The blogosphere and Twitter were abuzz with Morgan James’ tweet from Tuesday night. Playbill.com even wrote up an entire article pertaining to this incident. (I guess it was a slow news day because The Huffington Post wrote about it too.) I never saw the original tweet she posted, but I was told it said, “Question: HOW can you **** up “into the woods”?? I fear musicianship is dead in musical theatre. And acting, for that matter. #horrified.”
Yesterday she tweeted the above apologizing for her twitter tourettes.
Morgan James is an incredibly talented performer and songwriter. I’ve seen her in concert once or twice, and she played Alice the one time I saw Wonderland and was very good in that as well. But obviously she was under some influence (the influence of bad judgment, perhaps?) when she tweeted her original statement.
How could she not expect that to go over poorly? You’re in this business, and you know how small of a community it is. Don’t alienate yourself by posting incredibly judgmental opinions of a whole group of unspeakably talented people.
those who live in glass houses those originate roles in shows such as the less-than-wonderful Wonderland shouldn’t throw stones shouldn’t talk shit about acclaimed and adored pieces like Into the Woods. I’m pretty sure Stephen Sondheim will never cast you in one of his shows again. (No, I don’t. I’m just being hyperbolic.) And also, you went to the first preview. Did you like it when everyone on BroadwayWorld was commenting on the first preview of Wonderland? Yeah. I didn’t think so.
I try to keep my negative commentary down for this very reason. My real friends know my true opinions and I know they’re not going to smear my name in the industry. I’m sure I say some less-than-positive things about shows that are truly train-wreck-worthy but that’s only when they’re really, really deserved. I digress: this industry is tiny. Manhattan is only 10 miles long and the theatre district is about a half-mile long.
Hopefully the backlash has taught James to think before she tweets. I think this is a good lesson that harsh commentary isn’t going to be received well, especially when it’s brutal, probably undeserved, and presented in such a foul manner. And unless you’re, say James L. Nederlander or David Stone, you’re going to have a hard time getting away with it unscathed.