Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Term of the Day: day player

day player--stagehand hired day by day on a load in, usually doesn't have a spot on the show.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Broadway Blooper #2: the sword fight at "I Hate Hamlet"

the sword fight at "I Hate Hamlet"--In May 1991, Paul Rudnick's play "I Hate Hamlet" was mounted on Broadway at the Walter Kerr. Nicole Williamson, a storied British Shakespearean actor and more storied drunk, hit his fellow actor Evan Handler in the back with a sword in an unscripted, violent move. Evan Handler left the stage, gave notice and walked out of the theater. He claimed that he was quitting, due to management allowing Williamson's abuse of the other actors. All this was documented in Alex Witchel's column in the New York Times, May 4, 1991.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Broadway Blooper of the Night: Minelli flu

Minelli flu--Liza Minelli came into "Victor/Victoria" in January 1997 for what was supposed to be four weeks, but she lasted for three. Liza kept on stepping on co-star Tony Robert's lines, so he told stage management that he was going to have "the flu" for the last two weeks of her contract. The New York Post found out about it and Post front-page headlines screamed "MINELLI FLU!"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Term of the Night: kaibosh, kibosh

kaibosh, kibosh(sounds like Yiddish, but the etymology indicates it may be Gaelic[Irish])--to put an absolute stop to something. "The PSM put a kaibosh on the cast and crew texting backstage."

Term of the Day: to give props

to give props-- respect, proper respect, respect that is due, a compliment. "I have to give you props for that beautiful dance number you choreographed." "Give him his props...he's a head of department."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Term of the Night: a knuckle-dragger

a knuckle-dragger--not a bright guy, exhibiting ape-like qualities, maybe strong for his size.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Term of the Day: to rabbi

to rabbi--to rabbi someone, to mentor a stagehand, using rabbi as a verb. "He rabbied me, giving me work when I needed to get my third year to finish my card time."