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Sunday, Sunday, Someday!

Started off today by sleeping in the latest I have to date, this summer: 9:30am. :-) *yea* Felt really good, and I just woke up without my alarm. Then I proceeded to do nothing much. I made myself an omelet at around noon and then got dressed to go see Grease at the Papermill Playhouse(this is the same theatre where the video of ShowBoat that Ed Schell has was filmed. that is cool). The show was... in a general analysis, mediocre.
Costumes were very good. Very period and very well carried by the actors. Rizzo pissed me off... mostly because she couldn't decide if she was having fun or not. She should have picked one and stuck with it.... seemed like she fell out of character a few times to me. The costumer used a technique that I really like, but I don't know what it's called. Each and character had a color scheme that matched their personality and they ALWAYS wore that color. Also, the 'couples' in the show matched colors. Very nice. Rizzo was red. I always wanted to play Rizzo. :-D

Choreography in general made me want to dance, but there was a strange number with hula-hoops that I didn't quite understand. Use of period dances, also very nicely executed.

Sets. Well, there isn't much to say other than awesome. Details could have been more detailed, but not necessary for the style of the show. Use of smoke during the Beauty School Drop Out was very well done, and it dispersed quickly(wasn't smelly or smokey, Heather you would have liked it).

Lighting was very, very, very good. Loved some of the zoom stuff they did and when they do a black out, they do a black out. Very impressed.

Sound. Well, we shall say that I couldn't tell if anyone was mic-ed or not. The only reason I thought of it was because I knew they were not able to project like that (well, MAYBE, but I highly doubt it... because there was no sound degeneration). Very well done, I think they might have had head mics, but nothing that was detectable by the eye from row H, seat 104 (my seat).

Acting. Eh. Could have been better, could have been worse. But with a show like this, didn't really matter much. It lacked in places where it was just Danny and Sandy on the stage... not much chemistry, but I blame that on the fact that Danny was played by the understudy. He did well for the circumstances. I would have liked to know how many performances he had to understudy....

Singing. The actors voices fit their parts very well. I hesitate to say this, but I will anyway... I think they were probably cast more on their singing voices and their appearance than on their acting ability, but that's how it goes in show business.

Score/Orchestra. Good job. Nothing to complain about.. the director was having fun.. couldn't see the rest of the pit as they were under the stage... but sounded very good for a orchestra of that size (ten, tops).

What else? Um, stage presence.... all actors did a great job... it's a high-energy show, and was pulled off well... they definitely put the "fun" in it and left everyone leaving the theatre feeling good like a good musical should.

So in general, very high marks for technical, looses points in the acting category, but gains them back in fun-ness. :-)

Here's something I would like to know. Which came first? The movie or the musical? I'm inclined to say the movie... but I don't know, so further analysis is not possible. If someone knows/finds out, please comment, so I can delve further. I love delving. :-)

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thwack
Jul. 13th, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC)
You can usually tell the location of mics by what you hear. If you ONLY heard people speaking, they might have been head mics, but I would expect such devices to still be quite expensive. I first (and only) saw them used in Miss Saigon in Toronto. (I assume you mean the ones they hide in the performers' hair.)

If you heard ALL sounds from the stage, including feet scuffling and props/set interacting, they probably just had microphones covering the whole stage to provide slight amplification while the performers still belt out their lines. Such mics can be hung from the ceiling in front of the stage, but if you say you didn't see them, then they might have been along the front edge of the stage (easily mistaken for other wiring/equipment) or hanging above the stage amongst the lights and curtains (although mics there wouldn't pick up speech as well).

Or, sometimes the stage just has such good acoustic design that it sounds artificially amplified when it's not.
tenthz
Jul. 14th, 2003 05:05 am (UTC)
They either had head mics or the stage was just designed well. And if they had head mics they were EXTREMELY well hidden, or appropriately colored.

The Papermill is very up-scale... they'd have the money to do some crazy crap like buy each performer a mic that matched their hair or something insane like that.
screwbacca
Jul. 13th, 2003 11:29 pm (UTC)
Musical, then movie, but if I'm not mistaken this version incorporates "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "You're The One That I Want" among others, which were previously only ever in the film version. That and they cut out all the swearing in the show to make it family-oriented.
tenthz
Jul. 14th, 2003 05:06 am (UTC)
Well, you are right about the songs, but the swearing was definitely there... and the one guy mooned the audience... it was NOT a family show; I think the 30 or so kids in the audience could tell you that after seeing that man's ass. :-P
mountainheather
Jul. 14th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
When I saw Chicago, the original Velma actor had some kind of an accident the day before it opened... The understudy didn't feel prepared enough to open, so another actor who had done the part before took her place for the first week. Must've been strange.
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