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What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« on: December 07, 2009, 08:24:49 AM »
I just saw Hamlet last night on Broadway in NYC.  Final show with Jude Law in the lead role.  Terrific performance.

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 11:03:01 AM »
As one of the oldest of the Elders in this joint, I go back a long ways--

When I was high school in the 1960s I had the opportunity to see a couple good shows:
1962- Helen Hayes and Maurice Evans in SHAKESPEARE REVISITED, A PROGRAM FOR TWO PLAYERS
1964-Edward Woodward, Tammy Grimes, and the great Bea Lilly in HIGH SPIRITS (on Broadway)

Then came a flurry of theatre attending:
1974- Vincent Price in OLIVER!
1978- Myrna Loy in RELATIVELY SPEAKING
1979- Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones in BLOSSOM TIME (they had been in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA many years before!)
1980- Cesar Romero in A DASH OF SPIRITS
1981- John Carradine in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
1981 again- Don Ameche in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

and then a long spell until
2001- Ann-Margret in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

The 1990s/2000s, instead of going to shows, I guess I've been going to conventions instead!
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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 11:17:49 AM »
- Rent (twice)

- The Graduate (Morgan Fairchild)

- A Winter's Tale

- The Marriage Counselor

- Turnadot (Opera, a birthday present to my wife)

- Dreamgirls

- Little Orphan Annie

These are off the top of my head. They are some others that are escaping me at the moment, some that I do not remember the names as well.
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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 12:15:19 PM »
Just one..but I will never forget it.  1776, with the original cast, for my 20th birthday!

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 01:11:28 PM »
Loads-

Grew up in the '60s & my parents dragged me (kicking & screaming)
to all kinds of Broadway shows, dinner theater  & the Shakespere theater in
Stratford, Ct.
as well as symphonies & other classical music concerts.

Kicking & screaming then-
Grateful as hell now~  ;)

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 02:12:37 PM »
As for professional theatre, over the years I've seen: The Magic Show, Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, A Chorus Line, and Les Miserables.  Besides that, I've seen a bunch of college and high school productions of many others.  A lot of those are equally good, and certainly more affordable.

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 03:11:02 PM »
CATS
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
MISS SAIGON
EVITA
THE MUSIC MAN
ELVIS-THE LEGEND LIVES w/ Rick Saucedo & The Jordanaires
MY FAIR LADY w/Rex Harrison
THE KING AND I w/ Yul Brenner
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
LEND ME A TENOR w/ John Astin
ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT-EDGAR ALLAN POE w/ John Astin
ANNIE
SWEENEY TODD w/ Angela Lansbury and George Hearn
GUYS AND DOLLS w/ Ray Rayner
THE MUNSTERS AT THE SHRINE CIRCUS W/ Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, and Pat Priest
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (in Italian!)
BEATLEMANIA!
BOZO'S CIRCUS AT CHICAGOFEST (from backstage)
THE LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
THE BJ AND DIRTY DRAGON STAGE SHOW
DISNEY ON ICE (several versions)
THE LITTLE MERMAID (Disney)
THE LION KING (Disney)


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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009, 03:36:24 PM »
As one of the oldest of the Elders in this joint, I go back a long ways--

When I was high school in the 1960s I had the opportunity to see a couple good shows:
1962- Helen Hayes and Maurice Evans in SHAKESPEARE REVISITED, A PROGRAM FOR TWO PLAYERS
1964-Edward Woodward, Tammy Grimes, and the great Bea Lilly in HIGH SPIRITS (on Broadway)

Then came a flurry of theatre attending:
1974- Vincent Price in OLIVER!
1978- Myrna Loy in RELATIVELY SPEAKING
1979- Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones in BLOSSOM TIME (they had been in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA many years before!)
1980- Cesar Romero in A DASH OF SPIRITS
1981- John Carradine in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
1981 again- Don Ameche in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

and then a long spell until
2001- Ann-Margret in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

The 1990s/2000s, instead of going to shows, I guess I've been going to conventions instead!

Good golly, Bobbo, that's like a list of treasures. Price in Oliver!, Carradine in Barefoot, Ameche in How To Succeed... and seeing the First Lady of The American Stage herself WITH Dr. Zaius ( ;D ), serious theatre-goin' there.

