Thanks for the review, ThirdMonkey
! Sorry you had such a hard time with tickets. I know they are not cheap!
we were very surprised to see that there was a line that snaked around the corner. That theatre had to have been packed full.
I see photos now and then of that line. They sell SRO tickets and are usually at 101+ percent capacity. From Twitter comments, every member of the cast gives their all, every show. Did you go to the stage door after? There’s usually a huge crowd there, too, but the actors do their best to accommodate everyone with autographs, photos, so on.
It was great to see Thayne and Evan in person. Alex Wong was not in the cast anymore, so I'm sorry I missed him. Jess was front and center quite often, even yelling out during the dance numbers (like he did on tour). I can't say if his leaps and turns were any higher or tighter than anyone elses..
Alex is back in LA, so I expect to see him as an All Star! Finally!
As far as dancing skills go, I think the entire cast is evenly matched at a very high level. Ryan Steele, with those long legs, does seem to stand out. I gather he’s the “star” of the ensemble. However, I read a discussion on the BroadwayWorld messageboard about Alex leaving & new ensemble members coming on as extra swings, etc. and several posters said they didn’t think Alex had that big an impact on the show. They weren’t meaning it as a put-down of Alex, but rather an acknowledgement of how good everyone
was, that losing just one very fine dancer wasn’t going to hurt the show at all. Considering that Brandon Bryant just auditioned and didn’t make it in is a testament of the caliber of dancer they needed. I was disappointed by that. Would have been nice to have even more SYTYCD alumni in the show.
I do have a couple of plot or dialogue questions. From comments I read elsewhere, what is the significance of the word “oyster” that must be part of Jess’ dialogue? People send teasing tweets about that to him. Also, they mention where Jess yells “Awful!” after Kara Lindsay does her tap solo in King of NY. Was curious about that, too, if you don’t mind explaining. Of all the numbers they do, I'd love to see King of NY the most, mainly because of the tap-off between Evan and Jess.