Oscar Goodman doesn’t apologize in musical rewrite

Oscar goodman never apologized for his career as a “mafia lawyer”. He’s also not about to allow his stage character to apologize.

This lesson is essential in the development of “Goodman: An American Musical”. This is the story of Goodman, from his days as a part-time guardian at Philadelphia Law School, until he convinces his skeptical family that he should run for mayor in Las Vegas.

Two readings of the project took place on November 7 and 8 at the Troesh Studio Theater at the Smith Center.

Goodman has considered the musical at least since his third term as mayor, and probably even further than that (I’m old enough to remember he mentioned Clint holmes describing it in production about ten years ago).

The highlight of “Goodman” is the main character’s relentless pursuit of supporting his family to run for mayor. He earns their blessing, in part, by proclaiming that he will use the public service as a platform to atone for the representation of many criminal clients.

The real Goodman says, “No dice.”

“I would never apologize, or atone for, for the guilt I have had in my career as a lawyer because there is none,” Goodman said Wednesday. “This is my hill to die on. If it’s inside, I’m outside.

For this reason, and others, the series is being rewritten. As is common among targeted projects for Broadway, the musical is a work in progress, I think anyone who saw the presentation would agree. One of those audience members was Goodman himself.

There is some sweeping to be done, some tightening of the script, some punch up. The piece must establish the right tenor (is that whimsical or grotesque?)

“We’re still working on it, especially rewriting the last part,” Goodman says. “I need to be able to work out the rewrite before I go ahead.”

If nothing else, it would be the Broadway musical whose cast sings of a man (Tony Spilotro) killed in a cornfield. It’s actually a song in the series, conveyed with great zeal by Doug Thresholds (“Little shop of horrors”, “The scarlet chickweed”). He’s the actor who portrayed Goodman this month, and also in a reading of the show in New York City in August 2019.

Kate baldwin (“Hello Dolly”, “Big Fish”) portrayed caroline Good man, who acts as the binding arbiter in the decision that would ultimately put her in place for three terms of her own as mayor of Las Vegas.

Co-producer Kevin mccollum presented the presentations, which were led by Richard Israel. A cast of 16 Broadway artists have been drafted to play various roles in the Goodman saga, including the Goodman children Oscar Jr., Ross, Eric and Cara.

Oscar Goodman is eager to have a new draft and to push this project one step closer to the Great White Way, if that is to be his future. A lot of work needs to be done before then, because getting a show to Broadway is a laborious process. Always …

“I want them to do it as fast as they can,” Goodman said. “I really want the rewrite of this behind me so we know it’s the best it can be.” There are issues that need to be resolved, but I am optimistic that we will get there.

Our thoughts Adèle

In the frenzy of interviews that led to his appearance with Oprah winfrey on Sunday, Adele addressed the Vegas residences buzz to Rolling Stone magazine. A paragraph at the bottom of the profile reads: “She shoots down rumors of a Las Vegas residency, which she has not committed to doing” because there is nothing (expletive) available . “”

We believe this means that it is primarily a matter of planning. Adele hasn’t ruled out a Vegas residency in principle. She indicates that there has been an effort to review the availability of sites. I have understood for months that the available dates were vital for Adele’s camp. I also understood that the theater operators in Vegas would move heaven and earth (otherwise Land Wind and Fire) to accommodate an Adele residence.

We still don’t know exactly how much Adele wants to do multiple shows in a week. She has also had vocal issues in the past which must be factored into her desire to perform several concerts in the desert.

That said, the advent of network television only increased Adele’s popularity. Its ratings of Sunday’s show, drawing more than 10 million viewers, even surpassed the Grammy Awards broadcast. His next gig in Hyde Park is selling at unprecedented levels.

Adele also told Rolling Stone that she won’t be touring next year. “It’s too unpredictable, with all the rules and stuff. I don’t want anyone to come to my show scared. And I don’t want to catch COVID either. “

Her intimate concert segment from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was skyrocketing. I can’t believe, just from a fan’s perspective, that this will be his only performance in support of “30”, and the only show until the end of 2022. Nothing available? We’ll see.

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The fabulous comic actress Penny wiggins, best known by the name of The incredible Johnathan’s Psychic sidekick Tanya, was cast in “The Tiger King” parody “Tiger Party”. Enoch Auguste Scott rooms Exotic Joe in the musical, which if all goes according to plan (cough) will open in December at the V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. I’m thinking about the first quarter of 2022, but Scott has already proven me wrong.

Cool Hang Alert (s)

The Las Vegas singer that of Nieve Malandra good singing is paired with fine dining at Todd english Olives at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. She’s at the Stirling Club in Turnberry Place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and later that night from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Eight Lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas.

We also have more of Malandra: she is back at Olives with Robby wingfield key collection from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. She closes the race for Olives with Todd Simon, from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Sunday. No cover for any of these good-humored music. Don’t forget to dress “chic”.

John Katsilometes column is published daily in section A. His “PodKats! Podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @ JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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