A whole collection of Sweeney's - OBC, revivals, various concert versions, motion picture, boots, and such.

Burton's DVD comes out in a week... so we might as well have some meat pies while we wait :)

A Collection of Sweeney's - Notably, the original Broadway cast's opening night performance. :)

Swing your razor high, Sweeney )

Other chaos can be found here: http://pdt-bear.livejournal.com/414522.html
L.A.'s Ahmanson Will Premiere Musicals Minsky's and 9 to 5

By Kenneth Jones
March 24, 2008

Minsky's is the new title of the Charles Strouse-Susan Birkenhead musical comedy once known as The Night They Raided Minsky's — and it's aiming for Los Angeles in 2009.

The show, which Playbill.com previously reported has new librettist Bob Martin and new director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (both of The Drowsy Chaperone) attached, is officially on the 2008-09 season of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. The season was announced by CTG's artistic director Michael Ritchie on March 24.

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Two Helpings of Pie From Broadway’s Fridge


“SOUTH PACIFIC” and “Gypsy,” which both return to Broadway this spring, originally opened 10 years apart, standing neatly as theatrical bookends of the 1950s. The Rodgers and Hammerstein romance set in the Pacific during World War II had its New York premiere in April 1949, on the cusp of that fabled decade of American prosperity and self-confidence. The brassy musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir first took a bow in May 1959, as the decade drew to a close and only a few shadows of the more fractious era ahead could be discerned on the horizon.

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At Home, Backstage

Setting the Stage, Offstage

Setting the Stage, Offstage

URSULA the sea witch idolizes Leona Helmsley, Jerry Falwell and Gloria Swanson, which is why their pictures are part of a collage hanging in Sherie Rene Scott’s dressing room at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Like many stage actors, Ms. Scott, who plays Ursula in the Disney play “The Little Mermaid,” uses her dressing room to get herself in the mood of her character. Unlike most Broadway actors, however, Ms. Scott has scored a dressing room the size of a Manhattan one-bedroom, and it comes with features: French doors opening onto the street and a pink bathtub (put there for Elizabeth Taylor in 1983, when she was in “Private Lives”).

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It's Curtains for Curtains; Murder Mystery Musical Will Close June 29

By Kenneth Jones
March 19, 2008

Curtains, the musical comedy whodunit from composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, and writers Peter Stone and Rupert Holmes, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 29 at 3 PM. It will have played 511 performances and 26 previews.

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‘Young Frankenstein’ Marches Off on a New Path for Tickets


Look closely at the latest television commercial for “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.” After the usual production numbers and excited narration comes an announcement: “All tickets $50 to $120.” Nothing for $450, $350 or even $225. As if Mr. Brooks’s previous musical, “The Producers,” the show that introduced the premium ticket in 2001, never happened.

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I really liked Norbert and his company in this play. I'm very disappointed to read that it's closing :(

Broadway's Is He Dead? to Close March 9

By Andrew Ku
and Kenneth Jones
26 Feb 2008

Is He Dead?, the obscure 1898 comedy by Mark Twain that was reworked for Broadway, will play its final performance on March 9, producers announced Feb. 26.

The well-reviewed production, starring Norbert Leo Butz and directed by Michael Blakemore, will have played 105 performances and 13 previews upon closing. Advertisements had been touting "last weeks" for the past month.

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Down by the Blue Purple Yellow Red Water
Published: February 22, 2008

“Look!” says the man for whom seeing is everything, in a voice that both commands and beseeches. “Look!”

This directive is issued by the painter Seurat, played by Daniel Evans in the glorious revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” which opened Thursday night at Studio 54. And even if George’s mother, to whom he is ostensibly speaking, pays him no mind, we certainly do.

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I've always loved looking at Seurat paintings even before I ever heard Sunday in the Park with George. I had a chance to take a closer look at the paintings when I was at the British Museum this past summer. They were wonderful. :)

The 1987 production starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters... while the 2006 London revival production starred Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell which will be presented by the Roundabout Theatre Group at Studio 54 this Spring.

I had the opportunity to see and hear Daniel Evans sing Sunday with Maria Friedman at Cadogan Hall during the same UK trip - and he sounded lovely :)

It's Hot Up Here )
I finally had a chance to snip the two edges off of my audio of The Farnsworth Invention and figured that instead of providing a vocal snippet of either Hank Azaria or Jimmi Simpson, I wanted to snip out Andrew Lippa's original scoring - and the exit music works for this purpose. I'll work on finishing my review notes and posting. In the mean time, Lippa!

Exit Music.mp3
912KB | The Farnsworth Invention - Exit Music


Jan. 17th, 2008 10:33 pm
Well. To kill time this afternoon, I re-watched the Company album cast recording session (from 1970)... and this evening, I see the PBS clips for the Company revival... which look very nice. :)
youtube clips underneath )
Well... at least an announcement has been now made. Let's now see when it'll be extended through the summer... ;)


Broadway's Rent Will Close in June

By Andrew Gans
16 Jan 2008

The Broadway production of Rent will end its award-winning run at the Nederlander Theatre in June.

