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#21 power-ranger


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:34 PM

Saw this in bristol at the weekend......

Faye Brookes - sings the role better than Sheridan and Susan but doesn't manage to get the comedy out of the part. The audience laughed at the lines in the script where it would be hard not to get a laugh - nowhere else.

The Delta Nu girls were great and really gave it some - better than the Savoy.

Liz McLarnon grew on me - weak in the first act, poor Ireland reprise - thank God they got Natalie Casey in London - the only decent Paulette so far - but Liz's Bend and Snap was solid - she wasn't bad.

Wasn't expecting to say this, but Dave Willetts was good as Callahan. Better than Peter Davidson. Very solid, nothing flashy, but fit th role very well.

Neil Toon looks way too young and not really handsome enough to play Warner. Looked younger than Elle and Vivienne.

Brooke was great, Serena and Pilar were great, Vivienne was excellent!

The main thing that lets the tour down is the fact that it looks like it's had 500 spent on it!!! Where are the sets?? Bristol Hippodrome is a bigger stage than the Savoy and there was literally nothing onstage. It looked cheap and shoddy. The cast are clearly working really hard to do a good job and are let down by the fact that there's hardly anything been spent on production values - shame when all the stalls were 48.50 and 3/4 of the dress circle were too. I think the producers must be making a mint!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:21 PM

Has anyone been to the tour lately, how are the cast settling into their roles? I'm booked up for Glasgow on the 24th of August :)

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 11:11 PM

I've seen the tour twice in Bristol... my opinions:

Faye Brookes - decent solid Elle, but nothing special. Her singing voice was very nice, probably better than any of the London 'Elles' I've seen, but she plays it safe and I found her Elle boring. She's very talented though, just needs to have a bit more fun with the role!

The girl playing Brooke was FANTASTIC - amazing singer and very believable/likable/funny as Brooke. Hope she gets to play Brooke in London at some point.

The Delta Nu girls were great! The girl playing Serena especially stood out for me, really enjoyed her portrayal of the character. The girl playing 'Margot' is quite short compared to Serena and Pilar though so that took a while to get used to - but overall they were all brilliant! :)

Neil Toon (Warner) - is too young for the role (in my opinion) and just didn't look right. He's good looking, but not good looking enough / doesn't have that 'model' look to be playing Warner, so it was a bit hard to believe he was this 'omg-so-hot popular guy' everyone wants to be with. Him looking so young also automatically gives him this innocent look which again is not really a Warner character trait. That's just talking about his looks though, but he was a good actor and sang the songs really well. I just thought he didn't really suit the role.

(Emmett) - His voice is amazing!! He's on par with Alex Gaumond singing wise (perhaps even a bit better?) but I found his Emmett to be a little annoying. He plays him quite angry and more confident than any other Emmett I've seen so it's harder for the audience to instantly like him. He just seemed like a very dominant Emmett (not the shy slightly awkward Emmett that I'm used to) and as a result of that I found it hard to warm to him. I guess that's just his interpretation of the role though, and I admire him for trying new things with the character but I thought some of his acting choices didn't really work. Apart from that though, he was great and I can see him getting better as the tour continues too - a very talented guy!

(Enid) - meh, she was probably the weakest in the cast... Didn't think much of her.

Charlotte Harwood (Vivienna) - WOW! She was fantastic! She plays her more bitchy than any of the Viviennes I've seen but it really works and on top of that she also has an incredible voice. She was always in character and some of her facial expressions are brilliant! The strongest in the cast, I'd say and by far my favourite Vivienne (I've seen Caroline Keiff, Suzie, and Siobhan in London).

Dave Willets (Callahan) - very good. Probably a bit better than Peter Davison, I really enjoyed his performance.

Liz McClarnon (Paulette) - she's the main reason I wanted to see the tour as I'm a fan of her. The first time I saw the tour, her understudy (Rhona McGregor) was on who I thought was amazing and I would love to see her again at some point. Saw Liz the second time I saw the tour though and although on the day I saw it, I found Liz's vocals to be a little weak at parts, her characterisation is spot on! She's a very clumsy awkward Paulette and the audience really warmed to her straight away. Her acting was very natural and not over the top (like Natalie Casey's...) and got the laughs at the right parts. Again, I'm sure she'll settle into the role more as the tour continues, but for someone who hasn't done much acting before, I thought she delivered a great performance.

The guy playing (Kyle/Dewy/etc) was also very good! :)

Overall, I think the tour cast is just as strong as the West End cast and defo worth seeing if you get the chance. I agree about the sets though, there was quite a lot of scenery/sets missing (which I found a bit weird) but the cast gave it their all and got a standing ovation on both occasions I saw the tour.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 02:32 PM

View Postrichard2711, on 11 July 2011 - 11:24 AM, said:

Claire Sweeney? Hmm. Please let her be better than in Tell Me On A Sunday .
I have to agree. I thought she was awful in that.  A poor voice and weak acting.  I cant see her inhabiting this role at all.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:30 PM

I think the prices for the tour are really high. I'm not sure I'm going to see it when it comes by me. I think I've seen it 4 times with the best cast it had, so not bothered. Feel the same about the Sister Act tour too. Am I being too narrow minded? Is it worth it?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:50 PM

Saw this twice in York. Mostly I'd just echo the previous comments, the sets and the orchestra are a lot smaller than in the West End, but the show is still as good and the cast are generally fantastic. I like how it's not just a total carbon copy of the London show (I think... haven't seen it for 6 months!), a couple of jokes/lines are played differently, such as how exactly Emmett interrogates Nikos.

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were Charlotte Harwood (Vivienne) and Dave Willetts (Callaghan) - outstanding voices and acting. I don't quite agree that Gemma Baird was weak. She doesn't have the same incredible voice as the London cast's Enid, but it didn't seem to me she was playing the role "quite and shy" but more "sarcastic intellectual". Which I'd say is a valid character interpretation too. Maybe this is something they've worked on since the previous stop(s)? And she was pretty good as Vivienne.

It's interesting that one of the swings is first Elle cover. Since they only have two female swings, it must be tricky to cover all the roles. I wonder how often touring cast members are entitled to a day off?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:21 PM

View Postjmkg, on 21 August 2011 - 07:50 PM, said:

It's interesting that one of the swings is first Elle cover. Since they only have two female swings, it must be tricky to cover all the roles. I wonder how often touring cast members are entitled to a day off?

Thing is, they generally only have to worry about illness rather than holidays as the entire company get a week off every few months. Generally you find most tours have got less swings than their West End counterparts because the need is simply not there.

That said - LB in London are pretty stretched with 2m and 3f swings so this might be taking it a touch far!

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 02:41 PM

Lee Mead will be joing the tour, at least for the Belfast leg of the tour...news from Belfast's Grand Opera House's Facebook Page
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:56 PM

I saw this in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon and loved it. For me it's just as good as in London, and the fact the sets are different and the stairs and trapdoors aren't there didn't bother me. I thought all the cast were brilliant especially Hannah as Brooke, Faye as Elle and Liz as Paulette. We had Michael Vinsen, who normally plays Aaron, on as Emmett and he was fab, I'm glad I got the chance to see him. :rolleyes:  He looks very like Neil who plays Warner though, and when he first came on I thought he was Warner rather than Emmett!! I'm hoping to see the tour again somewhere, as I love the show and the tour is sometimes easier to get to than London, so I'll hopefully also be able to see Iwan as Emmett.
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:17 PM

Niki Evans ( X Factor and Blood Brothers ) will be joining the Tour in Jan 2012

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