When you can't go to the theatre....
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
July 10, 2020 4:49pm CST
BroadwayHD is the answer! 1) "Miss Saigon"--2 hours and 21 minutes--film--was supposed to be our next touring company in Miami and then the virus hit--the first time I saw it when it came to Fort Lauderdale (thanks Chuck) and fell in love with it--okay, I am a crier but I can't recall crying so much watching any other show. This was filmed while being performed on stage in London celebrating its 25th anniversary. EXCELLENT! 2) "Billy Elliot"--2 hours and 50 minutes--film--this was also filmed in a theatre at a live performance. When it comes to dancing in shows I still remember how thrilled I was seeing "West Side Story" at the Winter Garden when it opened on Broadway and to me it was amazing. It wasn't until "The Newsies" came along did I feel I hadn't breathed during all the dance numbers. The most singular dance turn I have ever seen on stage was Donna McKechnie as Cassie's 8-minute solo "The Music and the Mirror" in "A Chorus Line". Almost equal to that is Jamie Bell's solo "Electricity" describing how it feels to dance in the second act of "Billy Elliot"--check it out on youtube. EXCELLENT! 3) "The Last 5 Years"--1 hour and 34 minutes--film--strong leads---good score--tired story--we meet the couple after they have broken up and it goes back in time. 4) "Gypsy"--2 hours and 33 minutes--Bette Midler delivers in this made for TV version in 1933--this is the 5th person I have seen in the lead and all excelled and Midler doesn't disappoint. "Gypsy" is always referred to as one of the best Broadway musicals. 5) "Mucho, Mucho, Amor"--documentary--1 hour and 36 minutes--Netflix--a very famous pioneer of television who was a flamboyant Puerto Rico-born astrologer who made Liberace look 'butch'!! I had never heard of him and there were a lot of interesting aspects to the man but he should have stopped while he was ahead. Worth seeing for many reasons including seeing Lin Miranda-Manual awe when meeting him. 6) "Eric Andre: Legalize Everything"--one-man standup ('comedy'?) show--51 minutes--Netflix--Loud? Yes! "F" word and much cursing? Definitely! Dirty? Check! Screams? Check! Shows bare chest multiple times? Yes! Why? Don't know. Have audience member's parents come up on stage and start having sex--why? Who knows! Gets completely nude at the end and, again, I don't know why. Complete waste of time!
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Finished Rectify last night--good but too long--they could have cut the affair between the sister and lawyer--actually they could have cut out the sister--not lost anything and would have move a bit faster or spent more time on that Chris character. Thanks for recommending it.