Posts Tagged 'Broadway'

Broadway dispatches…

2 days into my trip to the US, and we’ve seen 2 Broadway shows. The prices over here no longer seem as ridiculous as they did a few years’ back – I guess that’s a combination of a great exchange rate and massive inflation on ticket prices in London. But anyway, I’m on holiday, so who’s counting!

I’m on holiday, so I’m limiting myself to a few thoughts, rather than trying to write complete reviews… so here goes:

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2008 Tony Awards – the musical winners

Last night saw the Tony Awards ceremony, and I was hoping to see some success for the Broadway production of Sunday In the Park with George, originally produced at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, it didn’t pick up any of the 9 awards that it was nominated for – instead, it was left to South Pacific, In The Heights and Gypsy to share the spoils..

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‘High Fidelity’ – why did it fail so spectacularly?

I have been listening to the High Fidelity soundtrack a fair bit on my iPod recently – in case you’re confused, I’m talking about the soundtrack from the Broadway musical, and not the film. Since it hasn’t been on in London, very few people even seem aware of the show’s existence, so I thought I would write about it and try to introduce some more people to a show with music that I like.

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How frustrating: ‘Curtains’ is closing on Broadway

Curtains Broadway poster

I’m going to New York in August with a plan to see a few musicals. Hopefully this will go some way to making up for the fact that the majority of West End musicals shows right now seem to be long-runners or jukebox shows (see interesting in The Times here)

One of the shows at the top of my list is Curtains, the last show written by long-time collaborators John Kander and Fred Ebb before the latter’s death in 2004. Great news too – less than 2 weeks ago, the lead actors (most notably David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba) signed up for a further 6 months (see announcement here)

Strangely, barely a week after announcing the extension, Curtains had just posted its closing notices (see announcement here, and will now finish on June 29th (more than a month before I arrive in New York!). It’s unclear exactly what changed in March, but it’s frustrating for me all the same.

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