Welcome to What's the Buzz, Andrea Prince's new weekly column that let's you know the latest scoop on what theatre fans across North America are talking about in the Playbill On-Line chat room on America Online.
This week in Playbill Chat the buzz is focused on Chicago ,which opened up on Broadway on November 14th. Chicago starring Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, and Joel Grey is now playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre on 46th Street but is scheduled to move to the Shubert Theatre in February. From the "types" of it, Chicagois a huge hit. The theatre has reportedly sold over $1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend. The audience loves the show and the reactions have been nothing but good. Here are what some of the Playbill On-Line club members had to say about it:
Bartleby w says "...the production was absolutley astonishing, and the cast is quite incredible! Ann is a definite lock for best actress, she overplays everything to perfect effect!".
Eklenk tells us, "I loved it!!!!!! I liked everything, the costumes, the songs, the music, the choreography, and everything else."
AMustakas says it's a "sexy, provocative, funny show with great songs and very strong performances. Should definitley be a hit."
Another one of the ongoing hot topics is the Boston production of Rent. Now that it has officially opened, more and more people are flocking up to Boston to catch this new cast perform the hit musical. The Broadway cast was present for the opening night and got a round of applause when they entered the theatre. Check our Rent bulletin board on America Online under the Fan Club Title to see exactly how people are reacting. Also see the Boston Company's Website by going to Keyword: "Rent" on America Online. Pictures, sound clips and bios can be downloaded for both the Boston cast and the New York cast.
Well that's all for this week. We'd love to hear what you think about Chicago or Rent or any other topic that interests you. Please join us any night of the week in the Playbill chat room on America Online to discuss these topics and others. Use Keyword: "Playbill" and click on the Playbill Chat button. My screen name is PlaybillOL. I hope to see you there!