Has anyone seen Patti LuPone in Gypsy?

Old Apr 13th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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NeoPatrick - not a negative at all - this play is special and enduring because it is both a wonderful play with great music. So many new musicals, IMO, don't have both components and some have neither. Everyone I know loved Jersey Boys, except me, and my criticism has been that I could have gone to a concert for the same effect. Of course, this is just my feeling that the 'play' component was sorely lacking. Will there be a revival of Jersey Boys 20 years from now? I doubt it, but who knows?.

BTW - saw "In the Heights" yesterday entertaining, but far from wonderful and yet the audience went wild - it's all so subjective because there are some people who have never seen live theater before and there is no context or experience to compare it to or some people who go very infrequently and, of course, it's just personal taste and preference and nothing more.
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Old Apr 13th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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Interesting. We saw In the Heights last year in its off-Broadway run. The dancing was sensational, and I found it an enjoyable evening. I sensed that it might be very popular once it was made "bigger" for Broadway. Corny story and dialogue, that's for sure.

And thanks for your assessment of Jersey Boys which remains about the only musical (other than the brand new ones) I haven't seen on Broadway. I have never been able to get good tickets (I won't pay full price to see something from too far back for me to really enjoy) without paying a couple hundred each -- so I haven't. Last summer for a month, I would stop in from time to time at the theatre to see if I could get returns, sometimes waiting up to 45 minutes before they opened, but still no luck. I haven't worried about it, as I sense I'd feel the same as you -- more concert than Broadway musical.
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Old Apr 13th, 2008, 06:20 PM
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As a friend said, "I wouldn't have paid $400 for a pair of tickets to see the real BeachBoys. Why would I pay that for a group of unknowns pretending to be them?"

Yea, yea, I know. Lots of people think it is simply wonderful.
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Old Apr 13th, 2008, 06:41 PM
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Do you mean the Four Seasons?

About "In the Heights" - I think when you see a production 'downtown' or off Broadway, there are very different expectations, at least for me. I saw "Passing Strange" recently which I enjoyed, but I feel it will not make it on Broadway (it originated at the Public Theater, I think, which was probably a better venue for it). I also saw "A Catered Affair" and enjoyed it, but it's not a BIG musical and that's what most people including tourists want - I think it belongs in a Lincoln Center Theater type of environment. BTW, I think most productions are not worth $100+ for a ticket......having said that, I spent a bundle yesterday on tix for "Equus" in the fall because the original was one of the best and most creative dramas that I've ever seen. Will it be as good? I've been disappointed plenty - we'll see. We're so lucky to have access to so many choices!!!
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Hee Hee. Senior moment. Four Seasons of course. Although I'm so old I remember when it was only the Three Seasons. (kidding)

And Centralparkgirl, don't kid me. You paid big bucks for Equus so you could see Harry Potter naked! LOL
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Okay, okay - I admit that I'm a Harry freak, BUT I did love "Equus" when it first played a million years ago. And now that I think about it, my favorite Harry stuff is the first book and movie when he was so sweet and vulnerable - my heart broke for him. You know, maybe I should try to sell my tickets now before I'm totally disgraced and embarrassed......
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