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re: Tonys: Putting Lipstick on a Pig of a Bway season--my own thoughts, and likes
Posted by: Showtunegal 03:27 pm EDT 06/10/19
In reply to: re: Tonys: Putting Lipstick on a Pig of a Bway season - dlevy 11:29 am EDT 06/10/19

Look, it was clearly a season that got us talking! And there's rarely been one that I remember with such diverse opinions among those of us who see many shows. I was thrilled that it was such a good season for new plays, and surprised that the depth of new musicals was better than I thought. I still have no idea how Gary made it to Broadway, and I wouldn't recommend it to that many people, but I loved it and thought the acting was superb. And while The Prom was no Drowsy Chaperone, I still really enjoyed it. I didn't like the second act of Ink but loved the first act, thought Choir Boy had huge problems in its construction but was nevertheless glad it was on Broadway, too, and I of course loved The Ferryman. As for The Waverly Gallery? I've seen five plays about alzheimer's/dementia and found this by far the most compelling, and accurate in my experience. I adored it. I had a couple of issues with Oklahoma! (those dropping boots? Was this Forbidden Broadway?) but still found it very exciting. I saw Hadestown at NYTW and enjoyed it, but didn't find it particularly emotionally involving--I loved the individual numbers, but felt it was all sort of pitched at the same level. I laughed a lot at Tootsie but thought the supporting actors stole it, and that the show missed the mark a bit--it was as woke as Birth of a Nation. I got a free ticket to King Kong and wow, it truly sucked--talk about a paint by numbers musical. But the puppetry was astonishing, you could really see that ape get sad and depressed.
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