Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:36 AM
I thought it was a lovely production with wonderful performances of a rather "odd" show, but who can complain about some wonderful Jerry Herman melodies and the incomparable Betty Buckley.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
(not Mark Shenton!)
Never has the word "whimsy" been so well used as in reaction to this piece...!
I do maintain though, that the complaints of such whimsy & one dimensional characters seem to me to be missing the point somewhat. I thought that was deliberate, to enhance the fantastical, storybook nature of the tale & worked well...
Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:35 PM
It was actually the three 'Presidents' I found embarrassing. Well, them and the Sewer Man! It wasn't charmingly absurd, it was just bizarrely stupid.
Comparing the song order from Broadway to London shows this is just a random story that can be shuffled endlessly without any real effect - proving what an extremely lightweight and pointless plot it is. Half the stuff that happened seemed unnecessary but was only kept in because there was already a song for it, although originally at another point during the evening.
On the up side, Betty Buckley still has it... by the bucketload! And this is a good way to experience a performance of hers up close.
I can't get 'I Don't Want To Know' out of my head, but apart from that I think this is a very weak Jerry Herman score. Give me Mack & Mabel any day!
Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:33 PM
Maybe they should get rid of the awful poster and just put BUCKLEY above the title? Wish I could see it again!
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:50 PM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:07 AM
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