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Musical Theatre Guild’s 15th season & why we like mistakes

April 21, 2010

Why do we like to see mistakes?  It seems that theatregoers not only appreciate onstage mishaps, some point to them as highlights of shows.

Case in point: Kevin Tighe, who portrays the Tiger in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the Taper, told me yesterday he went out to open a preview show the other night and muffed his opening line. “The rhythm was all off after that, so I just stopped and said, ‘Can we start again?’ The audience loved it!”

Gotta love preview crowds.

Second case in point: During last Monday’s MTG performance of Irma la Douce, Dan Callaway, portraying Nestor Le Fripe, lost his place in the script he’s bound to carry under Equity rules. It was a funny scene to begin with, switching in and out of a bearded disguise. But when he realized he was in the wrong place – and let us know – we cackled. When he let us know he was in the wrong place again, and searched in vain for the right line to read, we laughed once more with feeling.

Neither moment was the highlight of either show. But don’t you like being there when blooper-reel material happens? Suddenly, the actors become more like us. So human.

Now, on to MTG’s 15th season. From their release: Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angles Drama Critic’s Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, has announced an eclectic quintet of shows to celebrate its fifteenth season of Broadway in Concert musicals.  

The company of professional performers, who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will stage five productions in two locations beginning in September, 2010. Their 2010-2011 season will include: 70, GIRLS, 70; HELLO AGAIN; ONE TOUCH OF VENUS; LITTLE ME and BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL. 

Visit http://www.musicaltheatreguild.com or call 818-848-6844 for complete schedule and venue information.
(Kevin Tighe photo credit: Craig Schwartz)
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Steven permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:19 am

    Thanks for the MTG mention. Um, by the way… my talented friend’s name is Dan “Callaway”. (Two a’s, no o). I guess we don’t always like mistakes. 😉

    https://mylavoiceteacher.musicteachershelper.com/

    • Steven permalink
      April 21, 2010 9:20 am

      Make that two L’s, three A’s, no O.

      • julianabroad permalink*
        April 21, 2010 9:53 am

        Fixed. Thank you.

  2. Carol Kline permalink
    April 21, 2010 1:44 pm

    I saw a matinee of the British revival of THE REAL THING on Broadway …I believe it was 2001…after winning Tony (s) … the lead actor went totally “UP” about 10 minutes into the show. He stopped looked at the audience and told us he was starting over. I had never seen anything like it…here was this award winning actor…just like the rest of us. I adored him. We all did.

    • julianabroad permalink*
      April 21, 2010 2:23 pm

      Stephen Dillane, perhaps?

      • Carol Kline permalink
        April 22, 2010 1:45 am

        YES! He had just won the Tony!

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