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NYMF Review #1: Without You


                                  ANTHONY RAPP
Imma gonna sing a Rent song!

AUDIENCE
Yaaaaaaay!

ANTHONY RAPP
Annnnddddd.....Now imma gonna sing a not Rent song!

AUDIENCE
Booooooo!

ANTHONY RAPP
Annnnddddd.....Now imma gonna sing a Rent song again!

AUDIENCE
Yaaaaaaay!

ANTHONY RAPP
Annnnddddd.....Now imma gonna sing a not Rent song.

AUDIENCE
Booooooo!

ANTHONY RAPP
Annnnddddd.....


The Colin Quinn Show: Abridged

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                           THE COLIN QUINN SHOW: ABRIDGED
                            A "Broadway Abridged" Script
                                                            By Gil Varod






            SCENE: THE HELEN HAYES THEATER.


                                   NOBODY
                          (cares)


                                        BLACKOUT.


NYTimes: That’s the Deal: Colin Quinn Show, Directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Headed to Broadway
David Pogue who is currently known as the New York Times' Technology Columnist, once used to work as a Broadway Musical Director.  He often introduced luminaries such as Jason Robert Brown to the Macintosh, and music software writing in general.  If you've ever seen his Video Podcast, you'd realize he's definitely got the Broadway bug.

In a post today, Pogue writes about how a DVR (a tivo clone) he recently reviewed was so full of bugs and poor design, it is impossible to believe that the people who made it actually let it go to market as if they thought it was ready.  One of his theories on broken-technologies-available-in-stores is what he calls "The Broadway Flop Theory":

I spent 10 years of my early career working as a musical director for Broadway musicals. Most of them were flops. (I like to think they weren’t flops because I worked on them.)

The thing is, everybody knew we had a disaster on our hands. The actors, the orchestra, the crew — we all pretty much knew we’d need to start looking for our next gig a couple days after opening night.

And yet the rehearsals and previews would go on, the weight of doom on our shoulders, everybody just pretending that things would be fine. Then opening night, savage reviews, and sure enough, the show would close.

It becomes a sort of mutual group breath-holding. Nobody wants to pull the trigger. Nobody wants to be the messenger — especially not while we’re all getting a paycheck.

Maybe that’s what happens in consumer tech. Everybody knows the product is a dog, but it’s in everybody’s self-interest to keep pretending it’s going to be fine. Maybe that’s what happens in consumer tech. Everybody knows the product is a dog, but it’s in everybody’s self-interest to keep pretending it’s going to be fine.

So in case you were never sure: yes, the actors in that terrible musical you just saw probably know that it was terrible.

Link to article.
A King Kong Musical?  MY GOD THEATER, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I WANT!

Global Creatures, the Aussie company behind arena tour "Walking With Dinosaurs," has begun work on its first Main Stem outing, "King Kong -- Live on Stage."

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Score of the 40--performer production will comprise songs from the storyline's 1930s period arranged by composer, arranger and music producer Marius De Vries ("Kick-Ass," "Sucker Punch"), who also provides original music. The 20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation of the title character won't be breaking out into song.
What!?!  Forget what I said then; you don't know what I want at all!

(What I want is a show with songs that has titles like "Oh Monkey Monkey Monkey, Don't You Monkey Round For Love).

Full ridiculous story.

Dear New York Press People:

Why do so many of you have @aol.com e-mail addresses?  Particularly those of you who are publicizing theater I have never heard of?

Is this your way of getting people to take you seriously?
When I booked tickets to Toronto for the weekend for a friend's wedding, he suggested I make a point to catch a Toronto Film Festival showing as it was this past weekend.  I decided to pass, figuring that my chances of catching another "Sideways" was low enough that I'd wait for whatever was good to rent at home.  But that's mostly because I didn't pass by the billboard for THIS:


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My god.  Olivia Newton John?  Nelly Furtado?  Hockey?  Musical?  Choreographed stick dances on ice?  All in Movie Form?  October 22nd is going to be the GREATEST DAY EVER.

Unless this just plain doesn't reach the US, which is... uh... likely.

http://www.scoreahockeymusical.com/trailer

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