6/15/16 ~ Hartford, CT (Matinee)
Christy Altomare (Anya), Derek Klena (Dmitry), Mary Beth Peil (Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna), Manoel Felciano (Gleb), John Bolton (Vlad Popov), Caroline O'Connor (Lily), Nicole Scimeca (Anastasia at age 6), Molly Rushing (Anastasia at age 17).
Book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. “Anastasia follows the story of the lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, tracing her journey from the final days of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920’s.” World premiere presentation at Hartford Stage. The show is expected to open on Broadway for the 2016/2017 season. Very nicely filmed. 2 DVDs A
6/26/16 ~ Broadway
Carmen Cusack (Alice Murphy), A.J. Shively (Billy Cane), Paul Alexander Nolan (Jimmy Ray Dobbs), Hannah Elless (Margo Crawford), Michael Mulheren (Mayor Josiah Dobbs), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Daryl Ames), Emily Padgett (Lucy Grant), Stephen Bogardus (Daddy Cane), Stephen Lee Anderson (Daddy Murphy), Dee Hoty (Mama Murphy), Max Chernin (Max), Maddie Shea Baldwin (u/s Edna).
Nicely filmed at the closing night performance before a very enthusiastic audience. There is a one minute blackout, just before “She’s Gone”. Because this was the last performance, Steve Martin joined the band for the Entr’acte. There were no speeches given after the show, but the curtain call was much longer than usual with Steve, Edie, and Walter all taking bows, and Steve doing a short impromptu tap number. 2 DVDs A
The Color Purple
11/11/15 ~ Broadway
Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks, Isaiah Johnson, Kyle Scatliffe, Joaquina Kalukango
Excellent HD capture of the new revival which been stripped down and streamlined to focus on Celie's journey. Some beautiful moments in the show with the direction and simplicity spotlighting the story. A few blackouts in the first 5 minutes as clueless ushers fumbled around. Nice video 2 DVDs A
The Color Purple
5/11/16 ~ Broadway
Cynthia Erivo, Heather Headley, Danielle Brooks, Isaiah Johnson, Kyle Scatliffe, Joaquina Kalukango.
Beautiful capture of the ever stunning Heather Headley joining the cast. There really is no need to say anymore! 2 DVDs A
Do I Hear A Waltz?
5/12/16 ~ Encores! -
Melissa Errico, Richard Troxell, Karen Ziemba, Claybourne Elder, Sarah Hunt, Nancy Opel, Richard Poe, Sarah Stiles, Zachary Infante, Michael Rosen.
Presented by Encores! At City Center. Presented “concert style” so some of the actors are holding their scripts. Well filmed with a High Definition camcorder. A few short dropouts, mostly during the applause. 2 DVDs A
5/14/16 ~ Broadway
Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in this one man comedy where he works a red-hot reservation line at one of New York’s trendiest restaurants. Excellent HD capture with no obstructions and so much fun! A
6/19/16 ~ Broadway
Javier Munoz (alternate Alexander Hamilton), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Nicholas Christopher (u/s George Washington), Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Andrew Chappelle (u/s John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Alysha Deslorieux (stand by Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds).
Nicely filmed, but one short blackout at the beginning of “The Story Of Tonight”. 2 DVDs A
4/1/16 ~ Broadway
Jayne Houdyshell, Reed Birney, Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed, Lauren Klein. Excellent HD capture of the 2016 Tony winner for Best Play, Best Actress and Actor. 2 DVDs
Idaho! The Comedy Musical
7/10/16 ~ Las Vegas, NV Pre-Broadway
Nathaniel Hackmann (Whip Masters), Jessica Fontana (Cassie Purdy), Paul Vogt (Jed Strunk), Jennifer Perry (Aunt Pearlie), Alex Ellis (Ida Dunham), Matt Loehr (Slim Johnson), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Mavis White Eagle), Jay Rogers (Uncle Fate), Connor Russell (Yank Daley), Robbie Roby (George Meany), James Tabeek (Manny Meany), Holly Holcomb (Crazy Betty Felter), Alex Puette (Hank/Dream Whip), Alyssa Brizzi (Belle/Dream Cassie), Blake Hammond Exposition (Jack/Doc Generic/Dream Jed).
