From left, Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad perform in "The Book of Mormon" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York.
(AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)
Time Out New York theater editor David Cote joins us for a recap of last night’s Tony Awards ceremony.
not fer nuthin: but ethel merman has the advantage of being dead, so no one responding has actually seen her; she worked with and was barely tolerated by cole porter and was unique in her time --Sutton foster is a 21st century kind of talent and rises well bove her peers--why r the dead always revered in contrast to the living
I was disturbed that during the "I Believe" number, the audience didn't laugh at the traditional Christian beliefs, but did at the Mormon bits. To me they are all equally weird and unbelievable.
Broadway was NEVER just for gays.
The wrap rap was wonderful.
The South Park guys are funny, but who could actually sit there and listen to this crappy music?
Sutton Foster is better than Ethel Merman? Oh, Mr Cote.... Ms. Foster may be a better singer and dancer than Merman. But Merman and LuPone was/are by far a bigger talents than Foster. They have whatever that undefinable quality is that makes theater legends--a quality not always transferable to film. Just ask Mary Martin.
BTW, I thought last night's Tony broadcast was the best in years.
I realize that David Cote may have merely been reacting quickly to a question from John, but Sutton Foster is not better than Ethel Merman. I don't especially like Ethel Merman, so I'm not biased. But David Cote needs to understand that beginning in the late 1920s, Ethel Merman created a style of expression that had never existed before in the history of music, and that singers today owe a huge debt to Merman for being ground breaking. Many consider her bold, modern style as iconoclastic and influential as Jolson. Her chops alone set her apart from a mid-level, microphone-dependent pop singer like Foster. And despite the caricature of how people perceived Merman in her later years, she is one of the few original voices in recording and performing history. Sutton Foster never will be.
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