Prouvaire

@Prouvaire@kbin.social

Addicted to love. Flower cultivator, flute player, verse maker. Usually delicate, but at times masculine. Well read, even to erudition. Almost an orientalist.

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Prouvaire ,

The only major quibble that I have with the film is a design decision. When it came to the costumes, sets, and even ships the film takes a minimalistic approach - probably to highlight how far in the future the story takes place. The books describe the noble houses living in much more opulence.

I actually preferred some of the production design of the Lynch film for this reason. Overall of course, the Villeneuve version is superior.

Dolly Parton Wants to Hold a 'Finding Dolly' Contest to Cast Her Upcoming Broadway Musical (people.com)

Dolly Parton is working “9 to 5” on her forthcoming Broadway musical. While speaking with PEOPLE about her new line of baking mixes with Duncan Hines, the country music legend, 78, shared an update about the highly anticipated Broadway musical about her life and career....

Prouvaire ,

I wonder what the value proposition is for actors taking on these movies anymore.

A decent pay cheque I imagine. Also, if you've ever dreamed of being able to fly or punch a bad guy through a wall or what have you, you'll be able to live our those fantasies (and getting paid for it). In other words, it might just be a fun experience. Not everything has to be a calculated career move.

Surely she has the pull to land something better right now?

I dunno. House of the Dragon was her big break, no doubt, but she was only in a handful of episodes. She didn't break out in the way that, say, Emilia Clarke did on Game of Thrones.

Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells Broadway Comedy ‘Gutenberg! The Musical’ Recoups $6.75 Million Investment (variety.com)

Hats off to “Gutenberg! The Musical!” The Broadway show, starring Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells (whose characters wear dozens of caps) as they reunited 12 years after “The Book of Mormon,” has recouped its initial investment of $6.75 million. During the show’s 20-week run, “Gutenberg” generated plenty of buzz and...

Prouvaire OP ,

I didn't think it was possible for a Broadway musicals these days to be capitalised at "only" $6.75 million. But I suppose it helps that Gutenberg is a two-person show (plus cameos) with very modest set, costume and band requirements. And as entertaining as Gutenberg is (I didn't see the Broadway production, but a local one some years ago), I hope "bare bones" doesn't become a template for future Broadway or West End musicals.

Prouvaire OP ,

I'm really excited that Silvie Paladino will be the alternate Norma. She has one of the best voices in the country and suspect I'll prefer her Norma to Sarah Brightman.

Prouvaire OP ,

Ironically in my experience it's often the oldies who are the worst behaved.

RTR#52 Busy month (kbin.social)

This month, I managed to wrap up many overdue matters. It seems to me that I responded to the majority of lingering emails, and a few issues turned out to be so important that they took a few extra days. I also dealt with [a certain aspect related to the project, about which I'll be able to share more in a few weeks....

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Prouvaire ,

All the best for your hospital stay Ernest. Here's to a speedy recovery.

Hoping the upcoming kbin news is good.

Interview: Andy Karl On Returning To GROUNDHOG DAY, the Show's International Success & More (www.broadwayworld.com)

BrodwayWorld sat down with Andy Karl to find out all about him living his own personal 'Groundhog Day' down under in Melbourne, the musical's Broadway run, and more. Karl returns to the role after originating the role in London (and returning to it once more last year) and on Broadway....

Prouvaire OP ,

You don't have to be interested in trains to enjoy Starlight Express, just as you don't have to like cats to enjoy Cats. Cause that's basically what Starlight Express is: Cats on wheels. Same story, except that instead of dancing you get roller skating racing. :-)

Prouvaire OP ,

I saw this new version in Australia and liked it. I wouldn't describe it as a reimagining of the original production, but it's also more than just a few tweaks. The only issue I had with it was that the make up for the Beast really downplayed the beastliness. He looked more like a guy with a couple of prosthetics on his face.

BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL Will Open in Japan in 2025 (www.broadwayworld.com)

Back to the Future the Musical is headed to Japan! The musical will be performed at JR East Shiki Theater in Takeshiba, Tokyo beginning in April 2025. The production was announced during a press conference held on January 24 with director John Rand, lead producer Colin Ingram, and Chiyoki Yoshida, President and CEO of Shiki...

