By Stuart Munro
It’s a shame, because if you close your eyes and just listen, you’d believe every second of it
One thing I love about this season is how much more closely it’s being tied into the Broadway world of the here and now. Last week we saw Harvey Fierstein appear as himself, along with references to The Book of Mormon, Stephen Schwartz, and the American Theatre Wing. This week we got to hear music from The Wiz, a show which Derek is hoping to direct in the near future (starring a brilliant Jennifer Hudson), and even a cameo from casting director Bernard Telsey. For me, these references really help ground the show and somehow make it that much more believable. Of course they sometimes get the real life of theatre completely wrong (Ivy gets cast in a leading role in a Broadway show in two days? I don’t think so . . .)
The legal troubles for Bombshell are slowly getting worked out, but Angelica Houston’s Eileen Rand becomes little more than a sad woman who basically begs her ex-financier and ex-boyfriend Nick to sleep with her when he suddenly shows up to turn himself in. Eileen is forced to back out as producer, and her sleaze of an ex-husband takes over for her. It turns out getting Eileen in legal trouble has all been a scheme orchestrated by last season’s waste of a character, Ellis. I hope we never ever hear his name again. Ever.