There are many theatre-related blogs that I regularly read and enjoy that I've included amongf my favorites, but a rather fresh one caught my eye: Waiting In The Wings, described as "An irreverant, close look at theater and the activity surrounding it, mostly in New York but elsewhere if it moves me. The good, the very good, the bad and the downright horrifying."
It's sharp, erudite writer is Susan Gimelson, who once wrote an art column for the New York Observer. In reading her postings, I came across one that asked, "What will be hot (or not) this season." She continued, "OK; I am seeing six plays in the next week, so that is all I'll be writing about. In the meantime, I'd like to hear from readers what they think will be the hottest tickets this season. I also have some other questions. Tell stories; wax rhapsodic. Feel free to leave your most honest responses. Have fun -- be informative -- vent!!! And thanks."
Naturally, I couldn't resist a good online discussion, so here were my own musings that I posted on Waiting In The Wings:
What will be the hottest ticket this season? My guess is one of three: The Apple Tree, Grey Gardens (and) The Year of Magical Thinking and -- yes -- (lest I not forget) Mary Poppins
Best Play - The Coast of Utopia
Best Musical - Mary Poppins
Best Actor/Actress - Nathan Lane in Butley (although I saw the show in Boston and can't figure out what the fuss is about) and Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking. On the musical side, I'd say Raúl Esparza will finally get his due for Company unless Curtains finds a theatre (then David Hyde Pierce could be the frontrunner) and Christine Ebersole for Grey Gardens
Song that will be remembered - John Kander & Fred Ebb's wonderful "Show People" (from Curtains)
Song that should never have been written - From what I'm hearing about High Fidelity, perhaps something from that score
Actors we are most sick of seeing - Michael Cerveris. There, I've said it. (Although I've enjoyed each of the shows in which I've ever seen him. Perhaps I just think he's a tad overrated....)
Actor we want to see more of - Sherie René Scott. I can't get enough of her. But I'd love to see more of the stalwarts of Broadway, including Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera
and Angela Lansbury (I have yet to seen this legend and am extremely excited by her just-announced scheduled return to Broadway in Terrence McNally's play Deuce due this next spring!)
Which theater has the worst seats? - I've never been more uncomfortable than I have in the (John) Golden Theatre (home to Avenue Q) with the St. James (home to The Producers ) coming in a close second
Which theater has the rudest ushers? - Without a doubt and no hesitation: The Broadhurst, which has a female usher who has been there for years rudely bossing her patrons, forgetting that without them, she would have no job. (On the flip side, I've found some of the most incredibly nice people working at the George Gershwin Theatre [home to Wicked], with Off-Broadway's Acorn Theatre coming in second)
Which theater has the best concession counter? - The Marquis (home to The Drowsy Chaperone)
Which theater is the best place to pick up people? - (Not that I would know, but it probably) depends upon what is showing where...Today, it's probably the Nederlander (home of Rent) or Golden or Circle in the Square (home of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)...
What production should never be revived no matter what? - Hands-down: Cats. Let's hope it only had one life.
So what shows, actors and theatres would you answer? You may want to weigh in directly on Waiting In The Wings or feel free to comment here. As for me, I'll look forward to reading more of Susan's stories in the weeks and months ahead.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).