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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:06 pm 
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Now that I've had a little more time to let it stew, I have a couple more criticisms to add. I think the portrayal of the neighborhood was perhaps a bit too Sesame Street. An looting incident notwithstanding, without preconceived notions, you don't really get the feeling that it is a dangerous or threatening place, and it's not altogether clear why the characters are so eager to get out. And I think the ending was a bit too pat, with several of the conflicts solved in a single stroke by what amounts to a miracle. I'm not at all convinced that Usnavi made the right choice either, especially with the benefit of hindsight that tells me what's going to happen in the years following the story. But it makes you think about that, which can't be a bad thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:27 am 
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Thanks again Dave! Hoping to direct this in Ireland next year. Will be a challenge for some of the reasons mentioned above!

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:07 pm 
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Wow; yeah, I don't know anything about directing, but In the Heights does seem like it would be a challenging one. But a big accomplishment too! Just make sure to get a good choreographer for Carnaval del Barrio. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:19 pm 
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So its official! I'll be directing "In the Heights" for a November production. :shock: :shock: :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:32 pm 
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Coooooool! 8)
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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:35 pm 
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WOW!

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:11 pm 
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OMG. I mean that sincerely. SO COOL, Alatar! :love:

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:56 pm 
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Congratulations and good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Not necessarily in that order. ;)

(I'm sure you will do an awesome job!)

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:33 am 
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So first casting was yesterday. What do you do when of the 12 parts you need to cast, 3 of the best candidates are your immediate family? Punish them for being related to you? Or open yourself up to accusations of nepotism?

Sheesh :(

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:54 am 
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That's tough.

Can you get someone else to do the casting, and return power of veto just in case they accidentally hire someone unsuitable?

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:26 pm 
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What I did was made sure I had a large audition panel. When it came to the parts that my family were up for, I asked that the rest of the panel give their opinions first. Luckily they all agreed that Clare and Cliodhna were the best in their respective roles so it wasn't officially my decision. That won't stop people thinking it though.

As for Conor, even though he did a good audition and was the only person auditioning for that role, I told him I had to hold off on casting it till we get more guys. Which is hard on him.

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 Post subject: Re: Musicals and Operas
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This *is* a tough one.

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