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08 February 2010 @ 12:10 am
I think I've found one of my favorite interviews so far...  
...of Chad. And I've seen quite a few.

Most ask the same things, but never really get to the heart of who he is. This one starts off that way by highlighting his modesty (which was the first thing I noticed about him... his difficulty in taking compliments - which is completely endearing!) :)

http://www.theaterlife.com/node/3179

I also liked this:

"There have been drafts where Huey has not been liked at all. And then there was a draft where Huey was liked a little too much. I think this one finds a nice in between."

Partially I'm thinking this is why they took out the "You sleeping with him yet?" and the slap in the "Love Will Stand" reprise from previews. Maybe they needed to soften his character a little and make him a tad more sympathetic? Have to say, I LOVED that scene, though and I miss it in its final form... Chad was GREAT in that scene.

Also added another "Little Fish" video to the site...

Ever since seeing MEMPHIS, I've been trying to remember more about "Little Fish"... I remember seeing it with Mark in 2007 (the night BEFORE we went to the 2007 Ovation Awards...) We happened to run into Julie and Kevin who was there with Michelle Duffy. :) I remember speaking with Julie and Michelle rather in depth about the show afterward (they loved it,) but we never actually stage doored (I rarely do when I don't know anyone in the show... I just feel weird... who knows WHY I decided to stay after the 2nd preview of MEMPHIS?)

I even wrote something tiny about "Little Fish" in my LJ back then (and even back then mentioned Chad as being my favorite part of the show...) Honestly, I don't remember too much about the show except that Chad's character (Marco) was probably the most well drawn of the supporting roles. He was sarcastic and funny one moment, then absolutely heartbreaking the next. That is the one thing that stands out... even now. So it was really interesting for me to see these clips...

What else? Other than that, my evening was spent doing web work (lots of fun updates from Kristi who has a lot going on right now - SO happy for her!) She's doing a couple of concerts (one in Vegas and one in LA) in May. Looking at my schedule, it would be next to impossible for me to take time off to see it, but I am happy that she's keeping so busy (I mean, outside of "Phantom" - the show keeps her busy enough, I'm sure!)

And I've been finalizing my trip next week. Sweeney, Spelling Bee, Whisper House, and Lost in Yonkers -- pretty excited!! :) Hope you all had a nice weekend! I'm off to get some rest... I have a long week ahead!
 
 
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Sarahmisswritten on February 8th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Can you tell me more about that line and the slap? I saw Memphis after opening so no fun differences for me lol.

I felt like Bryan's Huey was pretty likable. Like, I did genuinely feel bad for him and he seemed really emotional in his scenes with Felicia. I don't know, even though he kind of gets carried away at the end, I agree that Huey is pretty likable. An even the moments where he's not, he's just human!
Sheri: Chad - Sh*tty Boothshutterbug93 on February 8th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
In previews, the "Love Will Stand" reprise occurred in Huey's apt and not Felicia's dressing room like it does now. After a few exchanges of him wanting her to stay and her wanting to follow her dreams, he asks her, "So... you sleeping with him yet?" (meaning the record producer) He goes on to say that she slept her way onto the radio with him... and that's when she slaps him. Great acting moment for both Chad and Montego (and SO intense - it always got a gasp from the audience... and Chad's face in those scenes... was just... it was a great scene.)

But without it, I think the show has a different flow. His motivations for his actions seem more clearly defined as misguided and sympathetic (rather than possibly out of spite or jealousy like it could have appeared they were in the other version... - which I didn't think they were, but I could see how it could be misinterpreted to some...)

All in all I think the character of Huey is likable, but I really think that he has to walk that fine line where he's not TOO sympathetic a character and I think that Chad does an excellent job of walking that fine line each night.

Would love to see Bryan's interpretation of the role - just to see the differences. Another friend of mine saw the show the same night that you did and never saw Chad's performance before so it was interesting to hear her take on Bryan's performance.

What were some key differences you noticed in their portrayals? How was his chemistry with Montego? Very interested to hear!! :)

Edited at 2010-02-08 03:45 pm (UTC)
Sarah: [GG] // Tripp/Serenamisswritten on February 8th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm that's a really interesting scene. I kind of like the show without it though. I don't think Huey is *that* jealous to say something like that.

