The TONY Awards!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Fergus, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    At least Next to Normal got the Pulitzer. :) I got to see it and really liked it. It had its flaws, but overall it was a strong show with a great score.
  2. cruisin

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    I missed that. Can't find a youtube clip :(.
  3. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Does "interesting" and "new" always equal "better" though?

    I'm not saying I disagree with you, but at the same time, I think people get stuck in thinking that "different" automatically equals higher quality. That said, I've found that I always had a show that I preferred over the Best Musical winner. Same for the Best Picture winner at the Oscars.
  4. Fergus

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    Maybe she and Stritch will get out the ostrich feather fans and sing "Sisters". ;)
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    Bernadette has an ageless quality. The voice, the hair, report of some "face work" last night.... (I thought she didn't look her very best.)
  6. cruisin

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    I love that! :lol: When I was little, my BF and I used to sing that. Of course, we didn't quite get the "between me and my man" part of it ;lol:.
  7. Rex

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    It's not a comparison I'd want to be subject to.
  8. cruisin

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    Neither would I

    (especially since I don't think Lea did such a great job on "People")
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  10. Rex

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    Oy, when did she do this?
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    I agree and I would not want to subject many other actors to that comparison as well. But I think there are probably other actors that would be able to pull it off more convincingly than Lea. I like Lea's voice when she's singing something soft and gentle, but I don't think she has really a classic, big Broadway belt.

    Barbra is definitely in a class by herself, but I enjoy Caroline O' Connor's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_OlMks9hCs&feature=related. I think singers need a bit of gruff to their voice to make this song work.
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  12. cruisin

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    Oy back, I had a brain fart! :lol: I meant "Don't Rain on My Parade":duh:. I was thinking iconic Barbra and somehow "People" just flew out of my fingers! Sorry, I feel so silly :shuffle:
  13. cruisin

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    I agree. I think she has a very powerful voice, but when she belts, she loses something.

    Maybe Lea Solonga could give Barbra tunes a run for their money.
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    Oops you are correct. Gwyneth Oscat should've went to Cate and Helen Hunt's should've gone to Dench.
  15. essence_of_soy

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    I thought Just Jack and his sidekick, Cheno, did a great job hosting last night. Her 'acceptance speech' was friggin' hilarious. Bebe and Nathan were terrific as well.

    My favourite WTF moment was CZJ winning for A Little Night Music.
  16. Rex

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    It's ok cruisin, we're old remember :)? I do it all the time...
  17. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Ok...even though the Tony Awards snippet of Sherie Rene Scott's version of "Up the Ladder to the Roof" didn't impress me last night, I had that song stuck in my head all day and ended up looking up information for Everyday Rapture. Apparently, it got excellent reviews in New York and sounds like a pretty interested semi-bio about her life growing up as a Mennonite and running away to New York to become an actress. I ended up buying the song on itunes.

    Her rendition of it is better than The Supremes' version, IMO. But then I'm sure the lead singer (not Diana Ross) was forced to hold back to give the more poppy version that Barry Gordon wanted for Motown.
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    Everyday Rapture was actually one of the shows I enjoyed the most this season though I saw it at Second Stage before it transferred to Broadway.
  19. colinmom71

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    Not too sure about that. Salonga has never been fond of "belting it out", though she's good at projecting her voice out into the audience where emphasis is needed. She's always seemed to prefer a softer, more naturalistic singing style as opposed to the stylized belting techniques that Streisand or Lupone would use. But then Salonga is also one of those rare singers who actually sounds better in live performance than on her recorded albums...

    But either way, at 39, Salonga is likely too old for a role like Funny Girl. It's going to be difficult to cast. There hasn't really been any new young female ingenue Broadway starlets with great pipes to come along over the last 10 years now except for Sutton Foster and Lea Michele. And as has been discussed, I'm pretty sure Michele's calendar is booked solid for the next couple of years.

    As for comparisons to Streisand, it's going to happen to anyone who attempts the role no matter how good an actress and singer they may be.
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    Sutton Foster is 35 ... pushing it for "young ingenue" :)
  21. essence_of_soy

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    If anyone saw Every Little Step, that amazing doco on A Chorus Line, there were plenty of talented singers featured in it.
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    Ah, thanks! I wasn't sure of her age, but she definitely debuted at the very early part of the last 10 year period I'd mentioned. I thought she was closer to 30 but I didn't have time to look it up while I was posting earlier.

