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Old 01-18-2009, 09:02 PM   #91
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I read the book, Wicked....barely. I forced myself to get through it. It was dry, boring, and dull with so many ridiculous political satire plots in it not to mention unnecessary lewdness...I cringe when I see kids picking it up in the store.

that being said...I loved Wicked, The Musical. It was clever and took the only good parts of the book and was it's only salvage if you ask me. Everyone I know who has seen it...loves it. The songs are great and it's very funny. One of my favorites.
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To each his own I guess...I found the book to be smart funny and very well written.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:35 PM   #93
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:02 PM   #94
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I didn't hate Showboat, but I did take a nap during it. Granted, I was getting over a cold at the time. I buy the CD's for just about every show I go to, and I never got that one, guess it didn't impact me much.

I will be listening to Spring Awakening for years to come. And even though I haven't seen Wicked yet, I do have the CD for it and really like it.
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I dont' see how anyone could hate Showboat! It's a classic! When flash in the pan shows like Wicked and Spring Awakening are long forgotten...Showboat will still be a standard bearer for American musical theatre!
It was sooooooooo long!!!! I thought it was never to end!
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I saw 42nd St in the front row, and I didn't really like being that close. I found myself mesmerized by the actor's dancing FEET! Almost couldn't stop watching their feet! Won't sit front row again.
I had a close seat in the Producers - and I was amazed by the (sorry to be gross) - spit.
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I saw it with Rosie. I'm sure she was better than Brooke, she was funny in the role, but that production wasn't that great. I saw the new production over the summer with Taylor Hicks. I liked that version better.
When I saw it with Rosie, it was toward the end of her run - and she was bored (she later admitted this on her show).......

Her signing and acting were ok - but she slacked on the dance steps!

At the encore, she did a stand up set (about 10 minutes) and she was very entertaining.....
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Yeah the staged version of Wicked really took the meat out of the show and made it nothing but fluff. Wicked the novel is very deep, dark and political as are the other books the author (who's name escapes me at the moment) has written in that universe.
Gregory Maguire wrote the book. There's also a sequel called "Son of a Witch."

I hated the book. It's one of the rare books that I disliked so much that I couldn't even finish. I don't mind dark, but it was too dark, and I didn't even see what the point of any of it was. I've read that earlier versions of the musical were closer to the book, but it got so far away from the Wizard of Oz that audiences were losing interest, so stuff was cut.

I loved the musical, but I can also see why someone wouldn't like it, especially a fan of the book.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:35 PM   #98
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Musicals :Les Miz , Crazy for You(love the gershwin music), Buddy (so much fun to hear the buddy holly music live)

Non- musical : Master Harold and the Boys

Off- Broadway: Tracers (probably the most powerful theatre experience ever! this play evolved from vietnam vets therapy sessions, and was performed by vets.... it was INCREDIBLE!!!)

I just opened this thread for the first time, and didn't get past your post! No one ever knows Tracers! You are right, it is an incredibly powerful play! So glad to meet someone else who knows it. You should try to find a copy of Welcome Home Soldier. It is similar to tracers, but deals a lot with the families of the veterans, and experiences the soldiers had when they arrived back in the US. It is equally touching and powerful.

My favorite musicals are Les Mis, Crazy for You, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Damn Yankees, and Tick, Tick Boom. I'm sure there are more, but those top the list right now!
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Gregory Maguire wrote the book. There's also a sequel called "Son of a Witch."

I hated the book. It's one of the rare books that I disliked so much that I couldn't even finish. I don't mind dark, but it was too dark, and I didn't even see what the point of any of it was. I've read that earlier versions of the musical were closer to the book, but it got so far away from the Wizard of Oz that audiences were losing interest, so stuff was cut.

I loved the musical, but I can also see why someone wouldn't like it, especially a fan of the book.

Have your ever read L Frank Baum's original OZ books? They're incredibly dark! The Judy Garland film homagenzied (sp) them! It's the same with Charlie and the Chocolate factory!

Now Chess...there's a brilliant and uderrated peice of musical theatre!
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Ok, I've expanded the discussion to include actors that we got to see on the Great White Way, or actors that we would love to see but just haven't had the chance.

I would love to see Nathan Lane on B'way. I think he is a great actor, not to mention funny.

I've seen Betty Buckley in Sunset Blvd, that was cool. Oh, this was a total fluke, but I got to see Brent Spiner as John Adams, and Pat Hingle as Benjamin Franklin. I was totally psyched when I got to see those two on stage together. I would also love to see Matthew Broderick, but haven't had the chance.
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The only two that really come to mind are Anthony Rapp and Norbert Leo Butz, both were great.

I would love to see Patrick Stewart and Bernadette Peters!
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Wicked is not to be missed.
Its GREAT!! Loved it
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My favorite show thus far was Miss Saigon. I know it's not as popular but I just really enjoyed it.

I saw Miss Saigon three times and have the CD in my car. I love the music, cry every time.
I also loved Les Mis and Wicked and will seeing Lion King next week with the family.

This is a great thread!
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I saw Miss Saigon three times and have the CD in my car. I love the music, cry every time.
I also loved Les Mis and Wicked and will seeing Lion King next week with the family.

This is a great thread!
Hey! I'm seeing LK with my family next wk too!!!
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Hey! I'm seeing LK with my family next wk too!!!
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