Mayfield, MTI has now weighed in and permitted the change, but Theatre Memphis, having reinserted the song, is keeping it anyway. That's a best result, I think. Nobody gets in trouble over best intentions and a set of warts-and-all historical snapshots remain in tact.
Last I heard MTI received and acknowledged the belated request for change but had yet to decide. TM re-inserted the song pending the decision, so there's no real demand to be made at this point. The script is restored. There may be more to the story, of course.
Any word if MTI forced Theatre Memphis to put that number back in?
Ditto on "The Physicists." So glad you were able to see it.
A story that's so needed to be told.
It's always very moving to read your entries, Elaine. I think you are making a real difference and doing it with grace and caring. thank you for the things you are doing and for who you are. peace, Michele
What a gift Elaine Blanchard is to the city of Memphis, along with Friends for Life and these brave individuals who are finding courage to share their stories.
The practical need to distinguish between two Roses, no doubt.
Here's a fun fact: She is never called "Mama Rose" in the musical. Arthur Laurents suggests that nobody close to her ever called her that.
I'll be seeing GYSPY this weekend. And I won't be thinking about this review when I do. This reviewer forgot this is article isn't running in "Theater Fan Monthly", but in a general-interest newspaper for anyone in the metro area who might want to see this production. Most people will not be thinking of Tyne Daly or Ethel Merman (who died 30 years ago). If this production has problems (for example, you call this production "soulless" but offer no explanation to support that label), then present them in context of the production itself, not in comparison to a Broadway production that costs $100 more per seat. Perhaps your friends are impressed with the depth of your knowledge of theaters, but readers are not.
I wrote a biography of the real Rose, Rose Thompson Hovick - wish I could see this production!
No reference to Patti Lupone? She nailed the role of Mamma Rose in the last Broadway revival.
Would be tough to see anyone else in the role for a long, long time.
"It's visually underwhelming, especially by the standard Playhouse has set for itself in recent years." Having seen SPAMALOT there this year, I get that.
I thought the performances of Barclay, Carla and Leah Beth Bolton were all on point, particularly Carla. It was what I looked for, a fun night.
At least everything Playhouse attempts to mount exceeds mediocre theatre on a regular basis. And, most of the time way beyond. Gypsy is no exception.
It's visually underwhelming, especially by the standard Playhouse has set for itself in recent years. Barclay and Carla are two of the most reliable area performers and two I've often identified as personal favorites. I'm not sure what's so cynical about saying that this bleak-looking affair felt sturdy but by the numbers.
Jordan's one of the most exciting young artists in town, and it's about time to drop "young" because chronology notwithstanding, within the business he's pretty mature.
I went to the opening night performance of Gypsy and it was anything but colorless and restrained.
Carla is incredible as Mama Rose. I cried in Rose's Turn. I felt that Herbie ( Barkley) really loved Rose. Having seen both Carla and Barcley in countless prior performances, I noticed that I forgot that I knew each one of them personally as I became more and more engaged in the show.
The band is featured in the show. They would normally be in the pitt but they are on stage and in sight most of the performance.
This is one of the most cynical reviews I have ever read.
What theatre critic gets caught in the act of leaving a show? Sounds like the Memphis Flyer hired an amateur.
Critiquing the critic. Mr. Davis, I had the unpleasant experience of being seated next to you during the matinee performance of "Boeing, Boeing". Ahh, humor; It takes you to a happy place. It's uplifting to be part of a group sharing laughter. I guess you were not in a happy place on Sunday. Your stoic, affectless demeanor was distressing in the midst of a very happy audience. Must have been a bad day. Your level of tension was palpable. In the future, please choose seating where you can do your job of "theater critic" on an aisle or in the last row. Those of us who are hard working, paying customers just want to have fun. I'll be honest, I was relieved when you did not return for the second act, your loss.
Too bad "Bloody, Bloody" doesn't have another performance. It was packed last night. Quite a show!
re. Boeing: It just seemed an impossible task to play a sex-comedy of doors when you could focus on all the doors at the same time.
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