“Soon It’s Gonna Rain”: A Suggested Music Playlist to Accompany Hurricane Irene (via Playbill)

I love this list that Playbill put together. Favorite’s of mine from this list are “Storm’s a Brewing” from The Great American Trailer Park Musical and “A Little Fall of Rain” from Les Miserables.  

Everything is fine here in Manhattan. I have power (and have had power for as long as I know), have heard no thunder, and I’m generally disappointed by Irene. She’s a tease.

“Soon It’s Gonna Rain”: A Suggested Music Playlist to Accompany Hurricane Irene (via Playbill)

Broadway Musical Chairs – Well, Not Really.

So it’s not technically musical chairs – no theatre is being “taken away” after the music ends, and no show is being forced to close after it doesn’t get to a theatre fast enough. 

Rock of Ages is closing on January 9th… but it’s re-opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March.  No one is quite sure why this is happening, especially with Second Stage’s impending acquisition of the Helen Hayes.

It was also announced that Rain, the Beatles tribute musical, is closing at the Neil Simon Theatre on January 15th and then transferring to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, re-opening on February 8th for a minimum of 16 more weeks. The producers of Catch Me if You Can have the Neil Simon booked the Simon earlier last year. 

Lastly, it was announced that extraordinary writers behind Next to Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, are teaming up again to pitch an idea for a musical vehicle for Robert Downey Jr.  I am just as confused by this as you are, don’t worry.  But I’m sure the TONY winning team won’t disappoint. Playbill updated readers with more news on the story that can be found here.

Some unbelievable occurences, as well as some exciting occurences are going on on the Great White Way in the next couple of months.   What will happen next?  I’m betting a revival of Les Miserables….. but deep down I’m crossing my fingers for a revival of Sunset Boulevard!  We shall see.

Let’s face it: It’s always going to be really hard for a tribute band to impress New Yorkers, especially those paying top ticket price on Broadway.  Still though, it’s hard to deny that RAIN, now playing a limited engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre, is a pretty good time if you forget the fact that it is a tribute band.

The show starts off with video footage of the Fab Four exiting their plane on the JFK runway, the fans screaming, and then their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  The scene changes eventually to be their epic performance at Shea Stadium, then to a psychedelic setting for their trip into Strawberry Fields and beyond to perform a few songs from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This show beats Fela by far for most audience participation.  We were on our feet at least a dozen times, instructed to clap along two dozen times, and that was probably just the first act.  The part of the crowd who was older and were actually fans when The Beatles were together got very into it, but the most intense fan was in the third row center, probably mid-to-late twenties, and stood, by his lonesome, several times after they finished numerous songs. 

The actors portraying the Fab Four were fantastic, but the definite stand out was Joey Curatolo, who played Paul McCartney and was spot-on with his portrayal, and his look. 

The band asked everyone in the audience sixteen and younger to stand at one point, and there were quite a few.  They pointed out that there were at least 4 generations of Beatles fans in the audience.  I can’t think many bands with that kind of a fan base – even thirty years after they’ve broken up. 

If you’re a Beatles fan, there’s no harm in going and enjoying the music. 

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