Nice article about a talented artist.
If this production is based on the last Broadway revival, then the Spanish translations were done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of "In the Heights."
You didn't mention the lighting. It was SO frustrating to so frequently not be able to see the actors or their faces, especially when compounded with the sound issues. I agree with your comments about the orchestra. The sets were uninspired. All in all, I felt that the talented people on stage were let down by the production side of things, as was the audience. Even the ushering was weird - did no one meet with the ushers to explain the numbering system?. And one usher opted to disrupt the opening number by bringing a couple down to the very front, only to return up the aisle with them (noisily) because they were on the wrong side. I was very excited to return to the Kodak Center to see a show as I often went there when Greece Athena did their shows there. The Athena production staff did not seem to have these same issues with the venue. For the price RAPA is now charging for tickets, one expects more...
Thank you for pointing out the mistake, Penfield Players. The story has been corrected.
Phone number for advance tickets is actually 340-8655.
Excellent write-up, looking forward to the interpretations.
Bravo! Looking forward to it...
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Nick, I couldn't agree more. It isn't the story that's flawed. As you say, the original production has lasted since 1986.
Doglanta, on November 25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the principal actors will be replaced, INCLUDING Cooper Grodin.
The Phantom will be played by Chris Mann
The principal Christine will be Katie Travis
Raoul will be played by Storm Lineberger
OK, just got back from the Phantom show tonight in Atlanta and I have to say I hated it. Well not all of it but a lot of it. I thought Julia Udine did a good job as Christine, and I thought the stage scenery was better than I thought it would be for a touring version of the show. But, the actor playing the Phantom, Cooper Grodin, was absolutely terrible. It was almost as if he had never actually heard the songs before. He seemed to rush through his lines and songs. Sometimes the songs sounded like he was just shouting words instead of singing. He really ruined the show for me. My daughter said he sounded like he was doing a Saturday Night Live parody of the Phantom, and not a very good one either. The show was not a total loss but it was by far the worst of the 6 version of it I have seen. Disappointing. Plus, unfortunately the sound at the Atlanta Fox Theater was really bad. Many people were commenting out loud that they could not hear the actors let alone understand what they were saying. There were also some key Phantom elements missing from there show such as Christine de-masking the Phantom. How can you remove that from this show? This version of the show may not seem as bad for someone who has never seen the show before but if you have seen the original show chances are you will feel cheated.
Thank you, this is an excellent feature.
RocTheStage, thank you for the note. The story has been updated.
Another special would be great for people like myself, who are not able to see him live. I hope it really happens!
Great review! Just one thing - Chai is NOT a Hebrew letter - it's a Hebrew word consisting of two Hebrew letters. Important distinction in the play and otherwise.
Don't forget about the 18th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival, held this November 15th. For more details, see www.rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com
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The end sex scene between Bill and Sookie reminded me of a line from a Patton Oswalt bit.
"He lays on top of his beloved like a pile of laundry on top of another pile of laundry..."
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