no_good: (9 to 5 - squee)
robin ([personal profile] no_good) wrote2008-09-22 01:54 pm

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Saw 9 to 5 last night and omg you guys, my obsession with this show is warranted. It is freaking crazy. The set has so many moving parts that it's understandable why they had to put off the world premiere so many times. There are things coming out of the floor and fake walls and offices coming in from the wings. A giant hole in the middle of the stage with a retractable cover where huge set pieces come and go. This shit is CRAZAZY.

Megan Hilty:
FUCKING AMAZING. Her Doralee is trying so hard to fit in and be liked, and your heart just breaks for her when she's sitting alone in the cafeteria. Singing was top notch as usual. She's got a couple of nice belty parts, but I think she's underused. I know the show's running long at two hours, but come on! I want Megan to get another song.

Stephanie J. Block:
OMG, I really like SJB when she's funny. In the song Out of Control, she does this thing where after every successful copy, she'll do a fist pump and a little victory dance. OMG. I WAS CRYING, I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD. SO ADORABLE.

In the scene before Get Out And Stay Out, she and Dick are in the foyer and he hears Hart making noises in the bedroom. SJB's supposed to go in and they struggle a bit before she gets the remote and he hangs above the bed. Tonight, the remote didn't work so they weren't really in place before the set piece started moving back into the wings. I thought she twisted an ankle because she kinda limps back to her mark. Then she's kind of half singing-half crying the beginning of Get Out And Stay Out and I thought it was a little weird, because she's supposed to be kind of emotional, but crying is a little over the top. I asked her about it at stagedoor and apparently, she wasn't ready for the set piece to start moving and she got caught and ripped off a toenail! SO THE WAVERY CRYING VOICE? WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS IN A CRAZY AMOUNTS OF PAIN. THE BELTING WAS STILL FIERCE THOUGH. DAMMIT SJB. YOU'RE CRAZY.

Marc Kudisch:
He is fantastic as Frank Hart Jr. He's so hilariously smarmy. He's like that frat dude who just can't understand why his moves aren't working. I wasn't a fan of his Act 1 song when I first heard it, but when you watch him sing and just be gross, it's hilarious. He kept doing doing these 70s hip thrust dance moves. AWESOME.

Allison Janney:
OMFG. I think she's starting to get into a groove with her singing. It's gotta be difficult to keep up with established Broadway singers, but I think she rolls with it. Her Violet is funny and snarky and slightly bitter without being overly angry. LOVELOVELOVEHEARTSLOVE.


I'M KIND OF IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW A LOT. THERE'S LIKE FUN POP-COUNTRY SONGS AND REGULAR MUSICAL THEATRE SONGS. THERE'S SO MUCH ENSEMBLE DANCING AND JUMPING. IT'S JUST A REALLY REALLY FUN SHOW.

AWESOME.

[identity profile] spud14.livejournal.com 2008-09-22 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
WHERE IS A DVDDDDDDDDD.

COME ON LA. STOP SUCKING FOR ONCE. YOU ALMOST REDEEMED YOURSELF WITH ERIN MACKEY.

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-22 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I KNOW RIGHT? FUCK. THERE'S LIKE A BILLION WICKED LA DVDS.


I'M HOPING SOME WICKED FANGIRL MANAGES IT. THAT WOULD BE AWESOMESAUCE.

[identity profile] spud14.livejournal.com 2008-09-22 09:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I WILL CONCEDE THAT MEGAN HILTY IS RLY GOOD IN 9T5, BUT I WILL ALSO SAY THAT I DO NOT REALLY CARE :(

I WISH I CARED, BECAUSE THEN I COULD LOVE E'ERBODY :((((

[identity profile] absinthelisa.livejournal.com 2008-09-22 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
oh poor Steph! I can't believe she still managed to belt out. I did that once and it hurt like a bugger!

The reviews weren't wonderful, I really really really hope it makes it to Broadway!

[identity profile] kelinswriter.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
they're already set for opening night of April 23. I think it's all but set in stone, especially with the reactions they've been getting. They want their Tony.

