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I'm in the minority, but I thought Book of Mormon was very overrated. Overall it's "good", but I don't think it's 9 Tony Awards and $120 per ticket worth of good. It had moments of brilliance (pretty much all of Nabulungi's scenes are solid gold), but the story telling is very disjointed and the pacing is strange. Also, I hate the character of Elder Cunningham so much.

 

After BoM came to LA at the Pantages, the price of every other touring show shot up to $100+ per seat for anything not completely in the nose bleeds (which are now around $70 per ticket), so there's some resentment there too.

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Just went through the list of new upcoming musicals destined (or not) to open, this 2014-15 season

 

And APRIL is clearly The Month of this season....

 

March 12 - On The Twentieth Century. Go Kristen! But all by it's lonesome. And then...

 

April 8 - Gigi

12 - An American In Paris

14 - It Shoulda Been You

15 - Finding Neverland

16 - The King And I

19 - Fun Home

21 - Doctor Zhivago

22 - Something Rotten

23 - The Visit

 

(Of those I know, opening. Newbies are most welcome.)

 

Wow! That is clearly a BUNCH of musicals, down to the TONYs deadline, lol.

It's also neat to note, that of all of this bunch, only three are revivals. Cool!

 

(Can't wait for all the possible original cast recordings to be made.)

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The Visit - Chita Rivera comes back to Brdwy with an original (yet to debut) musical by Kander and Ebb.

Photo, thank you to www.Broadway. com.

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I found out the musical "Hunchback of Notre Dam" is inching it's way closer to Broadway.

Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey is opening the production (previews early March)

around mid-March, that played last summer, successfully.

 

And Patrick Page is still playing the Judge. As well as Michael Arden playing Quasimodo.

 

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The set looks wonderful, too!

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...will star in the stage musical adaptation of Disney’s 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame in San Diego.

 

^ It must be Disney involved, if it's an adaptation of one of their animated films. Usually.

 

EDIT to add: Yes I checked, and it's the same score team for it - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

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Just have to let y'all know that I'm currently rehearsing for Les Misérables! Before you get too excited, I am not a named character, just ensemble. I am a factory worker, lovely lady, student, beggar, etc., anything and everything.

 

Here's a sneak peek of our Valjean singing Bring Him Home:

 

And if you happen to be in the vicinity of Gadsden, Alabama in March here is a link to buy tickets: http://www.wallacehall.org/events--tickets.html

 

It is going to be a phenomenal show. Loads of talent. The set is massive with a rotating stage. It's going to be well worth a visit to Gadsden!

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I a rotating stage.

 

Only production I was ever in, that had one, was "Cabaret".

 

And the choreographer had us dancing at one point, while the stage turned

and the sets changed with us moving along, and opposite direction of the

turn. It was a great moment in the show. We always looked forward to that.

 

Have a great show, Brandy!

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Tickets booked for my upcoming trip to New York ( first time back in five years ) seeing

 

The Visit

Wolf Hall Part One and Two

Hand To Go

Finding Neverland

On The 20th Century

 

And should be able to squeeze in, Fun Home. Gigi and maybe one other.

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Cant wait for this!

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Bill looking forward to all of them, but Wolf Hall part one and two might be at the top of that list , but than again to get to see Chita Rivera again on stage in The Visit is something I have been waiting years for

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Saw a local independent production of Avenue Q on the weekend, running as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Tiny shoebox theatre but the overall show was superb - easily as good as the off-Broadway production, albeit with a lower budget. Avenue Q is definitely one of the more underrated modern musicals, more than just "Sesame Street for adults". The cast was excellent, and as I left the theatre there were quite a few audience members humming along to "the internet is for porn..."

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^ Funny you post that. I just bought tickets to see Avenue Q when I'm up in NYC this weekend. Seeing at New World Stages, I'm pretty excited. NWS is a much smaller theater (it's considered Off-Broadway), but it's still very nice. I've seen Rock of Ages there before, and am very excited for Avenue Q.

 

Additionally, saw Wicked last weekend down in Miami on it's national tour. Glinda and Elphaba were both outstanding. I was pretty spoiled growing up in NYC, but I think the quality of the touring shows has gotten better and better over the years. It's amazing how they go into a new venue and can completely transform it!

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Tonight I saw the re-envisioned "Carrie: The musical" in La Mirada. I'm still processing it, but enjoyed it overall. The audience was actually seated on-stage, which was set up to look like a high school gym. It was a very close-up, intimate setting which made for a cool experience. They used a number of cool effects, and actually dumped a bucket of fake blood on Carrie, rather than using projection as some other productions have in the past. The cast seemed to be having a great time, and it was easily the most unique show I've seen.

 

Overall, it didn't wow me the way Wicked and Phantom did when I first saw them, but it was really fun and different. I'd recommend it for anyone in the LA area looking for something to do. It's running for 4 or 5 more days, and tickets are still on sale.

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Went and saw Phantom last week at Shea's in Buffalo, but was rather underwhelmed. Although I am not much of a Broadway aficionado, I did not like this nearly as much as Les Mis or Chicago. Maybe I was expecting the Phantom to be way more evil and the overall show to be more macabre, which would have been awesome...oh well. I think that I prefer the Iron Maiden version better!

 

Looking forward to Book of Mormon in June though - and Newsies is coming to B-Lo next season!

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We FINALLY saw The Book of Mormon last night....

 

omgomgomgomg omgomgomgomg

 

It was really everything I hoped it would be. Smart book, great songs, amazing cast...

 

We stood up, the second the curtain opened for the bows. Everybody did! An entire

HUGE theatre of 2700+ people stood up and cheered! It was awesome!

 

I loved all the leads, but especially A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham. He was nowhere

like what I thought he'd be. Knowing Josh Gad was the Original Elder Cunningham, this

guy put a totally different spin on the character. And he was Awesome! I loved him!

 

So glad we got to finally see this show. And if I'd had the $$$, I would have gotten a ticket

for every night it played here (only six nights, sadly).

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We FINALLY saw The Book of Mormon last night....

 

omgomgomgomg omgomgomgomg

 

It was really everything I hoped it would be. Smart book, great songs, amazing cast...

 

We stood up, the second the curtain opened for the bows. Everybody did! An entire

HUGE theatre of 2700+ people stood up and cheered! It was awesome!

 

I loved all the leads, but especially A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham. He was nowhere

like what I thought he'd be. Knowing Josh Gad was the Original Elder Cunningham, this

guy put a totally different spin on the character. And he was Awesome! I loved him!

 

So glad we got to finally see this show. And if I'd had the $$$, I would have gotten a ticket

for every night it played here (only four nights, sadly).

 

Just think if you saw it in Orlando Haha!

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Back from my trip to New York...

 

Saw a few shows!

 

The final Kander and Ebb Musical The Visit, starring in what just might be her swan song on Broadway is the amazing Chita Rivera, playing the worlds wealthiest woman who returns to her home town with an offer that might be too good to refuse! This was stunning night of theatre, it's dark, when the real reason is revealed while she come back it's shocking, unsettling and what follows makes for amazing night...

 

Chita Rivera is unforgettable as Claire; an incandescent star of the Broadway stage in undiminished glory, Rivera is faultless. She looks astonishing, every inch the unfathomably rich widow. Her poise and stature is hypnotic; when she is on stage or arriving on stage, you are compelled to watch her. As she slowly but surely reveals the truths and pains that have forged her nature and compelled her visit, Rivera is a study in exacting revenge and balancing scores that puts her Claire shoulder to shoulder with Medea or Elektra

 

It may not be to everyone's taste, but if you are in New York get a ticket, Chita is a living legend!

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