It's hard to say too many of their differences because I don't have a vivid recollection of Chad, but I felt that Bryan was really heartfelt and he really got his love for Felicia out there. He worked well with Montego too. And I think since Chad and Bryan look so different, it also gives Huey a different feel. My one complaint for Bryan is that his accent was rather inconsistent. It wasn't as heavy in the dialogue and it sort of faded out when he sang. His vocals were brilliant though and I still thought he did a great job
Sheri: Chad - Fantasticalshutterbug93 on February 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I totally have to agree with you regarding the jealousy point, I also don’t think that the comment quite fit with his character – I did think that taking it out helped the audience to feel more sympathy toward Huey in the “sh*tty booth” scene, though. And they changed that a bit from previews as well to soften that a bit (in previews it was a really short scene and could’ve almost come off a bit bitter – which I didn’t think so, but could be mis-construed by critics…)

And I’ve never mentioned it before, but his proposal scene on the bridge, I feel like Chad delivered the “Stop walking and answer me!” line a lot differently than in previews. Before it came off sounding demanding and angry, but when I saw it recently, it sounded more passionate and a bit like he just NEEDED to know – which I liked better.

Thank you SO MUCH for your feedback of Bryan’s performance!! I’d been curious about his interpretation of the role. Glad that he had good chemistry with Montego, because I feel the believability of the love story is the cornerstone of the piece. And I see where mastering the accent, especially on such little rehearsal time, must be extremely hard. I have to give him a lot of credit – that’s a monster of a role and he’s been able to go on and do wonderfully on such short notice.

Can’t wait to hear your take on BE and Fanny! Thanks so much!
Sarah: [Miley] // playing my songmisswritten on February 8th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I really like the way Huey turned out. He's a good character. He's not perfect (and he shouldn't be) but he's likable anyway.

Thanks, glad you liked my mini-review. There will definitely be a more in depth report on his performance and the entire show up in my journal, but know I recommend him highly and am sort of obsessed with him hahah. I could have said more, but I was typing my previous comment on my iPod and it's hard to type on lol.
Julia: Alice::next to normal::curtain calllucenellapiazza on February 8th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
so weird/funny that you posted that article cause I was just thinking about it last night for some reason and trying to remember how to find it again. also I'm so sad I missed that production of Little Fish at the time only because Alice is my favorite actress but...now I have another reason to be sad I missed it. Ah well, glad the CD exists. I also had NO idea that slap was still around during previews! I knew it existed in La Jolla thanks to an audio but I saw it like the week before opening so I guess the show was frozen by then aka no slap. Iinteresting...I'm glad they took it out though. I feel like it makes Felicia seem more whoreish, for lack of a better word hahaha.

also your icon is adorable!

Edited at 2010-02-08 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sheri: Chad - Milky Whiteshutterbug93 on February 8th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
What a coincidence!  Do you happen to know when the interview came out? It didn’t have a date attached to it, and I usually like to try to reference it on the site. Great interview, though. Love that they seemed to have caught the essence of his personality.

Yeah, oddly enough, the performance AFTER the last one I saw in NYC was when the changes were made and the slap was taken out. I’d seen it in previews more times than I’ve seen it after opening night (4 to 2) so I’m still partial to the slap. Give me a few more performances…  I do have to agree that it (in some small way) seemed to cheapen Huey & Felicia’s relationship a little that Huey would even think to say something like that (I took it as his insecurities, and less that it was jealousy, though…) But it definitely gives a different spin to the “sh*tty booth” scene. You really feel for Huey in that version.

And “Little Fish” was great – what I can remember of it (which is mostly Chad’s performance.) And I don’t remember the Healey’s at ALL! Chad mentions it in his BWW interview, and I saw a clip of it on the video, but… No. Recollection. At. All. Alice was great in the show, though – it was only the second time I’d seen her on stage and I loved her performance in this.

And thanks about the icon! It’s an old, old photo of him… when his clothing line was called O-Gear. :)
Julialucenellapiazza on February 8th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091210/LIFE/912100305/-1/SITEMAP that link says it was out Dec 10th which sounds about right I think. I don't remember exactly though.

haha you put it much better than I did re the slap. It definitely does sort of cheapen their relationship and sort of makes you feel like maybe she doesn't love him as much as he loves her or something. I kind of love the scene that's there now even though its heartbreaking.