Putting the awe back in 'awful'
This legit season it got personal as a number of outsized egos set themselves up for big falls:Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel footed the entire $4 million to develop and bring her solo show “The Blonde in the Thunderbird” to Broadway. (Total perfs: 9) Uncredited producer Yoko Ono pretty much jettisoned her predecessor, Cynthia Lennon (not to mention the Beatles), from biotuner “Lennon.” (Total perfs: 49) And after getting the season’s most scathing reviews, director-composer-lyricist-librettist Joseph Brooks sunk another $2 million in marketing to promote his Broadway debut effort, “In My Life.” (Total perfs: 61) The principals’ reaction to their respective projects ranged from prescient to foolhardy. For example, at his show’s opening-night fete, Brooks predicted, “We’ll get trashed. I’m certain of it. We’re so different. We’re so new. We’re cutting-edge.” Hamel was more confident: “We decided going into this that we wouldn’t bring in outside investors. This way, we can tour when we want to.” During the first-night intermission of “Lennon,” a man approached Sean Lennon to ask, “Is your mom enjoying the show?” The son of John Lennon replied, “Well, she’s involved with it.”
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