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Posted by: GabbyGerard 11:28 pm EST 03/07/19
In reply to: re: Side orch(right)at MFL. Has anyone sat there? - Michaels 08:46 pm EST 03/07/19

The first time I saw the production, I sat in the second row, fairly far to the right (maybe four seats from the rightmost aisle?). The second time I saw it, I sat dead center in the loge, maybe four rows back. The experiences were very different, but both had their advantages.

The seat that was farther back and in the center gave me a better view of the choreography, the spectacle of the set, and the orchestra. All of the "big" stuff was more enjoyable from this vantage point, BUT...

...despite being a big, grand, old fashioned musical, so much of My Fair Lady consists of small scenes, solos or--shall we call them?---solos with backup. I might even venture to say that all of the BEST material in MFL is the material that occurs on this scale. For these moments, I much preferred the seat in the second row, which afforded me the opportunity to watch some first rate actors do incredible work. (DISCLAIMER: Both times I saw it, I saw Ambrose and Butz; I can't speak to Benanti or Anderson and Burstein.)
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