Monday, September 08, 2008
Running It Into the Ground
For the last 11 seasons Reprise! has staged old musicals, some famous and some not. They've built a considerable, loyal audience by making quality presentations of shows from long ago you can't see anywhere else.
Now starting its 12th season, Jason Alexander has taken over as their new Artistic Director and he's set on changing everything. He wants Reprise! (now renamed Reprise Theatre Company) to stage new works and more experimental shows.
How long will it take this guy's ego to bring ruin to a reliable source of entertainment in Los Angeles?
If the first show of the first season he's responsible for is any indication, not long at all.
I was part of a very quiet audience this afternoon which sat through (endured?) "Once On This Island," a Caribbean themed musical which ran on Broadway in 1990. While the cast is talented, this is just not the sort of show Reprise audiences expect (or I predict will return to).