11:36 pm
[swedishfrogs]
Adaptations!
Adaptations often take a hit when someone wants to get down to the reason musical theatre is dying. While I'll agree that I'm getting really sick of all the movie-to-stage adaptations as of late, there are so many shows I love adapted from various sources that this practice can't be discounted.

So what would you guys like to see adapted for the stage in musical form? Book, movie, television show, urban legend, play, etc.?

(I'm tired right now and have no brilliant idea, so I'll try to add to this thread tomorrow. As if you're all dying to know what I'm longing for. heh.)
Saturday, August 30th, 2003
7:58 pm
[potatomistress]
If anyone else could feel the way I do, it'd be you guys...
I hope it's not just me. 'La Bohéme' was one of those shows that really spoke to me. Yeah, it sounds clichéd and petty, but there was something about it that lit a spark in me I hadn't felt in a long time, if ever. I saw it four times and truly revelled in its world. For some reason I was drawn to it and really loved it. Then I moved back to California. Then it closed early. Then I never saw it again. To everyone around me it was something silly, why be sad over some show closing? No one really could understand how I felt. Again, as stupid as it might sound, after I found out it was closing and then finally did close, something seemed to die in me. I had been listening to the recording almost non-stop since I had seen it for the first time, but after that I couldn't listen to it without crying. It really did feel like someone I had loved had died. After a while I started to get used to it, was able to listen to it without tearing up, and eventually even could look at the pictures of me with some cast members without feeling terrible. Now, months after it ended, I thought I would be fine. This morning, though, I was browsing around other LJ communities and I found a link to the La Bohéme bulletin board, with links, pictures, happy stories, everything I had loved and everything I had missed so completely. Of course I read every post on it, replies, links, and all. Now the feelings are back. Now I feel sad again. And I don't know what to do.

I figured if anyone knew how to deal with this, it'd be you guys. I know I sound stupid, but is there ever a way to move on and remember a show for the good, not the bad? I'm kind of stuck right now.

Current Mood: melancholy
12:48 pm
[rollerboogie]
tell it to the marines.
I saw Movin' Out last night.

So who's got an opinion on the state of dance in musical theater? This is not my forte, but that doesn't stop me from having an opinion. There's a reason I ate Susan Stroman once upon a time--I was pretty goddamned sick of seeing people flipping around in Oklahoma!. I wanted them to just stay on the floor for a few bars and maybe do some nice footwork. Jerry Mitchell rocked my world in The Full Monty, "Michael Jordan's Ball" was one of the smartest dance numbers I'd ever seen--but in Hairspray, honestly, yawn. (Although most of that is derivative of 1960s-era dances, all of which were idiotic to begin with.) The most aggressively obnoxious chorography I've seen of late was the line-dance-ballet melange Melinda Roy turned out for Urban Cowboy--thrusting, thrusting, and then girls got tossed around. (Although! All right, I hate line dancing. So.)

What I don't want out of my dancing is hip thrusts for the sake of hip thrusts. I want grace. I want innovation that doesn't necessarily require acrobatics. Movin' Out showed flashes of greatness but ultimately was just a lot of sweat and muscle--there were a few combatitive numbers that stood out ("Big Shot," "Summer, Highland Falls") but, well...towards the end I saw John Selya do a combination that was astonishing not because he was balancing on his head or whatever but beause his gigantic body was relaxed, soft, graceful--it was a gentle combination and it was about the most astonishing thing I'd seen all night. I didn't know he could do THAT.

So, again, I don't really have the proper tools to talk about this, but OH WELL. I still see it.
12:36 am
[swedishfrogs]
...Aaaaand... on the flip side...
Now that we've discussed guilty pleasures, what about the other end of it? Guilty unpleasures, perhaps?

There are shows I feel obligated to like, for varying reasons. And I just can't. I try, but I can't.

While I love more than my fair share of Sondheim shows, I couldn't make myself like Follies or Into the Woods. I never shut up about how much I adore the work of JRB, but Parade? It makes me cry, but unintentionally. I might be one of Ragtime's biggest fans, oh, ever, but A&F--in my mind--have been on a rapidly descending trip into craptacularness since, with A Man of No Importance somehow annoying me EVEN MORE than Seussical the Musical.

So am I alone? Are there shows you feel you really, really should like but just... don't? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Current Mood: embarrassed
12:27 am
[swedishfrogs]
Guilty pleasures.
I feel obligated to post after bemoaning the silent status of this community with onthestairs, but I'm kind of wonky after my first week of classes, so I'm not in top form.

It's probably fair to say that we all consider ourselves to have good taste in theatre, or at least slightly better than the average tourist-y theatregoer. But we all have our downfalls....

At least I do.

I only went to see Hairspray because I got free tickets, but God help me, I really liked it. I'm sorry, but I did. I can't even get through the whole cast recording, but I sat in that theatre with a stupid grin on my face and just wanted MORE.

I am also unreasonably fond of Weird Romance, though I've never seen it on stage (there was, strangely, a production scheduled here several years back that fell through for several reasons). I never fail to smile at it, even when I'm flinching from its occasional (well...) badness.

Share, folks.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, June 19th, 2003
1:51 am
[potatomistress]
Self-explanitory
'La Boheme' is closing in less than two weeks. I dont' know what to say.

Current Mood: shocked
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003
11:39 pm
[leeofcuttyhunk]
here's a little bit of conversation
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/arts/theater/01MCKI.html

I thought this was interesting in theory. Yeah, the telecast of the Tony Awards have been kind of lame lately (especially with 1999's mess), and could use some help, especially if they would like to make them more popular in terms of ratings (which doesn't have to be a bad thing, and doesn't have to involve Britney Spears like this guy seems to think).

So you're in charge of the Tony Awards. What do you do?
Tuesday, May 27th, 2003
10:35 pm
[potatomistress]
My Green Room Debut
Hey y'all! I know it's not on topic totally, but I just wanted to share the love with all of you. I'm a huge Broadway whore, and even though I'm back in California for the summer, I'm still trying to keep in touch with as many shows as I can.

The Eugene StoryCollapse )

So, that's it in a very quick nutshell. If anyone else around here is a 'La Boheme' junkie, feel free to give me a holler. I love to talk about just about every aspect of the show, not to mention theatre in general, and not a lot of people around my rural NorCal town know what I'm even talking about.

Pearlv

Current Mood: giddy
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