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posted: 4/21/2003 at 1:22:46 AM ET
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Well Bernadette may not have been nomiated,but what better company to be in than the likes of Stanley Tucci, Edie Falco, Paul Newman, Cherry Jones and Al Pacino. Anyone who's seen any of the nominated best actress performances have a reaction?


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posted: 4/21/2003 at 10:48:23 AM ET
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Bernadette not nominated? Oh my God, I'm shocked! What's that all about? I don't get this at all--it almost seems unbelievable. Not even a nomination. Very, very disapointing.

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posted: 4/21/2003 at 11:22:44 AM ET
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The OCC is a big joke and I'm not just saying that because Bernadette wasn't nominated... I'm thinking it's because the show hasn't officially opened yet? I dunno... But for years I've considered these "awards" a joke...

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posted: 4/21/2003 at 12:47:00 PM ET
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From the NY POST:

"April 18, 2003 -- THE troubled Broadway revival of "Gypsy," set to open May 1, is still far from finished - as even its director, Sam Mendes, acknowledged Wednesday night in a highly unusual (some are saying "inappropriate") meeting with the eight members of the Outer Critics Circle Awards nominating committee.
The Oscar-winning director met with the nominators at the back of the Shubert Theatre and told them that the show wasn't "frozen yet" and that several new sets and costumes were still being added.

Several nominators said they felt they were being presured by a celebrity director to cut his show some slack.

The critics meet tomorrow to hash out this year's nominations, which will be announced Sunday.

Through his press agents, Mendes invited the critics to meet with him at the back of the Shubert 45 minutes before the start of Wednesday night's show. The show's publicists phoned each nominator several times to make sure they would attend.

"I was thrilled to meet him, but I don't think he did himself any favors," said a reviewer. "We are going to judge the show that we saw. Not the one he says he's going to deliver."

Another said: "The whole thing was strange. And I don't think it helped. I think they're going to be very disappointed when the nominations come out."

But Mario Fratti, another nominator, said: "There was nothing inappropriate about it. Mr. Mendes, in a very humble, very modest way, told us that things are missing from the production. It was not an attempt to win us over."

Alas, Mendes' can't count on Fratti's vote. As the translator (from the Italian) of "Nine," - "Gypsy's" main rival - Fratti says he will recuse himself from voting in any of the musical theater categories.

Mendes' charm offensive is not sitting well with rival producers.

"It is totally inappropriate," says one. "If the show isn't finished, then it shouldn't be eligible this season. What's going on is that they are terrified 'Nine' is going to get all these nominations on Sunday and 'Gypsy' will look bad because it didn't get anything. So they want to be in the running but they don't want the nominators to hold it against them that the show isn't ready. They want to have their cake and eat it to."

MAYBE, just maybe, the fog of gloom and doom that's clung to Broadway all winter is starting to break. Producers say daily ticket sales picked up this week, and weekend business is looking pretty solid. One indication: Passover, a holiday that generally empties theaters, didn't inflict the usual damage this year.

"The numbers weren't bad Wednesday night," one theater owner said yesterday. "Which tells us that not every Jew went to a Seder."

One musical showing real strength - considering it's been around for seven years - is "Chicago."

Since the movie version was released, the Broadway production has seen advance ticket sales shoot up to more than $2 million.

Production sources say daily ticket sales frequently exceed $100,000, and the show has occasionally played to standing-room-only houses during the winter.

No question that the Oscars helped not only the movie but the stage play too.

But so did the addition of Backstreet boy Kevin Richardson, as slick lawyer Billy Flynn. He sold a lot of tickets and helped keep the show profitable through much of the winter.

Clarke Peters recently replaced Richardson, and while he's certainly not as well-known, he makes a first-rate Billy Flynn.

"Man of La Mancha" - which for a while there was posting weekly grosses of the Impossibly Nightmarish variety - seems to have bounced back a bit.

Producer David Stone attributes the rebound to a TV commercial that started airing a few weeks ago.

He put it together with "La Mancha" composer Mitch Leigh, who is pretty canny when it comes to marketing and advertising his beloved show.

The commercial is one of those testimonials - "I loved it!" groups of matinee ladies exclaim as Brian Stokes Mitchell belts out "The Impossible Dream."

"Mitch knows who the audience is for this show, and he knows how to reach them," says Stone.

Other signs of life on Broadway: "Enchanted April," which just started previews at the Belasco, is selling at a decent clip.

And the advance sale for "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is over $3 million, which just goes to show you that while all happy families may be alike, it's the unhappy ones that sell tickets."

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