The 14th? You saw the preview where the lead tore his ACL?
Hi, I did go see it, but I'm actually going to have to wait till Wednesday before sharing a review, stay tuned!
http://www.playbill.com/article/groundh ... l-recovers
I only heard about this show through this incident via my alumni network...I went to college and did some shows with the understudy. Go Missouri State Bears! Break a le...er...give it your all, Andrew Call!
http://www.vulture.com/2017/04/after-st ... forms.html
Indeed I did! Very surreal moment, the show just stopped and this voice announced "Please clear the stage, if there is a doctor present, please come to the back of the theatre" (Yes, they literally asked "Is there a doctor in the house?"). It all had happened offstage so we had no idea what happened or who it happened to. We waited for 15 minutes (with the announcer twice claiming they'd be back in 5 minutes!). And bare in mind, it was 10:30pm at this point! When the show finally started up again, it was toward the end when Phil was playing piano at the bar. I was checking all the chorus members to see who was missing. But then Karl came out from behind the piano with this big walking stick and a noticeable limp; we were collectively stunned! He had a great sense of humor about it though, playing to the audience with lyrics like "And now I'm here! And I'm alright!" And then later when he was telling his co-lead to hurry up, he added, "What's the matter, you hurt your leg?!" Lol. He was smiling through tears during the curtain call, very touching, the guy's a real trooper! Apparently he's going to continue doing the show with the injury, best wishes to him!
That's cool about your alumni network, I wish mine were as on top of things. Yup, best wishes to Andrew Call as well when he's called upon (no pun intended)!
As for the show itself, first and foremost, there is a Ghostbusters reference!
I was uncertain about the first act, the pacing was too fast, almost like a montage (frankly, I suspect that partly explains Karl's injury). The townspeople were a little too over the top silly for my taste. I was (unpleasantly) reminded of a live action Doctor Seuss movie. Very unflattering depiction of small town people and also pretty confused. This is supposed to be Pennsylvania but sometimes it felt like the Midwest (or at least someone's stereotypical idea of the Midwest). The show is original from the UK, and it makes me wonder if this is how they view Americans, lol. I think film is a better medium to get across the idea of repeating days. On stage it just didn't feel as tight. And there were a lot of moments that really didn't need to be turned into songs (Young Frankenstein had the same problem). There was this one interesting addition, they gave the character Nancy her own solo number, lamenting that she's always a one night stand on some guy's way to self discovery. Beautiful number, and a point worth making, but it comes out of nowhere and doesn't really go anywhere after that. But Karl is very funny and he gets across the pathos of the character very well, especially by the second act. And they did bring up some interesting points about Phil's predicament, that he will never have another birthday, and that his cardio level never improves despite all the rushing around he does every day, lol. And the theme of the show overall about learning to live and love life to the fullest is a very inspiring one. And the audience was clearly having a good time. I'll give it a 6/10.
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