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Spring Theater: Drag Queens, Wizards and Tigers, Oh My

Friday, April 08, 2011

It's time to power down your cell phone, unwrap any candies in your pocket and settle into the spring theater season on Broadway. This season is one of the best in years according to theater critics Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.

Some of this season's offerings include Daniel Radcliffe, who thanks to Harry Potter fame elicits shrieks from audiences in the revival of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," starring Robin Williams as a Bengal tiger trapped in a cage onstage.

Although Vincentelli and Feldman agree that this spring is the best Broadway's seen in years, they completely disagree on just about everything else. Click above to hear the conversation the two had with WNYC host Richard Hake about the drama, drag queens and casting shake-ups that make this season so exceptional.

Bon Mots:

"I think the show is very generous and has a big heart and is a total cheeseball show. Being French, I have a very strong taste for cheese, of course."—Elisabeth Vincentelli on "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"

"For Broadway, it's almost experimental. It feels like a '70's show in a way. It doesn't have that sort of generic, sanded-down Broadway commercial material feel."—Adam Feldman on "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"

"I completely disagree!"—Elisabeth Vincentelli and Adam Feldman on each other's opinions

Before there was Lady Gaga, there was the 1994 film
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Before there was Lady Gaga, there was the 1994 film "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and the famous scene where Tick/Mitzi rides atop "Priscilla" (the bus).
Feldman and Vincentelli agree that the costumes for the production are the height of glitz and glamor.
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Feldman and Vincentelli agree that the costumes for the production are the height of glitz and glamor.
Harvey Fierstein replaced Douglas Hodge in the role of Albin. He also penned the book of
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Harvey Fierstein replaced Douglas Hodge in the role of Albin. He also penned the book of "La Cage," for which he won a Tony award.
The
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The "Cagelles" of "La Cage aux Folles." Vincentelli thinks they are too muscular for a 1970's aesthetic.
One of the things Vincentelli likes about this production is the tenderness on stage between the new leads, Christopher Sieber and Harvey Fierstein.
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One of the things Vincentelli likes about this production is the tenderness on stage between the new leads, Christopher Sieber and Harvey Fierstein.
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"Good People," with Frances McDormand is one of the shows Vincentelli and Feldman agree is exceptional.
The revival of
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The revival of "Anything Goes" brings the high-octane Broadway tradition of ensemble tap dance to the stage.
Old-fashioned romance is also revived in
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Old-fashioned romance is also revived in "Anything Goes."
Robin Williams as a caged tiger in
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Robin Williams as a caged tiger in "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdhad Zoo."

Guests:

Adam Feldman and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hosted by:

Richard Hake

Produced by:

Julia Furlan

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