Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:28 PM
Saw this at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the very first time last month. Visually I thought this show was stunning in the way in which the animals, landscapes were created, awesome puppetry, scenery and costumes, but as an actual musical, I don't think it really has adapted that well as it basically just felt like watching the Disney film "live on stage". I did enjoy the show but yet it didn't give me that feeling of seeing something new at the theatre. Maybe it's because I'm in my late teens now and might of grown out of Disney (despite the fact I love Mary Poppins as a stage musical because the plot is deeper than the film and different which made it feel like a proper piece of English Literature again) but I don't appal it nor think it should close in the West End, there is obviously an incredible audience for it. Also, just out of curiosity, (as I am also fascinated by design and theatre architecture) when the show played the Bristol Hippodrome, which aisles did the animals use in the stalls as I have noticed that it has two outer aisles yet only one central aisle? Or were two inner aisles created for the show?