theater!

Jul. 31st, 2015 11:48 am
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Ever since [livejournal.com profile] biggieshorty moved away from NYC, I've been missing seeing Broadway shows. This month, I made a concerted effort to do something about that.

Book of Mormon (at Kennedy Center) -- Still fun and enjoyable, but eerily like when I saw it in previews several years ago? Josh Gad's performance was mimicked almost exactly; I wonder if that is mandated. My favorite thing remains the dancing of the Mormons. The dancers must be excellent and talented to be cast, but through genius body language and choreography they manage to dance like the stiffest, whitest, uptightest people ever, especially during I Am Africa. It's the funniest thing. A close second are the Starbucks coffee cups during Freaky Mormon Hell Dream and the fact that a Mormon bender is a couple cups of coffee and untucking the shirt. Heheheheh.

Fun Home -- OMG SO GREAT. It is original and heartbreaking and touching and everyone in it was so super talented. Loved it.

On the 20th Century -- Kristen Chenowith was my main reason for seeing it, with Peter Gallagher as a second. And both of them were terrific. KC is so funny, her physical humor is top notch. There's a reason this musical is obscure, though. As a showcase for KC and PG, it succeeds. On its own merits, I could take it or leave it. No great songs, and lots of ensemble standing and singing at top volume.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime -- Amazing. It was so good. The lead actor was captivating and heartbreaking. I had largely forgotten the book (certainly the resolution to the mystery) so it was a surprise to watch. The stagecraft was really stellar, too.

Once (at Kennedy Center) -- The music is just so wonderful. I talked my parents into going with me, and they really enjoyed it. Which I knew they would, since they liked the movie, except somehow both had blocked it from their memories and did not remember seeing it even a little. The actor who played the guy was a very talented actor with a good voice, except some of the notes he could sing, but not belt. Whereas Glen Hansard could sing them in chest voice, he had to sing them in head voice. It softened some of the songs or changed the tone a little. Not bad, but unexpected.

There's still more I want to see, though! Not sure when my next theater binge will be. Maybe when Hamilton tickets are not impossible to get.

Date: 2015-08-01 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alizarin-nyc.livejournal.com
I ushered at 20th Century and had to fill a third row orchestra seat and that was quite fun. Amazing to see that tiny Kristen Chenoweth exploding with so much energy.

I have to see Fun Home, come hell or high water.

Date: 2015-08-07 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imwalde.livejournal.com
Yessssssss see Fun Home. But bring kleenex, in case it makes you tear up, like it did me. The little girl (Sydney something?) was so, so great. She can star in the Secret Garden revival of my dreams.

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