Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sunday "Newbies!"

 The 2008 revival of Gypsy
with Patti Lupone as Rose...
rave reviews and Tonys for several of the cast,
but it closed prematurely due to decreased ticket sales.
This was the production in which Patti stopped in the middle of a number
to yell at an audience member who was taking photos with his phone.
Go Patti.
 Young Louise (at left) was played by Emma Rowley,
and Young June (center) was Sami Gayle.

 This Gypsy's 3 Tony winners...
Laura Benanti, Patti, and Boyd Gaines.

 Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane
looking pretty comfortable as Morticia and Gomez Addams,
in The Addams Family.
With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
whose most recent creation is Big Fish, 2013. 

 Reviewers weren't exactly kind.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times:
"A tepid goulash of vaudeville song-and-dance routines, Borscht Belt jokes, stingless sitcom zingers and homey romantic plotlines".
But Nathan and Bebe were both praised,
and who cares anyway?
It's fun!

Jackie Hoffman as Grandma
and Adam Riegler as Pugsley...
When the creators were brainstorming about what
an Addams Family musical should be like,
they supposedly turned to Uncle Fester,
as in "What Would Fester Do?"
Turns out 19th Century Gothic...with just a soupcon of Tango.  :) 

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