Me and My Random Thoughts

Me and My Girl, the final production of this Encores! season, is very…Encores!

Those familiar with this 25-year-old off-Broadway company will know exactly what that means; the rest of you will have to wait for me to finish my long think-piece regarding Encores! that’s been gestating since Write All Nite’s infancy. One day it shall see the light of day, I promise you that loyal readers!

But while I’m here, why not power-rank the Encores! season that was:

  1. Brigadoon
  2. Me and My Girl

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3. Grand Hotel

(This revue-phobic, nostalgia-allergic critic couldn’t bring himself to see Hey, Look Me Over! Then again, nothing could be worse than Grand Hotel, which I hope was conveyed by the cavernous gap between 2 and 3 in the list above).

As much as naysayers love to lambast the musical theatre scene for being so enamored with its own past, Encores!  along with its sister (and superior) program Encores! Off-Center, which focuses on smaller fare far removed from its big-brother’s usual Golden Age of Fluff bent — have really cornered the market on musical revivals. This season, there have been so few other off-Broadway musical revivals. And since only three were on Broadway this year, it feels like an unearned reputation.

One more thought before I go:

Christian Borle would make a good BeetleJuice in the upcoming musical adaptation.

The cast hasn’t been announced for its pre-Broadway tryout in Washington D.C. (note: nowadays, every musical adapted from an existing property produced outside the Great White Way is considered a pre-Broadway tryout, which doesn’t mean any will necessarily make it to the main stem; if aspirations were the same as reality, I’d be writing for The New York Times right now). Alex Brightman mostly known for ripping off Jack Black in the School of Rock musical has played the part in workshops, and he’s a fine choice too…as long as he’s capable of doing anything more than mooching off the antics of Tenacious D’s frontman (who, by the by, just announced a new tour!).

Reviving that shtick could work for BeetleJuice…but will just make me want to see a Black-led Beetlejuice scored by THE D!!!!!! Which will tragically never happen!!!

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