The Jonathan Larson musical will play its final performance June 1, according to The New York Times. The musical is the seventh-longest-running show in Broadway history.

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Nota bene: Please see the comments discussion for further clarification of who's singing and when... I need to go and clean up the actual file information for future reference. Mille grazie.

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I saw the Aaron Sorkin play The Farnsworth Invention with Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson at the Music Box Theatre on December 25th, 2007 (evening). Although, I was given to understand that the overall reviews for the play had been mixed, I hadn't had the chance to read the New York Times review on the production prior to traveling, so I'm not certain how the NYT critics saw the show.

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Drowsy Chaperone's Last Toast Will Be Dec. 30; Broadway Hit Will Close

Drowsy Chaperone's Last Toast Will Be Dec. 30; Broadway Hit Will Close
By Kenneth Jones
19 Dec 2007

The five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone will close Dec. 30 at the Marquis Theatre following 674 performances and 32 previews.

The show recouped its investment. A well-reviewed national tour continues. A cast album preserves the score.

As we stumble along... )
NYT: Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Sondheim Dismembers 'Sweeney'

Leah Gallo/Paramount Pictures
Jamie Campbell Bower, left, as Anthony and Johnny Depp as the title character in the film version of "Sweeney Todd."
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Twain Today A Multi-media narration with Norbert Leo Butz.

It’s Not Life on the Mississippi, Jean-François Honey

December 10, 2007
It's Not Life on the Mississippi, Jean-François Honey

What might have been a wheeze turns out to be a giggle.

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So I was watching the MTV Legally Blonde performance this weekend and pretty much ignoring LBB on stage whenever there were other performers around. :)

Annaleigh Ashford originated the role of Margot in Legally Blonde and understudied the role of Elle Woods. She's currently at the Gershwin Theatre being very Good as Glinda in Wicked.

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This is a general post of music stuff that I've loaded. There will probably be a few more posts of this nature up until the weekend of the 22nd.

Or else, if people have specific requests coming from the (as yet to be updated) list here, you can make requests... :)

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The question becomes... if I see The Receptionist, and the Pinter play Homecoming, along with a performance of Young Frankenstein, Xanadu, and maybe Legally Blonde... where does the space for another performance of Wicked (with Block/Ashford) appear?

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For all of those that are wanting to see the Queen a second time -- and by that, I mean, Grania O'Maille...

Fare thee well...


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Mail :)

May. 29th, 2007 07:42 pm
Oooh! I have mail from NY - Ms Block sent back the programmes with a lovely picture of her, and I received a freezer bag's worth of Playbills. :)

Must go and frame :)

That, and there's about six tomatoes worth of sauce that's splattered across a white shirt.

I must take the good with the bad.

Just the various demo tracks and such. I still need to figure out where I can pick up the OBC that's just been released.

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Hmm... seems like the PQ's day of privateering at the Hilton may be numbered and her letters of marque from the Queen are on shaky ground...

'Frankenstein' to Play the Hilton; Brooks Confirms Casting

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So the Drama Desk Awards have been handed out...

YaY! to Company for the Lead Actor prize for Raul Esparza, Orchestrations to Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and top prize for the Best Revival of a Musical. :)

It was interesting to note that the original and current orchestrators of Company (Jonathon Tunick and Mary-Mitchell Campbell) shared the prize. :) That, and the two revival Roberts -- Raul Esparza (2006) and Boyd Gaines (1995) -- were taking home awards :)

Utopia and Spring Awakening Win Top Honors at Drama Desk Awards
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So instead of rejoicing and being all sorts of plotty about the upcoming possibilities on vacations, I simply plugged in the MP3 player and listened to another Sondheim show: Do I Hear a Waltz and was amused at the contradiction between Sondheim's lyrics and Rodger's melodies. :: ahem :: Nevermind that. I've been rambling on and on about Company to [livejournal.com profile] rysler that she probably will skip reading the next bit. :)

A quick perusal reveals that the MP3 player has songs from the numerous cast recordings: 1970 Original Broadway Cast, 1995 Roundabout revival, 1996 London revival, 2006 Doyle revival; plus the the live recordings - the Cincinnati presentation of the Doyle Cast (2006) [2006-03-17 recording], and the two recordings from the Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre production (with Hugh Panaro, Kendra Kassebaum, and Shelly Burch) [2006-11-03 and 2006-11-05] and the 2002 Sondheim Celebration at DC's Kennedy Center revival (with John Barrowman, Alice Ripley, and Lynn Redgrave).

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My local paper's review - Richard Ouzounian who really does love SJB (vis-a-vis his latest by-the-phone interview just LAST Saturday?

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