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posted: 10/13/2003 at 1:14:19 PM ET
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So I wound up seeing the show twice last week. The first night Ethyl Will was conducting and Cathy Trien was on as Mazeppa. I noticed that Trien is listed now as the understudy for Rose. If Maureen Moore had not been able to go on the week Peters was on vacation, it would have been very interesting to see Trien as she's not exactly built like the other two. The cast list is also much more detailed than it was back in April and there's also a new choreography credit box. Anyone know if these are recent changes or things that went in soon after the opening?

Anyway second time Marvin and Kate were back but Julie Martell was on as Louise and this lead to some alterations in the text. I don't think that people who hadn't seen the show before would have noticed although in the dressing room scene before Rose's Turn, Martell threw Peters off for just a second cuz instead of saying, "And neither are you" after Peters says "You're not Louise, either," she said something like,"yes I am" which is what Peters is supposed to say, and after Rose's Turn Martell didn't say the "Like I wanted you to notice me," so Peters just had to walk towards her. Even with the flubs, I thought Martell was strong during the confrontation scene and warm during the "reconcilliation," and I felt Peters gave an especially emotional Rose's Turn that night.


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posted: 10/13/2003 at 1:22:45 PM ET
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What did Bernadette do after Julie accidently said, "Yes I am." ?
lol I assume she just went on with her lines; but how do ya make that work when one actor says the other actor's line?


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posted: 10/13/2003 at 2:03:53 PM ET
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Start singing "Anything you can do, I can do better..."??

Yes, I am.
No, you're not.
Yes, I am, am, am. ...

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posted: 10/13/2003 at 3:47:11 PM ET
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She kinda stammered something and for a moment I thought she was going to get stuck, but then she just jumped to the lines about Gypsy Rose Lee and got right back on track. I suppose she could have yelled back "Oh no you're not."

At least Peters didn't just blurt out her normal line which would have lead to this
odd exchange:

Louise: I'm not June!
Rose: You're not Louise, either!
Louise: Oh yes I am
Rose: Oh yes I am, more than you, Miss Gypsy Rose Lee . . .

That would have been like Noises Off which has that ditzy actress who just keeps saying her lines as written no matter what else is happening or not happening on stage.

Martell also had to hold her hat on her head during the Detroit part of the strip and her final strip was more, umm revealing than usual, unless one just sees more when you sit up close. At least she didn't fall down or anything. I was kinda worried as she walked down the steps from the apple that she might teeter over.

It's also interesting how one audience can, as a whole, be livelier and more responsive.


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posted: 10/14/2003 at 11:08:44 AM ET
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wow...i find this so interesting.... i haven't been able to post lately b/c i'm ding a show myself that is consuming my life. but sunday, we had similar things (mis)happen as the line flub. i forgot a major prop, but it was fun, we went with it. instead of pulling out a red bat, i pulled out a ahls cough drop. it wasn't funny to anyone, but us actors, but what can ya do?

which brings up the great difference between satyrical comedy and drama (gypsy).

also, the audience differing from night to night is so key!! there is NOTHING like a good audience, however, it sure is a challenge to an actor to maintain energy and presence and such. so kudos to bernadette when maretll flubbed. it certainly keeps you in the moment! (b/c you have no choice but to stay present in the moment)!!


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