Posted 26 March 2003 - 07:46 PM
Has anyone seen the new version?
Posted 29 March 2003 - 07:09 PM
Okay, fine. Has anyone seen "A Little Night Music" this time around?
Posted 30 March 2003 - 07:14 AM
I didn't see the original Broadway production of Night Music but did see NYCO's version in its first incarnation. I've always loved the score.
Sondheim is known for liking actors who can sing but his characters announce themselves through the music, which is very complex. So to really convey the character, the actor has to be able to handle the score. Jeremy Irons, a marvelous actor, still seemed very uncomfortable with his songs when I saw the production on Wed. So the character didn't really come through until the "Send in the Clowns" scene - nearly the end of the show. From then on, he was wonderful and his final scene with Stevenson was brillant and moving. He really showed us a man who discovered who he loved and what he wanted to live for.
Stevenson, who apparently struggled with her singing on opening night, had settled into the role. She handled the songs well and with her charmingly throaty speaking voice was the perfect world weary actress looking for love. Her rueful version of "Send in the Clowns" was very different from Glynis Johns' but very effective.
Claire Bloom talked/sang her number with ease and charm. Still beautiful, one could well believe that she had many lovers.
The rest of the cast was easily able to handle the singing with nice performances from Mark Kadish as the Count, Michele Pawk as the Countess and the young lovers did a good job as well.
I'm not sure this intimate show is at its best in the State Theatre but I'm glad I saw the production. The final moments of the show will stay with me for a long time.
Posted 30 March 2003 - 10:12 AM
As for the original production of "Nine", I was blown away by the 21 incredibly beautiful women. Not only were they beautiful but they were as talented as they were beautiful. I also liked the music and the sets a lot. I'm very curious as to how this production will compare.
Posted 06 April 2003 - 09:43 AM
The RoundAbout Theatre Company production of NINE is precisely my cup of tea, though one could hardly call it a cup of tea. It is a feast!
The leads are: Antonio Banderas (Guido), Laura Benanti (Claudia), Jane Krakowski (Carla), Mary Stuart Masterson (Louisa), and Chita Rivera (La Fleur).
Book is by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The choreography is by Jonathan Butterell and the director is David Leveaux.
I don't want to say too much about this because I don't want to give anything away for the lucky people who might see it. I really hope Leigh, Mel or Manhattnik will see it and write a review.
For me it was a blitz of beauty, pain and beauty. Many surprises, in many ways. Antonio Banderas has just the right charisma (every woman in the cast truly seems in love with him), innocence, and restraint. Laura Benanti has a beautiful voice and look. Mary Stuart Masterson is a wonderful actress and a surprisingly excellent singer/dancer. Jane Krakowski - what can I say? I am in love! Not by just her amazing performance but by her bows. Chita Rivera still commands the stage (maybe they should try to steal her for Mamma Rose, a few blocks away).
The direction, sets, costumes, lights all top notch. This is David Leveaux's first musical. I can't imagine how he can top this effort, but I guess that is why I take a taxi from Kennedy to the box office to try to get a ticket and he directs.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:43 AM
Posted 13 April 2003 - 11:06 AM
"NINE" is stunning and if the hoards of people waiting outside the theatre, post performance (my first time ever standing outside a stage door for autographs) indicates anything, I would not be surprised to see this special show held over.
Don't count out what Mendes did with "GYPSY". The show is a delight.
Posted 13 April 2003 - 12:00 PM
Posted 19 April 2003 - 08:08 PM
Posted 14 May 2003 - 03:46 AM
Too bad that Scott Pask (set designs) was not nominated. His nomination would have given the show a perfect nine nominations.
Posted 01 July 2003 - 01:58 PM
'NINE THE MUSICAL' The New Broadway Cast Recording - is available now.
For information visit www.PSClassics.com.
The CD comes with a booklet containing an article by David Leveaux, the director. There are stunning pictures and all of lyrics are there too.
Posted 20 September 2003 - 04:35 AM
Rebecca Luker is already in as Claudia.
Starting Oct 7, John Stamos will play Guido, Jenna Elfman will play Carla and Eartha Kitt will play Lillian LaFlur.
Rebecca Luker will remain with the cast as Claudia and Mary Stuart Masterson will continue playing Louisa.
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