Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Miss Birdseye, Miss LuPone and misplaced criticism
A piece in the souvenir program for the current Broadway revival of Gypsy casts some aspersions on Ethel Merman's performance as Rose
, attributing to Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim assertions that the Merm's acting wasn't up to snuff. (I heard Sondheim talk extensively about the original staging of "Rose's Turn" at the Jewish Book Fair here a few years ago, including the same sentiments that Merman was a rote actress.)
It's a shame that anyone feels the need to disparage a prior—and in this case iconic—performance in an attempt to promote a new one but in the end, these are simply opinions and shouldn't diminish the star's legacy. For my money (and I've spent a fair amount of it, seeing Patti LuPone in three different productions of Gypsy
now), both Merman and LuPone were thrilling in the role. Different, yes, but thrilling nonetheless.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Not coming to Broadway this season…
When you've got friends like mine...
Last Tuesday, we speculated about creating a new musical called The Little Merman
, about a brassy Broadway belter who makes a bargain with a wicked queen to give up her big, big voice, in the hope of winning the love of a handsome prince named Ernest. (Hey, it couldn't be worse than what's on stage at the Lunt-Fontaine just now.)
Earlier today—and entirely sober, mind—we envisioned a musical set in a dystopian world where an evil monopolist named Cladwell sends a robotic Officer Lockstock back in time to kill a young boy named Bobby before he can grow up to foment a revolution against pay toilets. We call this one Urinator: The Josephine Strong Chronicles
Of course, that's assuming the protocol Skynet uses is IP.
January 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM
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Well, that's unfortunate but, you know, she's a trouper. Keep smiling, keep singing, hit the notes and sparkle! No one will know the difference.
“Most comedy writers are tall, jocky types,” said Bill Lawrence, the creator of “Scrubs.” “But they don’t like being stuck in the comedy closet. Secretly they have arguments about Sondheim.”
Thursday, January 4, 2007
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Jaime takes a look a cut-from-one, wedged-in-another songs from musical comedies. I've always loved "Smashing -- New York Times" and some of my favorite shows are revues of trunk songs.
Q&A via mobile using Mechanical Turk. It's kind of like having an army of reference librarians in your pocket.
Saturday, July 18, 1998
David Remnick is in
"Brad is kind of hard to describe. He's like a cross between Nathaniel West and Mae West." — someone describing me at a recent party, to which I was not invited.
Maybe there isn't a First Time for everything:
New revelations about Our First Time
fortify original suspicions that the planned public deflowering of two "teens" is, in fact, a big ol' hoax:
I will say this, though: But for the black box covering his head, that "Mike" is kind of cute. <grin>
I'm a bit behind the curve on this, so by now pretty much everyone who cares knows that senior writer David Remnick is in
as the new editor of The New Yorker.
This is a good thing
. While I was intrigued to imagine what Spy
's Kurt Anderson would have done at the helm of "maybe the best magazine that ever was" (Harrison Salisbury), and I'm fairly overjoyed that weasly Michael Kinsley didn't get the nod, I think Remnick will bring some of the literary cachet and edgy zip the magazine's been missing in the Brown years.
I mean, I liked most of the pop accessibility Tina Brown brought to The New Yorker
, but the pendulum had begun to swing too far. And while Remnick promises "some radical changes" and the buzz that we may be facing fortnightly publication rather than weekly (as has been expected for some time), I'm fairly hopeful about the long-term prospects.
Some random weekend reading:
I recently rewatched the movie Clue
(Madeline Kahn is great!), but—musical theatre fanatic though I am—I had no idea there was a stage musical
. The plot is quite different from the movie (some would say thankfully), but it looks like fun.
Only 18 months remain until we see if the Y2K problem is much of a problem. Forbes wonders if, in addition to our ATMs going wonky and the national power grid suffering some glitches, we might have to worry about the former Soviet Union raining nuclear death
upon us for want of a couple of digits. [Forbes]
The Vidiots are gearing up to present the best and worst
of the 1997-98 TV season, as only they can. The fun continues all next week. [TeeVee, multi-part episodic]
The Education of Little Geek:
I spent a fair amount of my adolescence noodling around programming Apple ][, Texas Instruments and (God help me) TRS-80 computers. Greg Knauss recalls his days as a starry-eyed game writer with dreams of fame and fortune in this on-going 8-bit memoir
. [An Entirely Other Day, multi-part episodic]