Overheard at Angus Vol. X: How a title can change over time.

Ok, this “overheard” entry didn’t happen at Angus.  It happened in Massachusetts about a week ago, when my Mom took one of her grandkids, a second grader, to see a show at the local theater.  The show?  Annie Get Your Gun.

Here’s what happened:

My Mom:  Did you like the show?

Grandkid:  I really did, Grammy Pammy (My mom’s name is Pam, so . . . )

My Mom:  Oh Good.  I’m glad.

Grandkid:  I didn’t think I was going to like it at all.

My Mom:  Really?  Why not?

Grandkid:  Because I didn’t think it was going to be appropriate for kids my age.

My Mom:  How come?

Grandkid:  Grammy . . . it’s called Annie, Get Your Gun.  That doesn’t sound like something a kid should see.

Amazing, right?  First, that a 2nd grader would even know what the word “appropriate” means . . . and second, that a show that you and I know definitely qualifies as a family show, could be considered something completely different because of the time we live in and because the next generation didn’t grow up on it.

I told my Mom to take her grandkid to Little Shop of Horrors next.

 

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Overheard at Angus: Volume VI.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken you all on a trip to Angus to hear what’s being gossiped over lunch or pre-theater din-din.

The last time I was having my usual burger, my dining partner and I heard this little gem of a conversation being bandied about over a couple of brandies.  Knowing (as you do) my affinity for focus groups and research, I think you’ll see why I felt I had to pass it on to all of you.

Brandy Drinker #1:  I just did a focus group for one of my shows.  Learned some great stuff.

Brandy Drinker #2:  I just did one, too.

Brandy Drinker #1:  Oh yeah?  Which company did you use to run them?

Brandy Drinker #2:  I did them myself.

Brandy Drinker #1:  You what?  How’d you do that?

Brandy Drinker #2:  Simple.  I have a 15-year-old daughter.  I took her and ten of her 15-year-old friends out to dinner.  I told them about the show that I was doing, and then I asked, “Would you stamp your feet until your parents took you to see it?”

Brandy Drinker #1:  What did they say?

Brandy Drinker #2:  They said they wouldn’t stamp their feet.

Brandy Drinker #1:  Oh.  That’s too bad.

Brandy Drinker #2:  Not really.  They said they would tell their parents that they hated them unless they got them tickets.

Brandy Drinker #1:  Next round is on you.

Overheard at Angus: Volume II

There I am, enjoying my burger when I hear this from two folks discussing the biz at the bar:

Broadway Guy #1:  What are you working on these days?Broadway Guy #2:  What am I working on?  What am I NOT working on!?!Broadway Guy #1:  You’ve got a bunch of things going on?  Even in this economy?

Broadway Guy #2:  Oh sure, to succeed in this business you have to work on several things at once.  Especially in this economy.

Broadway Guy #1:  I hear you.  Wasn’t it Cy Coleman that used to say that working in the biz was like gardening . . . you have to plant a lot of seeds because you never know when they’re going to sprout.

Broadway Guy #2:  Yeah, I’ve heard that. But I think working in this business is more like juggling.  You gotta have a lot of balls in the air.

Broadway Guy #1:  Yeah.  And the person with the most balls wins.

Only at Angus, kids, only at Angus.

Speaking of balls, I’ve got a discount to Blithe Spirit for you (that segue made no sense, by the way, so don’t even try to figure it out).  Blithe is in a big Broadway house, but the best seats are on the floor so I’m telling everyone to get your tickets with this deal asap, before the good ones are gone.  You want to be as close as you can get.  Angela Lansbury has four . . . count ’em, four Tony Awards.  Blithe is a chance to see one of our most magnificent actresses live on stage.  These opportunities don’t come around often.  (Are you all starting to understand why I signed on Produce this one?)

Do you know who won five Tony Awards?  Comment below!

And email me if you want the Producer discount to Blithe.

Take II: And the winner of the Tony Pool and the iPhone is . . .

Whew!

While grading your tests, two things happened:  1) I found our winners, and 2) I remembered why I never wanted to be a teacher.  And it wasn’t just because my high school English teacher told me that he got so stressed teaching that he used to think of students as he chopped wood after school . . . and he didn’t even have a fireplace.

Ok, enough of that awkward intro, here are the winners of the first annual Producer’s Perspective Tony Pool!

GRAND PRIZE:  The new (say it with me) iPhone!

Dial it up, MARYBETH IHLE, and get ready to switch to AT&T because you won!  And no tie breaker necessary!

1ST PRIZE:  $50 to eat at Angus, where after a few Blue Hawaiis, all the Tony losers will be giving the speeches they never got to give.

Angus changed up his menu recently (I’m starting a petition to bring back the sirloin steak salad), and ERICA RYAN will be eating for free soon enough (and signing my petition soon after).

2ND PRIZE:  2 Books off the PP recommended list and a 4 pack of Red Bull

Shotgun that Producer juice so you can stay up all night reading, LUCY YU, because your hot Tony pickin’ just slid you into the money.

Thanks to the rest of you for playing.  This was the first annual PPP, which means they’ll be one next year too, giving all of you who picked Xanadu to win another shot (Sorry, Cubby, that means you too).

And can you imagine what the iPhone will be like next year?

My portion of this blog is over.  Now, I’m turning it over to you.

I want to know what YOU thought about the Tonys!  Comment away below, just end your comment with a DidHeLikeIt-type thumbs up, down or mixed.

Because whether or not the actual ratings were up or down last night, it’s your ratings that I’m much more interested in.

Win the new iPhone! Play the Producer’s Perspective Tony Pool!

All right, let’s see who’s got game!  It’s time to pick your winners for The Producer’s Perspective Tony Pool.

I’ve picked prizes that I think are essential for all Producers out there:

GRAND PRIZE – The new iPhone!

Unfortunately, I wish I had a handle on when it was coming out, but I don’t.  Rumors are swirling that it’ll be announced before the Tonys (June 9th), but whenever it comes out, the winner (and me!!!) will get one!

1st PRIZE – $50 Dinner at Angus, where all the Tony Award winners (and losers) hang out.

2nd Prize – Pick any 2 books from my recommended books on my blog, plus a 4 pack of Red Bull.

A few rules:

– Only one entry per person.

– All questions are weighted the same. It’s just like an 8th grade
exam. The person with the highest percentage of correct answers wins!

– Only one winner per prize.  There is a tie-breaker.

– Polls close on June 15th at 12:01 AM.

– IMPORTANT:  Only Producer’s Perspective email subscribers are eligible.  You MUST
subscribe to the feed via the feedburner email box to the left in order to win.  Make sure you sign up today!

– Employees of Davenport Theatrical and Gerry Schoenfeld are ineligible (There’s no real reason to make Gerry ineligible, other than that it makes me feel like I have just a thimble’s amount of power to say he can’t play with us)

– If Gerry Schoenfeld doesn’t like that last rule or any rule (or the color of my shirt, for that matter), I reserve the right to strike it faster than they struck the Glory Days set.

Happy voting!

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