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#11 Honoured Guest

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:23 PM

Amazing cast!! I cannot wait to book.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

I was going to wait but I couldn't so I've just booked my ticket! What a brilliant cast!

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:39 PM

Does anyone know the approximate running time for Merrily? (Obviously I realise different productions will vary a bit.) As I live outside London I don't want to book for an evening performance & then find it finishes too late to get a train home.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:08 PM

So Many things I want to see at the moment ! Just moved to London from small town Wales ... is it always this good !

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:21 PM

I've just booked for this, front row, 1st Dec matinee. I've stayed away from the Menier for a couple of years now, being put off by their high prices (for a fringe venue), and since then I've only seen their productions which have transferred to the WE, at discounts. However this cast, nor the prospect of Maria Friedman directing Sondheim, could keep me away any longer!

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:03 AM

What a fantastic cast - just booked a ticket for this! Cannot wait :)
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:54 PM

Me too, am very excited by this and the prospect of the Menier putting on another Sondheim. Will be booking tickets soon. Yay!
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

Surprised there are no reactions to this yet!  Went to see it on Saturday night, my first trip to the Menier and like most people I was excited by the great cast they'd put together.

Have to say that I came away quite disappointed overall.  Firstly, when I walked in and I saw the rather stark white set I did think to myself, I hope I don't have to look at that all night - but apart from the top of Act 2 it really doesn't change around much. The cast had a lot of energy and performances were generally solid though. Of the leads, I think Damian Humbley comes out of this the best and his Franklin Sheperd Inc. was a highlight, but I did feel that the chemistry between the three friends wasn't quite right.  Jenna Russell, who I loved in 'Into the Woods', to me seemed to play Mary as way too broad and old/jaded in the beginning so that in the later scenes I never bought her as the young kid trying to break into showbiz for the first time.

One other thing to note if you're going - there is a serious amount of smoke in this production i.e. a lot of people smoking on stage and use of the smoke machine at some points as well.  Obviously you're pretty close to the action here which meant a few of the older audience members spent half the performance coughing their lungs up, not exactly a pleasant theatrical experience!

I did have a bit of a geek out moment seeing Jonathan Tunick in the back row though :D

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

Well they've obviously sorted the problems with pollution, as we were in the second row and didn't feel any ill-effects. Just shows what an extra week of previews can do though, as I thought it really couldn't be bettered. Jenna Russell is heartbreaking, but the entire cast are tremendous, as is the nine piece brass heavy band. I've out and out raved on my blog, but just give yourself an early Christmas present and buy a ticket. http://www.frontrowd...-chocolate.html

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