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« Reply #885 on: May 05, 2018, 05:35:06 PM »
Moulin Rouge - The Musical

First preview:

http://instinctmagazine.com/post/first-preview-moulin-rouge-musical

I'd love to see it.  I may just plan a trip to New York, once Trump is impeached of course.
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« Reply #886 on: June 17, 2018, 04:29:56 PM »
My youngest grandaughter goes to a small dance and acting club every Saturday morning and today my husband and I and her daddy,mommy and older sister went to watch all of the members ..aged from 4yrs...to around 15yrs old ...do their production of "Matilda". OK...they are only kids...forgetting their lines here and there
and doing the wrong dance steps to some tunes...BUT...they put their hearts and souls into it and the joy on their faces just shone out.
Also today.is "Fathers Day" here in the UK...and after the show had finished..one of the instructors came on stage and asked us to stay seated as the children have a
special treat for all the daddies here. Then the 70 strong cast...of all ages gave a faultless version of "Wind beneath my wings". Grown men of all ages wept like babies and were not ashamed to show it. We all stood ...to a man ....and gave them
a standing ovation. Wouldn't have missed it for the world.
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Offline Lyle (Mooska)

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« Reply #887 on: June 17, 2018, 09:25:00 PM »

Sounds wonderful!

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« Reply #888 on: June 17, 2018, 09:33:04 PM »
Sounds like a beautiful performance by all the young people. What a wonderful present for all the fathers there. It is Father's Day here as well.
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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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« Reply #889 on: June 18, 2018, 07:48:31 AM »
Moulin Rouge - The Musical

First preview:

http://instinctmagazine.com/post/first-preview-moulin-rouge-musical

I'd love to see it.  I may just plan a trip to New York, once Trump is impeached of course.

You're going to have a very long wait.

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« Reply #890 on: September 11, 2018, 06:21:02 PM »
I was lucky enough to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly during her first run last year. Perfect role for her, and she's at the right age for it too. Then I heard she and Bernadette Peters were going to alternate doing the role, whatever, six weeks on and off for each. Okay, I've never been a huge Peters fan, saw her in Gypsy, and she was TRYING to give it her best, but her voice was shot or worn out, or whatever, so all you got was a bad sound from her. I think people stood and appaulded her simply for being a trouper and trying to force her voice. I don't know, I had heard that she skipped out on a lot of performances in Gypsy for whatever reasons. But that night she certainly should have let the understudy do it...these ladies aren't young anymore, and their voices simply can't take demanding roles several times a week for months on end, IMHO, you understand!  ;D
So glad I got to see Bette though, I never had caught her in concert, or in Vegas, so this was a very special treat for me...... :D

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« Reply #891 on: September 11, 2018, 08:05:32 PM »
                                                   ^^^^^

Sounds wonderful. I love Miss M !!

Such a shame about Bernadette though.
Sometimes...they just don't know when to call it a day  :(
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« Reply #892 on: October 19, 2018, 03:48:55 PM »
Not to continue with something that probably doesn't belong in the Theatre thread, BUT. ...

I remember it was supposed to be a Big Deal because Terrence Malick wrote and directed.

At the time I thought that having both Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in one film was more hotness than I could bear. ...  :D  But, tattoos or no tattoos, I always found the idea of Colin Farrell as Capt. John Smith kind of weird.

Until I looked it up, I forgot that Christopher Plummer and Wes Studi were in it. Ever since I first became aware of him in The Last of the Mohicans, I have always found Wes Studi eminently watchable.

My field in graduate school was Early American History, and I thought the production values (I mean costumes, sets, and so forth) were quite good.




I have never seen "The New World" (2005), but I heard that the cinematography was very good.  I've seen Disney's animated theatrical film "Pocahontas" (1995) and really like it.  Even though it isn't one of the best animated theatrical films that Disney has ever made, I think that it is better than what most film critics and moviegoers say it is, although it is not very accurate in the historical sense.  I believe Christian Bale provided the speaking voice for the character of Thomas in Disney's "Pocahontas".  Mel Gibson provided the speaking and singing voice for the character of Captain John Smith.  I think that Wes Studi was in "Dances with Wolves" (1990) and in James Cameron's "Avatar" (2009), which has some similar themes and elements to "Dances with Wolves".  I would like to see a more accurate theatrical film based on the life of Pocahontas.  I find her to be an interesting historical figure.
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« Reply #893 on: October 19, 2018, 07:13:50 PM »
I have never seen "The New World" (2005), but I heard that the cinematography was very good.

In my opinion it was. Even more impressive to me, the Jamestown set had the approval of the archaeologist in charge of the historical excavations of the real Jamestown.

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« Reply #894 on: December 02, 2018, 11:13:50 AM »
Last night I was taken to see "The Nutcracker" presented by The Birmingham Ballet Company. It was magical.Something  I really needed at this moment in time.
Thanks to my daughter and grandaughter. It was special.


