March 5, 2008

Questions to ponder

Found this meme on possibly the best theatre blog out there, Steve on Broadway/SOB :)
I can't believe I only found his blog this week.

1. First musical I ever saw was Sweeney Todd. Traumatized at ten years old by the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
2. Musical I would most like to see again is Nine and Patti Lupone's Evita. Well, I've never even seen either of them. I'd also love to see Elaine Stritch's Joanne in Company.
3. Musical I never want to see again is Dracula and Cats. I actually dozed off in Dracula.
4. Best performance by a woman in a Broadway musical: Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens.
5. Best performance by a man in a Broadway musical: Nathan Lane in The Producers. Couldn't stand the movie but onstage he was brilliant.
6. One person I wish they never cast: Rue McClanahan as Madame Morrible in Wicked. I love my Blanche Devereaux but she wasn't even singing.
7. One person they should have cast: Mary Testa as Ursula in The Little Mermaid.
8. Favorite choreography: I know so little about dance and pay not much heed to
choreography, so forgive my ignorance, it would have to be Chicago.
9. Lyric/line that always brings a lump to my throat: "The very words that they had sung became their last communion. On a lonely barricade at dawn. Oh my friends my friends forgive me. That I live and you are gone. Empty chairs at empty tables,
where my friends will meet/sing no more."
10. Stupidest lyric/line is: Anything from Cats' MungoJerrie and Rumpleteazer, Rum Tum Tugger.
11. First musical I had to go back and see more than once: Les Miserables, 4 times. It's in a three way tie with Wicked and Rent.
12. First musical I ever walked out on was: None yet. It will probably
never happen.
13. Most underpraised and overly deserving show in my opinion is Taboo. It was very original and nothing like I'd ever seen at the time. I was bewildered, outraged but ultimately moved by these freakshow characters.
14. Most overly praised and under deserving show in my opinion is Spring Awakening. I just don't get it.
15. Showtune I'm most likely to sing while dancing around at home is: I don't
normally dance around at home, but probably the joyous La Vie Boheme from Rent.
16. If I would recast any role in a current Broadway musical with a performer of the
past: How about Lainie Kazan as Melpomene in Xanadu? Not too far from the past.
17. If I would recast a current actor in a Broadway musical that was before their
time it would be Jane Krakowski in Funny Girl.
18. The show they should never change a word because it is already perfect is Fiddler on the Roof, followed by West Side Story.
19. Show I'd most like to get my hands on and rewrite is: I could never presume to rewrite a show. I'm completely talentless.
20. Role I was born to play on Broadway is: I have horrible stage fright. Maybe Bloody Mary from South Pacific ;)

2 comments:

Jon said...

Ta Lani, I was with you in both Dracula and Cats. lol.

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Just found your blog and am humbled by the kind words. I'm adding your site to my favorites immediately!

Enjoyed perusing through your great blog!

Cheers, Steve

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