I saw the Twelfth Night’s companion yesterday, Richard III. I had no idea what it was about except that it was about a king that murdered people. 

As with Twelfth Night, the company acted through the three hour drama exquisitely.  Mark Rylance stole the show again, duh, followed by the lovely Samuel Barnett (at least in my opinion). 

I preferred Twelfth Night to Richard III, but I think that’s only because I was more familiar with that story.

Both pieces are beautiful examples of Shakespeare’s texts when they’re performed with integrity and as they’d been performed when they were originally written. And I’m incredibly glad I saw them both. 

even if you’re little you can do a lot

A little over a week ago, the company I work for had their annual ‘offsite company meeting’ down at the Crosby Hotel. We reviewed the last year and looked ahead to what was coming during the next theatre season. We reviewed the beginnings of the company and how far we’ve come. I say “we” carefully because I’ve only been there for 8 months.

At the end we were shown a slide show that ended with the above graphic as a closer. It’s a quote from one of our shows with the names of all the shows the company has worked on in the last 3 years and all of our names lettered over (under?) it.

We all got copies and then we had champagne in the next room. It was pretty cool.

It was pretty awesome to feel apart of a company that’s done so much in such a short time, with some awesome people. 

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A Typical Super Bowl Sunday: Chicken wings, girlfriends, and Scarlett.

Last Sunday, my friend Kristen and I ventured out in freezing temperatures to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It was also Super Bowl Sunday (which no one really cares about, right?) so we thought the perfect was to celebrate would be to experience some classic Tennessee Williams. After successfully purchasing rush tickets, we made our first stop to warm up and hydrate: Little Town (on Restaurant Row). This is one of my favorite places, but it was, very inconveniently, out of almost everything that day. Luckily, they still had wings, and pretzels, and beer.

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They were delicious. We were happy (happy meaning warm and fed). Since we were seeing a three-hour play, we went to caffeinate at Starbucks. We became even happier.

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Finally three o’clock rolled around and we took our side-orchestra seats. We were on the house-left side and although I believe these are sold as ‘partial view,’ there’s really nothing partial view about them. If you’re rushing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, I suggest you request house left. The action takes place almost entirely center stage anyways.

This revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is superior to the 2008 (?)  revival in every single way. I remember being completely underwhelmed at the Broadhurst Theatre when I saw it (but lets be clear that I just remember being there – the production was so unremarkable that I can’t recall anything about it).

The set is breathtaking and actually resembles a plantation home. The sound and lighting designs are equally as lovely, and effective.

The cast? Also: Wow. Everyone knows that Benjamin Walker is pretty and can sing, but Act II of Cat proves that the boy can act. He goes at it with Ciaran Hinds for almost the entire second act and they’re both amazing. I was a huge fan of Ciaran Hinds in The Seafarer and he doesn’t disappoint in this either. He has a huge stage presence that makes you know instantly why everyone calls him “Big Daddy.” While I  Debra Monk is fantastic, she once again played the same kind of character she always does: the scattered wife. 

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And then there’s Scarlett Johansson. She’s gorgeous, and I enjoy her in movies, but could she act on stage? I had missed by a hair her performance in A View From the Bridge so this was my second chance. Yes, she very much can act. I never once doubted her character, or the choices she made onstage. After her performance in Act 1, we were left feeling a bit, “That was awesome, but we want more Scarlett!” after the mostly-Scarlett-less Act 2. But in all seriousness, she was wonderful.

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Overall: It was the perfect Super Bowl Sunday.

Alan Cumming Will Bring Toil and Trouble to Broadway in Solo Macbeth; John Tiffany Directs

I can finally talk about how excited I am for this! Mainly because it’s simply Macbeth (my favorite of the Bard’s g) but also because it sound incredibly interesting. 

And Alan Cumming? I’m pretty unable to picture him playing Macbeth, but since he’s done it before and received rave reviews, I’m sure he’ll kill it again.

This will be completely different from the 2008 Patrick Stewart revival of Macbeth, which I was completely in love with (I worked there and watched it 13 or so times), but I’m open to a new interpretation. 

Alan Cumming Will Bring Toil and Trouble to Broadway in Solo Macbeth; John Tiffany Directs

Lee Pace and Jim Parsons Join Cast of Broadway’s Normal Heart

I didn’t think I was going to make an effort to see this revival of The Normal Heart (because I did see the reading a few months ago with almost the same cast), but now I feel that I’m going to need to.  I have no worries that Jim Parsons will be able to act the role.  I have to go back and look at my script to see which role exactly it is that he’s playing, but despite the fact that he’s a television actor, I’m pretty confident that he’s also got a talent for the stage.  

I’m not an avid watcher of The Big Bang Theory, but whenever I’m home and my dad and brother are watching it I’m always captivated by Parsons’ character.  I don’t think this is a play that my brother would really appreciate (he’s 15) but my dad might.  Let’s see what kind of discounts are released – if any – when tickets go on sale.  

For anyone who didn’t go to the benefit, you better catch this run.  It’s a fantastic play.  

