Greetings and Salutations!

Welcome to Close Encounters of the Theatrical Kind, my theatre blog, one I probably should have started years ago, but nevertheless, Here I Am!.  I plan to use this specific blog to share my adventures, observations and musings of the various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows I have seen over the years, as well as theatre-related events I have attended.

Disclaimer:  Please be aware that the opinions and observations reflected in this blog are my own, and if you disagree with any of it, please be courteous about it. I will do my best to refrain from being outright mean or offensive, though I do reserve the right to be snarky and sarcastic. There undoubtedly will be some references and inside jokes not everyone will understand, and maybe my sense of humor may not be to everyone’s liking, but I Am What I Am, and there’s not much that will change that. Also, all the photos that appear on my blog are my own, so please ask permission before copying and reusing. Thanks.

I believe that:

  • One can enjoy the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim equally (yes, it’s possible) – both composers have their unique style (heck, they even share a birthday!). One composer is not necessarily better than the other; each have their signature scores for which they are praised, and each have scores that are not quite as good  too.
  • Phantom of the Opera does not, did not, and will never need a sequel.
  •  Theatre can be Art, theatre can be Entertainment and in those rare occasions, they can be both concurrently artful and entertaining.
  • Movie adaptations of musicals should be cast with age-appropriate, trained actors who can actually sing the score and do justice to the source material, and not just be cast with photogenic [young], bankable movie stars for the sake of drawing in the tween set [A/N: this bullet point is more or less directed at one particular movie musical, and for those who know me, you know which one]
  • Dance of the Vampires, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Wonderland  had a brilliant score, amazing cast and should have had a longer run on Broadway
  • Sunset Blvd. and Oliver!  should be revived on Broadway. Soon. (though not necessarily in the same season)
  • Les Miserables should return to Broadway for good.
  • One cannot possibly be unhappy after seeing Mamma Mia!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert or La Cage aux Folles, and songs from those shows will be in your head for days afterwards.
  • While the taking of photographs should not be done during the show, the taking of photos during the curtain call should be allowed (after all, the show’s over and the cast are on stage as themselves) – same goes for final performance, post-performance speeches and such.
  • The Tony Awards telecast needs to cut down on the production numbers (especially from musicals that are not even nominated) and broadcast the technical awards, let the winners speak as long as they need to,  and be allowed to run overtime (if the Oscars can run over time, why can’t the Tonys?)

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One thought on “Greetings and Salutations!

  1. Shirley says:

    Jen,

    Great Job! Enjoyed the blog and all the info on the plays that ended and other’s that are current.

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