TwitReview™: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

TwitReview™:Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – A dancing tour de force, with great displays of grace & athletic ability. Ballet, ballroom & more.

TwitReview™: La Bete w/ Mark Rylance

TwitReview™: Saw La Bete w/ Mark Rylance; David Hyde Pierce; & Joanna Lumley on #broadway. A wordsmith’s delight, performed in rhyming couplets.

My New York: Live Tweeting: The 2009 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick HarrisThe 2009 American Theater Wing Tony Awards were issued Sunday, June 7. Neil Patrick Harris was a great host, and his closing number was legen…. (wait for it)….dary! Below are my Tweets while viewing the event (in reverse chronological order, of course):

  • Love Neil Patrick Harris! Saw him on Broadway in “Assassins” and “Cabaret” and hear he was great in the LA prod of “Rent”- kudos! Sunday, 07 June 2009, 11:05 pm
  • No surprise, Billy Elliot” takes Best Musical Sunday, 07 June 2009, 11:00 pm
  • With five leads from “Jersey Boys”, I guess you can call this number “The Big Valli’s” Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:54 pm
  • “The BIllys” win best actor! Add their ages together and they’re only 33! Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:51 pm
  • For me, Alice Ripley truly did give the best performance this year in “Next to Normal” Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:47 pm
  • YES! Hair! Well deserved! Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Well, no hat or boa now — red hair, though. Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:34 pm
  • At “Hair” I sang and danced onstage at the finale with the the actress in the hat and red boa (Megan Reinking) Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:33 pm
  • I am in a Tony pool where the tiebreaker is the length of Jerry Herman’s speech 🙂 Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:31 pm
  • RT KarenWaldkirch – Based on the commercials, the Tony TV audience is chronically ill. Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:22 pm
  • Best Play winner “God of Carnage” has gotten the best reviews for a play in 20 years. Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:20 pm
  • “Norman Conquests” three separate full plays — some on different nights, and at other times back-to-back-to-back Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:18 pm
  • Lest you forget for a moment that the Tony awards are staged to make money for producers, I give you Legally Blonde Sunday, 07 June 2009, 10:16 pm Read more of this post

TwitReviews: Broadway

Father Duffy SquareSaw lots of shows off and on #Broadway in last 6 mos. With Tony Award noms pending I took the time to post my TwitReviews® on each. Below are the tweets, in reverse chronological order

  • TwitReview: ‘Next to Normal‘ Bi-polar Musical? It works! Alice Ripley & show Tony nom bound. Great cast, no dead weight (heh)
  • TwitReview: ‘Hair‘ Must see! Best musical on Broadway Unknown stars shine. Had front row (not for the modest!) Danced onstage during finale
  • TwitReview: ‘Rock of Ages‘ Forget plot, enjoy the performances. Love 80’s tunes, love this show. Jarvis shines, Maroulis not bad.
  • TwitReview: ‘Blithe Spirit‘ Lansbury iconic, up close stage makeup scary. Everett OK. Ebersole good. Not full price worthy TKTS OK
  • TwitReview: ‘All My Sons‘ Best drama this year. Powerful performances Lithgow amazing, Katie Holmes surprisingly good
  • TwitReview: ‘Pal Joey‘ OK in a Roundabout sort of way. ‘Joey’ not strong enough. Should’ve been called “Gal Pals of Joey”
  • TwitReview: ‘Equus‘ Powerful, dated production. Radcliffe fine in all aspects. Griffiths weary. Unsung star: Anna Camp

All the World’s a Stage (My New York #2)

I don’t think the bard was thinking about New York City when he wrote those words, but if not he should’ve been. Certainly, working in New York City gives me front row seats to see actors and audience mingling together on the streets by day, and theater at night. L.A. can have its movies, New York, where one of my favorite T-Shirts reads, “So you’re an actor… What restaurant?”, is the home of the Great White Way — Broadway, where there’s a light for every broken heart who tried to make it here.

OK, enough of the Jerry Orbach impression. Here’s some things about NY theater in general and some theater festivals in particular.

When it comes to theater, there’s Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway. Now, here’s the skinny — those categories have nothing to do with geography. You can have an Off-Broadway theater on Broadway; a Broadway theater not on Broadway; and so on.

What determines the difference? Say it with me, ladies, “size matters.”

Broadway theaters have 500 or more seats, Off-Broadway 100-499 and Off-Off Broadway under 100. I am lucky enough to have seen many Broadway shows — more on them at another time — but this is the time of year I overdose on Off-Off Broadway shows.  They’re ususally fun, sometimes odd, generally well staged and acted — and cheap!

It’s festival time here in the Big Apple, and so far this year I’ve seen:

Bad Musicals Festival ’08 Jul-Aug Went to three, I liked these two:

  • Stranded — three men stranded on a deserted island find a genie bottle; guy #3’s wish really pisses off Guy 1 and Guy 2. I thought it was amusing.
  • The Plastic Surgeon of Oz — Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Crab Louse (yes, crab louse) seek the talents of the Plastic Surgeon of Oz in order to get into a career in porn (yes, porn). Always funny, this was, at times, LOL hilarious.

Fringe NYC Festival: Aug-Sep The odd, the irreverant, and occasionally the breeding ground for future Broadway shows (“Urinetown’)

  • Becoming Britney – Britney’s last few years as set in Promises-Promises, a rehab center for the marginally talented but Very Beautiful. Saw this last night. Molly Bell is great as the pop tart.
  • Tim Gunn’s Podcast (a reality chamber opera) – Using Tim Gunn’s words from ‘Project Runway’ to describe the behind the scenes battles. Seeing this Sunday.
  • The Deciders – Haven’t seen this yet but I’m betting they don’t have kind words fro the current president.

New York Musical Festival: Sept-Oct Fun, lyrical, and also occasionally the breeding ground for Broadway shows (‘[title of show]’ <– yes, that’s the name) Here’s what I am scheduled to see (with official descriptions plus my notes):

  • The Bubble: A Musical Dot-Comedy The rise and fall of the dotcom decade — in a single day.
  • College:The Musical They sing. They dance. They sometimes go to class. (Or, why wasn’t my college years filled with spontaneous dance and song?)
  • Wood A sexy musical romp that will have you tapping your toes all the way to the public restroom stall!  (Based upon a Mid-summer night’s dream
  • Bedbugs!!! A hell-bent exterminator must save NYC from killer mutant bedbug Hair Metal Rock Gods… of her own creation. (Sci-fi musicals — gotta love ’em)

And the best thing about all of these? Typical ticket price – $15!

So, the next time you think NY Theater is aloof or too expensive, get yourself off — Off-Off Broadway, that is.

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