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- Likeable, Hateable, Quotable: Mean Girls on Broadway
November 8, 2017
One of the most quotable movies of the millennial generation is going to be premiering on Broadway in 2018. From questioning butter as a carbohydrate to wearing pink on Wednesdays, this is an entertainment phenomenon that has connected fans for over a decade. With a book by Tina Fey and music by her spouse, Jeff Richmond, the world will soon be subscribing to the plastics and their perfect, little, preppy world live onstage. Mean Girls will begin preview performances at the August Wilson Theatre on March 12th of 2018. Before that, it will be housed by the National Theatre in Washington D.C.
There’s a Thirty Percent Chance It’s Already Raining…
Mean Girls was a film from 2004 that starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Tina Fey herself! The film was based on a book called Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Fey took the book that was all about women and the cliques they subscribe to in school and added her own twist of humor. The film centered around Lohan’s character, Cady Heron, a smart, beautiful young girl who had just switched to a public high school after living her whole life in South Africa. Unfamiliar with the hierarchy of her new school she makes friends with the art geeks, Damien and Janis. After Cady has a run in with the popular girls in school Janis decides to take revenge on the Plastics leader, Regina George, by having Cady pose as a popular girl who secretly wants to ruin Regina’s life.
Someone Should Totally Just Stab Caesar
The question going forward is about whether this musical production can make Mean Girls fans think the live production is just as “fetch” as the original. The characters have to be extremely hateable, likeable, and quotable at the same time. The marketing team for the show just put out a little teaser on Monday, September 11th. View the video below to see what the Plastics have to say about the musical:
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- Turning Back Time with Cher in 2018
November 1, 2017
Cher is a style icon, music mogul, and LGBTQ activist whose career has brought forth so many memorable songs and performances. Starting in June of 2018, it seems that she will be working with Broadway creatives to “Turn Back Time” on her career with a five week musical engagement in Chicago. The Cher Show is going through a month long lab now in NYC with Jersey Boys librettist, Rick Elice, Avenue Q director, Jason Moore, choreography by Newsies’ Christopher Gattelli, and production by Hamilton’s Jeffrey Seller.
Babe, Lady, and Star
The casting breakdowns for the production revealed the most to curious fans about the production plot. Three women will play Cher at three different points in her life. The first, Babe, will represent Cher as a young woman: Independent, insecure, and in love with Sonny Bono. Lady will represent Cher in the middle section of her life where she becomes famous and starts to transition to that next part of her star studded life. Star is the final version of Cher who has aged into her successes but still sees failures and hardships.
Could It Be Better Timing?
Because of this eruption of LGBTQ pop culture within the current decade, this could be the perfect time for a Cher musical. Audiences who love Cher also tend to watch television like RuPaul’s Drag Racewhere her son Chaz is a frequent judge and strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. Besides this, Will and Grace is back on television and making national commentary on sexuality like it used to. Sean Hayes’ character on the show loves Cher and even meets her in a past season:
My guess is that there is a specific market for people who would want to go to a Cher musical. The question is if the musical draws them in enough with a good production to get them saying, “Yaass, Cher! I Got You, Babe!”
- Angels in America
October 18, 2017
It was recently announced that ticket sales for the 18 week special engagement of Angels in America starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield have begun. To purchase them now, you have to be an Audience Rewards member. But if you’re like me and you’re not… general ticket sales will begin October 30th and tickets to both parts of the epic story will be sold together. The production comes to Broadway from London’s National Theatre marked as a “Gay Fantasia on National Themes.”
“The Fastest Selling Show in National Theatre History”
The Neil Simon Theatre will be housing this British transfer starting February 23rd for previews that recently had an entirely sold out run at the National Theatre in London. The original production opened on Broadway in May of 1993. It won Tony awards for Best Actor (Ron Leibman), Best Direction (George C. Wolfe), Best Featured Actor (Stephen Spinella), and Best Play (Tony Kushner).
Set in New York City in the 1980s, Kushner’s story has multiple storylines centered around relationships, sexual orientation, and transcendence: “A gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.”
“The Sky is Not the Limit”
To see this production at the Neil Simon Theatre, not only do you need to wait for general ticket sales but you also have to plan accordingly. On the Angels in America website, a schedule is available for Part I and Part II performances:
Tickets are sold as a package so each patron sees both parts. You can make your reservation on http://www.angelsbroadway.com/ on October 30th. Don’t miss his special engagement production!
