re: Demands of contemporary musicals on actors
Posted by: AlanScott 09:41 pm EST 02/09/24
In reply to: Demands of contemporary musicals on actors - Maguire75 11:47 am EST 02/09/24

I wonder what the first musical with a severely raked stage was. Possibly 1776? If not, maybe another Mielziner? He loved those raked stages with a sort of mini-thrust. Duh! There was at least Man of La Mancha before that. Howard Bay.

Of course, there was little dancing in 1776, but then we know that not just the older women in Follies but also the showgirls who had to parade in extremely heavy costumes with extremely heavy headdresses on extremely high heels did not have an easy time. And that was with the rake reduced from the angle it was originally was to have been. And then there were the steep stairs. It was awfully good that they had a raked platform during rehearsals, which was when they found out that it couldn't be quite so heavily angled. Given how angled it still was, I can't imagine what it must have been at the beginning.

Some of the Mamma Mia casts did not have an easy time with that show's raked stage.
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