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  • KyleBailey
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    I was looking through some old forum posts seeing if there was a place anybody was really talking about tours they were seeing but it didn’t look like there was one. I would love to hear what people are going to see and what they thought!

    I got to see Fun Home in DC Wednesday and I thought it was really great! All the Allison’s were really fantastic (and listening to the cast album I thought the tour Middle Allison does a much better job with Changing My Major) as were both the parents. Definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it already and it is in town!

    Hoping to catch some more tours coming to DC over the next year like Hedwig, Les Mis, The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon, and possibly Something Rotten.

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    adamunc
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    Saw the Fun Home tour too and thought it was great. Cast was top-notch and the proscenium restaging worked well.

    Thought An American in Paris was dull with a bad book and really poor direction in the dialogue scenes.

    The Bodyguard was an embarrassment in every regard.

    The Something Rotten tour cast has some great Broadway vets and I think I actually liked Adam Pascal better than Christian Borle. The show is still not as clever as it thinks it is and it becomes obvious in the second act that the authors didn’t really ever decide what their focus was. It needed more development.

    The Curious Incident tour works great with the exception of the subway scene staging, which isn’t nearly as effective as the B’way version. The lead wasn’t quite as good as Alex Sharp, but who is?

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    Dennis Kelsch
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    I have season tickets in m town. I often take one of the kids with me. 12 ear old daughter loved An American In Paris as did I. She liked it better than Matilda or The Sound of Music, the other 2 shows she got to see. I agree with her. The staging was fascinating. I saw Fun Home in LA a few weeks ago and man, was that an emotional roller-coaster! It does what theatre is supposed to do… makes one think, reflect and feel. I’ve seen Book of Mormon 3 times. Once on BroadwaY and twice the touring show. It is the funniest, most relatable show in all venues, though the baptism scene in NY was more powerful and moving.

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    Alex Meyer
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    I see touring Broadway shows at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York. I don’t live in New York City, so I can’t compare the touring productions to the Broadway ones. In March 2016, I saw the touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which was excellent. Last September, I saw The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, which was also excellent, and one of the most visually dazzling productions I’ve ever seen, and also some of the best stage acting I’ve ever seen. I finally saw Wicked for the very time last month, and although I was sitting in the furthest back row and the guy in front of me was so tall I had to keep craning my head to see the stage, it was still quite a fantastic show.

    This is the Auditorium Theatre’s schedule for the 2017-2018 season:

    School Of Rock—September 30-October 7, 2017
    The Little Mermaid—October 24-29, 2017
    Fun Home—November 14-19, 2017
    A Christmas Story—December 12-17, 2017
    On Your Feet!—February 6-11, 2018
    An American In Paris—March 20-25, 2018
    Rent—May 1-6, 2018

    Of these productions I’m mostly interested in The Little Mermaid (for childhood nostalgia, as I grew up on the Disney Renaissance like most other millennials), Fun Home (because of its acclaim and Tony wins), and Rent (because of its Tony wins and iconic place in pop culture).

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    adamunc
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    The Fun Home tour announced today that it has recouped its investment. Yay!

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    adamunc
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    The Dear Evan Hansen tour will launch at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in October 2018.

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    adamunc
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    The road Tony voters are in town, so the tour announcements continue to come:

    Come From Away will launch its national tour from Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in October 2018.

    I would think the road Tony voters would be excited by Evan and Away. Those seem the most likely to tour well. Groundhog would be an incredibly complex technical piece to tour, but it’s a familiar title. No announcement from them yet, but it will likely tour. I’d think Natasha would be at a disadvantage with tour promoters, since it’s an unfamiliar (and unwieldy) title and it couldn’t do a traditional tour in anything like its current environmental incarnation.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Unless Rachel Chavkin re-conceives the staging again like Sam Gold did when Fun Home went on tour.

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    adamunc
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    Saw the Finding Neverland tour on Saturday and found it to be kind of dull. The score was bland and the book had no notion of stakes or rising action. It seemed to take forever to get anywhere. There’s no “I want” song to drive the direction of the show at the beginning, and the act one finale is just a production number; it doesn’t bring us to a turning point to drive act two. Billy Harrigan Tighe and Christine Dwyer are attractive leads and sing well, but the material doesn’t give them a chance to soar. (I’ve seen Dwyer play Elphaba in the past and having her sing this score is like making a thoroughbred plough a backyard garden.) The four youngsters playing the Llewellyn boys were all very talented and probably the best part of the show.

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    Yes, the audience did seem to enjoy it in general. The standing ovation was surprisingly fast after the blackout.

    And the orchestrations were an issue for me too–normally the sound in that venue is crystal-clear, but with this one the music sounded a little muddy and a lot thin.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I was just able to catch the national tour of The King & I last night. Having seen Bartlett Sher’s other productions of South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof, I’m not sure which I would say is my favorite because they’re all so unique and different in their own ways. It has me more excited that he’ll be taking on My Fair Lady next year…
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-Review-THE-KING-I-National-Tour-at-Durham-Performing-Arts-Center-20170607

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    The current Broadway revival of Cats will play its final performance on December 30th, but will be launching a national tour in January 2019…
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Broadway-Revival-of-CATS-Headed-to-the-Heaviside-Layer-This-Winter-National-Tour-to-Kick-Off-in-Providence-20170621

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    Alex Meyer
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    Christie Prades and Mauricio Martinez will headline the national tour of On Your Feet! http://www.playbill.com/article/christie-prades-and-mauricio-martinez-will-headline-national-tour-of-on-your-feet

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of Waitress
    http://www.broadway.com/buzz/189306/serve-with-a-smile-desi-oakley-bryan-fenkart-more-will-star-in-the-national-tour-of-waitress/

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