Actors who give long pauses instead of calling “line” are the bane of my existence.
This hurts because bridges
jrb throwing shade is always the best
Look, this pisses me off. Just because your show was great and underappreciated doesn’t mean that you have to throw shade at shows that reach wider audiences and are successful. I will never understand why the Broadway fandom and people in Broadway get so mad at popular shows for being popular.
I don’t think this is so much being mad at people for liking popular shows as it is being upset that good shows go unrecognized because a lot of people don’t like stepping out of their comfort zones. All those songs/shows are amazing and deserve to be seen. But others shows do too.
I hate to say it but to me it sounds like some bitter-ass-hoe shit from JRB. like sorry that some people can’t/won’t/don’t step out of their comfort zones but what are you gonna do, hold a gun to a tourists’ head and point them to whatever deep emotional show you have off-off-off broadway rn? love you but you don’t even have anything on broadway right now pls just wait for your L5Y movie to come out and chill with ya 20$ from Bridges until then
Jason Robert Brown is a human being. He is allowed to be disappointed with how his shows have done on Broadway. He’s not just talking about his shows, but original theatre in general. If we are just talking about this season and not Bridges, we can list First Date and Big Fish right off the bat. I’m sure there’s one or two I’m forgetting.
Isn’t the holding a gun thing a bit melodramatic? The guy is disappointed and has a right to be. And he’s right about audiences. That doesn’t give you a right to insult him and demean him? Also since when is Broadway just about money. He had written something from his soul and it was overlooked. That hurts any artist.
Yes, there’s the personal aspect because JRB obviously has Bridges (as well as every other show he’s ever done, some being quite amazing), but I think he’s also speaking to Broadway just in general. The 2013-2014 season had so many shows that closed prematurely that it’s hard not to sympathize and agree that so many wonderful productions never found their audience or didn’t get the chance to really come to fruition. Just off the top of my head Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Big Fish, Mothers and Sons, and yes Bridges are all shows that closed early just in the last season alone.
Also, JRB is literally the most sarcastic and facetious person on the internet. He is very self-loathing and self-aware. As well as being very blunt and to the point. He said it in his concert, “Honeymoon in Vegas is coming next season and I want you all to see it. You all know what happens when you don’t see the show”.
And if anyone’s laboring under the impression that he isn’t right; pay a visit to any of the show tags here on tumblr and just read for like five minutes. People love to bitch about the lack of new original work on Broadway, but they’re so fixated on the three or four shows they’ve already seen or listened to six thousand times that they can’t be bothered to check out new work.
That’s why every other musical that makes it to Broadway nowadays is either a jukebox or a film adaptation - producers don’t make money if people don’t come see their shows, and people won’t come to see shows unless they know what they’re paying for. It sucks, and it’s killing commercial theater.
Can we stop acting like creating a musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County was some incredibly risky artistic endeavor? It was a best-novel and had already been adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. The title has TONS of cache among the bridge and tunnel crowd I’m sure they were hoping for. Everyone involved thought they were going to have a hit based largely on title recognition and let’s not pretend otherwise.
Jason Robert Brown is incredibly talented, but he seems like a most thoroughly unpleasant and asshattish person. I’m sorry your show got bad reviews, JRB, but your score was widely celebrated and you won a Tony for it. Your show was not under-appreciated. People just didn’t want to see it. You are not entitled to audiences or a hit, and that’s just the way this business is. Who knows what will be a hit, but you know it’s a risk and as long as you believe in it, great. But don’t cry about the unwashed masses not getting your deep and meaningful piece if it doesn’t become a smash.And his cynicism isn’t attractive. There’s a big difference between being self-deprecating of the Laura Benanti variety and being condescending and rude (and I know there are people who are even tired of Benanti’s twitter shenanigans). Of course he has every right to be disappointed in Bridges’ short run, but asphoebe-dysquithsaid, it wasn’t under-appreciated by the industry. Is it frustrating as a person working in the theatre industry that audiences by and large are not risk takers? Of course it is. But taking some time to grieve the closing of your show is not what JRB is doing here. He’s further alienating the audiences who we all rely on to make shows successful. Why the hell is it a bad thing if a tourist family takes their kids to see Lion King? Why is it bad if people see Cabaret? There’s room for every type of show on Broadway and the way for those shows to find an audience is not by publicly belittling people who see popular shows. You might argue that laymen don’t follow JRB on twitter and won’t see that anyway so who cares? But how is fostering this kind of cynicism within the theatre community any better?
Where were the clowns [in “Send in the Clowns”]? … We never found out where the clowns were. And it really leaves the audience hanging. … Well, I found where they are. I’ve got some lyrics I would like to perhaps finish your song:
"Where are the clowns?
I booked them for eight.
Hold on that’s them on the phone
Saying they’re late.
Traffic was bad.
The tunnel’s a mess.
All twelve of them came in one car.
They lost my address.
You just can’t trust clowns.
That’s why they’re called clowns”
Stephen Colbert (x)
*completes* Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”
How did I not know about this until now!?
I LIKE IT
I WOULD BUY LIKE A THOUSAND TICKETS FOR THIS
The funniest thing about this is only one of the actors gets drunk and its a different person each night so it isn’t just everyone struggling its everyone else doing their shit and one person fucking it all up it’s BRILLIANT.