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Summertime...Took a little vacation! Three reviews coming soon! Amazing Grace, Hand to God and Mamma Mia!

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Jeff

Sunday, February 5, 2012

TheatreScene: February 5, 2012

Look to your left!  Rate the guys in Round 2 of HOT/HOTTER!  
And vote on Broadway's most romantic couples in the February poll, also to your left!

THIS WEEK (SCROLL TO FIND EACH!):

  • Video of the week: An Evita preview...kinda...
  • How to Succeed contest winners and trivia answers revealed!
  • Recent Broadway openings...what did StageGrade give them?
  • January Poll results... how many of you couldn't care less about Porgy and Bess?
  • HOT/HOTTER Round 1 results:  Which "Jesus of Suburbia" is hotter?
  • This week's WINNERS: Jordan Roth, the asses of Jersey Boys fans... LOSERS: Scott Rudin, Sat. Mat. Evita ticket holders.
  • Best Broadway News of the Week!



BROADWAY/WEST END VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  
Elena Roger and the London Company of Evita: "Buenos Aires"






HOW TO SUCCEED CONTEST WINNERS AND TRIVIA ANSWERS


Congratulations to Brennan L. from Rochester and Jessamyn D. from Medford!  Their entries, with all 5 answers correct, were selected as winners for a pair of tickets each to see Nick Jonas in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!

Thanks to all of you who entered!  Look for a new contest very soon!




Here are the answers to the trivia contest questions:

  1. C - Kevin (Joe, as some of you answered, appeared in Baz Lurman's La Boheme.)
  2. B - La Boheme  (That was Joe, not Nick.  And Nick appeared as Link Larkin in the Hollywood Bowl presentation of Hairspray.)
  3. A - TRUE (Nick was Gavroche in the original production of Les Miserables; he played Marius in the London production, as well as in the Anniversary Concert presentation.)
  4. D - Darren Criss (Darren Criss replaced Daniel Radcliffe; Nick replaced Darren.)
  5. A - TRUE  (Robert Morse (30), Matthew Broderick (33) and Daniel Radcliffe (22) were all older than 19 when the played Finch.  Darryl Hickman (31), John Stamos (32), and Darren Criss (24 - he turns 25 TODAY!!) all replacements on Broadway, were also all older than 19.)
CLICK THE HOW TO SUCCEED ICON TO YOUR LEFT FOR A DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER!


RECENT BROADWAY OPENINGS



  • The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 12, following previews from December 17.  Its StageGrade average is a B+.
  • The Road to Mecca opened at the American Airlines Theatre on January 17, following previews from December 16.  Its StageGrade average is a B.



  • Wit opened at the Samuel Friedman Theatre on January 26, following previews from January 5.  Its StageGrade average is a B+.
  • Venus in Fur reopens February 7 at the Lyceum Theatre, following a hiatus from December 19.  Its StageGrade average is an A-.


JANUARY'S POLL RESULTS:




Question:  Why have you seen/are you interested in seeing The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess?


Results based on 72 votes:
  • 55.6% - The Casting (I'm a big Audra and Norm fan!)
  • 22.2% - I have no interest in this production
  • 11.1% - Fandom (I see every musical that opens each season.)
  • 5.6% - The Score (George and Ira Gershwin are amazing composers/lyricists!)
  • 5.6% - The Controvery (I want to see what the big deal is!)
  • 0% - The Show (Porgy and Bess is one of my favorites!)
  • 0% - The Scuttlebutt (Is it is good/bad as the chatrooms say it is?)
(Thank you to everyone who voted from Maine to California and even Toronto, Canada!)



ROUND 1 of HOT/HOTTER RESULTS:



Question: Who is the hottest "Jesus of Suburbia"?


Results based on 115 votes:
  • John Gallagher, Jr. : 7.92 average rating
  • Van Hughes: 8.02 average rating
It was so close!  Van Hughes goes on to the quarter finals in 11 weeks!


RATE THE HOT/HOTTER "GEEKY GUY" - Nick Blaemire (Godspell) vs Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher, RENT)  CLICK HERE.




THE BROADWAY WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE WEEK:




LOSERS

  • Scott Rudin, former producer of Clybourne Park on Broadway: I have four words for you.  Nanny. Nanny. Boo. Boo.
  • Fans of high class cabaret: The Oak Room will not re-open after renovations to the Algonquin Hotel are complete.  Another tradition gone...
  • Elena Roger fans who already purchased Evita tickets for Saturday matinees and Wednesday evenings:  She won't be there.  Alternate Christina DeCicco will be.  Sorry.




WINNERS

  • Jordan Roth, new producer of Clybourne Park on Broadway: Thank you, Mr. Roth for remembering that good plays still need to be seen on Broadway.
  • The asses of Jersey Boys fans: Looks like that $2 restoration fee really does go for improvements.  There are new ergonomic seats at the August Wilson Theatre.
  • Fans of Idina Menzel: She is heavily hinting at a return...
  • Those who haven't seen or want to see Other Desert Cities: Tickets are on sale through June 17!
  • Fans of The Goodbye Girl: Rumor has it that a Bernadette Peters/Martin Short revival of I Do!  I Do! is really going to happen!  They are magical together!


BEST BROADWAY NEWS OF THE WEEK:
Adam Guettel is working on FOUR new musicals!  Read about it HERE!


Jeff
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