The Whingers Take Manhattan

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Yes, the Whingers are on Broadway.

Or rather “The Broadway” as we now refer to it (a gag that makes us chuckle every time we use it and – interestingly – is the only “gag” to bring a faint smile to the Whingers’ lips in the otherwise tedious The Big Gay Musical).

And you know what? The Broadway isn’t on strike. Yet.

Lets look at the likelihood shall we?

Those with memories longer than us will recall that the last time the Whingers ventured onto the Great White Way, it shut down, or most of it did. We arrived the day the Broadway closed due to a stage-hand strike, forcing us to scratch around amongst the Slim Pickens left and even forcing us to resort to Altar Boyz.

The time before that, before we had even started whingeing (well, we were always whingeing it’s just we hadn’t decided to inflict it on the world at that juncture), we missed Nine with Antonio Banderas as a four-day musicians’ walkout delayed previews which then started the day the Whingers flew out. On that trip Harriet Sansom Harris (our raison d’être for seeing the thoroughly underwhelming Thoroughly Modern Millie) had reason to not appear and later that day we sat in Sardi’s sipping drinks watching President Bush declare war on Iraq minutes before scooting down the street to see The Producers.

This time Angela Lansbury has wisely, and presumably not taking any chances as we’re only here for a week, chosen to take a two week vacation from A Little Night Music.

Is anyone seeing a pattern?

But narrowing down our potential choices some shows took more drastic action: Looped, All About Me and The Miracle Worker all packed their bags before we’d had a chance to pack ours.

Megan Mullally pulled out of another on our list: Lips Together, Teeth Apart during rehearsal, forcing the show’s cancellation. Perhaps we should have kept our own lips together and never have told her we intended to catch her show when we cornered her earlier this year. Who could envisage our parting words “See you on Broadway” would close a show before it even opened.

And what happened to another of our must-sees: Spider-Man the Musical? Slated to be running by now it’s delayed its opening until later in the year at least.

So here we are, brought over on the Virgin Atlantic, eschewing the British Airways for obvious reasons, or as Phil’s sister Liz (Elizabeth and Philip how royal is that?), desperate to be included on these pages christened the troubled BA “Plane Never Flies”. Yes, even siblings are jumping on the Whingers’ ramshackle bandwagon.

As it’s two and a half years since the Whingers were last here not only is there a bit of theatrical catching up to do but we’re desperately in need of new underpants.

So, for one week only the West End Whingers are retired from the West End, but will shortly be resplendent in crisp new undergarments and they’ll be answering to The Broadway Bellyachers.

9 Responses to “The Whingers Take Manhattan”

  1. Sue Says:

    Two and a half years? Really? Wow.


  2. Rev Stan Says:

    Hope you are back in time for your party on Saturday. I’ve bought a moustache. Well not yet but I’m planning to.

  3. Blue Frog Says:

    When I was there a few weeks ago, it was Catherine Zeta-Jones who was out of A Little Night Music. (So I gave that a miss…)

    And Alice Ripley happily turned up to give her Tony Award-winning performance as Diana at the Saturday matinee of Next to Normal, which was attended by the Clintons, but – possibly overwhelmed by all that excitement – decided not to bother with the evening show, attended by me (and Jill Gascoigne from TV’s The Gentle Touch, who I spotted in the foyer.)

    Look forward to reading your reviews from “The Broadway”.

  4. harveypenguin Says:

    What are you seeing? You will like A Behanding in Spokane. It’s Christopher Walken doing Martin McDonagh. Good times.

    God of Carnage is also very good, and involves some impressive on-stage vomiting. Both plays are blissfully short (90 minutes).

  5. wynper Says:

    Oh dear, Whingers, you will find it hard to see a show on Broadway that you haven’t whinged about in London. ENRON, GOD OF CARNAGE, LA CAGE AU FOLLE, RED……Do try to catch THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at the Vineyard. Kander and Ebb and Susan Stroman directing. Welcome back, we have missed you.

  6. ingrid Says:

    ohh, I’ve just come back from B-way… am curious as to what you’ll have to say about “Lend me a Tenor” and Tony LaPaglia. and “Promises Promises” with Sean Hayes. And “La Cage aux Folles”. You won’t miss a thing with “little night music” – while Angela Lansbury was absolutely marvellous when I saw it, Catherine Zeta-Jones not so much. Oh, well, waiting for your whingings… LOL

    ps: found LaPaglia curiously bland, Promises carried only by Sean Hayes and La Cage sadly lacking its London drive myself.

  7. webcowgirl Says:

    I guess you won’t be spending much of your time watching ballet like I would be …

  8. PhilK Says:

    There goes the ‘Special Relationship’

  9. Crandal Says:

    I’m going there as well on Saturday and so I’ll be looking for the Whingers everywhere I go…..

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