[identity profile] absinthelisa.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 11:09 am (UTC)(link)
I want them to have their Tony. And I want tickets to opening if possible. at least I'm gonna try!

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
You could tell that she was still limping at stagedoor but she was super nice about signing stuff. Sebastian was there last night and he kind of tried to fade into the background, but I may have fangirled a bit.

They were parked close to where I parked my car and he was really cute about getting her situated on the passenger's side before he went around to the driver's side. They're adorable.

Lukewarm reviews, meh. I enjoyed myself but what do I know? I like Wicked and Rent... ;)

[identity profile] absinthelisa.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 11:11 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, he was outside sd for her last Wicked too, and hir 'round the corner. Very cute. I'm glad he seems to care for her so much.

Wicked and Rent's reviews were worse. And those shows were such flops!

[identity profile] kelinswriter.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 01:56 am (UTC)(link)
4 more days. And gah I can't wait.

Poor SJB! and having heard more recent auds, yes they're trimming, but also yes, Megan needs a 2nd act song. it annoys. Too much plot.

Did I mention I cannot wait?

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 04:59 am (UTC)(link)
OMG SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

I don't think they're trimming all that much, just a few lines here and there. They should tighten the first act a little more and give Megan another song in the second act. I mean what? no i'm not biased.

SO EXCITED FOR YOU! :D

[identity profile] kelbelle.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
HAH. I was there on Saturday.

I am so in love with the show I have to restrain myself from going every night.

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
DUDE. I would go every night. I thought I saw something about $20 hot tickets? Or did I imagine that? You know you want to do it. ::is totes not a good influence at all::

I highly recommend buying a recorder. Mine is an Olympus WS-311M. 512MB is more than enough space for me because I tend to travel with a laptop anyway so I just dump whatever I've recorded into it. I got one because I wanted to have a "souvenir" of Julia Murney in Evita, and I tape everything I see now. It's really fun to have something to remember the show.

Also, I like being able to share shows with people who may not be able to see them. And then guilt tripping them into sharing their audios with me. ;)

[identity profile] kelbelle.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
My opening night tix were $20. ROW J. I almost died.

I have tickets for the last week, dead center balcony and box seats ($20! obstructed view? WHATEVER) for the closing matinee.

Considering the first preview I saw my tickets were $100, I'm basically seeing it four more times for that same price. God love the Hot Tix.

Question about recording, I have a Mac...and wouldn't have the first clue how to "track" something, but I am seriously considering it. Honestly, I want to hook EVERYONE on this show that I know, so I'm all about paying it forward.

Anyway, do you mind if I friend you?

And I am STILL fighting with sendspace. WHY DOES IT HATE ME SO??

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
Friend away! I love new friends.

Oh man. Row J?!? THAT'S INSANE. God, I wish I could go back.

WavePad (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html) is a pretty sweet program for tracking. You don't need the "Master" version, you just need to be able to cut and convert to mp3. If you play with it for a bit, it's fairly user friendly and best of all, it's free.

Or you could do what I do and make [livejournal.com profile] ellixian track your audios. LOL.

[identity profile] kelbelle.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 05:28 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, they were all the way on the left, but nothing was obstructed. And celebs were everywhere. I wrote a review today and once I friend you, you'll be able to see it. (I have to be Friends Only because of work security issues.)

Heh. Yeah, I have a feeling I'll be buying a recorder at some point.

[identity profile] ellixian.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
A souvenir of who in what now? Julia whatsherface? You mean she was GOOD? I didn't even know she was TALENTED.

WHAT A SHOCKER. :P

Also, thanks for pimping out my tracking skills, LOL. For 9 to 5, anything. ;) Speaking of which, I WILL track, I promise. But I got home too late Monday night and then I fell asleep yesterday night. EPIC FAIL.

[identity profile] mytimeofday.livejournal.com 2008-09-23 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
AHHHHHHHHHHHH.

