euripides, on 17 December 2011 - 09:20 AM, said:
As someone who wasn't even there I think you're setting a lot of (too much?) store on one person's account. I haven't read any other comments or reviews which suggest that Alfie Boe "totally relied" on an autocue. I attended the first night of the tour and he certainly wasn't using one then. Nor have I seen any evidence of him doing so in any of the youtube clips of subsequent performances. Why not check them out for yourself if you're that interested? If you can find a clip where he is blatantly getting his lyrics from a teleprompter, then please do post a link and I'll stand corrected....
Or maybe you're just happy to have your pre-conceived notions confirmed, hence your assertion that AB 'lacks commitment' and your insinuation that he insults other performers by being a lazy shirker in comparison? There's an undercurrent of prejudice in your comments which robs them of a certain amount of credibility.
And I'm puzzled why you say it's "good to know" that Kerry
(!) gave a much better concert. What does that have to do with anything if you don't know much about her?
Yes, I was imagining that Alfie relied heavily on autocue because that was what Poster J, the only person who kindly gave a detailed account of this concert, informed me. You could have answered my question too, you, know. But you haven't done so until now. And your account is equally welcome.
The reason I asked the question " Was it as bad as The Times! say? was simply because what was written in that reveiw was really quite dismal, and I wanted to know if it was really that bad. In other words, I was intrigued by the "badness" the reveiw described. It goes like this:
"Still marketed very much as the lad who prefers to do it his way, Boe is serving up a long evening of, well, the same old songs: from the shows, from the silver secreen, from yesteryear. Of course, there's more money, more adulation and a lot less work involved in this than in learning and developing long and testing operatic roles. Crooning your way through the tracks on your latest album, over and over again, must be irressitible, especially with a mike to hold on to.
_____And more of the same, all sung in the same way - from hushed and throaty to loud, very loud and pounding into applause.
__________If this wasn't enough to turn the stomach and chill the blood, there was the embarassingly slack banter which really will have to be brushed up. "
See my point? Wouldn't this review make you wonder if it really was this bad? It's not about Jetward or whoever they are, but about a good professional singer.
Anyway, my another point wasn't just about Alfie, I said it depresses me when properly trained and/or well-known singer/actors just take advantage of their name value and deliver a low-quality show. Not just Alfie. Mentioning Kerry (not Kelly??) was just an example of big names (but in a good way). That was all. I remember Ruthie Hanshall's concert at the RFH a while ago. It fell into this category - it was packed as she is a name on TV, but the show itself was below par, considering what she is capable of.