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 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Not counting those I've been in, the play I've seen the most, is WAIT UNTIL DARK, which I saw on Broadway with the original cast, then the tour, then a regional theater production, then a dinner theater production, a college production; and, a high school production (which my brother directed). The musical I've seen the most is HELLO, DOLLY! I saw it three times on Broadway; a tour with Carol, then Carol, again, in another tour; then a production starring Anne Hathaway's mother (who I use to do show with), then 7 different dinner theater productions (the last starring Sally Struthers), 2 college productions; and, around 4 different high school productions. FIDDLER would be a fairly close second, and it would be first for shows I appeared in.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

To: John B. Archibald, Re; DRACULA:

(BTW: was anyone else aware that the director of this piece, Dennis Rosa (?), used pieces of film music to accent the action? I can remember hearing select cues from, of all things, the soundtrack to EXODUS, and maybe a few moments from THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, some of them repeated in various places. Wonder if he got any rights to do that...)

We're traveling waaaay back to 1977 right now, so my memory may not be totally clear, but I seem to recall the use of the "Atlantis" cue from Bernard Hermann's Journey To The Center Of The Earth score, and at that time I also wondered if they purchased the rights, or just bootlegged the music from an LP.

To: Ray Faiola:

Thank you for sharing those two wonderful photos!
Got any more?

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Here's a green room shot with Gomez.



You can't see it from here, but the bus company ID plate I'm wearing bears the number 39013. A free grapefruit to someone who gets THAT inner.


This is a shot from BLACK COMEDY. I played a Prussian electrician with the London Power Company. In the play, when the lights were on, the lights were out and vice versa.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

Great stuff, Ray! Thanks!
John Astin has always been a favorite of mine, since way back in I'm Dickens, He's Fenster!

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

FOLKS- Here is a theatre question you might like to answer, which play have you seen the most and if you can remember how many times?

"Les Miserables"......33 times, since 1987.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

To John Archibald- I take it you are correct about Gone with the wind, i remember getting the lp at FOOTLIGHTS, I might have assume it played for a while and died.

The Drury Lane production of "Gone With the Wind" ( with Harve Presnell ) was ghastly !

We ran for the exit at the end of Act:1, right after they burned Atlanta !

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO-CH-CD- Did you like the film version of LES MISERBLES?

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

To John Archibald- I take it you are correct about Gone with the wind, i remember getting the lp at FOOTLIGHTS, I might have assume it played for a while and died.

The Drury Lane production of "Gone With the Wind" ( with Harve Presnell ) was ghastly !

We ran for the exit at the end of Act:1, right after they burned Atlanta !


I saw MY FAIR LADY at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

TO-CH-CD- Did you like the film version of LES MISERBLES?

Finally got to see "Les Mis" on Monday, Dan (after two aborted attempts due to heavy snowfalls!).

I went along with more than a little apprehension, fearing that they might have "over meddled" with it......I needn't have worried. I thought it was stunning, especially on the IMAX screen !

The cast is excellent, for the most part.....Hugh Jackman does a great job, although I think a little more power in some of his numbers would have been preferable to his "reciting". Anne Hathaway is beautiful and very moving.
Who knew Eddie Redmayne could sing like that? I thought he was excellent and "Empty Chairs..." had the old tear ducts working hard !
Samantha Barks is very good as Eponine, although I think her role is a little reduced in the movie ?
Aaron Tveit (new to me) is a splendid and noble Enjolras, and young Daniel Huttlestone's Gavroche almost steals the show.

The two disappointments for me were Russell Crowe, who really shouldn't have been asked to sing...he murders "Stars", but makes up for it a bit with his final scene, which is very well done.
Amanda Seyfried shouldn't have been asked to sing either, because she can't ! Shrill City !!

All in all, I was very pleased with it and sang along (to myself!) throughout.
The art direction is excellent, and the big set pieces are magnificently staged and very moving.

I shall be going again.

Does that answer your question ???



 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

FOLKS- Here is a theatre question you might like to answer, which play have you seen the most and if you can remember how many times?