I got to discuss Ann-Margret's run in Best Little... with Ms. Ann-Margret herself, when she was in town performing with Andy Williams for the 2004 summer show (she'd do it again in Spring of 2008). One of the coolest people, and exactly Ariel from Grumpy Old Men. Sweet, sincere, and full of energy.

I've seen so many concerts and theatrical whatchamadoohickies in my life I couldn't really name them all. Barnum with Jim Dale and Glenn Close has to be a standout, as well as Wicked at the Apollo Victoria in London. John Astin as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre in D.C. in was pretty wonderful too!



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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009, 05:14:47 PM »
Not a lot of live theater for me -- but when I was very young, my parents took me with them to see Ginger Rogers in a touring company of HELLO DOLLY.   I have a vague memory of it....

As a teen I saw the touring company of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

Later I saw some Chicago theater productions -- the comic booky show, WARP -- and Lynda Barry's THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME.  The Barry show was remarkable.

Also saw Pee-Wee Herman's solo live show (not to be confused with the Groundlings production that ended up on HBO).  And many shows at Second City in Chicago -- once in Toronto.  Have seen a few comedy/improv and "Fringe Festival" shows here in Minneapolis.

Have seen plenty of plays/musicals on film/video -- so it seems like I've seen a lot more theater than I actually have....

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009, 05:34:04 PM »
John Astin as Poe
Les Miz 3 times
Phantom of the Opera x 2
Cats
Little shops of horrors (original cast)
Rocky horror in London
Lord of the Rings musical in toronto
Street car named Desire with  Alec Baldwin
Jersey Boys
Blue man group Many times.
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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2009, 06:01:42 PM »
Also saw Pee-Wee Herman's solo live show (not to be confused with the Groundlings production that ended up on HBO).  And many shows at Second City in Chicago -- once in Toronto.  Have seen a few comedy/improv and "Fringe Festival" shows here in Minneapolis.



I saw that, too, Terry...I must have seen the 'Groundlings' version, though...it was a traveling Pee Wee's Playhouse (but much more adult than the TV version), but it was before anybody really knew who Pee Wee Herman was. We called him 'the hamburger guy', from Cheech and Chong.

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2009, 08:26:07 PM »
I have seen two stage performances and both were excellant.
joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat  and diversions and delights w/vincent price
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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2009, 08:40:13 PM »
Big Swan, the Vinnie "D&D" is a play I am very sorry I never got to see--he felt it was the best thing he'd done in the latter half of his life.  You're a lucky guy to have seen that!
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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009, 02:01:54 AM »
As one of the oldest of the Elders in this joint, I go back a long ways--

When I was high school in the 1960s I had the opportunity to see a couple good shows:
1962- Helen Hayes and Maurice Evans in SHAKESPEARE REVISITED, A PROGRAM FOR TWO PLAYERS
1964-Edward Woodward, Tammy Grimes, and the great Bea Lilly in HIGH SPIRITS (on Broadway)

Then came a flurry of theatre attending:
1974- Vincent Price in OLIVER!
1978- Myrna Loy in RELATIVELY SPEAKING
1979- Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones in BLOSSOM TIME (they had been in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA many years before!)
1980- Cesar Romero in A DASH OF SPIRITS
1981- John Carradine in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
1981 again- Don Ameche in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

and then a long spell until
2001- Ann-Margret in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

The 1990s/2000s, instead of going to shows, I guess I've been going to conventions instead!

Terrific list, Robert.

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Re: What Stage Productions/ Performances Have You Seen?
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009, 02:12:45 AM »
Other than Hamlet this past Sunday, I've seen The Little Mermaid on Broadway, The Wedding Singer on Broadway and Inherit the Wind with Brian Dennehey and Christopher Plummer on Broadway (our seats were on stage behind the actors in the jurors box).

I saw Evita at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  Great experience.  I took a group of members from the NJ Association for the Deaf/ Blind and we got there early.  My friends got to go backstage and feel all of the props and costumes before the show and when the play was going on, I was tactile signing the story to a woman and I could tell her what the stage looked like and what the actors were wearing from the things she 'felt' earlier.  Really great job by the Paper Mill Playhouse to make that happen.

I saw a terrible show in Chicago---about Pedicabs... a one-man performance.  Him and a pedicab up on stage.  We were SO bored we entertained the thought of moving the masking tape marks so that the guy would drive the thing off the stage >:D