    She's gotten cast for almost every other lead female role since "Millie" that frankly I'm tired of hearing her name on the Tonys now. So my guess is this guarantees Foster gets cast in "Funny Girl"! :EVILLE: :rolleyes:
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    How strange. I just this second finished watching this via my Netflix Instant queue. :lol: It was amazing. It showed fabulous footage of the original A Chorus Line and how it came into being, but as you say, focused mainly on auditions for the 2006 revival. So many great auditions, but so few parts. Tyce Diorio was a finalist for the part of Mike (I Can Do That). He came across as a major arrogant ass, and didn't get the part. :p

    But holy cow, there are so many incredible singers and dancers out there waiting for their chance. Broadway has a lot to choose from.
  24. Theatregirl1122

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    I was rather incredibly disappointed with the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line. It's one of my favorite shows and someone must have liked it since it played for nearly two years. But Charlotte d'Amboise as Cassie deeply underwhelmed me. And I know she has a long broadway resume. Part of the problem might have been that she felt far too old to me.
  25. cruisin

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    Yeah, you're right. I just think Salonga has an amazing voice, and her first name is Lea. SO I picked another Lea :). I understand what you mean when you say Salonga projects, rather than belts. Have you seen the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast, PBS telecast of Les Miserables? Salonga is cast as Eponine - when she sings On My Own it's goose bumps every time I watch it. She does power up at the end, but it doesn't have the belt strain, it sounds effortless. Judy Kuhn (Cosette) and Ruthie Henshall (Fantine) are also amazing in that cast.

    Speaking of Les Mis, I just read that there is going to be a 25th Anniversary tour and something about Nick Jonas? anyone else heard anything? Who would Jonas play? Marius?
  26. Rhianna

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    Marius is what I've heard.
  27. overedge

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    Good Lord. In an ideal world, he wouldn't play *anyone*, in any musical, ever. This is stunt casting getting way out of control. Hey! Maybe Miley Cyrus can be the love interest!!
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    I heard that about d'Amboise. I was underwhelmed with the LA touring production I saw. Ironically, Cassie was played by Nikki Snelson, who is shown in Every Little Step not getting the role of Val. It's funny because I felt really sorry for in the movie, but did not like her Cassie at all.

    But, then again, I've never been a big fan of Cassie. I think it's because I love the character of Sheila in the show, and always consider her and Cassie to be direct competitors for a spot.
  29. VIETgrlTerifa

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    How can you not love Donna McKechnie though?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rVGHyFMZIM

    Of course, you can't hate the great Kelly Bishop (who was awesome on Gilmore Girls, but was very impressive in a small role in a movie called An Unmarried Woman).

    ETA: I changed the link. The first one was very fuzzy.
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  30. Theatregirl1122

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    I think I'm going to be violently ill.
  31. cruisin

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    PLEASE NO! If Miley Cyrus is cast I will spit! Les Mis is one of my absolute favorites, if they ruin it for me :mad:!

    As will I.

    I will be a joke. Can you imagine playing the 10th anniversary "Dream Cast" after or before whatever Jonas Brother craptastic 25th version they do? It will be ridiculous.
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  33. colinmom71

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    Yep. I have the 10th Anniversary Dream Cast on DVD. Also got to see Salonga and Henshall the closing weekend of "Miss Saigon" on Broadway. Both were exceptional and frankly Salonga was able to project so well without belting, I dare to say she could have gone without the headset microphone since I kept hearing her over it anyway (we lucked into good seats)...

    As for a Jonas in "Les Mis", I'll be stepping out to buy a voodoo doll to prevent that from happening. I hate stunt casting! :angryfire
  34. cruisin

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    I am soooooo jealous! I never saw "Miss Saigon".

    :lol: Do you need some extra pins?
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  36. BelleBway

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    Well, to be fair, Nick Jonas has already played Gavroche on Broadway before he was famous... (he was also in Annie Get Your Gun as Little Jake and Beauty and the Beast as Chip) So he actually has legitimate theatre roots and I think he deserves a chance to show what he can do as Marius before condemning his casting. ;) I bet there have been worse actors in the role.

    Disclaimer: I know very little about the Jonas brothers, other than that they are on a Disney show that my nieces don't like. :lol:
  37. Rhianna

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    I agree when it comes to Jonas, he actually did get his start on broadway so I'm willing to see how this goes.
  38. Theatregirl1122

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    Psh, I'm not. Once you start singing about purity rings, you lose all of your Broadway street cred.
  39. cruisin

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    Overedge, thanks for the link. I guess it's confirmed. I just don't see or hear Jonas as Marius. Gavroche is a child in the play, with a higher voice, that is not expected to be powerful and solid. Marius is a whole other role, with duets and duets + 1. I just don't think he has the voice for it. In the article they say it's a star studded cast - of what? Teen kings and queens? The last star studded cast was musical theater greats, probably not to be improved apon. Maybe that's why they're doing this, they can't make it better, so they're appealing to a different generation. Are there plans to bring it back to B'way? To tape it? Anyone know?

    If Jonas wants to do B'way, I could see him in "Jersey Boys" more. He has the look and, after all, he is from "Jersey" :D. Though I don't know if he can do Frankie Valli's falsetto.
  40. Wyliefan

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    Good point. I don't know much about them either, though, so maybe that's why I can react with something other than fear and loathing. :lol: