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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
- YouTube on Broadway: The Tony Nominees, Part 3
- Little Women?: The 2009 - 2010 Season Debate
- REVIEW: American Idiot (revisit)
- REVIEW: Chicago
- Out Magazine Responds to Newsweek
SAD TO SEE YOU GO...
The other, A Little Night Music seems both sad and inevitable. Despite the New York Times' wholesale dismissal of the show, this is a case where the above-the-title stars more than earned their keep, and a supporting cast that was first-rate as well. I still maintain that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury are giving definitive performances as Desiree and Madame Armfeldt, respectively. And to that end, it seems inevitable that the show is closing. They were apparently hard pressed to find replacements that were up to the task. (I would have loved to have seen what Gwenyth Paltrow and Blythe Danner might have done with the roles, as rumored). What is sad is that I think, had this show and La Cage aux Folles swapped opening nights, the momentum might have favored Night Music. Maybe, maybe not. But now it just feels like they are throwing in the towel. Imagine the rush to the BO should it win Best Revival, and/or Zeta-Jones and/or Lansbury wins the Tony!
NOBEL LAUREAT WIESEL REJECTS PLAY
I'm sure you read that Elie Wiesel objected to the use of himself as a character in Deb Margolin's play Imagining Madoff about the now jailed scam artist, who lost the fortunes of many, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel. The play was to have premiered shortly in Washington, DC. Ms. Margolin pulled the play, as "she was either unable or unwilling to make changes" to her play or the character in question.
For an interesting and typically spot on discussion of this topic, please click here to read fellow Blogger Esther's take on the controversy.
JULIE TAYMOR HONORED
BROADWAY BY THE NUMBERS
10,000: Sometime during Thursday, this little blog got its 10,000th hit! Thanks! Now, if any of those translate into actual reading...
21: Days until the Tony Awards ceremony
3: The number of new musicals opening within a week of each other (October 31 - November 7): The Scottsboro Boys, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical. It'll feel like Spring!
And Happy Birthday last week to:
05/17: David Eigenberg
05/18: Robert Morse
05/19: the late Lorraine Hansberry
05/20: Tony Goldwyn
05/21: Paolo Montalban
05/22: the late Laurence Olivier
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