It’s shocking to me. We’ve got a lot of disgruntled people who have a lot to say and feel that their opinions are as valid as anyone else’s. And I don’t think they are! I don’t! If you’re a discerning person, I want to know what you have to say. But that woman who stood up and said, “I feel like we’re guinea pigs” at Spider-man? Go fuck yourself! If you don’t want to see something that’s unfinished, go to the box office and tell them that. But this entitlement! [In the past,] people went out of town and very quietly worked on shows, and if you took the train to New Haven or Boston you got to see it. But there wasn’t this thing.

Joe Mantello’s response to Adam Feldman saying, “The Spider-man preview frenzy is driving me a little nuts,” in an interview in Time Out New York this week.

This Week in Theatre

So, there were a few exciting announcements this week in the theatre world.  Let’s recap:

  • The rest of the cast for Leap of Faith at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles was announced!  I’m very excited because Kendra Kassebaum will be gracing the stage again with her talents – though I probably won’t get to LA to see it, I’m looking forward to the reviews. 
  • Did everyone hear that rehearsals for the much-anticipated Spider-Man musical are finally going to start? (Or recommence rather?)  I guess they finally found capital to get the project going again.  We’ll see how far they get before they close shop again.  The producers have had the Hilton Theatre on hold for many months now.  How much longer will we have to see those marquees before they light up?  Who knows.  
  • Roundabout Theatre Company announced that Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster, is scheduled to start previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Henry Miller Theatre) April 7th, 2011.  I’m excited to see what RTC will do with this, but I’m less excited for Foster to star.  She’s very talented but in the last few shows I’ve seen her in, she’s started to phone it in.  
  • Daniel Radcliffe was announced as the star of the film version of the West End hit play The Woman in Black (not to be confused with the 2006 Broadway flop The Woman in White).  I was a huge fan of this play when I saw it in London in 2007.  I’m not sure why it hasn’t been brought to Broadway, but I’m very excited to see it on the big screen.  

Those are my highlights.  What were yours?