Since we have a bit of a lull in new shows opening for a while now, I thought maybe a theatre-going experience topic might be fun. Has anyone witnessed any fun mishaps or screw-ups? I have to say, I’ve seen relatively few considering the number of performances I’ve been able to attend. A couple I remember:
–During a performance of Les Miserables (this was in its original run at the Broadway Theatre, to tell you how long ago it was), the actor playing Enjolras stood on the table to deliver his big “They will come when we call!” moment, and his voice totally broke and he made a sound that I can only approximate to the sound I imagine you might hear if you shoved a hot poker up a goat’s ass. There was no playing that one off.
–During a performance of Wicked, the bubble mechanism caught in Glinda’s wig during the opening number and started to pull her backwards on the stage. The apparatus stopped and one of the Ozians disentagled her, and the actress played it off by giving the bubble a very Glinda-ish stare and got a big laugh. I wish I could remember who it was; she was great.
Five years ago, I ushered a community theatre production of Little Women: The Musical. In the beginning, there was a part where the actress playing Jo March accidentally dropped something right into the orchestra pit.
I was in my high school’s production of Guys And Dolls</em in 10th grade. During the crap game, the guy rolling the dice rolled it too fast, and they fell off the stage into the orchestra pit.
Then when I was in 12th grade, we did Into The Woods. One day, all the schools in the district came to see a preview of the show, where we performed a few numbers. During the opening number, a crew member backstage accidentally caused the backdrop of the woods to come down while we were still performing, and we had to run offstage to avoid being hit. We managed to restart the number and perform it without any mistakes afterward.