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So, How’s It Going at ‘Tale of Two Cities’ Previews?

Photo: Carol Rosegg


The producers of totally dull-sounding Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which opens September 19, must be a little bit torn about this morning's Times story about the pleasures of seeing shows in previews. On the one hand, in a fall full of star-studded Broadway openings, this is definitely the most press Tale is ever going to get. On the other hand: How's the show going in its first week of previews? Everything running smoothly?

“Every time we see it, it’s so different,” said Adriana Devine, who describes herself as a “working actress, photographer, event planner, wife and mother of two” from Newark, Del. She was seeing “A Tale of Two Cities” for the third time…

Todd Michael Cook, an aspiring actor originally from Peoria, Ill., was standing next to Ms. Devine near the stage door after the performance. He had already attended five performances, even though the musical had been in previews for only a week. “I’ve never seen a show change so dramatically,” he said in a tone that made it clear that this did not displease him.

So … going great!

Preview Primer: Try Out the Tryouts [NYT]