WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK!
- Best of the Decade: The Best Musicals #2
- CD Review: Promises, Promises (London Cast Recording)
- Broadway Game: He Sang, She Sang (Part I)
- Broadway Game: He Sang, She Sang (Part II)
- What Happened This Week on Broadway (8/16-8/22)
- Broadway "Idol"atry Continues!
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE...
Not wanting to leave us without his usual grace (NOT) David Mamet just couldn't say goodbye without running his opinionated mouth - decrying the lack of professionalism shown on the Tony Awards (lighten up), the incredibly rude behavior of audience behavior (I couldn't agree more), and general grousing about the lack of respect his latest got or didn't get. If you ask me, a show that got to run for 297 performances, often at attendance percentages in the low 40s, got way more respect than several more worthy shows that ran a week or less. Bitter at the lack of awards love? Don't bite the hand that feeds you, Dave.
SOUTH PACIFIC ON PBS
I have not seen all of the "Live from Lincoln Center" presentation of South Pacific yet (I picked it up at the tail end of "Happy Talk," which opens Act Two). I am so glad they still film these landmark presentations. But is it too much to ask for decent sound? While it is kinda cool to know it is live by the coughing, sneezing and "bravos" of the audience, it would be super nice not to hear crackling when people onstage yell or skips in the sound completely during musical interludes. Better still, how about coughing up the bucks (LCT had to have made decent coin on this show) for an extra camera rehearsal? You are going to tell me that a cameraman and his director missed a pivotal entrance by Billis and really had to have a camera already in use pan rapidly and refocus just to catch it?
All of that said, "bravo/brava" Paolo Szot and Kelli O'Hara! Brilliant is brilliant no matter the medium.
COMING UP ON THIS BLOG
- The number one musical of the decade (I promise)
- Trends of the Decade: The Downsizing of Broadway
- REVIEW: A Little Night Music (Peters and Stritch)
- REVIEW: Chess
- Fall Preview: My Must-See List
- Logos: The Scotsboro Boys, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Lombardi and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
- Broadway on TV: Who's Who from the Great White Way on the small screen
BROADWAY BY THE NUMBERS!
- 8: The number of days until this blog begins its 2nd year!
- 4: The number of plays beginning previews during the first two weeks of September: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Brief Encounter, The Pitman Painters, and A Life in the Theatre.
- 5/8: The number of followers I had this time last week/the number of followers I have this week! Thanks to all of you, long and short timers! I appreciate it.
08/15: Michael Berresse (The Light in the Piazza, A Chorus Line)
08/16: Madonna (Speed-the-Plow)
08/17: Sean Penn (Slab Boys)
08/18: the late Patrick Swayze (Grease, Chicago)
08/19: John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret)
08/20: Joan Allen (The Heidi Chronicles)
08/21: Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles)
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