NY december: which show Broadway??

Oct 9th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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given the choice of suffering thru an understudy singing Memories in a non equity tour and Wicked, well - kinda a crapshoot for me.
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Oct 9th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Entertainment is indeed a personal choice, always has been. I see though HowardR that NEXT time I need to ask you what shows you liked!!! (smile).

Kealalani - did not really understand your response. "understudy singing Memories" - what did you mean?
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Oct 9th, 2010, 12:52 PM
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Even with Betty Buckley and Laurie Beechman singing their hearts out, rest her soul, and even with record numbers of pedestrian theatre goers falling in love with it, Cat's is as much as an enigman as Wicked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivIT0...eature=related

now picture someone doing it with a quarter of vocal and acting talent and you might understand my post.
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Oct 9th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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I see. Now Cats is a show that I saw soon after it opened on Broadway, cannot remember now whether it was with original cast or not, and........... I loved it. So we are back to our original agreements about entertainment being a very personal choice. Thanks for the clarification Kealalani.
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Oct 9th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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Ooops, Flame.....we part company on Cats. But, ah, to hear Elaine Paige sing Memories once more would almost make me want to see it again!
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Oct 9th, 2010, 04:48 PM
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Which is the first show of spiderman?? I'm dying to read the reviews!!!!
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Oct 9th, 2010, 04:53 PM
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Previews start on November 14, with December 21 set as its official opening. So, you'll have to wait until the latter date for any reviews from the critics.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 12:39 AM
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I'll be there on the 5th of december, will that mean it's a preview??????what is a preview??!?
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Oct 10th, 2010, 04:13 AM
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Before most shows officially open (i.e., before the critics review them) they go through a period called previews, where they work to improve, refine, etc., the show before its official opening.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 07:43 AM
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Thanks howard, i hope for what the tickets have cost us that the show Sony need much improvement...i'm a bit surprised that during "previews" the cost of the ticket is still full Price...and that the first 12 rows are premium...
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:55 PM
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In the old days, previews used to be cheaper.....but no more! Nowadays, many shows in previews will have the discount offer instead.
If it's any consolation, the tickets you got at full price are probably better than what are available with the discount offer.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 02:09 PM
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To see a significant show in the midst of previews is to see the true art live.

The cast are all working on overdrive, rehearsing during the day, staying after the show for notes and coming back and doing it all again with a tweek here and there, some new choregraphy, a change in a word or two, a simple gesture, a pause. . . .

The crew are often working 16 hour days. Every single person back stage is doing what they do, to make sure that by press night the work is done.

The next few weeks will remain magical, if all that was given turns into a great product. But to be part of the energy leading up and at press night is the real theatre.

Given the opportunity, I would love to see a project with great hope at the beginning of previews and then see where they land on opening night. After opening night all the designers vaporize but for the occasional visit for quality control.

You are seeing something in the midst of the process, which to me is much more interesting then seeing the 4896yth show of Wicked, IMHO
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Oct 10th, 2010, 03:03 PM
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I loved Wicked. You could also see something that is not a blockbuster like The 39 Steps or the classic The Fantastiks and get reasonable seats usually about $40. I didn't see In the Heights live, but on PBS, I enjoyed it. Also listened to the score on cd -it's terrific. I saw the limited run of Looped in previews this winter- it was a little raw, but very fresh, so I agree with Kealalani on that point. Still if I were coming from out of town, I think I'd want to see at least one show polished and trimphant, just my opinion. I have pretty nonmainstream taste, so not saying you have to see Wicked just because it's a big hit. I never saw Cats. For Ticketmaster or Telecharge, you just have to hunt and bid, you can get a good value.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Ah, I'm in HowardR's camp on Cats (didn't like it) but we are in respectful and friendly different camps on Wicked. I adore the show (as many are probably tired of hearing). I've seen it 1x times in 6 cities...and wish I had flown to London to see Idina Menzel open as Elphaba. Still regret that decision

It's so true that people enjoy different things. I really expected to enjoy Hair, and didn't. I was worried about Sondheim on Sondheim because some regulars here didn't like it - and loved it. I was so thrilled to be able to FINALLY hear Miss Barbara Cook perform and was blown away from Vanessa Williams. I wasn't all all prepared for that.

I was lucky enough (along with LowCountryIslander) to be able to be at opening night for previews for Promises, Promises and Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth were fabulous on the first night out - although Katie Finneran stole the show IMO.

A love of a show often extends past the show. Last night two actresses who played the Wicked leads on Broadway joined up with the ASO and AGMC to present Wicked Divas. Jennifer Laura Thompson was delightful (former Glinda in Wicked) but Julia Murney hit it out of the park. She had been Elphaba on tour but was fabulous singing from other Broadway shows, including channeling Carol Channing for a few bars in Hello Dolly. (If you have the chance to see your local version of Wicked Divas, go see it - only 3 songs are from Wicked the Musical) I opted to try 9 to 5 (on discount) because Megan Hilty (a Glenda) and Stephanie J Block (the original Elphaba in workshops) were 2 of the 3 leads. The big surprise was how good Allison Janney was in the other leading role.

IMO it's a patchwork quilt of talent and interests. Heck, I'd go back and sit through Cats again if Betty Buckley reprised the role.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 03:16 PM
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nina, I saw Looped too and enjoyed it.
Saw In the Heights too. For me, it was a good show but not at the top of my list.
Million Dollar Quartet was a blast. I had no expectations but LOVED it.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Although it is not likely that you will see Bono in the audience, it is nearly guarenteed that you might spot Mz Taymor and most of the designing staff including art, lighting, automation, set design and sound design in the audience on the night of your attendance. Yes nina, all shows are not equal as far as seeing a work in progress, but a show of this magnitude is wonderful to see within the process. Or perhaps I am just biased.
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Oct 11th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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I received an email from The Nederlander Group for discount preview tickets for Spiderman. The code is good for performances November 17 to December 20. Orchestra seats $69 weekdays and $79 weekends. I believe its up on the Playbill discount list now as well.

Code: NE 0927 at Ticketmaster.

Enjoy!
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Oct 11th, 2010, 10:23 AM
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Carlota, I just read about "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" in the NY TImes yesterday. It's being put on as a musical at Lincoln Center and Amaldovar has been involved in the production. Here's the article. Could be great fun for you to see if you liked the movie. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/theater/10women.html
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Oct 11th, 2010, 12:24 PM
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Thanks mclaurie, but i'm not really into Almodóvar...
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Oct 12th, 2010, 01:20 AM
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If I ever have to sit through CATS again, I just may cough up a hair ball.
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