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Rather than join the bloviating on tomorrow's elections, I am going to take a moment to discuss some recent trips to see shows, as well as what is on the horizon.

While in Chicago for the weekend for college visits (mainly Loyola-Chicago), my son and I had the opportunity to shell out way too much money to see "Hamilton". I only say way too much money because the tickets cost close to what I paid for 2 tickets of a whole season of touring Broadway shows for this year (2018-2019), which includes Hamilton, in Omaha. However, the show itself actually was better than I even imagined. Lyrically, musically, staging-wise, it was top-notch. The audience had some issues, with late arrivals and early departures [I thought that I was at a Dodgers game], and noise during the show. My son, the theatre snob, had some thoughts about the lack of theater etiquette.

Other than it is a cultural event, one of the other reasons why we wanted to attend the show was that The Boy was cast in his high school's production of "Bring It On" as Twig, so it was a chance to experience other actors' cadence and style with Miranda's lyrics.

This past weekend, we attended the opening show of the Broadway series here in Omaha -- "The Play That Goes Wrong". It was described on the radio as "Monty Python Meets Sherlock Holmes", and it is a very apt tagline. It probably was the funniest play that I have ever seen, both with clever writing and physical comedy. As it is a touring company, one of the things that they do is work local jokes and references into the show, so they had to bring up the new Nebraska tourism slogan -- "Nebraska, It's Not For Everyone". What made it even funnier was that the show correctly understood that the slogan is a comment not on Nebraska but rather ignorant "coastal" folk who view this as flyover country. If you haven't seen this show, I highly recommend it. [The only down side to the show is that my son attended a master class for high school students last week, and they just did improve exercises, so he was disappointed.)

Of course, in the coming weeks, as Christmas comes into view, we will be attending "Bring It On" as well as a lighter-than-normal amount of "The Nutcracker". Because of schedules, for the first time in 7-8 years, my son will not be performing in the ballet, as all of the various performances are the same weekend as the high school musical. However, a girl that danced with my oldest two is dancing the role of Clara in the Lincoln version before she heads to dance next year as a trainee at Ballet West in Utah, so we are catching a show. (Her mother was the first real ballet teacher for them, and is the reason why my son decided to seriously study ballet after being cast in his first Nutcracker in Lincoln.)

BTW, here is the rest of the season in Omaha: Aladdin; On Your Feet (Gloria Estafan musical); Come From Away; School of Rock; Miss Saigon; Hamilton (Sept 2019).

We will likely try to trade On Your Feet tickets for a touring dance show, plus attend Book of Mormon in Lincoln in December.

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It's interesting that we will be spending election night at the theater this year. I hadn't planned on it, but the Atlanta Opera Company is putting on a production of West Side Story with full orchestral accompaniment. They rarely do traditional musicals but they've conducted extensive auditions to get opera singers for this one. And since their tickets normally command top dollar, I jumped when I had a chance to pick up a pair very cheap... but tomorrow night is the only night they will have cheap tickets available.

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Why didn't they want Broadway singers?

WSS is not an opera. (I hate modern classical mezzo-sopranos, & will say this show does not call for opera singers in any part.)


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I lived three blocks north of the CBIC Theater two years ago for the three months I had to be onsite at HCSC. I forget what they had playing then because it wasn't something I wanted to see. The only show I went to then was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Oriental, directly across from the door to my apartments.

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Why didn't they want Broadway singers?


They didn't want Broadway singers because this is an opera company and their contacts are in the opera world, not musical theater. This particular production is a co-production with three other opera companies that was performed earlier this year in Houston, Kansas City, and Chicago. The Atlanta Opera Company has often gone somewhat afield in staging less traditional shows. Last year, they did Sweeney Todd, and their next show this season will be an operatic version of Dead Man Walking (their other two shows this season are more traditional selections, Eugene Onegin and La Traviata).

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Why didn't they want Broadway singers?