I'm so fucking jealous that you got to see this!!!! But on the other hand, I'm GRATEFUL to read about it from someone who got to really see it instead of just listening to bootlegs and wondering what the hell is going on.

Based on the audios, I have to agree that Megan is underused. She's so talented, she deserves a little more belty fun.

BUT SJB. OH MY GOD I LOVE HER SO MUCH. I loved her way before I knew she was associated with Wicked, I loved her when I saw her in Wicked, and every single thing I've seen or heard of this show, I love love LOVE. Poor girl, ripping off a toenail MIDSHOW. I LOVE HER.

AHHHHHH.

Agreed with the above comment--DVD OR BUST.

[identity profile] ellixian.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
You can get some pretty awesome blow-by-blows of the show from [livejournal.com profile] mspt47. But of course, nothing beats visuals - you saw the videos I linked on my LJ, right? Because that's some HQ AWESOME right there.

[identity profile] mytimeofday.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
Yes!! I saw that footage, AMAZING. That's what convinced me, though, that Megan needs more belting opportunities. Thank you for the link, and I SUCK at flailing with you, I'm sorry. :( I've been all... flaky lately.

[identity profile] ellixian.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Dude, DON'T APOLOGISE. RL gets in the way of flail, and that sucks, but I totes understand. I'm just glad you love it too. XD

[identity profile] mytimeofday.livejournal.com 2008-09-26 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh real life, BAH, hate it! But I SO do love it. And I've been walking around at work humming Get Out and Stay Out and the kiddles think I'm nuts.

[identity profile] ellixian.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
DUDE I TOTES FELL ASLEEP HALFWAY THROUGH BEING ONLINE AND DIDN'T MANAGE TO FLIST LAST NIGHT. EVEN THOUGH I MADE YOU PROMISE TO POST ABOUT 9 TO 5. So I'm totes replying from work. WHAT.

OMG. The show sounds so awesome. I'm so crazy-jealous that you got to see it, still, and with this cast, and to meet Allison and Megan and SJB and OMG Seb Arcelus! *sobs* They all sound so wonderful - and I REALLY want to see SJB in this. REALLY. She sounds so good. Not to mention Allison, of course. (I'm so excited for her appearance on Ellen, can I say?)

As for reviews - bah. Wicked had shit reviews and look at it now! The reaction from the community has been amazing so far, so hopefully the critics will shut up. They need to tighten up Act I a bit - because is loooong - and maybe throw in a couple more awesome songs in Act II (yes yes, including one for Megan), and JUST LET THIS FREAKIN' AWESOME CAST GO TO TOWN, Y/Y?!?!

[identity profile] weazel-luv.livejournal.com 2008-09-24 06:07 am (UTC)(link)
LOL. I'M TOTES JUDGING YOU FOR BEING ON LJ AT WORK. I MEAN COME ON, YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WILL GO DOWN AND THEN YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS? THE COMPANY SUFFERS. WHY AREN'T YOU A TEAM PLAYER SHAWNE? WHY?

I watched Ellen today and OMG dude, they are ALL SO CUTE. SJB, Megan and Andy Karl were in the audience supporting Allison. I don't quite understand why they weren't being interviewed too, but whatev. The camera cut to them and they were so excited. AWES.

I love that everyone points to Wicked as the go-to example for horrible reviews. The 9 to 5 reviews that I've read were all mostly complimentary of the cast and meh about the book. I guess I understand, but I forgive A LOT because the cast is so BRILLIANT. I LOVE THIS CAST SO SO MUCH.

[identity profile] imfallinapart.livejournal.com 2008-10-31 03:11 am (UTC)(link)
ohmygod, i dont really remember how i found you...i think i liked your icon =] but you own my soul with 9 to 5 review =) since...i still havent written mine =/

i saw it the 19th, because frankly ill see megan in anything (even if one day she decided to play the dog in annie id see it, that would be one fierce dog), and before she even finished her first line she got applause. LOVE.

anyway, i just thought id say you totes rocked my socks =]