and I saw Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
tonight, for Oak "HERCULES MULLIGAN
!!!!!/James Madison" Onaodowan's final performance. It... was so fucking magical
????? JAVIER MUÑOZ, MY HAMILTON, WAS SITTING RIGHT THERE ON THE MAIN STAGE???? (Look for him on his phone in that Instagram photo, at the bottom of the middle stair, to the right.) And Oak shoulder-clapped him as he was leaving after the final bow?!!!! And Denée Benton has the most gorgeous, crystalline, pure, beautiful voice and sHE'S TWENTY-FOUR?!!!!!! And this incredible shitheel character Anatole was the most magnificently tenor/falsetto Gaston-y diva?!!! And the audience interaction was SO GOOD!! The energy was absolutely electric; having heard it felt long, I was truly shocked when it ended. There were so many Cabaret
feelings (SO MANY), and Hadestown
feelings (since Rachel Chavkin also directed this, and cast her Billie Holiday–Persophone in much the same role), and the ensemble was having SO MUCH FUN and also they did this Rite of Spring
opera-thing that was stunning
and just as weird and riot-inducing as the original must have been, and.
And oh my god, you guys, I will, no holds barred, see Oak in literally anything he does from here on out. "Fucking magnificent" doesn't begin to cover what I saw him do tonight. Gorgeous-beyond-belief singing, both in humor and drama; gorgeous acting, physically, vocally, presence-wise, comedy and tragedy. He is. So big. We were sitting in amazing mezzanine seats (amazing how your eyes don't strain right out of your head anywhere that's not the nosebleed seats!) -- anyway, the cast spent a lot of time moving through the audience, and he was like. Right there. He did the walking-right-by-us thing. Oh my gosh, dude. Oh my fucking gosh.
This isn't even getting into the staging, which was just staggeringly well-orchestrated. They did this beautiful effect for snowfall, where they lowered single orange bulbs on long wires (or tubes?) from above, and I'm not doing it justice, but it just stopped me breathing. Anyway -- I'm so sorry to hear that it'll be closing in three weeks. It's a huge shame its sales weren't better, and I can totally see why they'd offer Mandy Patinkin the Pierre role, but I don't know that I'd want to see anyone else pull it off.