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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000128.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] ClarFest CD's
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 06:48:19 -0400

At 07:02 PM 9/4/2000 -0700, Neil Leupold wrote:
>It's sad, though, speaking of Cats. It is currently the longest-
>running musical in Broadway history, and it will close its doors
>forever in 5 days (on Sept. 10th). I can't imagine what will take
>its place at the Winter Garden.

I've seen the show twice, done by road companies. It is a pleasant show,
but why anyone would have cared to see it when "Crazy for You" was on
Broadway at the same time is a complete mysery to me! That show has actual
singable tunes with clever, sensible lyrics all through it (not just one -
"Memory"), a PLOT, jokes, less dancing than "Cats" maybe, but still plenty,
and leaves you positivley breathless with enjoyment. By comparison I find
"Cats" to be a bore, notwithstanding many attractively slinky dancers in
skin-tight leotards.

I wonder how many more of the
>classics will use up all of their financial lives before they too
>are forced to discontinue the tradition. Miss Saigon closes on
>December 31st. I'm thankful that I caught Cats a couple of weeks
>ago, and I'll be sure to see Miss Saigon before year's end. If
>any of you venture to NYC in the next 3.75 months, be sure to see
>Saigon before you leave!
The video of "Cats" is already available. Miss Saigon will probably be
ruined by Hollywood soon. Revivals will be forthcoming. Courage! These
mega-year runs for shows are the exception, not the rule. Some of the most
famous and favorite shows in Broadway history only ran a year or so, and
were considered major hits in their time. Some of the current shows are so
expensive to mount they almost HAVE to run for years to make a profit!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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