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Daily Threads / 19 April 2021 Blech Monday
Last post by KathyB - Today at 04:11 pm
All day long it's been kind of misty-drizzling, in preparation for the three to six inches of snow we are forecast to get tonight. In addition, the sushi place where my friend and I were going to meet for linner just started closing on Mondays, which we discovered by going there and seeing a big sign that said "Closed Mondays." So it's been a pretty blah day, and I'm hoping we get closer to the three inches than to the six inches.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Streaming Theatre
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Apr 18, 2021, 07:35 pm
UPDATE:  The Musical of Musicals, The Musical streams through this Thursday April 22 at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSZh93Daum8

A highlight of the evening is Christine Pedi carrying the "Cell Block Tango" parody "Just Don't Pay" singlehandedly -- as Stritch, Channing, Rivers and Minnelli.

And the "Ladies Who Lunch" sendup (with dollops of "Now You Know" seamlessly folded in), "We're All Gonna Die," is performed by Alexandra Billings with expert comic timing and musicianship.

I'd forgotten just how clever AND funny Joanne Bogart's lyric are; there may be one or two misfires, but remarkably few, and they get easily lost amid the hailstorm of smart, drolly tweaked references and genuine hilarity.  (Plus a light sprinkling of slyly awful puns, for good measure).

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Daily Threads / 18 April 2021 Aggravating Sund...
Last post by KathyB - Apr 18, 2021, 08:22 am
I think I'm missing a tax form, so I tried setting up my account online with Vanguard. What a nightmare. They were supposed to send me a text verification code, but their automated code-generating system is just a bit delayed--by a few minutes, so I never could get coordinated with what text they were sending me, and I'd keep hitting the "resend code" link, and they'd send me another code, but it was several minutes later. The website eventually locked me out for too many incorrect tries :P , and I can't call Vanguard for help because it's Sunday. (I tried calling, which is how I know they aren't there on Sundays.)

They are trying to get me to sign up for all my statements online, and this is the main reason why I haven't done so and probably won't do so. It's frustrating when a company makes it so difficult to access them.

Anyway, how is everybody's Sunday going?
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Daily Threads / 17-APR-21 Saturday
Last post by DiveMilw - Apr 17, 2021, 05:43 pm
Today was my Friday at work.  It has been a very busy week with flights loads at 97% or higher.  It has been like that for the past couple of weeks.  It seems like Spring Break will never end.  Between MA and CT and high schools, grade schools, and colleges all going on break at different times the airport is packed.  So, I am extremely glad to now be on vacation!!!!

My vacation plans include eating Alien Doughnuts, touring a wildlife preserve, and seeing the Omega Mart.
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Daily Threads / Re: 16 April 2021 Snowy Friday
Last post by DiveMilw - Apr 17, 2021, 03:45 pm
We had snow on Friday as well!  We're snow twins!  However, it didn't last long.  It stuck for a little while in some parts of the state but not in my neighborhood.  It was it sort of fun driving to work in snow.
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Movies / Re: In The Heights (movie)
Last post by Bobster - Apr 17, 2021, 11:03 am
Yes, it will be interesting to see how "our neighborhood" is portrayed (I'm just South of Dyckman).
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The Work / COMPANY
Last post by scenicdesign71 - Apr 16, 2021, 07:09 pm
Following some random internet wormhole all the way to Brendan Gill's rave review (in the May 2, 1970 issue of The New Yorker) of the original B'way production of Company, this passage gave me a start:

QuoteCompany is the kind of musical that a number of increasingly distracted champions of Broadway have been begging for -- not a conventional adaptation, however skillful and energetic, of a previous success in some other incarnation, but an original piece of work, and one, moreover, that joyously breaks new ground.  Not all that much new ground, mind you -- just enough to let one reflect that My Fair Lady happened fourteen years ago and Oklahoma! twenty-seven years ago, and that, since everything else in the world moves, the musical theatre ought to be capable of moving, too.

It's worth noting that Gill's assessment of 1970 Broadway, in the first sentence quoted above, might have been written yesterday.  But what shocked me were the figures in his next sentence.  Only fourteen seasons separated My Fair Lady's B'way opening from Company's!  Though he's suggesting that that's a substantial length of time for the American musical to have awaited its next notable innovation, from a 21st-century perspective it seems astonishingly brief.

Consider that 14 years ago (now), the 2007 B'way season gave us Curtains, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Young Frankenstein, and on the artier end of the spectrum, Harold Prince's short-lived Weill/Lenya bio-musical Lovemusik.  Also revivals of 110 in the Shade (starring a Tony-nominated Audra McDonald) and GreaseGrey Gardens closed in July after not quite nine months on Broadway, and Next To Normal opened Off Broadway at the beginning of 2008 (arriving on B'way a year later).

And 27 years ago, 1994 offered the baleful spectacle of Passion competing against Beauty and the Beast for the Best-Musical Tony; other highlights included Sunset Boulevard with its attendant casting brouhaha, Lincoln Center's import of the NT Carousel,  Prince's Show Boat revival, and precious little else (unless you count Grease's very first B'way revival -- done up by the Weisslers, in hot pink, as one of their signature exercises in interchangeable stunt casting -- or  The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public as highlights).

It's not that there have been no major innovators since then: Jonathan Larson, Duncan Sheik, Jeanine Tesori, Lin-Manuel Miranda -- we can always argue about who makes the short list.  But even the most accomplished of these artists has had no more than two or three Broadway productions that really moved the needle artistically over the past three decades, compared to Sondheim's ten during the 27-year period from 1970 to 1997.  Which isn't to denigrate them -- I'd argue that Tesori and Miranda, at least, are working on equal footing with Sondheim -- but I guess just to point out that, as SJS and Prince (among others) have said innumerable times, the economics of B'way just aren't what they were.

Mostly I was just stunned to realize that, while some of the 1994 and 2007 productions cited above were fairly forgettable, none would necessarily feel all that dated on today's Broadway stage; nothing like the difference Gill cites between Company and its oh-so-distant-seeming (but actually startlingly close in time) forebears.  Granted, Company's plotless storyline was set in a self-consciously up-to-the-minute present-day 1970, whereas My Fair Lady and Oklahoma! were both written as period pieces (though, for another shock, consider that MFL's Edwardian England and OK!'s turn-of-the-century statehood were both only about 40 years past when each opened on Broadway; for comparison, Merrily We Roll Along and Dreamgirls both turn 40 this year).  But the differences that make R&H's and L&L's shows feel like artifacts from an entirely different century than Company have only tangentially to do with their settings.

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Daily Threads / 16 April 2021 Snowy Friday
Last post by KathyB - Apr 16, 2021, 08:34 am
We got about five inches of snow, and it's wet and sloppy. It's pretty where it's fallen on the blossoming trees, but ugly on the streets.

I got photos of the puppies yesterday, and they're tiny.
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