STAGE AND CINEMA WRITER, DECLARED BLOG-WORTHY, ACCURATELY PREDICTS FUTURE
explained by John Topping
published May 24, 2010
Recently, Bitter Lemons’s Colin Mitchell stated openly and publicly that John Topping, an infrequent reviewer and commentator for Stage and Cinema, had
posted writing on the website that was blog-like enough to allow Bitter Lemons to put Stage and Cinema on their blogroll.
What happened next stunned the online theater world.
On May 20, 2010, the news broke that The Pee-Wee Herman Show, which had recently enjoyed a
successful revival at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, would have a limited six week engagement on Broadway, beginning October 26 at the Stephen Sondheim
Theater (the recently refurbished former Henry Miller Theater).
A radical idea? Not for devoted
Stage and Cinema readers. Earlier this year, on January 24, John Topping, in his pre-blogging
days, opened the closing paragraph of his review of The Pee-Wee
Herman Show with these prophetic words:
“The next stop for The Pee-Wee Herman Show ought to be a limited Broadway
engagement; it would fit in perfectly, it's tried, tested, and true, and it's ready to roll (not to mention that it's infinitely better
than some of the sorry hits and misses that pass through there).”
Feeling extremely Stephen-Colbert-esque about the situation, Topping donned a prototypical Colbert suit, decorated his bedroom to look like the
set of The Colbert Report, and bellowed, “I called it!” as the same phrase flashed below him and
triumphant music blared in the background.
Topping is currently wondering if every notion he dreams up that gets published on Stage and Cinema will become
true. “Now I definitely have a reason to blog,” he stated, adding that, within two years, all
cars should be electric, the wars in Iran and Afghanistan should end, and he should personally make ten million dollars.
johntopping @ stageandcinema.com