Well filmed, with no issues. 2 DVDs A
The King And I
5/12/16 ~ Broadway, Revival
Marin Mazzie (Anna), Daniel Dae Kim (The Ling Of Siam), Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Paul Nakauchi (The Kralahome), Ashley Park (Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (Lun Tha), Jon Viktor Corpuz, Nicky Torchia, Rocco Sisto, Edward Baker-Duly, Marc Oka, Christie Kim, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Erica Wong. A few cover-ups, mostly during applause. Despite the cover-ups, this might be the best filming of the show. Filmed from the middle of the balcony using a High Definition camcorder, with a nice mix of close-ups and fuller stage shots. 2 DVDs A
The King And I
6/18/16 ~ Broadway
Marin Mazzie, Daniel Dae Kim, Ruthie Ann Miles, Paul Nakauchi, Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Nicky Torchia, Rocco Sisto, Edward Baker-Duly, Marc Oka, Christie Kim
No major obstructions, just a couple heads that can occasionally be seen but don't block the action; a couple of quick dropouts, but no major blackouts; some slight washout in a few of the wider shots Excellent clear sound; very nice video 2 DVDs A
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
1/28/16 ~ London
Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The Honourable Woman) and Dominic West (The Wire).
Directed by Josie Rourke (who also plays Coriolanus). “In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival marks the play’s thirty-year anniversary. Presented by London’s National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas around the world. 2 DVDs A
The Phantom Of The Opera
6/16/16 ~ Broadway
James Barbour (Phantom), Rachel Eskenazi-Gold (alternate Christine), Jordan Donica (Raoul), Kara Klein (Meg), Rebecca Eichenberger (Madame Giry), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Laird Mackintosh (Andre), Craig Bennett (Firmin), Kelly Jeanne Grant (Madam Firmin).
There is one short blackout over the end of “Think of Me” and another over the beginning of “Masquerade”; the rest of the show is fully captured with just a couple quick dropouts in each act. There is one head that can occasionally be seen, but never blocks the action. 2 DVDs A
The Robber Bridegroom
5/19/16 ~ Off-Broadway, Revival
Steven Pasquale (Jamie Lockhart), Ahna O'Reilly (Rosamund), Leslie Kritzer (Salome), Lance Roberts (Clement Musgrove), Greg Hildreth (Goat), Andrew Durand (Little Harp), Evan Harrington (Big Harp), Nadia Quinn, Devere Rogers.
Beautifully filmed with a High Definition camcorder. A
The Secret Garden
2/21/16 ~ New York
Sydney Lucas, Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Daisy Eagan, Cheyenne Jackson, Ben Platt, Josh Young, Nikki Renee Daniels, Oscar Williams
Beautiful HD capture with no obstructions of the two night MCP concert staging. Well filmed with great close-ups and excellent picture and sound; great video 2 DVDs A
Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed
6/24/16 ~ Broadway
Audra McDonald (Lottie Gee), Brian Stokes Mitchell (F.E. Miller), Joshua Henry (Noble Sissle), Brandon Victor Dixon (Eubie Blake), Billy Porter (Aubrey Lyles), Adrienne Warren (Gertrude Saunders/Florence Mills), Amber Iman (Eva/Mattie Wilkes), Brooks Ashmanskas (Sam/Izzy/Carlo), Christian Dante White (Harry Walton), Arbender Robinson (Tommy), Curtis Holland (Li’l Baby C).
A nice capture of what is the final version of the show. A few short blackouts here and there, and a head appears in the bottom of the frame for most of the show-but they never get in the way of the action onstage. 2 DVDs A-
The SpongeBob Musical
6/7/16 ~ Chicago
Ethan Slater, Danny Skinner, Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Carlos Lopez, Gaelen Gilliland, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Carlos Lopez.
Excellent HD capture of the first preview performance! This is the PreBroadway Premiere of the Nickelodeon musical based on the Tv Show! Fun show and music with no obstructions! 2 DVDs A+
The Taming Of The Shrew
6/17/16 ~ New York
Cush Jumbo (Katherina), Janet McTeer (Petruchio), Gayle Rankin (Bianca), Rosa Gilmore (Lucentio), Latanya Richardson Jackson (Baptista), Candy Buckley (Vincentio), Donna Lynne Champlin (Hortensio), Judy Gold (Gremio), Adrienne C. Moore (Tranio), Stacey Sergeant (Grumio), Teresa Avia Lim (Biondello).
This is an all-female version of the show presented by the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare In The Park. It includes a lot of modern day references including a lot about Donald Trump. It’s not a perfect capture, unfortunately; there are blackouts over 25 of the first 32 minutes, and there’s another 5-minute blackout about halfway through the show. What is captured is crystal clear. At one point, the show is stopped due to a set malfunction, and Judy Gold improvs for about three minutes-and she’s hilarious. B-
7/29/16 ~ Chicago, IL
Patti LuPone (Helena Rubenstein), Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden), John Dorsett (Tommy Lewis), Douglas Sills (Harry Fleming).
“Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men”. World Premiere musical from the acclaimed Broadway team of librettist Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid); composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven); and director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then and Grey Gardens). At one point Patti’s ring and bracelet fall off mid-song. Well filmed. One head appears in the bottom of the frame during the wider shots, but never gets in the way. 2 DVDs A-