One Man Two Guvnors
Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:30 PM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:09 PM
To be honest, it was surprising when they cast the understudy as it seems made for stunt casting. But the really long-runners don't seem to need that (and, apart from Corden, the origial cast weren't really names to draw an audience, excellent though they all were).
Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:48 PM
I wonder if a film version could work or is it too theatrical?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:45 AM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:53 AM
I know it's on another level entirely, but Rock of Ages is another show where, while the audience don't interact to the same extent, their reactions & their very presence are a large part of the whole experience. The film just didn't work without that. And a lot of the humour depends on asides to the audience, as it does in 1M2G.
armadillo, what do you mean about casting the understudy....?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:17 AM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:56 PM
Indeed and he seemed as surprised as everyone else that he was given the lead (though he'd done a couple of weeks IIRC in the WE when Corden was otherwise engaged). I can't remember any other recent examples of the understudy taking over like this - it didn't, for example, happen for Martine McCutcheon's understudy in My Fair Lady, even though she played the role more times than Martine at the NT (so the gossip said - I didn't actually count!)
Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:51 PM
I think he did a total of four performances, he was certainly confirmed before the fourth (and final) one.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:35 PM
Couldn't really tell it was their first time. All very impressive. Haven't seen the show before so I'm not sure if some things which looked like mistakes were intentional but handled very well.
Rufus Hound was great and captured the naivety that I saw James Corden have in the many clips I've seen of it. The 'fight scene' didn't quite seem as impressive as it could've been and it nearly didn't get an applause I think, which would've messed up the next joke.
I enjoyed The Craze, but not sure how other theatres would be able to house them at the sides of the stage as Curve has a very bid and wide forestage.
The stairs that I've heard a lot about in the much talked about dinner scene have been removed. There were two swinging doors there instead with new Lazzi (I imagine).
And they kept to the running time as well. Rufus Hound was very interactive and great with the audience/ improvisation parts, I thought.
Wouldn't see it again (although maybe in London for the stair 'routine') and I probably preferred 'Noises Off'.
Well done to all involved though.
Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:42 PM
I knew very little about the show apart from that it's a comedy and involved a skiffle band.
I really enjoyed it, the audience were in hysterics for the majority of the show.
It's a nice old-fashioned farce really, and the slapstick stuff went down well. The actors all did a fabulous job!
I'm not sure if One Man Two Guvnors is a bit of a 1 time show though. Perhaps seeing it again would diminish the joke somewhat.
Was great to see though, I'm finally able to see what the fuss was about!
Also, the skiffle band were wonderful!
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