re: I'm overjoyed for this, and thrilled to see Landau's direction
Last Edit: GrumpyMorningBoy 02:54 pm EDT 06/10/24
Posted by: GrumpyMorningBoy 02:53 pm EDT 06/10/24
In reply to: I'm overjoyed for this, and thrilled to see Landau's direction - Chazwaza 02:01 pm EDT 06/10/24

Ms. Landau directed the mini-'tour' that played at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1999, and I saw that production. Alain Fruge was a tremendous Floyd, and Clarke Thorell played Homer.

There were a handful of musical changes. A new song went in, "Where A Man Belongs," and if I remember correctly, "'Tween a Rock and a Hard Place" was cut.

The production was straightforward and unfussy. In the production that I saw, which didn't differ in style from the Playwrights one (from what I understand), the entire show sinks or swims based on the performance of Floyd himself. If he can't capture your heart in the opening number and make you care -- deeply -- you simply will not want to spend all that time stuck in that cave. Or care whether or not he survives. Or be willing to stay with him all the way through the end.

Thankfully, Mr. Fruge absolutely succeeded on that front, but this production undeniably hinged on the casting.

- GMB
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