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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Broadway Bowl II: Denver vs Seattle

WELCOME TO BROADWAY BOWL II!  
DENVER VS SEATTLE!

Last year, Broadway Bowl I (HERE) pretty much mirrored the 47th NFL Championship Game: It ended up very close, with Baltimore pushing hard to win and pulling it out at the very end.  If that is any indication of how the "Big Game" will go on Sunday, look for Denver to dominate the first half, and to be more closely matched in the second half, though they will be able to hold on to their lead at the end of each quarter.  We shall see!

Well, sports fans, Sunday is the Big Game (copyright rules forbid my use of the term "Super Bowl" which refers to the NFL Championship Game).  This year's 48th outing pits Denver against Seattle.  OK, so I know almost nothing about football, so forgive any, uh, fumbles in this blog...

If Broadway was the NFL Championship Game, which team would win?  Denver or Seattle?


Harvey has been on Broadway three times


"Team Captain" Antoinette Perry
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
TEAM DENVER: Harvey, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Easiest Way, Caught in the Rain (PLUS: support from The Denver Center for the Performing Arts)
  • First Team: Harvey's Elwood P. Dowd (Quarterback), Vita Louise Simmons The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Molly Brown (she survived the Titanic, after all!), Johnny "Leadville" Brown, Roberts (a good butler can be an asset!)
  • Second String: The Easiest Way's Cast  and Caught in the Rain's Cast (They were both around in the very early 20th century - both are more than 100 years old, but age brings wisdom to a thinking man's sport!) 
  • Special Teams: Harvey's Harvey (As an invisible rabbit, he brings speed and stealth!) and Dr. Chumley and Nurse Kelly; The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Prince and Princess DeLong (A little royalty never hurt any team...) and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (just think of the resources!)
  • Coaching Staff: Antoinette Perry (Yes, her!  She directed Harvey.) (Head Coach), Scott Ellis, Dore Schary, Meredith Willson, Mary Chase


Seattle Repertory Theatre

TEAM SEATTLE: Jennie, Me Him and I (PLUS: support from Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle World's Fair Performing Arts Division)
  • First Team: Jennie's Jennie Malone, Christopher Lawrence Cromwell, James O'Conner, Nellie Malone, Abe O'Shaughnessy; Me, Him and I's Seattle Sal, U. Kahn, Vera Hartburn, Willie Rolla, Costa Rolla, Dusty Dawson
  • Second Team: Jennie's The Harem Girls and The Sewing Girls; Me, Him and I's Con. Conn, Marjory Gold, Hon. Hiram Rolla
  • Special Teams: Jennie's Dong Foo, The Evil Wang Chu (racist, right?); Me, Him and I's Fort Issimo, Pian Issimo,Winnie Pegg, Toronto Ontario (love the names!) and The Seattle World's Fair Performing Arts Division and Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Coaching Staff: Mary Martin (Head Coach), Joseph Anthony, Charles Laughton, Arthur Penn, Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, Larry Gelbart, Herman Wouk, John Van Druten, Frank Loesser

THE BIG GAME:



1ST QUARTER:
Play Sequence 1: Shows that ran more than 50 up to 300 performances (1 point each): DEN
DEN: 5         SEA: 1
Play Sequence 2: Shows that ran more than 300 up to 999 performances (2 points each): DEN
DEN: 2         SEA: 0
Play Sequence 3: Shows that ran more than 1000 performances (5 points each): DEN
DEN: 5         SEA: 0

DEN: 12      SEA: 1


The Unsinkable Molly Brown
2ND QUARTER:
Play Sequence 1: Number of revivals (1 point each): DEN
DEN: 3          SEA: 0
Play 2: Number of plays that take place in their city (2 points each): DEN
DEN: 6          SEA: 2
Play 3: Number of musicals that take place in their city (3  points each): TIE
DEN: 3          SEA: 3

DEN: 12      SEA: 5

HALF TIME:        DEN: 24          SEA: 6



3RD QUARTER:
Play Sequence 1: Tony Nomination: Creative (2 points each): TIE
DEN: 0          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 2: Tony Nomination: Writing and Direction (3 points each): TIE
DEN: 0          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 3: Tony Nomination: Acting (4 points each): DEN
DEN: 8          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 4: Tony Nomination: Best Play, Best Musical or Best Revival (5 points each): TIE
DEN: 5         SEA: 5

DEN: 13      SEA: 5


Recording Jennie
4TH QUARTER:
Play Sequence 1: Winner: Regional Tony (5 points each): TIE
DEN: 5          SEA: 5
Play Sequence 2: Winner: Creative Tonys (7 points each): TIE
DEN: 0          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 3: Winner: Tonys for Writing and Direction (7 points each): TIE
DEN: 0          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 4: Winner: Tonys for Acting (7 points each): DEN
DEN: 7          SEA: 0
Play Sequence 5: Winner: Pulitzer Prize (10 points each): DEN
DEN: 10        SEA: 0
Play Sequence 6: Winner: Tonys for Best Play, Best Musical or Best Revival (20 points each): TIE
DEN: 0          SEA: 0

DEN: 22       SEA: 5

FINAL SCORE:  DEN: 59         SEA: 16


(Left) Harve Presnel and Tammy Grimes in The Unsinkable Molly Brown
(Right) Mary Martin and friend in Jennie

GAME ANALYSIS:
Although not a complete blow out, Denver clearly wins the Broadway Bowl. On paper, neither "team" is all that strong with five productions for Denver, and only two for Seattle, but Denver's two biggest shows - Harvey and The Unsinkable Molly Brown both had healthy runs, while it has been nothing but flops for Seattle.


Jeff
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