They didn't want Broadway singers because this is an opera company and their contacts are in the opera world, not musical theater. This particular production is a co-production with three other opera companies that was performed earlier this year in Houston, Kansas City, and Chicago. The Atlanta Opera Company has often gone somewhat afield in staging less traditional shows. Last year, they did Sweeney Todd, and their next show this season will be an operatic version of Dead Man Walking (their other two shows this season are more traditional selections, Eugene Onegin and La Traviata).

An Operatic Sweeny Todd must have been a blast!

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Appa23 wrote:
Other than it is a cultural event, one of the other reasons why we wanted to attend the show was that The Boy was cast in his high school's production of "Bring It On" as Twig, so it was a chance to experience other actors' cadence and style with Miranda's lyrics.
I saw "Bring It On" about 7 or 8 years ago at the Ahmanson, but had no idea that Lin-Manuel Miranda had anything to do with it. Few had heard of him back then.

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This past weekend, we attended the opening show of the Broadway series here in Omaha -- "The Play That Goes Wrong". It was described on the radio as "Monty Python Meets Sherlock Holmes", and it is a very apt tagline. It probably was the funniest play that I have ever seen, both with clever writing and physical comedy. As it is a touring company, one of the things that they do is work local jokes and references into the show, so they had to bring up the new Nebraska tourism slogan -- "Nebraska, It's Not For Everyone". What made it even funnier was that the show correctly understood that the slogan is a comment not on Nebraska but rather ignorant "coastal" folk who view this as flyover country. If you haven't seen this show, I highly recommend it. [The only down side to the show is that my son attended a master class for high school students last week, and they just did improve exercises, so he was disappointed.)
Glad to hear this. It is coming to the Ahmanson next summer.

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BTW, here is the rest of the season in Omaha: Aladdin; On Your Feet (Gloria Estafan musical); Come From Away; School of Rock; Miss Saigon; Hamilton (Sept 2019).
"Come from Away" is the next play in our series. I will see it in early December.

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ghostjmf wrote:
Why didn't they want Broadway singers?

WSS is not an opera. (I hate modern classical mezzo-sopranos, & will say this show does not call for opera singers in any part.)


The show was very impressive. The quieter singing numbers ("Maria," "Tonight," "Somewhere Out There") sounded a lot like operatic arias and a lot more emotive than the local productions of WSS I'd seen before. The dance numbers were also excellent.

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Appa23 wrote:
BTW, here is the rest of the season in Omaha: Aladdin; On Your Feet (Gloria Estafan musical); Come From Away; School of Rock; Miss Saigon; Hamilton (Sept 2019).
I just saw "Come from Away" at the Ahmanson Theatre last night and thoroughly enjoyed everything about it.

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Mrs. SSS and I went to see a most unusual Christmas show tonight. It was the world premiere of the "Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular," an imaginary TV special that supposedly took place at Studio 54 in 1979. The "guests" on the show were Andy Warhol, Donna Summer, Truman Capote, and Michael Jackson. The actors playing the celebrities had the mannerisms down pat and the woman playing Ethel had her voice down as well. Probably because they didn't want to pay royalties to use any actual Merman songs (or disco songs of that era), all the music was disco versions of classic (and public domain) Christmas tunes and carols.

The show was put on by a gay-friendly theater company here in Atlanta, which made for an interesting experience at intermission. They had two unisex bathrooms, with the sign "we don't care" on both of them (although one did have a couple of urinals). BTW, I would say that the audience was about half male/female couples and half not.

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Mrs. SSS and I went to see a most unusual Christmas show tonight. It was the world premiere of the "Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular," an imaginary TV special that supposedly took place at Studio 54 in 1979. The "guests" on the show were Andy Warhol, Donna Summer, Truman Capote, and Michael Jackson. The actors playing the celebrities had the mannerisms down pat and the woman playing Ethel had her voice down as well. Probably because they didn't want to pay royalties to use any actual Merman songs (or disco songs of that era), all the music was disco versions of classic (and public domain) Christmas tunes and carols.