Easy question - The Phantom of the Opera - and by quite some distance....I have seen is possibly 20 times, which would easily rise to around 125-150 if you take into account the time I spent backstage and involved in the production (how I wish I could have afforded to stay in London - I would still be there!)...and probably seen the movie a good couple of dozen times too...and read the book a few dozen times...and you can kinda see where this is going wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)



I saw MY FAIR LADY at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

You did indeed !

The original London production, with Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Holloway and Robert Coote opened there on 29th April, 1958 and ran for five and a half years, closing in October, 1963.



 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To ch-cd- Yes indeed that answers my question. Don't forget to see it again unfortunately i wanted to see it again but it is gone now.Waited to long.

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

To ch-cd- Yes indeed that answers my question. Don't forget to see it again unfortunately i wanted to see it again but it is gone now.Waited to long.

Don't worry, the "Super-Duper, De-Luxe, Director's Cut Blu-Ray, with 14 hrs of deleted scenes and a "Push-Out & Build Your Own Barricade" kit will no doubt be out for Easter ! big grin



 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



One noble experiment discussed previously that predates DTM's current offering is Ely & Edie Landau's mid-70s American Film Theatre enterprise (not to be confused with the Starship smile ).

Tho initially conceptualized to be entirely Amurrican-focused, it eventually expanded to include offerings that allowed a wider audience to see original but reworked stellar performances by Joan Plowrigh & Alan Bates amongst others but, for our profoundly appreciative part, is most notable for preserving Robert Ryan's majestically-moving final performance in the otherwise incredibly underwhelming version of "The Iceman Cometh".



Mind yu, this artistic anomaly no doubt could sustain an entire impassioned thread of its own tho (for everyone's purposes with the topic under scope here) as Billy Shakespear opined: 'Tis enuff - twill serve."

Theatrically-cinematic hailing frequences open ...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 10:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

FOLKS- Have any of you seen years ago the play BRAVO GIOVANNI?-I love the music and songs from that play.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I did not see it, but Michele Lee got her role in HOW TO SUCCEED... because she was appearing in BRAVO GIOVANNI. When Bonnie Scott got pregnant, within the first year of its long run, they asked Lee to replace her, which she did to great success. Too bad she wasn't in it from the beginning, so she would be on the original cast recording. She belted the hell out of those songs in HOW TO SUCCEEDD... In the film version, they cut all her songs. Well, almost all.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I usually only went to plays or musicals once, mostly because of a kind of mindset that that was enough, and I'd want to spend my money on seeing another show.

Exceptions have been, some of them for reasons yet unclear: 1776, HOW NOW DOW JONES!, ZORBA, and ANGELS IN AMERICA.

I liked the original cast of 1776 so much, I went back 2 nights later; loved that show.

Saw previews of HOW NOW DOW JONES! twice in Boston, then again in New York. Same story for ZORBA. Saw WHO TO LOVE in Boston, which later opened, and flopped, as CRY FOR US ALL.

Saw a lot of tryouts in Boston, then later in New York: COMPANY, PROMISES PROMISES, DEAR WORLD, among others. Saw a few shows twice: the original FOLLIES (also went to the London version, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, in both London and New York, the original LES MIZ, SWEENEY TODD

Saw 4 different productions of ANGELS IN AMERICA. (I was so enamored of the work of Tony Kushner in those days that I traveled to see his plays, including his adaptation of THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN and SLAVS!, both at the La Jolla Playhouse, as well as KABUL, at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A.)

Saw lots of flop musicals over the years: SHERRY!, BILLY BUDD, ARI, CELEBRATION, LEGS DIAMOND, LA GROSSE VALISE, KING OF HEARTS, DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER, I REMEMBER MAMA, REX, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, GOODTIME CHARLIE, lots of others...

We should do a whole thread on flops we've seen (or been in...).

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I saw MY FAIR LADY at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

You did indeed !

The original London production, with Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Holloway and Robert Coote opened there on 29th April, 1958 and ran for five and a half years, closing in October, 1963.



By the time I saw it, Rex was gone; but no one cared. Julie was still in it, and the brilliant Alec Clunes.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Although i might be in the minority i thought the music from REX BY RICHARD RODGERS was fine. I know the show itself didn't go over, but i felt alot of good songs just didn't get the credit it deserve.

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Anyone seen Spider-Man? Any good?

 
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