Prouvaire ,

The mainstream posters for tentpoles are almost floating headshots these days, but there are more interesting variations around. I quite like the IMAX poster for Dune Part 2, just as I liked the IMAX poster for Part 1.

Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo and more Broadway musical alumni recognized with 2024 Oscar nominations (www.broadwaynews.com)

For the 2024 Academy Awards, Danielle Brooks was nominated in the category of Actress in Supporting Role for her turn as Sofia in the film adaptation of the musical “The Color Purple.” Brooks earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the same role in the 2015 revival....

A Black actor was denied a wig for a major Broadway tour. She's now suing for racial discrimination (www.latimes.com)

Out of town, on Broadway and on the road, the recent revival of “1776” was strategically cast in a nontraditional manner, with actors of diverse gender identities and racial backgrounds portraying the white, male Founding Fathers as they finalized the Declaration of Independence. “Putting history in the hands of the humans...

Disney’s Frozen to close in London on 8 September 2024 (www.westendtheatre.com)

Disney’s Theatrical Group has posted closing notices for the London production of Frozen. Frozen will extend for the final time, completing its run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane after three years on 8 September 2024, having been seen by over 2.8 million people....

Broadway's How to Dance in Ohio Announces Closing (playbill.com)

How to Dance in Ohio has announced its closure on Broadway. The show’s final performance will be February 11. The new neurodivergent coming-of-age musical opened at the Belasco Theatre December 10 after beginning previews November 15. At the time of closing, the musical will have played 27 previews and 72 regular performances....

Where Broadway's Newest Shows Got Their Start (www.broadwayworld.com)

Developing and producing Broadway musicals is very expensive and time-consuming, which is why it's very rare for musicals to open directly on Broadway. Most shows have an out-of-town tryout and/or are developed by (or in association with) a non-profit/subscription based theatre company....

Prouvaire OP ,

That's good to know, thanks.

I should have had a look at codeberg before making my post. As well as the entry you identified, there's also this, a suggestion to rate limit accounts: https://codeberg.org/Kbin/kbin-core/issues/948

Prouvaire OP ,

Agree, but it's not a question of him appointing moderators. It's a question of people stepping up and volunteering to be moderators. There are literally thousands of kbin magazines which are currently abandoned, ie where the moderator of the magazine hasn't been active on kbin.social. Anyone can volunteer to take over ownership of these magazines by clicking a button, but there isn't enough interest in the userbase at the moment.

However, you are correct in that spammers are targeting the bigger magazines like m/fediverse, and because Ernest is owner of these magazines but is active on the site, these magazines don't appear in the abandoned magazines list. I agree that in order to ease the administrative burden on him, Ernest should call for additional moderators for these most active magazines, and even step down as the owner of these when one or more replacements have been found.

Prouvaire OP ,

Magazine moderators have the ability to delete posts in their community (also pin/unpin them) and ban users from their community. I don't think it would take a huge amount of time as a rule - it's just a matter of checking in regularly (I suppose ideally several times a day) to see if there are any moderator actions that need to be taken.

Beyond that, moderators typically play a role in curating content and setting/monitoring community guidelines. But we've been talking about people being appointed solely to carry out the more technical/administrative functions in certain magazines to prevent the recent flood of spam. Ie, people have said they'd be happy to ban spam accounts without necessarily taking on the curation of the magazine in question.

Prouvaire OP , (edited )

Ernest hasn't posted since last week, so hopefully he's okay. He's alluded to having a fever and having to figure out kbin's finances (and a bit before that, mentioned that he had to take on another job to cover the bills), so I'm guessing life has gotten in the way of kbin. It's worth bearing in mind that all the threadiverse projects are basically someone's hobby at the moment.

Some of us _aspire _ to dwelling in a basement!

Prouvaire OP ,

The first time I saw The Lion King many years ago I had no idea what to expect. I'd seen the movie of course, but knew very little about the stage show. So the parade of animals during "The Circle of Life" at the beginning of the show took me by total surprise. It was one of the most breathtaking, magical things I'd seen in the theatre and I actually started crying. Which was a bit embarrassing, but I discovered over the years (and as this interview indicates) I was far from the only one to have this reaction. This is actually one of the problems with the show in my opinion - The Lion King never gets better than its opening number. Although given "The Circle of Life" is arguably the greatest opening in musical theatre, that's not a bad problem to have.

