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December 12, 2019 at 11:38 am #1203233925
American Crime (Season 2)
Fargo (Season 2)
Mad Men (Season 4)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Parks & Recreation (Final season)December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am #1203233774
I’m two episodes in (trying not to gorge) and so far it’s hit and miss. “Strike Up the Band” felt padded–I think we could have trimmed ten minutes or so, including some of the other acts at the USO show. “It’s the Sixties, Man!” was a middling effort, mainly because I just wasn’t buying Abe with a houseful of beatniks.
Highlights include Jane Lynch’s first scene on the phone with Susie (“The last time I had to track someone down, it was to tell Desi Arnaz he gave me the clap”), Rose’s tantrum at the meeting of the family trust board, the bundle of energy that is Stephanie Hsu, Sterling K. Brown and Alex Borstein going toe-to-toe, and the ever-wondrous production values.
Looking forward to the tour actually kicking off.December 10, 2019 at 8:38 am #1203229004
Sources are reporting that Tony-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo has been brought in as a consultant on the revival of West Side Story. If true, could bringing in a more mainstream Broadway vet signal trouble for this avant-garde revival, which has its first public preview tonight? The show has a long, two-month preview period, so there is plenty of time to adjust things that aren’t working.December 10, 2019 at 8:24 am #1203228942
Austin Durant will take over the role of Zidler in Moulin Rouge! for six weeks while Danny Burstein has surgery to repair a torn meniscus.November 20, 2019 at 1:45 pm #1203193247
DEMON, I REBUKE THEE!!
This looks like the hottest of messes.November 20, 2019 at 11:07 am #1203192639
The only shows we know of so far that should be eligible for Score (unless I missed an announcement somewhere of another play with original music):
Flying Over Sunset
The Lightning Thief
That is not a particularly inspiring group. I also would not be surprised to see the nominating committee go out of their way to snub Lightning Thief by nominating Shaiman’s Plaza Suite music.November 20, 2019 at 6:46 am #1203191514
A few thoughts on some of this season’s offerings I saw over the weekend. So far, a below-average crop in general.
Jagged Little Pill (Saturday matinee): The staging is busier than a one-armed paper hanger. They bring on the ensemble for nearly every scene. To me, pumping up the musical numbers like that indicates a lack of trust in the story, and for good reason. The characters are just overloaded symbols of a society in chaos. It was hard for me to feel for them. (That said, the woman seated next to me burst into tears during one of the many late-show crises and blubbered until the end.) I will say the singing was killer, the songs were reasonably organic to their moments, and Antonio Cipriano is giving a breakout performance. There were also some good one-liners; I’m still chuckling at the blondies joke. Mostly a misfire though.
Tina (Saturday evening): The terrible book is mostly what’s holding this one back. There’s barely an ounce of subtlety in it; the only scene that strikes me as good writing is Tina’s appeal to a motel manager at the end of the first act. The biggest problem was the depiction of Ike. By all accounts he was a violent person and any man who beats women is a rat bastard. But in this presentation, he may as well have been named Snidely Whiplash; he was almost comically quick to rage. For all I know, it’s completely accurate but in this format it didn’t work because we got no sense of the magnetism that would draw anyone to him for more than five minutes. In spite of these issues, we still have the joy of Adrienne Warren blazing across the footlights like a supernova; I have no idea how she gives this performance once a week, let alone six times. She carries us across the rough patches and is completely convincing as both a naive teenager and a world-weary superstar. The final scene transition into the concert stage in Brazil is a thrilling moment and the mini-concert ends the show on a high note. A note on the house: It’s been a minute since I was at the Lunt-Fontanne–I think the last thing I saw there was Titanic over 20 years ago. I’d forgotten what a lovely theater it is, with its capacious lobbies and the wonderful photos of its namesake couple in the lower lounge.
Soft Power (Sunday matinee): My first time venturing down to the Public, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. The show itself is a bit of a jumble of ideas–too flawed and weird to ever be really commercially viable but too ambitious and fascinating to dismiss outright. They may have been wise to invite a more felicitous lyricist onto the project at some point. I’m glad I saw it though.
Moulin Rouge! (Sunday evening): I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. It’s the ultimate in style over substance, but what style! The plot is, of course, gossamer-thin, but I barely minded because it’s so slick and goes down so easy. In spite of the fact that she’s playing a stock character, Karen Olivo is giving a real performance and singing with color and texture. Aaron Tveit looks and sounds very pretty. Danny Burstein is having a high old time, but I’m not sure this is the role that’s finally going to win him a Tony. Speaking of Tonys, I expect the show will score at least the Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Choreography trophies. The weekly running cost for this must be astronomical, but so far the box office is supporting it.November 20, 2019 at 6:44 am #1203191490
I’ll be floored if Hadestown doesn’t win.November 16, 2019 at 9:38 am #1203182088
It has a twist going into the final section that begs more questions than it answers. Thompson has a blast with a Yugoslavian accent and Clarke is good, but it doesn’t hang together.November 15, 2019 at 11:54 am #1203181066
Michelle Pfeiffer for Phyllis.November 15, 2019 at 8:28 am #1203180735
There is a cinematic element about the story’s shifts between past and present and between fantasy and reality that lead me to believe this could be adapted well.November 14, 2019 at 12:53 pm #1203179526
NBC announced today that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will get an eighth season–and this is before the seventh season even begins airing next year.November 11, 2019 at 4:38 pm #1203175188
Tootsie will close on January 5, after 293 performances. So the Marquis will be open for the spring. Perhaps Almost Famous?November 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm #1203175186
Tootsie will close on January 5, after 293 performances. So the Marquis will be open for the spring. Perhaps Almost Famous?November 11, 2019 at 9:29 am #1203174580
I saw another trailer for this at a movie yesterday. It was cleaned up some from the one that dropped a couple of months ago, but still a mess. It was a very strange combination of creepy and silly.