TRAILER: Hello Again

This looks GREAT. Via press release:

SPEAKproductions, in association with TBD Productions and Martian Entertainment, have just released a sneak peek at the first trailer for HELLO AGAIN, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. The highly anticipated film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical. HELLO AGAIN chases 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods in New York City history. The pursued becomes pursuer as they spin through daisy-chained vignettes that come together in one soulful circle.

The ensemble cast features six-time Tony Award winner McDonald, Emmy Award-winner and Tony nominee Martha Plimpton, Emmy and Drama Desk nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Cheyenne Jackson, SAG Award-winner and Grammy nominee Jenna Ushkowitz, Teen Choice Award-winner Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon. HELLO AGAIN, directed by Tom Gustafson, features a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1896 controversial play, Der Reigen, and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film La Ronde, the film HELLO AGAIN is based on the Michael John LaChiusa stage musical of the same name. HELLO AGAIN was first presented on stage by Lincoln Center Theatre in 1994 featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Malcolm Gets, Carolee Carmello, Michael Park, Michelle Pawk, John Dossett and Judy Blazer.

  • bkmn

    Love Martha…simply love her.

    • Joe in PA

      uh huh!

    • M Jackson

      She and Diane Lane, still blossoming over decades since they were teenagers.

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    • Scoot

      She’s one of those actors who is just so magnetic and wonderful that I don’t understand why she’s not in everything.

    • S1AMER

      Yeah. One of those talented actors you can always count on for a superb performance, even in small roles or with crappy scripts and lousy directors.

  • another_steve

    Anything with Audra McDonald is bound to be fabulous.

    It looks very complex.

    I may have to be sober when I view it.

  • matrem

    So it’s not a remake of the the Shelley Long movie? Pass.

  • Joe in PA

    I almost hate to say this…but I recognized the singer/actress Jenna Ushkowitz from Glee. I didn’t know she was a Grammy nominee. Now if we could just get ol’ Trouty lips a job:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26815edd71ac8cc1e72da179cc65c70c53704c31af241097a7f6b2e6c77e88cd.png

    • Tawreos

      I have a job in mind that I would love to give him.

      • Joe in PA

        I set that up pretty well didn’t it? 🙂 You are so predictable. 🙂

        • Tawreos

          How does the old saying go? You set them up and I go down on them. Is that right? It feels right.

    • Lazycrockett

      He seems to be concentrating on his “music”.

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    • another_steve

      That picture turned me even more gay.

      I didn’t think such a thing was possible, but there it is.

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      https://youtu.be/ju-lptJweTc

    • Hue-Man

      I forgot he was in Fourth Man Out in 2015. imdb (6.6)
      “A car mechanic in a small, working class town comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1823c1a92ea43c8962e37f64019a6f53f80a4b9f65e9e17bd55dac8a881ac9ad.jpg

      • Joe in PA

        Yeah, I saw that movie. I don’t remember the movie but I saw it. 🙂 (happens a lot)

        • Hue-Man

          Me too and it’s getting worse. I keep forgetting to talk to my Doctor about it. (ha)

    • Rex

      Why do you hate to say it? I loved Glee – at least the first years, it did get rather strange later, but it was a fun, LGBTQ positive show. And the music was great.

      • Joe in PA

        That was poorly phrased on my part…what I meant was that I hate to say that i didn’t know she was grammy nominated. I haven’t seen her since Glee.

        Loved Glee…and once again, I came late to the party…didn’t watch it the first two years (maybe more?), then binged via Netflix. 🙂

  • Rex

    Looks intriguing, and confusing.

  • Rex

    Sex, music and period costumes.
    A gay man’s wet dream.

    • David Walker

      And then there’s Audra. She harkens back to disco, at least as I hear this. Perhaps she should be Donna Summer in the upcoming Broadway production.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o4WgOO_6Cg

      • ETownCanuck

        What’s with the weird Auto-Tune / Vocoder crap? If there was EVER a voice that did NOT require assistance it’s hers.

        • David Walker

          Probably because it’s “in,” the much sought after youth market wouldn’t tolerate a natural voice. Same thing, I am convinced, for not being able to watch a black and white movie. Having re-read this, I feel I should tack on, “And get off my porch!”

      • lymis

        Sorry, but that autotune (or whatever the hell they’re doing) makes that painful to listen to. The woman can sing. Let her. Ouch.

    • another_steve

      Well, they ended “Downton Abbey,” and that genre suffers as a result.

      The sex in that was muted, though.

      Implied, but muted.

  • TK

    Jesus, can people just get off Hillary’s dick already? Hasn’t she been ridden enough?

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  • leo77

    WOW. Will see that.

  • Blake Jordan

    The cast alone would get me to watch this movie, but the premise (and trailer) has won me over too…

  • zhera

    OT:
    Chris Meloni, One Of The Coolest Guys In The World.

    https://twitter.com/Chris_Meloni/status/877209998945857536

    • zhera
      • Ernest Endevor

        Every minute of every day of the year.

      • prixator

        It’s gone now. Anyone remember what it said?

        • zhera

          Why must Snapchat force gay pride emoticons down my throat, I’m so sick of it, we don’t get anything for straight pride, bla bla bla. The usual ignorant crap from someone who doesn’t recognize his privilege.

    • Treant

      “You, Chris. You.”

      • Joe in PA

        Repeatedly.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      All of you Chris, and in case you’re hesitant, I had my gag reflex surgically removed, just sayin’.

    • Distingué Traces

      It’s an okay line, but — why would a celebrity choose to publicize the opinions of a cranky nobody by responding to him on a widely-followed Twitter? The young man is basking in the attention.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • The Sentinel
    • Joe in PA

      you got a little sugar in there, don’t cha?”

      My new pick up line.

  • Rebecca Gardner
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  • RhettStone

    That gave me chills.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Schnitzler’s play – though there is controversy – is about the spread of syphilis through the various levels of Habsburg society. It sparked outrage in Vienna and a savage anti-Semitic backlash. The playwright wouldn’t allow it to be performed for that reason. When the National wanted to do it with Olivier, Schnitzler’s son regretfully turned them down to honor his father’s wish. I don’t know how the rights got out to allow the Ophuls movie, licensed form a French translation? There was an earlier musical in NY based on the movie not the play. The movie is full of good things but ends by being twee. The play’s relentless structure makes it very costly to produce nowadays. Anyhoo, I see they have the gorgeous Michel Pawk and the awesome Malcolm Gets so I’m on board. LaChiusa was going to be the new Sondheim for a while.

  • Distingué Traces

    Amazed to realize that this is only Audra McDonald’s second singing film role — and that the first was a small role as cgi furniture in Beauty and the Beast just last year.

    Even here, going by the trailer, she apparently gets less focus than Rumer Willis. Bizarre.