Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bravo to Aaron Riccio

...whose smackdown of the just-announced Spike Lee-directed Broadway revival of Stalag 17 on his blog, Metadrama, is right on target. Also, why has this announcement been greeted with almost no blogosphere reaction? Are people afraid to actually say, "What up, yo? What's he doin'?" Does no one think this idea is as nutty as that other announcement, earlier this year, that the all-black revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was going to kick 273-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald to the curb in favor of some more impressive thespian like Beyonce? I mean, great, Spike Lee wants to direct a play, but Stalag 17? How about -- as Aaron suggests -- a new play? Where's the outrage? Where's the shock? Where's the beef? Where's Susan Powter? Stop the insanity!

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5 comments:

Tony said...

Is it that much worse of an idea than Grease: you're the one that I want, Xanadu, or Shrek?

Mark said...

I actually did post on this and I don't see what the cause for outrage is. Broadway has seen far worse.

Leonard Jacobs said...

No, and true, but that doesn't mean we should endorse bad ideas or say "It isn't as bad as..."

The point is, he has no theatre experience and it is another example of stunt casting, albeit on the creative side. How everyone can be so blase is so beyond me.

Jen said...

Sure its stunt casting! It gets people talking, doesn't it?

I'm not going to be quick to judge his work - lack of stage experience does not _always_ equal disaster - I'm just glad a high profile directing job has gone to someone other than Robert Falls.

Maybe his work can at least help illuminate the lack of minority/women directors on B'way.

Jen said...

Sure its stunt casting! It gets people talking, doesn't it?

I'm not going to be quick to judge his work - lack of stage experience does not _always_ equal disaster - I'm just glad a high profile directing job has gone to someone other than Robert Falls.

Maybe his work can at least help illuminate the lack of minority/women directors on B'way.