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You Win Some, You Lose Some

May 12th, 2011

"Lombardi". Photo by Joan Marcus.

Let’s take a quick look at the Broadway Scoreboard–and exhaust every sports metaphor I can dredge up from the sadly neglected locker room in my brain. (Let’s face it, the closest I got to playing football was singing along at a Chicago gay bar to “The Aggie Song” from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.)  But I digress…

  • A few shows took the expected post-Tony hit and are packing up their gear and going home. Even with a Tony nod for featured actress Judith Light, the football drama (and brave attempt at theatrical counter-programming) Lombardi posted a closing notice for May 22. The updated fairy-tale musical Wonderland, blizted with no nominations and rough reviews, will shutter this Sunday after 33 regular performances.
  • Boasting a title that might actually be heard on a ball field, The Motherf—er with the Hat announced it is heading into extra innings, extending for three weeks through July 17. Featuring a starry cast that includes Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale and comedian Chris Rock, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ comedy/drama about not so clean living seems to be hitting a home run with critics and audiences.
  • Down, but not out, (oooh, boxing) the long-shot (horse-racing!) musical Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark returns to the stage tonight for one more try at the brass ring (I have no idea what sport that might be). After closing down for an unprecedented rewrite and rehearsal process with a reconfigured creative team, the comic book musical will begin a new preview period working toward a June 14 opening night.
  • The Tony-awards have called a real pro out of the bullpen for the save; Neil Patrick Harris, a sitcom star with real music theater chops, will return to host this year’s awards telecast. Let’s do the wave in celebration!

Well, all those bad metaphors have taken it out of me.  Time to hit the showers…with those Aggie boys. After the jump, relive the first stirrings of puberty (and music theater love) in one slightly NSFW clip from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

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