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Monday, November 12, 2007


The Repercussions of ModFab Leaving New York

Vance here again filling in for ModFab who left New York just in the nick of time.

Apparently as soon as ModFab leaves New York City, all hell breaks loose. As you've probably heard by now, the theatre stagehands in New York went on strike on Saturday, essentially shutting down almost all Broadway shows (full list below). But I'm here to remind you that there are still lots of fantastic shows still running Off-Broadway that you can see (including Die Mommie Die, Fuerzabruta, Altar Boyz, Peter and Jerry and Speech and Debate).

Plus Xanadu is one of the few Broadway shows still running and as ModFab reviewed, it's the Gayest Gay in the history of Gay: The Musical. What are you waiting for?

And if you don't live in New York and just don't care, well, then, um, why are you still reading this? Actually, here's a personal recommendation to Londoners. Go see Parade at the Donmar Warehouse while it still runs until Nov. 24th. Simply a breathtaking production from the moment Stuart Matthew Price opens his mouth to sing "The Old Red Hills of Home". One of the best things I've seen all year.

In Toronto, go see the National Ballet of Canada's new production West Side Story Suite & Glass Pieces & In the Night running until this Sunday, Nov. 18th. It's a fantastic hodgepodge tribute to Jerome Robbins with a more modern feel set to Phillip Glass music, traditional ballet set to Chopin, and then finally a set danced to the classics of West Side Story with singing from the dance company and a full on orchestra that reminds us how amazing the music to West Side Story was. ModFab had a good point. Maybe it IS time to revive it on Broadway. Once the strike is over that is.

If you did buy theatre tickets for shows that are being cancelled, there is a way of getting a refund that doesn't involve dragging a chorus boy into the alley beside the theatre and forcing him to sing... or other things.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mary Poppins
The Ritz
Young Frankenstein

August: Osage County
Avenue Q
A Bronx Tale
A Chorus Line
The Color Purple
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dr' Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Farnsworth Invention
Is He Dead?
Jersey Boys
Legally Blonde
Les Miserables
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Mamma Mia!
Monty Python's Spamalot
ThePhantom of the Opera
Rock 'n' Roll
The Seafarer
Spring Awakening



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