The show was put on by a gay-friendly theater company here in Atlanta, which made for an interesting experience at intermission. They had two unisex bathrooms, with the sign "we don't care" on both of them (although one did have a couple of urinals). BTW, I would say that the audience was about half male/female couples and half not.


I don't know if there are many theater companies that aren't gay-friendly, even if NPH says that Broadway isn't just for gays anymore.

FTR, ballet companies also are pretty friendly to gay people. :)

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Mrs. SSS and I went to see a most unusual Christmas show tonight. It was the world premiere of the "Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular," an imaginary TV special that supposedly took place at Studio 54 in 1979. The "guests" on the show were Andy Warhol, Donna Summer, Truman Capote, and Michael Jackson. The actors playing the celebrities had the mannerisms down pat and the woman playing Ethel had her voice down as well. Probably because they didn't want to pay royalties to use any actual Merman songs (or disco songs of that era), all the music was disco versions of classic (and public domain) Christmas tunes and carols.

The show was put on by a gay-friendly theater company here in Atlanta, which made for an interesting experience at intermission. They had two unisex bathrooms, with the sign "we don't care" on both of them (although one did have a couple of urinals). BTW, I would say that the audience was about half male/female couples and half not.


I don't know if there are many theater companies that aren't gay-friendly, even if NPH says that Broadway isn't just for gays anymore.

FTR, ballet companies also are pretty friendly to gay people. :)


I struggled with the best way to describe this company. From their website:

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Out Front Theatre Company, was established to tell stories of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intergender, Allied) experience and community, giving voice to LGBTQIA+ authors, composers, artists, and creators through the medium of theatre and the performing arts. Out Front plans to develop new works and produce classic pieces of theatre that have communicated these stories of the LGBTQIA+ population to a wider audience over time.

As a non-profit organization with a dedicated focus to better the LGBTQIA+ population, we strive to:
•Produce established works and premiere productions created by members of the LGBTQIA+ society,
•Generate productions with universal themes, which are important to the LGBTQIA+ community,
•Educate the populous to LGBTQIA+ history through quality theatrical productions,
•Work with local and national LGBTQIA+ organizations to bring awareness of issues facing the LGBTQIA+ to the greater Atlanta area through the medium of theatre,
•Create artistic and educational opportunities for at-risk LGBTQIA+ youths by collaborating with local educational institutions and organizations,
•Expand the number of theatrical opportunities for artists who are members of or who support the LQBTQIA+ community.

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For my birthday, I got tickets to see Jersey Boys in Providence next May. I'm really looking forward to it.

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For my birthday, I got tickets to see Jersey Boys in Providence next May. I'm really looking forward to it.

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I was never the biggest Frankie Valli fan growing up. I knew and liked the stuff I heard on the radio, but never bought an album of theirs. "Jersey Boys" was part of my Ahmanson Theatre subscription in 2007 and, again, in 2017. I enjoyed both performances very much. The first time, I remember being astounded that I knew all but 2 or 3 of the 24/25 songs in the play. The second time, I had not remembered so much of the story being mob-related. I don't know if that was because they fleshed out that part of the story in the 10 years between, or if I was concentrating more on the music the first time around.

Anyone who had a radio back then would like this musical. Even moreso if you are a fan of the band.

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BTW, here is the rest of the season in Omaha: Aladdin; On Your Feet (Gloria Estafan musical); Come From Away; School of Rock; Miss Saigon; Hamilton (Sept 2019).
I just saw "Come from Away" at the Ahmanson Theatre last night and thoroughly enjoyed everything about it.


Saw "Come from Away" yesterday, and it now is my favorite musical to see live. I think that it runs about 90 minutes, no intermission, and is incredibly funny and incredibly moving. I love scaled down productions, where the focus is on the acting/singing/music. [My sole "nerdy" complaint is that there are references to bonobo chimpanzees being on one of the planes, when bonobo and chimpanzee are different species, which one can see at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. I just attributed that dialogue to trying to express how a Newfie might describe them.]

The cast remarked how poignant it was to perform the musical in an area still recovering from a natural disaster, where so many people stepped forward to help people that they did not know.

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