Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why I am an ignoramus and Loretta Young can f*** off

Notes from a recent version of those traveling Stephen Sondheim/Frank Rich conversations — comments from those of you who caught it in Seattle (?) last year? -- reveal some hilarious Ethel Merman anecdotes; Hermione Gingold's bravado; and why critics who don't know music perhaps shouldn't be reviewing musicals. (See points 1 and 20.) ((Bobo obviously has some homework to do. Note how Rich's response is off-topic -- the question isn't about knowing too much about a given show beforehand so you can still experience some surprise; it's about knowing the basic tools of the trade. And Bobo, as in so many ways, is deficient here.
[photo: Hermione Gingold in 1978, age 80 (she lived 1897-1987)]

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At January 24, 2009 9:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with your post but I thought you should know about it, doubt it would make it onto your radar without assistance and wasn't sure how else to get the note to you.
That said, here's an article of both local and national theatre interest.


-Bill Gaar

At January 24, 2009 11:49 AM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

I came across the McDonagh bit on my morning scan, then noticed your comment. I've got a new post up. Thanks very much.

At January 28, 2009 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you caught that.
Another local-ish/national note is that Pullman-raised Young Jean Lee is knocking socks off in NYC.

Stifling the urge to comment on Cuckoo,
Bill Gaar


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