I meant to post these a while ago, but then I got distracted. :-P
These are from the 15th Anniversary concert performance of Ragtime, which is one of my favorite shows ever. I sobbed the entire way through the show. It was so good.
The Jersey Shore circa 1905. Boardwalk at Asbury Park.
I’m sorry, but all this picture makes me think is “Lets run away to Atlantic City…”
Hey, so this one time, I went to see Ragtime, and all these amazing people were in it and I cried all the way through and then the writers came out to take a bow and I sobbed my eyes out and screamed due to shock. Oh yeah, that was last night.
I thought that the show was really good. Rob McClure was unbelievably good as Charlie Chaplin. I loved the fact that the entire thing was in grey scale until the very last scene. The lighting, the set, the special effects with the cameras and that the cast was performing were amazing! I just wish that, as a musical, any of the songs were memorable? I enjoyed the music, don’t get me wrong. But not a single song stuck out in my head when I left the theater.
I got a really awesome surprise when we got to the theater. I did not realize Christiane Noll was in the show. I love her. She is brilliant. She was brilliant in Chaplin, playing his mother. A completely different character than Mother in Ragtime, but still very well played.
I would definitely recommend seeing this show before it closes. It was dark and funny and the actors in it were outstanding.
dear god i can feel his voice in my lady parts
I need to see this man perform live. And then have sex with his voice. And him.
I swear, today will be Tony’s appreciation day, and then I’m done.
I would just like to say that I am incredibly happy that a small, low budget Irish film turned intimate musical was able to beat out a Disney production. It’s like revenge for the fact that The Lion King won over Ragtime in ‘97. I’m so proud of Once for being beautiful and honest, and I’m so happy the Tony voters were able to look past the money they would make to see it.
Also, Audra McDonald is my absolute favorite person in the entire world and her family is so gorgeous and adorable and I wish her and Will would adopt me.
Also, also, I’m so glad that Hugh Jackman was honored for his work with BC/EFA. He really cares so much about the theater and the larger community goals. It makes me really happy to say that I volunteer in the same organization as Hugh Jackman and even though I usually don’t get more than one or two hundred dollars in my bucket when I volunteer, and he got two million, we’re fighting for the same cause.
1. If you were to get a Broadway related tattoo, what would it be of/from what show?
Either “No day but today” or “To love another person is to see the face of god” from Rent and Les Mis respectively.
2. Which musical would you like to see transferred to the big screen?
I would not want to see any of them on the big screen unless they were recording a live performance.
3. Are you having a Tony Awards party this year? If so, what will it consist of?
No. No one will watch the Tonys with me. I yell.
4. What are your predictions for the Tonys this year?
Newsies will win everything because it is fucking Disney.
5. Broadway.com or Playbill.com?
Playbill.com. They have all the good stuff in their online shop.
6. What do you think of movies adapted into musicals?
I’m a fan, I’ve seen so many shows that come from a movie and you wouldn’t know because the adaptation is so original, plus people who aren’t theatre-goers would/should/will like something that they aren’t familiar with
7. What are your dream roles?
Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime
Mother in Ragtime
Amy in Company
Dan in Next to Normal
Frank in RHPS
Sadly, because I am a white Jewish girl, I will never get to play most of my dream roles.
8. A musical that you’re dying to see.
Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes with SJB, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies, Fuerza Bruta…
9. If you were to watch the last musical of your life, which one would it be?
10. Chicago: The Movie or Chicago: The Stage Production?
Surprisingly, the movie. I don’t love the revival of the show.
11. Who would you cast if your favorite musical was made into a film?
I’m just going to assume this question means dreamcast your favorite show. I’m gonna go with Rent and say Neil Patrick Harris as Mark, Will Chase as Roger, Antonique Smith as Mimi, Robin de Jesus as Angel, Jesse L. Martin as Collins, Annaleigh Ashford as Maureen, and d’Monroe as Benny
12. Are you going to a performing arts school? If you’re still in high school, would you like to?
13. Who should have played Marilyn - Ivy or Karen? (SMASH)
14. If you landed a role on Broadway, would you stay in school or drop out?
I would stay in school.
15. What show do you believe was “robbed” from a Tony Award?
Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, any show with original music that was beat out by a jukebox musical.
16. What shows have you seen? [Tour Casts Included]
I can’t list them… There’s over 100
17. Will you be seeing the new Les Mis film?
18. How many cast recording albums do you own?
I can’t list these either…
19. Favorite cast?
The perfect cast was probably the revival of Ragtime. Everyone was flawless. Or the Original Broadway Cast of Spelling Bee.
20. Favorite film adaption?
Hair. It shows that the movie can be different, but still tell a good story using the music from the show.
21. What musical inspires you?
Without a doubt, Rent. Rent is the show that helped me survive high school.
22. Favorite “tagline” of a show. (i.e. “No Day But Today.”)
It is “No Day But Today.” I know it’s an overused theater saying, but Rent has always been and will always be my greatest theater love.
23. Favorite reprise?
I’ll Cover You. Makes me cry every time.
24. What show has the best costume design?
Right now I’m going with Priscilla. They’ve got Flip Flop dresses.
25. Favorite set design?
26. Have you met any Broadway stars?
I stage door most shows I see, so yes. The highlights have been Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Anthony Rapp, and the quirkiest story ever, the time Jonathan Groff had a Star Wars hat on so we chatted about the movies and then he said “May the force be with you” and I swooned hard core.
27. How many playbills do you own?
I collect these suckers. I have a lot.
28. Does your family enjoy musicals as much as you do?
Yes. Broadway is a family thing.
29. First musical you saw.
Regional was Peter Pan. First Broadway show was Beauty and the Beast
30. Favorite movie star turned Broadway star.
Dan Radcliffe. He was so good in H2$.