In an intellectual sense, answering just the question of racist producer vs unprofessional performer and not wanting to sound like I'm having a solid opinion about Great Comet, I'd say yes, it's worse. If a man accused of sexual assault can be voted president of the United States, then a producer labelled as racist can probably continue producing. As a producer, you can probably work around the accusations. Find people to work with who don't really care what Twitter is saying, purposefully produce works with hyper-diverse casts, continue to apologise and work with POC to show your commitment to getting better. But an unprofessional performer? Pfft. Kick 'em to the curb, hire someone else. There'll always be more Broadway-standard performers available than roles for them all, why bother casting someone who's working under a cloud of unprofessionalism when you can get someone who's just as talented but without the baggage? I would rather be labelled unprofessional than racist, but also I think it'd be easier to come back from being a tainted producer than a tainted performer.
Well. Controversy aside, it's a terrific show. Bonkers but terrific.
Do you think he's called Oak because he's so wooden? He's outclassed by everyone else in the company but Lucas Steele is just something else. OMGosh, it's a truly sensational performance. There aren't words to describe it, there's generally a LOT going on around the stage but your eyes are always drawn to him whether he's checking himself out in the mirror or lounging around like a cat. Thank you also to the costume designer who put him in the snuggest pair of trousers on Broadway but that voice? It's insane. IN-SANE! It'll be interesting to hear what he does next.
Clever how they go for different musical styles throughout the show. Sometimes during the same song which is . . interesting. The Abduction is the absolute crowd-pleasing moment but while it's all strangely a bit of a mess, it completely works perfectly.
The opening number is a great introduction to everyone and if you ever loved the song 'The Court of King Caractacus' as a child (Rolf Harris aside) then it'll bring back happy memories (not of Harris obvs).
Post by Hamilton Addict on Aug 17, 2017 14:34:09 GMT
Saw Cynthia, Oak & The Great Casting Controversy of 2017 Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Tuesday night and I am pleased to report that it was absolutely phenomenal! I was extremely struck by the creativeness of the show. I have truly never seen anything like it. Every aspect of the show was perfect; cast, music, set, lighting, costumes, choreography, it's all stunning! Scott Stangland was performing as Pierre and he was brilliant. His nailed every aspect of the performance, he was faultless! It's a tragedy that this is closing, it deserves to keep on running and running. Fingers crossed for a West End transfer!
Just seen this on Reddit, someone that is friends with Dave Malloy's wife on Facebook made a screenshot of this Facebook comment (with her picture and name blocked out) saying there are hopes that the show will make it over here:
The best thing that could happen would be for it to take over at Marble Arch after five guys named moe or a specially designed theatre. It would die a faster death than Spring Awakening over here in a traditional venue.