Turn and face the strange.

This review is extremely late and probably totally irrelevant, but here goes. After the aforementioned Meatball Chowdown earlier this month, Matt invited me to a press performance of Lazarus, the new David Bowie musical at NYTW. The entire run was sold out and Cristin Milioti and Michael Esper were starring in it, as well as Michael C. Hall. Based on the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, which Bowie starred in, it’s about an alien who comes to earth to get water for his dying planet.

Or so the short summary on IMDB says. I didn’t really get that from the show that I saw. To say it was odd and confusing is an understatement. There was a young girl in it, who kind of narrated Newton’s, the alien who fell to earth’s, venture and the actress who played her, Sophia Anne Caruso, was amazing. I can’t wait to see what she does next. Michael Esper played Valentine who’s in a somewhat tempestuous relationship with Elly (Cristin Milioti). Newton is played excellently by Michael C. Hall, who also happened to be my first Emcee in Cabaret in 2000. #throwback

I don’t remember much of the score or any more of the plot. It was really odd. It was really fun to watch and you can tell everyone up there is having a great time. Since the run sold out, I guess that’s what’s important (probably not, but let’s say yes for the time being). 

Do I think this’ll transfer? No. If it does, producers will have learned nothing from last season’s The Last Ship which everyone thought would do fantastically because Sting’s name was attached to it and, spoiler alert, it closed rather quickly. 

I loved seeing Cristin Milioti and Michael Esper onstage though. As always. 

The Realistic Joneses: Final Dress Rehearsal Pass Give-Away!

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So, as you may or may not have read recently, the cast of The Realistic Joneses had their ’greet the press day’ last week. Starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei, previews will begin on March 13th. Did I mention its being directed by Sam Gold? Yeah, he’s kind of awesome. The show is “an outrageous, inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share.”

I’ve teamed up with the fantastic folks at The Realistic Joneses to give you guys the opportunity to win two passes not to see a performance, but the final dress rehearsal. For those not in the industry, the final dress rehearsal is always the night before previews begin (usually) and is “invite only” for producers, writers, friends of the cast, etc. 

Well, now one of you guys can go too! As you could probably guess, the invited dress is at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12th. So, if you’re around that night, you could be one of the lucky ones to go and check this show out before anyone else.

To win: All you have to do is follow my blog and reblog this post, OR tweet this post and why you should win.

Winners will be chosen via a random name generator on March 8th. Good luck!