Missing Broadway

Sorry 'Fela!' And 'Million Dollar Quartet.' And me.

June 3, 2010
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The TV in my hospital room at St. Vincent (don't worry, it's just gallbladder surgery) comes with a free on-demand movie system that wasn't offered the last time I was a hospital patient. In fact, the last time I was a hospital patient (at around age 3), I believe my parents were allowed to smoke in the waiting room.

Being here means not flying out to New York City tomorrow, where I had planned on reviewing a batch of recent Broadway shows in time for the June 16 Tony Awards.

Yeah, I know. The on-demand movies don't quite make up for missing "Fela!" and "Milion Dollar Quartet," but what can you do? Assuming a speedy recovery, though, skipping the trip should allow me to take advantage of more of what Indy is offering this week and next (Info you can find in my weekly e-mail blast. Not in the loop? Subscribe for free here.)

So, cultural tourists, here's your chance to rub it in. What Broadway shows have you seen this season? And what should we be rooting for on the Tony Awards?

While I wait for your response, maybe I'll watch "Where the Wid Things Are" again. Or "The Invention of Lying."

Your thoughts?

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  • Closer to Home
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Lou! You don't need that extra part anyway.

    If you do get back on your feet in time, I invite you to come see HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at Carmel Community Players, which opens tonight and plays through June 13 at the Carmel Playhouse in Clay Terrace.

    Yes, it's a shameless plug but also a heartfelt appeal. The remarkable performers and technicians involved in this show have continually been producing astonishing work in rehearsals. This show deserves to be seen by as many people as possible, not just because of its outstanding quality, but for its ongoing relevance to the issue of sexual abuse.

    I hope I'll see you there, Lou! In the meantime, enjoy the un-planned break and the painkillers. You've earned 'em. :-)

    Brian G. Hartz
    Director, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
    http://www.carmelplayers.org
  • Walken/Rockwell
    Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell were hilarious in A Behanding in Spokane. The play itself is embarrassingly slight but extremely entertaining.
  • Broadway
    I've been fortunate to see two Broadway shows in the last couple of months - Hair and A Little Night Music. Both were superb, but my vote would be for A Little Night Music. Catherine Zeta-Jones shines in this and Angela Landsbury is delightful! The weekend I saw Hair, my traveling companions took in A Behanding in Spokane and raved about it. I'm still kicking myself for not going to that show.
  • Before Broadway
    I happened to see "Million Dollar Quartet" in Chicago before it went to Broadway. Very entertaining show, and the cast members did a great job. Best Musical? I'm not sure about that, but it was definitely worth seeing.

    On the other hand, "The Addams Family" was jawdroppingly bad in its Chicago run, and after talking to a friend in NYC who saw it there, I don't think it got much better.

    Hope you're on the mend!
  • sad/glad
    Well, I have never been to a Broadway show on Broadway so I'll confess selfishly that I am sad not to be able to read your thoughts on all of the Tony contenders this year.

    On the other hand, I am glad that you are able to get the surgery that you need...and not just because selfishly I would VERY much miss your blog and reviews if you couldn't!

    Here's wishing you a speedy and complete recovery, Lou.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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