- A Christmas Story: Live!
September 27, 2017
The next installment of Fox’s live television musicals is in the works for December 17th when A Christmas Story:Live hits the small screen. It was recently announced that Matthew Broderick will be playing the role of adult Ralphie. Broderick has many years of experience performing in live theatre as well as in films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the film version of the musical The Producers. Hopefully this production will be a memorable one for all the families across America who will be sitting down in front of their screens to witness the old fashioned tradition of live, musical television.
If you’ve ever watched the TBS network on Christmas Eve, you’ve seen this movie. I always miss watching the entire film at once since I always turn on the TV in the middle while I clean for Christmas guests…But it’s a sincere Christmas favorite about a little boy named Ralphie growing up in a normal American family who dreams about getting a Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. The most memorable moments in the film include the “triple dog dare” that leads to a tongue stuck to an icy post, Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and the scantily clad leg lamp Ralphie’s father takes from the box marked “fra-gi-le.”
The musical production of the memorable film was spearheaded by an incredible team including the musical writing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. These two men wrote the music for the current Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. The book was written by Joseph Robinette who has done a lot of children’s book adaptations like Charlotte’s Web. The show premiered on Broadway in 2012 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre and received multiple Tony nominations.
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out
The executive producer of the live musical, Marc Platt, is working to help adapt the musical to television with the help of the musical’s creative team and the Fox network. Platt had recently worked with Fox on the adaptation of Grease Live!. In a recent article with Variety, Fox’s president commented: “A Christmas Story’ is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time – audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it – and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television. (…) The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”
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- This One’s For the Girls
September 20, 2017
Named for the Martina McBride song, the new musical This One’s for the Girls is premiering Off-Broadway on October 7th at St. Luke’s Theatre. The musical is a performance of songs that empower American women and celebrate their heritage. The show’s writer, Dorothy Marcic, is using a similar theme as the writing the Off-Broadway musical called Sistas which played at St. Luke’s as well as theatres in Detroit and Nashville.
I Will Survive
Though there isn’t much information about this production besides casting, showtimes, and some select songs, there is much more about Dorothy Marcic’s other labor of love: Sistas The Musical. This musical continues to play at Luke’s on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm and is about five women in a family who all come together to clean out the attic of a family member who has died. As they clean out the attic, they find old photo albums, record albums, and costumes. The women sing the songs that remind them most of their deceased matriarch and celebrate the heritage of black women in America. Many of the songs in that show are similar to those of “The One’s for the Girls” including “Respect” and “I Will Survive” .
It has been announced that this production of This One’s for the Girls will play Friday evenings at 8pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm starting on October 7th. It will be directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson (Director of Chanhassan Dinner Theatre in Minnesota) and music directed by Zachary Ryan (Sistas Music Director). Cast will include Traci Bair (Cirque Dreams), Aneesa Folds (Ragtime National Tour), Jana Robbins (Crimes of the Heart), and Haley Swindal (Jekyll & Hyde 1997 Revival).
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- Remembering Barbara Cook
August 14, 2017
Early in the morning on August 8th Tony Award winner, Barbara Cook, died in her Manhattan apartment of respiratory failure. Cook enjoyed a career as a lyric soprano singing in such productions as The Music Man. She was able to conquer a debilitating addiction to alcohol and adjust to the times by singing more low and soulful music in cabarets. Called a “vivacious vocalist” “forever carrying a tune,” join us in celebrating a songstress whose passing is affecting the nation.
In her early years as a performer, Cook portrayed many memorable characters. The first well known character being Marian the Librarian opposite Robert Preston in the 1957 film adaptation of The Music Man. She sang such tunes as “Til There Was You” and “Goodnight, My Someone”. Cook was also well known for being the first Cunegonde in Stephen Sondheim’s Candide. In a 2002 interview with NPR, Cook commented on singing “Glitter and Be Gay” in the operetta:
“The Atlanta-born soprano started her Broadway career in 1951, but it was her 1956 role in Leonard Bernstein’s short-lived Candide, with its popular cast recording, that ensured her immortality. In 2002, Cook told NPR that Bernstein’s vocal demands were daunting.
