It is not at all surprising that this movie is already being adapted into a stage musical. For one thing, Matilda‘s Matthew Warchus directed it (with great feeling and nimbleness, I might add). Also, it’s the latest in a line of British movies that highlight a transforming encounter between working-class heart and queer fabulousness: The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, Kinky Boots, etc. All of which have gone on to be highly successful as musicals. It doesn’t hurt that Pride, to my mind anyway, is the best of the lot.
Sentimental but often acerbic, minimalist but very rooted in realism, Love Letters portrays two friends, the artistic Melissa Gardner and the eloquent Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, who exchange notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. It’s designed to be performed by two actors reading the letters from their seats, which makes it incredibly simple to produce – no set, two actors who don’t even have to memorize their lines – and as such has been incredibly popular in regional theatres. Hire two stars, hold just a handful of rehearsals, and start selling tickets!
TV REVIEW TUESDAY
This week CBS unleashed its much talked about Scorpion, it seems to be an instant hit!
Scorpion follows an group of geniuses who operate a think tank tapped by the federal government to fix what seem to be unsolvable emergencies. Although smart beyond belief, the team is nearly broken. That makes their new found gig for the feds even more important. The team also has a new recruit, a waitress who admits she isn’t a genius herself but finds out she’s raising one.
This show takes electrifying flight When Anthony Wayne is singing, channeling “The Queen of Disco” Sylvester. And since there is more singing than talking in this show, Mighty Real spends most of its time soaring through disco heaven.
The View returned to ABC on Monday for the 18th Season with a new group of co-hosts, a new studio and new look. Whoopi Goldberg, who first joined The View in 2007, was the only returning co-host from last season. Rosie O’Donnell re-joined the show after leaving the moderator’s seat just before Whoopi stepped in. The View also has two new faces as actress Rosie Perez and Republican political advisor Nicolle Wallace join the team.
The first episode of season 18 was a bit more subdued that the media had predicted it would be. Most of the show was spent introducing the new co-hosts as veterans Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg seemed to spend time feeling out the chemistry around the new table.
The headline will probably be “The View Season 18 begins without a bang,” but as someone who has always loved The View… I’m going to dissect the first episode a little with my thoughts on what we saw on day one.