Lee Pace and Jim Parsons Join Cast of Broadway’s Normal Heart

Original Broadway, off-Broadway, and Revival Cast Recordings

I was looking for my Anything Goes cast recording recently (I think it’s about time I get reacquainted with the score because of the impending Roundabout revival on the way) and I discovered I have a load of recordings I’d forgotten about.  I also discovered that I have no idea where my Anything Goes recording is.  Anyone have it?  Take a look and message me if you want me to upload any of them for you.

OBC = Original Broadway Cast

OOBC = Original off-Broadway Cast

  • Fame (off-Broadway)
  • Thou Shalt Not (OOBC)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (revival)
  • Hairspray (OBC)
  • Grease (revival)
  • Tommy (OBC highlights)
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (revival)
  • Assassins (revival)
  • Altar Boys (OOBC)
  • Chicago (revival)
  • The Producers (OBC)
  • The Wild Party (Lippa, OOBC)
  • All Shook Up (OBC)
  • Nine (revival)
  • Cabaret (revival)
  • The Last Five Years (OOBC)
  • Hair (Actors Fund Benefit)
  • Hair (OBC)
  • Hair (London Cast Recording)
  • Hair (revival)
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (OBC)
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revival)
  • Tick, tick… BOOM (OOBC)
  • Big (OBC)
  • The Full Monty (OBC)
  • Flower Drum Song (revival)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (OBC)
  • Saturday Night Fever (London)
  • Zanna, Don’t! (OOBC)
  • Urinetown (OBC)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (OBC)
  • Jersey Boys (OBC)
  • Victor/Victoria (OBC)
  • Guys and Dolls (revival)
  • Once On This Island (OBC)
  • The Lion King (OBC)
  • Bye, Bye, Birdie (OBC)
  • Crazy For You (OBC)
  • Titanic (OBC)
  • Forbidden Broadway (Volume 4)
  • Suessical the Musical (OBC) 
  • My Life with Albertine (OOBC)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (OBC)
  • Les Miserables (OBC)
  • Side Show (OBC)
  • Footloose (OBC)
  • Mamma Mia! (OBC)
  • Wicked (OBC)
  • Rent (OBC)
  • Little Women (OBC)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (OBC)
  • Brooklyn LIVE! (I was in the “live audience” for this.)
  • Into the Woods (revival)
  • The Secret Garden (OBC)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (revival)
  • Avenue Q (OBC)
  • Tarzan (OBC)
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (OBC)
  • The Wedding Singer (OBC)
  • Bright Lights, Big City (concept recording, one of my favorite scores in the entire world)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (OOBC)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone (OBC)
  • John & Jen (OOBC)
  • Rags (OBC)
  • Violet (OOBC)
  • Caroline, or Change (OBC)
  • Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (OOBC)
  • Bat Boy (OOBC)
  • Beauty and the Beast (OBC)
  • The Color Purple (OBC)
  • The Great American Trailer Park Musical (OOBC)
  • I Sing! (York Concert Cast)
  • Sweet Charity (revival)
  • Funny Girl (OBC)
  • See What I Wanna See (OOBC)
  • Sweeney Toddy (revival)
  • The Wild Party (Broadway, LaChuisa)
  • I Sing! (OBC)
  • A Chorus Line (revival)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (revival)
  • Once Upon a Matress (revival)
  • Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (OB revival)
  • [title of show] (OBC)
  • Ragtime (OBC)
  • Evita (London revival)
  • Aida (OBC)
  • Aida (Dutch)
  • Spring Awakening (OBC)
  • In the Heights (OBC)
  • High Fidelity (OBC)
  • High Fidelity (demo)
  • Catch Me If You Can (demo)
  • Rent (demo, sung by Jonathan Larson)
  • Glory Days (demo)
  • American Idiot (OBC)
  • Next to Normal (OBC)
  • Sunday in the Park With George (revival)
  • Broadway on Broadway (2001)

EXCLUSIVE: Rosie O’Donnell Hopes to Be Broadway’s Miss Hannigan in 2012 Annie Revival (via Playbill)

This is ridiculous.  Now I’m going to have to see this revival.

EXCLUSIVE: Rosie O’Donnell Hopes to Be Broadway’s Miss Hannigan in 2012 Annie Revival (via Playbill)

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I finally watched the Rocky Horror-Glee episode tonight and it brought back a lot of memories of the 2000 revival.  Say what you will, I loved it.   I saw it a number of times (seven, I think) and every time was different, it was just that kind of show.  I went to the first preview, and the second to last show a year and a half later.  I saw performers such as Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alice Ripley, Sebastian Bach, Terrance Mann, Ana Gasteyer, Joan Jett, and Dick Cavett perform onstage at the Circle in the Square.  

You may know her as the bipolar Diana from Next to Normal, but ten years prior, Alice Ripley was taking her top off nightly as the prude-turned-nympho Janet Weiss.  This was my second exposure to Ms. Ripley, the first was as the adorable Betty Schaeffer in Sunset Boulevard in 1994.  Here she is singing Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch Me from the revival cast recording.