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Stupid.

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HEY FAMILY, LET'S GO TO NEW YORK CITY AND SEE A GOD DAMNED OBAMA MUSICAL!

Seems like a Simpsons joke, frankly. (Can't find the Youtube...)

Leave L. Frank Baum Alone!

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Really? So besides the early 1900s version that nobody really knows, and the "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" version, and the "Ease On Down The Road" version, we need yet another retelling? It would be one thing if theatre community hadn't seen Oz in awhile, but I hear that might not be true.

I also love the note on the Auditions page:
Free auditions will be held in each city where the musical is performed.
In other cities, auditions will be $59.95, and we'll try to sell you Amway products.

"telescoped"

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A Variety article about the upcoming Musical version of "Catch Me If You Can":
Though Shaiman and Wittman have telescoped the movie's storyline -- "We do not follow Frank Jr. to Europe," Shaiman says, referring to the lead character's myriad adventures -- they cleave to the film's essence and the Spielberg ethos as it resonates in his body of work.
So they've made the storyline shorter for the musical?
This interests me. Not that Catch Me If You Can was a particularly short movie (although it didn't feel long when I finally watched it last month in the comfort of my apartment), but isn't it usually the case where when turning a movie to a musical it needs to be "stretched", and when turning a book to a musical it needs to be telescoped?
Interesting.
was a very private reading in December 2007. On that day, we asked a group of adult actors to read the latest draft of the script, just so we could hear it out loud without going through a new casting process to find more kids..."
- Jason Robert Brown
So imagine being in Jason Robert Brown's shoes. "Ugh, I don't want to go through casting yet again. Just call our backups... you know, Sarah Saltzberg, Kate Reinders, Cheyenne Jackson, Steve Rosen, Barrett Foa and the rest."

On another note, Playbill posted a "photo gallery" for Will Ferrell's Bush show. Which only consisted of these four pictures:
Will FerrellAdam McKay and Will FerrellAdam McKayAdam McKay, producer Jeffrey Richards and Will Ferrell
Interesting: cast members on Telecharge also include Patrick Ferrell, Pia C. Glenn, and Michael Delaney. Guess it's not fully 1-man.

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