NY december: which show Broadway??

Nov 11th, 2010, 05:29 AM
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Starrs, It IS surprising who is good in some shows that one would never suspect. I saw Annie Get Your Gun with Tom Wopat. At the time, I didn't know him other than from that dreadful show on TV -- Dukes of Hazard. Went to see Bernadette Peters performance. Wow! I was blown away by his talent and realized that like many other TV actors, he had started his career in theater. NPH is another who made his name in TV, but has a boatload of talent when it comes to theater. Hence, his wild popularity on Glee.

Speaking of Glee. I love that a popular TV show is giving young Americans a taste of musical theater. Maybe it will spark more interest in attending a show or joining their local theater community.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 06:00 AM
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TC, I saw him in Sondheim on Sondheim and was impressed as well. I was blown away by Vanessa William's performance. I've never been a fan of hers and her name would not have been a draw for me. Before, anyway. NOW, I'll go see her in anything she's in. She was fabulous. Something similar with Love, Loss, and What I Wore. I recognized a couple of the names but not Lucy DeVito's. To be honest, I wondered if she got the job because of her parents. I adored her! I'll look for her in the future. I loved South Pacific and now realize when I watch Glee, that it was Matthew Morrison I saw on stage. I went to see Promises, Promises because of Kristen Chenoweth and was blown away with Katie Finneran's performance. I later figured out I'd seen her in Noises Off. I think I need to do a spreadsheet so years later I'll remember who was in which show. I still think Playbill should have a list of key actors as a search feature for current shows.

BTW, I watched "that dreadful show" being filmed. The pilot and first shows were filmed locally. I remember driving by one day to stop to watch the filming. The guys were already in front of the location and then this woman took her coat off, left the trailer and I literally gasped. It was the skinniest person I'd ever seen in person. She looked like a human flamingo or stork. She was freezing in her Daisy Dukes (this was in winter). We were shocked to learn later that Catherine Bach's legs were insured for $1M. I think it was a marketing gimmick but still Another funny story, about a year ago the owner of the local B&B got a series of calls from Italy. A travel agent made all the arrangements but a man who lived north of Milan flew to the US to see...where the Dukes of Hazzards really happened. I can promise you, there's not a week's worth of things to see around here.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 06:13 AM
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Starrs, Living in Minneapolis, we have had multitudes of amazing actors through the Guthrie theater in the early years of their careers. I often see them turn up later in NY or in movies. Like you, I wish the Guthrie would put out a "where are they now" list. It would be so much fun to see our ducklings fly the nest.

You know, I'm a huge Glee fan, but didn't realize for the whole first season that MM was the guy I had seen and loved in South Pacific. It was my only disappointment with the Great Performances airing of SP -- he did not return to reprise his role.

Dukes tourists -- funny story. We get the same here with Mary Tyler Moore. I think she only visited the city once or twice during the whole run of that show to film the opening sequence. The local house used for the outside shots became so notorious that when the film crew returned to film additional scenes in subsequent years, the owners hung obnoxious banners from the balcony to fend them off.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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A little more background on Matthew Morrison. He was the original Link in Hairspray and followed that up with A Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center. We've seen him in all four of his most recent (and perhaps only) Broadway and Lincoln Center productions. (The fourth was a terrible play called A Naked Lady on the Appian Way, which also featured the late Jill Clayburgh.)
He couldn't return to South Pacific for the taping, I believe, because of his filming commitment to Glee. I don't remember his name, but the fellow who played the role of Lt. Cable on TV was outstanding.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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the fellow who played the role of Lt. Cable on TV was outstanding.

Oh here I have to respectfully disagree, Howard. I didn't think he was nearly as good as MM. No chemistry. I'll have to check my Hairspray Playbill to see if MM was in the production I saw in NY. The memory fails me --- nothing new in that. LOL
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Nov 11th, 2010, 07:49 AM
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What!!!! A disagreement on this thread!!!! I'm shocked!!!!
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Nov 11th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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OMG....it WAS Matthew Morrison that I saw all those years ago in Hairspray. What a baby face and with Shirley Temple locks in his program photo!
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Nov 11th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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If you want shows for which it is difficult to find good seats, select from among Billy Elliot, Lion King, and Wicked.

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Nov 11th, 2010, 08:53 AM
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Get ready, TC! Be still your heart...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFkQAXURbP4
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Nov 11th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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"What!!!! A disagreement on this thread!!!! I'm shocked!!!!:

Hey HowardR! Wanna talk some Wicked?
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:00 AM
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Thanks, Starrs. What a treat, but he was a LOT younger when I saw him. Still cute....maybe even cuter now.

When will Glee do a Hairspray episode?
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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That would be awesome
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:34 AM
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TC, he was there from Aug 2002 to Jan 2004. He couldn't have aged THAT much in 17 months
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:44 AM
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Casting? Coach Beiste as Edna Turnblad? Although as an arm wrestling champ, I'm not sure Dot Marie Jones has the voice.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:48 AM
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Seriously, Starrs, you should see his photo in my old Playbill. He looks about twelve and has the craziest Shirley Temple curls you've ever seen. Is that U-Tube from a time when he was still in Hairspray or a guest appearance more recently? I thought it looked much more recent.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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It was a show recorded during the run of the show on Broadway.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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The Caroline Rhea show "premiered in September 2002 and ran until June 2003"

quote from Wiki

So, the show ran for 9 months. He was on it sometime during those 9 months.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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Or...I'm completely wrong.
This clip says Dec 2009.
http://www.wetpaint.com/glee/video/m...cember-23-2009
Sorry. I have no idea.
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Nov 11th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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Here's Sept 2002 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rlp1...eature=related
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