It's not often that we get second chances in life, but when we do, this is the moment we need to make the most of. Many times we don't see it coming, but life decides to throw us curveballs when we least expect them.
This past season has been lackadaisical for new Broadway musicals, with the best of them--arguably After Midnight, Beautiful and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, in alphabetical order--falling in the slightly-less-than-exhilarating class.
So extraordinarily good was the one-night Encores! Off-Center staged concert reading of the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman, that it calls for some serious transfer-it-somewhere-else-fast thinking.
You may be asking yourself, so how relevant can a 1930s show taking place aboard a cruise ship, starring a gangster and a plucky cabaret singer and featuring a couple of crisscrossed lovers really be in 2012 NYC? The short answer is very.