Looks like you are more of a Sesame Street live person. Sorry the show was beyond you.
I get that the show is about a war horse - but if you wanted to see a straight out musical (singing and dancing), this one isn't it. Or maybe it was, I left before intermission because it was sooooo boring, so I really don't know. Tickets were free so I'm not mad, just want folks to know what they're in for: it's a coming-of-age story about a boy and his horse, that's it...I think.
I could not agree more....the final paragraph says it all. The way this cast, crew, design team and director worked together to make this amazing production says so much about real theatre and why everyone should go and see this show. You will have fun and you will have a real experience that you will chuckle about and talk about for days to come.
And it says a lot about the fact that we are so fortunate in this community to be able to have this kind of theatre right here, for us. It must be said that a lot of the magic that these talented artists conceived was made possible because of GEVA staff...from Jean Ryon's dramaturgy, to Frank Cavallo's stage management, to all the folks in the costume shop and the scene shop (whose names we don't even know) who made all the requests happen....this really is "Theatre made in Rochester, for Rochester."
Thanks to all who make this happen for us...including those who open their wallets and give a gift beyond the ticket price.
Kudo's to a wonderful actress. We want to see more of Thomas Smalley (Aggy Dune)
Thanks for the clarification, JCC fan; you're absolutely right. This being my first experience with the musical, and given the wibbly wobbly timey wimey nature of the plot, I must have confused the geography of who was where and when. Luckily I don't think my mistake took anything away from the show - the important bit being understanding that the couple was separate by distance (at least temporarily) and that it put a strain on the relationship.
I really appreciate the feedback, though. This way, I'll be much better prepared for the next time I see the show!
Something to note: Cathy does not live in Ohio. The long-distance relationship only exists temporarily for the couple while Cathy is doing summer stock style productions away from NYC.
The show takes place in NYC with author Jason Robert Brown stating in most of his comment s on the show, that the couple is the idealistic NYC couple- perfect and imperfect at the same time.
You're absolutely correct, Stratford Fan. We've corrected the article. Thanks.
You should know that Tom Rooney, not Brian Bedford, plays the role of Angelo in Measure for Measure.
At the event, they said that 5 shows are brand new to the market (in their season, with more as "specials"). And, by the way, Les Miz is a huge movie hit, so timely...and Phantom is a new version (as Nocciolino explained during the roll out event). RBTL brings popular entertainment, they are not trying to say they do anything else.
With popular entertainment events, the marketplace determines what works and what does not...guess I do not have a problem with that.
I realize that the goal of the RBTL is to make money, not promote art or originality, but my god, ANOTHER run of Phantom? Isn't the 4th., or 5th. or 5th. road show of Les Miz in May bad enough?
This season sure is great! I went to the announcement event and could not help but wonder why we are losing RBTL to the suburbs? I rarely agreed with Bob Duffy, but he wanted to keep them, then, later, Mayor Richards did not care. But, even he was at the announcment event. It looks like they are in growth mode while arts organizations are in trouble here,
I guess Rothchild was right in his comments that night...RBTL recognized the change in what was happening in the arts and responded years agoand approached things differently. Now, they are leaving downtown and our city is the loser!
There IS a double standard; Darius is right. And we know why but seldom dare state it.
I'm not against the right of free speech and criticism of anything. I'm saying there is a double standard when it comes to satire and criticism of religion as it applies to Christian religions and Islam.
If I'm understanding you correctly, Darius, you are saying that it's only okay for the members of a religion to talk about or criticize the religion, even if said religion's doctrine has influence on how non-members are allowed to live their lives (see the Mormon influence on Prop 8, please)? That amounts to nothing more than PR, and doesn't serve to introduce the public to the reality of the religion.
The Mormons don't need our support if they are the object of satire. The gays kids who are born into the religion and cast out of the house need our support, for example.
Allowing religious doctrine to be immune to discussion and criticism is a very dangerous stance to take.
I have no desire to see a musical full of "coarse language and frat-boy-adjacent jokes" and "cameos by Satan, Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Johnnie Cochran". I'm just not into that. My point is that the politically correct crowd is offended (or downright frightened) when Islam is satirized, but Christians are fair game. As I said, the Mormons are a class act, turning the other cheek and all (very Christian of them).
Darius: I'm curious, have you even seen "The Book of Mormon"? Or are you just assuming it's offensive because of the creators behind it? Because truthfully, I found the Mormon missionaries depicted in the show to be treated relatively well. The religion certainly isn't demonized here. In fact, it is shown as having an extremely positive impact on a community that desperately needed help.
I also think it's worth noting that the Church of Latter Day Saints took out not one, not two, but THREE full-page ads in the program for the show encouraging people interested in learning more about their religion to come to the church. If they're embracing the show in the spirit in which it was intended, I'm not clear on why a supposed non-Mormon is leaving multiple comments decrying its approach.
If someone were to produce a funny award-winning musical about any other religion, I'd line up to see it. What's not to love about the light of reason & truth being shone on any of the world's religions to reveal that they're all nothing but mythology and superstition?
I’m wondering why there aren’t protests or outrage about this mocking of religion. You would certainly hear about it if RBTL was hosting a production called 'The Book of Islam' or a musical based on Salmon Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses’ or a 'Burka Chorus Line'. At least 'Nunsense' was purportedly made by Catholics. The Book of Mormon was created by the producers of South Park who are not of the Mormon faith. I give the Mormons credit for taking a civilized approach, offering to educate and inform the public about their religion rather than protesting this musical. Still, you would think that other concerned citizens would express support by at least discussing the question of the appropriateness of this production.
I think the musicians are fantastic as well
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