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    Anton Spivack
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    Sorry, what I meant was after my post regarding Flying Over Sunset, there were two more posts regarding Slave Play. So therefore, you didn’t need to add this ^ after the second Slave Play post if you were referring to Flying Over Sunset.

    Fixed it. I’ll have to see FOS for myself, though the premise seems like the setup for a joke: two writers and a movie star drop acid together…

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    ^It at least has a quite a creative team behind it: book writer/director James Lapine, composer Tom Kitt, and lyricist Michael Korie.

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    I’m familiar with the first two, not so much the other.

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    Michael Korie was Tony nominated with Scott Frankel back in 2007 for writing the score for Grey Gardens. They also did War Paint.

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    I looked him up, he also wrote the libretto to an opera based on The Grapes of Wrath.

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    Lackawanna Blues has delayed its opening another week until October 7 to give Ruben Santiago-Hudson more time to recover from his injury. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/201329/opening-night-for-ruben-santiago-hudsons-lackawanna-blues-delayed-another-week/

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    That should be a hit. I think Daniel Craig could win a Theatre World Award, of course film stars do have the edge, given their experience.

    “The name’s Macbeth…Lord MacBeth.”

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    ^Daniel Craig won’t be eligible for a Theatre World Award because he has already starred on Broadway twice before. First, opposite Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain back in 2009. Then, opposite his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, in the 2013 Mike Nichols-helmed revival of Betrayal. Although Ruth Negga should qualify since this is going to be her main stem debut (unless her performance in last year’s production of Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse prevents her from doing so).

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    I didn’t know that about Daniel Craig. I still think Ruth could win because the next Twas will cover the shortened 2019-2020 season and this one.

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    I’m currently about halfway through watching the Netflix capture of Diana. I’ll definitely be giving my thoughts on it later. Although critics are starting to chime in with their reviews.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-What-Do-the-Critics-Think-of-DIANA-THE-MUSICAL-on-Netflix-20211001

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    I have finished watching Diana on Netflix. Now, here are my thoughts on it:

    In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to make of this musical. However, it actually did get better for me throughout. For a story that is set over the course of multiple years, book writer Joe DiPietro wisely keeps the story focused on the romantic relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles. For the score, composer/lyricist David Bryan, in collaboration with co-lyricist Joe DiPietro, went in an interesting direction by having it be more evocative of British rock music from the 1980s and 1990s. Some of the songs in particular sound like something you’d hear on the radio back then.

    Under the direction of Christopher Ashley, he has everything in the staging move very cinematically. Without giving anything away, there’s a moment at the end of the show where the use of Natasha Katz’s lighting designs along with the work of the ensemble make for such a moving finale. Not to mention the costumes designed by William Ivey Long do indeed look very stunning.

    In the coveted role of Princess Diana, Jeanna de Waal gives quite an elegant performance. The journey her character takes over the course of the musical provides the actress a number of opportunities to display a wide range of emotions. She is well matched by Roe Hartrampf, who gives a strong performance as Diana’s husband, Prince Charles. Erin Davie not only provides a spunky personality as Charles’ lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, but she also has her share of heartfelt moments as well. Judy Kaye plays two different roles. As Queen Elizabeth II, she offers a very effective number near the end of the show titled ‘An Officer’s Wife’. Though as Barbara Cartland, she gives memorable appearances in both acts of the show.

    Overall, I found Diana to be an entertaining look at one of the most significant romantic relationships in the history of the Royal Family. While it’s understandable why this musical was taped without an audience as it was at that point only a few months into the pandemic, it still felt weird not hearing any sounds of an audience reacting to the action on stage. Though with that being said, this capture (which I thought was put together pretty well) should still be able to give the musical plenty of publicity for when it restarts performances on Broadway next month.

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    ^Daniel Craig won’t be eligible for a Theatre World Award because he has already starred on Broadway twice before. First, opposite Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain back in 2009. Then, opposite his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, in the 2013 Mike Nichols-helmed revival of Betrayal. Although Ruth Negga should qualify since this is going to be her main stem debut (unless her performance in last year’s production of Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse prevents her from doing so).

    Would he still be eligible for this season at the Tony’s, or next season?

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    ^It hasn’t been announced when next year’s Tony Awards will be taking place yet. Although at this point, I’m expecting them to go back to their regularly scheduled time of year in June unless we hear otherwise.

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