Thursday, October 26, 2006

On A Night Like This: Times They Are A-Changin' Opens On Broadway

On A Night Like This: Times They Are A-Changin' Opens On Broadway

Tonight marks the officially Broadway opening for the Twyla Tharp-conceived, directed and choreographed The Times They Are A-Changin' based on the music of Bob Dylan. The show has an open-ended run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

As I've previously noted, there's no denying Tharp's genius or Dylan's timeless music. But reviews of its tryout in San Diego were critical, and one of its lead roles has been recast more than once, including during the crucial Broadway previews.

But don't count Tharp out just yet. Her reinterpretation of Billy Joel's music in Movin' Out received mixed reviews in Chicago only to be fine-tuned into a celebrated Great White Way hit.

Will Tharp and Dylan strike similar gold? The answer my friends is blowin' in the wind....until tomorrow's reviews come out.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Related Stories:
A Cast That Is A-Changin': Sign Of The Times? (October 4, 2006)

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At 26 October, 2006, Blogger City Slicker said...

Oh how I miss the sight of a real NY playbill.

At 26 October, 2006, Blogger BroadwayBaby said...

I saw the show in San Diego and mildly enjoyed it. It is however, way too avant-garde for Broadway. The Fellini meets Cirque du Soleil conceit works to a point, but it has neither the amazing acrobatics of Cirque nor the genius that was Fellini. Even though changes were made since San Diego, the body of the work has not changed. I can see this musical getting its own group of fans, but the general public and most critics will probably hate it.

At 27 October, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Liz (aka City Slicker) - Thanks so much for your quick quip! Now you've opened a pandora's box.

I miss the standard format of Playbills every time I visit London theatres and am flummoxed every time I'm forced to shell out a few quid for the West End equivalent. With the proliferation of the more expensive souvenir programmes, it seems the least theatres there can do is provide you with the details of who's responsible for the show in a Playbill-esque format.

My big pet peeve with respect to Playbills on Broadway is that if you don't see the show within a short time of its opening, you're relegated to second-class theatre citizen in receiving a black-and-white version of the production Playbill instead of the original color version. Last I checked, we're still paying the same amount for the tickets...

At 27 October, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Broadway Baby,

As always, I appreciate hearing from you on this particular show. Nice to hear from someone who actually saw the original production.

Judging from the critical drubbing that just took place on top of the already negative buzz, it doesn't appear that the "Times" are right for a very long shelf life at the Brooks Atkinson.

Too bad for Bob Dylan.


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