Issue with sort by hot (kbin.social)

This has been an issue since the beginning of Kbin tmk, but when you make a post, it won't appear under sort by hot unless it has an upvote. This means that if someone forgets to upvote their own post, it just won't appear on the default sort. There are plenty of posts I've missed because of this....

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Prouvaire ,

The "sort by hot" algorithm was probably designed with a larger user base in mind, but I agree with you. For small communities in particular (and the vast majority of Fediverse communities are still tiny) I think even posts with no upvotes (ie no self-upvotes) should be included in the "sort by hot" view. For larger communities, where the threshold for "new" and "hot" may be set higher, so it doesn't matter so much. (I don't know what the algorithm is, but it might be something like 'hot is defined as getting a minimum of X votes, where X scales with the size or activity intensity of the community'.)

How to Dance in Ohio Launches Partnership with Autistic Theatremakers Alliance; Announces Talkback Series (playbill.com)

How to Dance in Ohio has partnered with the Autistic Theatremakers Alliance. The inaugural partnership event will take place January 25, with an extraordinary celebration of New York’s neurodivergent theatre companies....

'Schmigadoon' isn't getting a season 3 despite being written (ew.com)

The curtain has fallen on Schmigadoon! On Thursday, creator Cinco Paul announced on social media that the musical series will not be getting a third season on Apple TV+. This is despite the fact that Paul and his team have written the complete season, including 25 songs....

Prouvaire OP ,

This is sad news as I enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 and was looking forward to season 3 which would have covered the mega musicals that are near and dear to my heart. A friend and I had been guessing what the title of the third season would be - my money was on Les Schmiserables or Les Schmis/Schmiz.

Given the scripts and the songs have already been written, I'm surprised they didn't decide to renew Schmigadoon as an animated show, as this would significantly reduce costs. The Game of Thrones/House of the Dragon spinoff Nine Voyages has apparently changed from being live action to animated for this reason, and the "Tales of the Black Freighter" sequences in Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen were also animated to keep costs down.

Prouvaire , (edited )
Prouvaire ,
Prouvaire ,

No worries. Even more unfortunately:

https://kbin.social/u/kostyassmchuk

https://kbin.social/u/nipa

Wonder if these all originate from the same IP address and, if yes, if there's a way of banning accounts from specific IP addresses.

Sweeney Todd Broadway Announces Temporary Casting for Lead Roles before Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster Join (www.theatermania.com)

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford completed their runs in Sweeney Todd at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on January 14. Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster start performances as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett on February 8. The standbys and understudies will be playing the lead roles until they join the cast, and the production announced the...

Acclaimed cast of NEXT TO NORMAL return as Donmar Warehouse production transfers to West End (www.westendbestfriend.co.uk)

The critically acclaimed cast of the smash hit Donmar Warehouse production of the Broadway musical Next to Normal are set to return as the show prepares to transfer to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 18 June for a strictly limited 14-week run....

Prouvaire OP ,

This was a very good production. For me the standout was Eleanor Worthington-Cox, who's easily the best Natalie I've seen, but everyone was very good, so it's great that the entire company is doing the West End run.

Prouvaire OP ,

For me the most encouraging news is that Shaina Taub and Leigh Silverman have reworked the show. It's not that it was bad - it was quite decent - but it did feel (to me) derivative. Or maybe it was just watching a sung-through (sometimes rapped) musical about the life of an under-appreciated political figure at the Public Theater that reminded me of Hamilton.

Prouvaire ,

It would be nice to see people engaging with old posts when they stumble across a community and subscribe to it.

One barrier that will make this difficult is that instances only get a community's feed from the moment they first subscribe to it, if that community's home instance is on another server. So if you're a user on - say - leminal.space and you're the first person on that server to subscribe to - say - Musicals@kbin.social then you will not see any of that community's old posts, only posts created (or boosted) after you've subscribed. This makes it difficult to engage with old content unless other people on your instance have been members of that community for much longer.

This is one of the issues with the fediverse model that doesn't exist in a centralised model like reddit. And - sadly - smaller, niche communities are the ones most likely to be affected by this limitation, because they're the ones least likely to be federated to a large number of instances. It makes smaller, less active communities look even more inactive than they actually are.

Prouvaire ,

It means you weren't the first person on your server to subscribe that community/magazine.

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