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#211 abs2512

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

It just worked out that I had tickets to see SITR on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th. Thursday Adam was off so I got to see Francis as Don Lockwood, I have seen him in the role once before and TBH wasn't totally impressed, so I was a little disappointed on Thursday when I saw the board to indicate that Adam was off.

When I asked the front of house staff if Adam was off ill,  we ending up having a conversation about the differences between Francis and Adam, and he felt the same as me that Francis is just too young to play Don Lockwood and has very little charisma on stage, although he does dance (on his own) beautifully, but still does not have the grace and power that Adam has.

For those seeing SITR for the first time, Francis would have been fantastic, he is a great dancer, but he did almost drop Sherrie twice, at least it looked like it to me,  in 'You Were Meant For Me and I’m sure one of the jumps to lift went wrong too.

I have now seen Sherrie 3 times and think she is wonderful and certainly deserves her spot as the female principal.   Can’t wait to see her in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I love this show, but the difference one person can make was just so evident from seeing it on Thursday and Friday.  Am off to see it again on Saturday night, last performance of the current cast, Daniel Crossley will be missed, but I am sure Stephane Anelli will do a marvelous job in the role, he was one of my favourites in Legally Blonde.  Katherine Kingsley will be a very hard act to follow – so I wish Jennifer Ellison the best of luck.  

Will look forward, with anticipation to see the new cast in March.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

I've never seen Francis but I think that Adam is an amazing Don Lockwood :) and it would be extremely difficult to find someone like him. Apart from the fact that many of the dances are choreographed specifically for his talent, he just has something special, for me anyway! Don is on in almost every single scene so yes, having him be slightly weaker can really make a real difference, sadly. I'm just glad that Adam isn't leaving with the rest of the cast! Although I've got so attached to the current lot I think I'm going to be biased against the new cast...:( Still, I can't wait to see it again!! Absolutely my favourite show in town :D

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

My favourite show in the West End at the moment too. Adore Adam Cooper, think he is even better than Gene Kelly, actually, i think this production, for me, is better than the film, if i could, i'd be at The Palace every night of the week
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

Definitely!! I would go see this every night if I could...Adam is amazing, I think he's a better actor, singer and even dancer than Gene Kelly (practically sacrilege to some, I know) and this production is much better than the film for me, its just more alive and uplifting and just...I dont know...special :)

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:25 AM

View Postabs2512, on 11 February 2013 - 02:48 PM, said:

It just worked out that I had tickets to see SITR on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th. Thursday Adam was off so I got to see Francis as Don Lockwood, I have seen him in the role once before and TBH wasn't totally impressed, so I was a little disappointed on Thursday when I saw the board to indicate that Adam was off.

When I asked the front of house staff if Adam was off ill,  we ending up having a conversation about the differences between Francis and Adam, and he felt the same as me that Francis is just too young to play Don Lockwood and has very little charisma on stage, although he does dance (on his own) beautifully, but still does not have the grace and power that Adam has.

For those seeing SITR for the first time, Francis would have been fantastic, he is a great dancer, but he did almost drop Sherrie twice, at least it looked like it to me,  in 'You Were Meant For Me and I’m sure one of the jumps to lift went wrong too.

I have now seen Sherrie 3 times and think she is wonderful and certainly deserves her spot as the female principal.   Can’t wait to see her in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I love this show, but the difference one person can make was just so evident from seeing it on Thursday and Friday.  Am off to see it again on Saturday night, last performance of the current cast, Daniel Crossley will be missed, but I am sure Stephane Anelli will do a marvelous job in the role, he was one of my favourites in Legally Blonde.  Katherine Kingsley will be a very hard act to follow – so I wish Jennifer Ellison the best of luck.  

Will look forward, with anticipation to see the new cast in March.


Fully agree with this post. I've seen the show many times, and saw Francis as 'Don' on my 5th visit a few months back. Although he was technically good, I didn't really enjoy his performance - especially having seen Adam on many occasions before. Francis danced all the numbers beautifully and his acting was good, but I felt like he sometimes struggled singing and dancing at the same time. And he definitely did look too young. Like you said, If it'd been my first time seeing the production and I had no one to compare him to, I'd have loved his take on 'Don'. But Adam is just so 'right' for the part, that I couldn't help missing him throughout that whole show. Speaking of Francis, I do really like him in the ensemble. His facial expressions in some of the scenes are brilliant!

Katherine is probably the main reason I've been seeing the show much recently and keep going back. I really don't think anyone can top her 'Lina'. She manages to make every performance unique and funnier than the last! She's absolutely brilliant and it's going to be sad to see her leave the show on Saturday.

Daniel Crossley, as well. He is such a fun and energetic performer and his 'Make Em Laugh' is always a highlight. I'm sure Stephane Anelli will be good though.

I can't believe I'm only seeing this cast twice more. Saturday's going to be weird.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

View PostSam4God, on 12 February 2013 - 02:25 AM, said:

Like you said, If it'd been my first time seeing the production and I had no one to compare him to, I'd have loved his take on 'Don'.
I don't know about that. I've only seen this production the once & Francis Hagen was on but even though I didn't have another performance for comparison I still thought he wasn't particularly good. Usually I like seeing understudies & often prefer them to the leads but not on this occasion.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

View PostDawnstar, on 12 February 2013 - 07:11 PM, said:

I don't know about that. I've only seen this production the once & Francis Hagen was on but even though I didn't have another performance for comparison I still thought he wasn't particularly good. Usually I like seeing understudies & often prefer them to the leads but not on this occasion.

You definately need to try and get back to see the show, and obviously hope that Adam is on - he is worth seeing, I promise you
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

View Postabs2512, on 12 February 2013 - 07:55 PM, said:

You definately need to try and get back to see the show, and obviously hope that Adam is on - he is worth seeing, I promise you
I suppose I might go again at some point but it's low on my list of priorities. I live outside London so have a limited number of available show slots so tend to only re-see shows I enjoyed the first time round & I didn't really enjoy SITR. In fact to be honest I got much more enjoyment from a concert performance of it at the RFH a couple of years ago. Also there's no-one in the replacement cast that I'm particularly interested in seeing.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

Yes it's unfortunate timing if you didn't enjoy it much the first time - if Adam, Scarlett, Daniel and Kat were all there I would absolutely urge you to go back at the first opportunity, as it is if you live outside London I'd wait and see what people think of the new cast.
Can't believe they've only got 4 shows left!! And I'm not going to be at any of them...sob sob...

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

Last performances by the original cast!! Is anyone going to be there tonight??




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