Take That/Theatre

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Examples of Take That in Theatre include:

  • As has been well-documented by history, playwrights Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller had a famous falling out over Kazan's decision to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, a play that compared the UAC's activities to the Salem Witch Trials, while Molly Kazan, Elia's wife, wrote The Egghead, a play about a liberal intellectual who was blind to the great threat posed to America. One of these plays is a classic. The other one is practically forgotten.
    • On the other hand, Elia made On the Waterfront, which features a sympathetically portrayed informer.
  • In the musical version of Merrily We Roll Along, the protagonist is a musical theatre songwriter who in one scene says, "I saw My Fair Lady -- I sort of enjoyed it."
  • The musical 1776 features an extended Take That against New York's government: the delegate from New York spends the entire musical having to "abstain--courteously," because, as he finally explains, the members of the legislature "speak very fast and very loud and nobody pays any attention to anybody else with the result that nothing ever gets done."
    • Like much of the rest of the play... Truth in Television. Even for the time period. (It's truly scary when you realize how much of 1776 is all lifted directly from period documents (if somewhat out of context at times).
  • Occurred during the 2008 Tony Awards broadcast, when the winner for Best Play, in his acceptance speech, thanked the producers for funding "an American show with theater actors!" This would have been much less remarkable had his award not been presented to him by Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe.
  • The lyrics to "You're The Top", a song by Cole Porter from the musical Anything Goes, contains the following jab at the Republican party of the 1930s:

"I'm the nominee of the G.O.P., or "Gop,"
But if baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top!"


Kate: I loved Titanic!
Princeton: It was all right...

    • Also, during the 2004 Presidential debate they mentioned that they would need to end the debate soon because there was going to be "A Vice Presidential debate held by Red Lobster"
    • In An interview, Princeton implied that Sarah Brightman sings like a goose she does
  • Since it's about theater:

Antonio Banderas, being asked if he'll do a live-action 3-D movie after being in the animated 3-D movie Shrek 4: I've been doing 3-D for a long time. It's called theater. It was invented 3,000 years ago. (Actually, theatre was invented 2,530 years ago, but he was close.)


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