Broadway.com strikes again, and this time, it's Frankfort's Will Chase we get to see in action. Will, a veteran of Broadway productions such as Rent and Lennon, is now the leading man in High Fidelity, the musical adaptation of Nick Hornby's beloved novel. Opening night was Dec. 7, and Broadway.com has posted some cool video of Will and the cast in action, as well as interviews from the post-show bash at Roseland. Click here to take a look.
Update: Unfortunately, High Fidelity has been experiencing low turnout and will close Sunday, after only 14 performances and 18 previews. The show opened Dec. 7, to mostly negative reviews. The New York Times Ben Brantley put it on his list of five most forgettable musicals, adding, "Now if only I can remember the names of the others." Ouch.
The night that review ran, I settled into a seat at the Imperial to see the show. It was not completely devoid of entertainment value. In fact, there were one or two quite memorable scenes, including Rob's fantasy about doing away with his rival, Ian, set to several different musical genres. But the show did miss both the appeal of a the High Fidelity story and the flavor of a Broadway musical, dooming it to not making much of anyone happy. It should be noted that when it came time for the curtain call, the audience remained seated until Will Chase burst on stage. His standing O affirms that whatever was wrong with this show, it wasn't him.