Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

a sad day December 20, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 3:11 pm
My friend asked me the other day if I’d heard anything about Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables fame) playing Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, and I said “oh no, I get The Drowsy Chaperone newsletter, I’d surely know if he’d been in the show.” Then I had a sickening feeling as I remembered how I’d rather cavalierly deleted one or two of those email newsletters without really reading them. Sure enough, I checked the trusty IBDB the next day, and found to my great dismay and regret that yes, I did miss my chance to see the wonderful, Canadian Jonathan Crombie in person in such a wonderful show, and could even have, perhaps (swoon), gotten his autograph (and said something very embarrassing and stupid I’m sure) at the stage door!! It almost seems fitting that on the heels of such horrible news, I check out Playbill.com today to find that The Drowsy Chaperone is closing at the end of the year.  It’s a sad day my friends.  A very sad day.
 

opera blues November 20, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:53 pm

I feel like I should like the opera, but I don’t. It’s too much for me, most of the time. Occasionally someone in my family will come to visit and ask if I’d like to see an opera, and I have to scrunch my nose and say no thank you!

Of course, just as soon as I leave, the Met is doing an opera I really would like to see. Hansel and Gretel is right up my alley since it’s a fairy tale and I sang a song from it in high school choir. The sets look pretty awesome too. There’s also going to be an art exhibit at the Met which I am hoping to see before I go of book illustrations of this oh-so-famous tale.  Click on the picture for a sneak peak care of The New Yorker.

 

the business of Broadway November 13, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 3:50 pm

…is seriously putting a crimp in my style. The skuttlebut is that the Broadway directors really don’t want to give in to the stagehands who want a bigger piece of the Broadway box office pie, so in turn, the stagehands want to hit the producers where it hurts – the holiday take. Bottom line, this strike could go on for weeks. Weeks!

Don’t they know I have a limited time to get as much theatre in as possible before I leave the Promised Land!?  I was hoping to see The Seafarer, The Little Mermaid, and Pygmalion before I left, but now, I’m worried it’s not possible.  Pygmalion is actually still running, but I was hoping to get into the Monday showing Thanksgiving week which, on the unusual night, is usually accessible, but now, I’m worried tourists will throw themselves at it since there are only 8 Broadway shows to choose from for the indefinite future.  If only they’d held off until 2008 it would have been so much better for me, and isn’t that the most important thing?

 

check it out, dude October 22, 2007

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:21 pm

A coworker brought this site to my attention which is really a shame since I could easily lose hours at a time on this baby. Still, they’d be really fun hours, so I think you should go there too. Click on the picture to be transported to musical theatre heaven.

 

a trailer for a musical with no music? October 4, 2007

Filed under: Movies,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 5:56 pm

The first Sweeney Todd trailer is available for viewing online (Click poster for the link).  I’m worried.  I understand that having a trailer with virtually no singing might seem a better way to draw non-musical theatre crowds to the movie, but it also makes me think that perhaps the actors don’t sound so good.  I don’t even know how they got so much footage without singing in it – am I crazy in thinking of Sweeney Todd as 90% sung?
 I am devoted to Tim Burton, but he has let me down before.  I hope he doesn’t fail me this time.  I would love to love this movie.

 

things I thought about stuff

Filed under: Books,Movies,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:41 pm
  • THE RITZ @ Studio 54.  I am apparently alone in my opinion, but I say it is a terrible play.  Perhaps when it came out it was funny in a very fluffy, purely entertainment way, but today, I’m sorry, having the only truly emotional note in your play being the possibility of a friendship between a gay and a straight guy just doesn’t cut it.
  • AUSTENLANDby Shannon Hale.  It was ok.  I’d much rather read her YA stuff.  Much rather.
  • ONCE.  Here’s the thing.  It’s a very nice movie.  But then people liked it, and hyped it to high heaven which is the opposite of what this kind of movie needs.  If you see it, you’ll enjoy it.  If you don’t see it, that’s fine too.  No need to see on the big screen, it’s the music and relationship that the movie’s about.
  • THE LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHSby Jack Gantos.  Really different from his other books, and other peoples’ books for that matter, very creepy; a good read for October.
  • A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHTby Laura Whitcomb.  Couldn’t stop reading it (stayed up ’til 3am).  This is what I wanted from The Lovely Bones, glad I finally got it.
  • THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages.  I just started reading this book, so I can’t share an opinion of it.  But I am mystified as to why I’m reading it.  Let me explain.  I, like many bibliophiles, have many scraps of papers with book titles on them.  Things I’ve seen or heard about that I want to read.  The scraps of paper float through drawers, over piles, fall out of notebooks, etc.  Some of them I eventually request from the library having completely forgotten why I was interested in them in the first place, which is really part of the fun.  But I really didn’t think this was the case with The Green Glass Sea.  I knew in my head that it was a book by the lady that wrote Life As We Knew It (really good, I recommend it to you all – but it will scare you).  But guess what, y’all?  It’s not.  Because Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote Life as We Knew It, and she’s not Ellen Klages now, is she?  So anyway, I don’t know why I’m reading Green Glass Sea exactly, but I liked to first chapter, so I’m very happy to continue.
 

Patti LuPone as Mama Rose August 3, 2007

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 3:24 pm

Click on the poster for a taste of why I was thrilled to pay too much money to see the incomprable Patti LuPone in Gypsy this summer. There are rumors of a West End transfer, and I certainly hope it happens so that I may hope for a cast recording. This is the best Gypsy cast I’ve ever seen, and I’d love to listen to them over and over and over…