I’m here in New York for a week of theatergoing, but it did not start well.
On Saturday night, I had tickets for a designated press preview of Parade, the revival of the Alfred Uhry-Jason Robert Brown musical that got Brown his first Tony Award for best score. This production, which stars Ben Platt (of Dear Evan Hansen), began in CityCenter’s Encores series with enough acclaim to justify a Broadway transfer.
So there I was at the Jacobs Theatre, with a full house of eager audience members. When the show didn’t begin for 10 minutes, that seemed normal. After 20 minutes, it seemed clear that something was wrong. Then a harried stage manager came out and announced that the projection system — which apparently is a major component of the set design — had gone awry and the performance was canceled.
Of course, at that point, it was foo late to see another show, so I settled for a nice dinner.
The next day bodes better, when I expect to see the latest Tom Stoppard play, Leopoldstadt. I understand it has a lot of projections. My fingers are crossed.