It is now moving down to the" Royal Albert Hall" in London.
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« Reply #895 on: February 01, 2019, 11:53:09 AM »
I received theatre tickets as gifts for the recent holidays and two of them are for next week.

One is for "Hello, Dolly" at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. This production stars Betty Buckley.

The other is for a Pasadena Playhouse production of "Ragtime!"  This show premiered in Los Angeles in 1997 before
heading to Broadway and I loved it. I saw it three times! The following spring it was in New York when I was there,
but I chose to see other shows I hadn't seen before. It lost out the Best Musical Tony that year to the hugely popular
"Lion King," but I would've picked "Ragtime."

A month later I'm seeing Matthew Bourne's new production of Prokofiev's ballet of "Cinderella." I saw it when he first
premiered it here in L.A. around twenty years ago and loved it.

His takes on classic works are always inventive, imaginative and, well, different, as you can see by the synopsis for this one:
"Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting
results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being
parted by the Blitz."


In 2017 I saw his latest production, The Red Shoes, here at the Ahmanson. The three of us who saw it together were very dubious
because none of us three actually like the film version of The Red Shoes. (I know that the film has a devoted following.) We absolutely
loved this production. One of my friends had a girl friend who had said to him she wasn't going to go see this show because she'd never
really liked the film version, either, and he told her that we three felt the same, but loved the show. She did go and agreed!

"Matthew Bourne" is one of those rare theatre creators that I don't hesitate to use the word "genius" for. When I attended his
production of Play Without Words here many years ago, it's the only show I've ever been to where it received a standing ovation,
at the Intermission!

For some reason, the only production he's ever mounted in Britain that he has not brought to Los Angeles is "Dorian Gray." I don't
know why, but I, of course, want to see it!


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« Reply #896 on: February 01, 2019, 12:54:59 PM »
A month later I'm seeing Matthew Bourne's new production of Prokofiev's ballet of "Cinderella." I saw it when he first
premiered it here in L.A. around twenty years ago and loved it.

His takes on classic works are always inventive, imaginative and, well, different, as you can see by the synopsis for this one:
"Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting
results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being
parted by the Blitz."


You mean he hasn't redone it with an all-male cast?

Why doesn't he move the time forward a bit and make Cinderella a Yankee pilot in the RAF, or something?

Offline Lyle (Mooska)

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« Reply #897 on: February 02, 2019, 11:40:13 AM »

I wouldn't mind that!  ;D
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I recall from when I first saw it that when Intermission is over there is a blaring AIR RAID alarm
that goes off throughout the theatre and you sure pay attention!


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« Reply #898 on: February 09, 2019, 11:49:36 AM »
--Hello, Dolly

Last Tuesday the Pantages had a full house for this production of Hello, Dolly, starring Betty Buckley.
Betty Buckley is a professional actress and her take on this was to play the character, not the personality.
As a professional actress she was good, but Dolly has always needed a big personality for the role, and would
have been better for it.

This show is pretty much fool proof no matter how it's done, so it was still quite enjoyable, so there's that
to start with. The audience on Tuesday night was really into it and the mood was joyous right from the beginning.
The production was top tier in all regards and the two actors who played Cornelius and Barnaby seemed to be
able to do anything...sing, dance, comedy...they were fantastic.

And going to the Hollywood Pantages theatre is always a treat. It was built as a movie theatre and it's hard to
believe that when you're in there because it's so expansive and simply a gorgeous place.  It has one of the biggest
lobbies of any theatre I've ever been in with cascading staircases on either end. The Academy Awards were held there
for eleven years in a row, 1950-1960, so imagine how many famous Hollywood celebrities have been in that building
over the years, just a block away from the Hollywood Brown Derby! So there's always those things to ponder when
you're visiting there.

Many movies have been shot around the Pantages and many also inside. Below is a shot from The Aviator, with
Cate Blanched as Katharine Hepburn and Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes.



The Pantages became a legit theatre in 1977.
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« Reply #899 on: February 09, 2019, 11:59:35 AM »

--Ragtime

Last night I was at the Pasadena Playhouse to see the musical Ragtime. I'd seen it three times before
in Los Angeles' now defunct Shubert Theatre in Century City, before it went to Broadway. (Ragtime, not the
theatre, LOL!) It's a wonderful musical which needs good singers and this production provided that all around.
It's based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow. and deals with all too pertinent subjects of immigration, race relations,
the disparity between rich and poor and many other things which, in 1996 when it premiered, all seemed like things
we were leaving behind heading into a new century. This production made it seem like all these things have returned.

The Pasadena Playhouse has been in existence for around 100 years and is designated as California's State
Theatre. It was known for discovering talent for the Hollywood studios for several decades. This was my first
visit to this place and it was well worthwhile.