‘I was counting the high notes in the score, and there were four E flats over high C, there were six D flats, there were 16 B flats and 21 high Cs. … That’s just unbelievable,’ she said. ‘It’s unheard of. But that’s what was in the score for me to sing and I did it eight times a week.’”
Changing With the Times
After a great career doing lyrical soprano work in musicals, Cook suffered from severe alcoholism that prevented her from performing. It wasn’t until the 1980s that she received help from friends to rediscover her talent and regain her reputation. She debuted in cabarets in New York City and London and went public about her issues with alcohol. Cook did get to perform in other musicals as well including a concert version of Follies in 1985 with the New York Philharmonic as well as a 2010 Roundabout revival of Company.
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- M. Butterfly to the Cort Theatre!
August 8, 2017
The 1988 Drama Desk Award winner for Most Outstanding Play and Tony Award winner for Best New Play is heading back to Broadway with a very cinematic start. M. Butterfly whose lead role once was played by John Lithgow, will be spearheaded by Oscar nominee Clive Owen. The production will be starting previews on October 7th at the Cort Theatre and has released some very dramatic preview trailers. Written by David Henry Hwang, the revival will be directed by Julie Taymor who is most known for her direction of The Lion King in 1997.
This stage play is based on the love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and a Chinese opera singer named Shi Pei Pu. The subject matter of this story is controversial because it blurs boundaries of gender as well as postmodernism. The characters in Hwang’s portrayal take on the affair for twenty years and the French diplomat never realizes the object of his affection is actually a man.
The marketing team for this revival have done a great job of creating suspense for interested audiences. The play trailer is cinematically beautiful and eerie…almost mocking the mood of a Hitchcock film. The production photos of Clive Owen look very similar to photos of a young Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window or Vertigo. The words in the trailer say: “I’ve sat night after night watching our story play through my head. One where she returns at last to my arms. For I have known and been loved by…the perfect woman.”
Big Shoes To Fill
With the lifetime successes of John Lithgow as well as the original director of M. Butterfly, John Dexter, both Owen and Taymor will be in for a lot of work to make this revival better or equal to the original. Is this a production you’d like to judge with your own eyes? Visit the M. Butterfly Show page on allticketsinc.com for great group rates once this show opens for previews!
- Drama with Great Comet
August 1, 2017
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is currently running on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Based on a tiny sliver of the novel War and Peace, this musical was spearheaded by the talent that is Diane Paulus over at the American Repertory Theater. However, no matter how much talent has been exhibited in this production, it didn’t see much spotlight at the Tony Award ceremony on June 11th. The creative team is clearly pushing hard to keep ticket sales up, but it seems that their efforts are causing more controversy than ticket conversion…
On July 26th, Playbill leaked the news that Mandy Patinkin would be stepping in for the role of Pierre in Great Comet. The role was originated by Josh Groban but has been played by Hamilton alum, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan since Groban’s departure. Along with Patinkin, singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has been a part of the cast since July 3rd. Her performance time is set to end on August 15th which is when Patinkin was announced to be added to the show for three weeks. However, amidst all this exciting news…something was overlooked.
Comet producer, Howard Kagan, made a statement this week about Onaodowan possibly returning to play Pierre again in September, though this contradicted the first announcement. Kagan originally stated that Onaodowan would play his final performance August 13th. Then more news came… Patinkin was performing for these dates because of a scheduling conflict with the television show Homeland. So Onaodowan needed to agree to new final dates in order to make room for Patinkin’s availability. This caused some uproar on social media especially along the lines of race. Social Media users called producers out for making a black actor step aside for a white actor. Because of this uproar, Patinkin withdrew from the original plan to join the cast.
The Editorial Part
In my opinion, people were surprised that Great Comet didn’t do better at the Tony’s. It offers a lot of new and beautiful elements that make us rethink the definition of “musical theatre.” The production was cast with actors of many backgrounds and even made way for some familiar names. The producers want to see this production continue to sell tickets and Mandy Patinkin is a hugely well-known musical theatre legend. His presence in the show would inspire a new set of theatre lovers to go see it, even though they may not be into its contemporary style.
I want to give the producers the benefit of the doubt and say that schedules got messy and they had to make some quick decisions. I believe that Onaodowan’s feelings and professional contract were bruised because ticket sales became the most important thing. Kudos to Patinkin for backing out respectfully instead of getting involved. Hopefully Great Comet will recover.
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