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#151 zyx123

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:32 PM

There's not a tune you can hum.
There's not a tune you go bum-bum-bum-di-dum.

#152 luce76

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:48 PM

I saw this on Saturday and really, really enjoyed it. I didn't know anything about it beforehand, other than it was Sondheim (i normally do some research on a show before I see it, but I saw this on a whim and so hadn't done that. I loved the central theme of 'how did you get here?' - a question that anyone can apply to their own life. I thought the reverse chronology worked very effectively. Hearing a song sung, when you've already heard it sung later (chronologically speaking) gave it real poignancy and pulled on the heartstrings (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers). The performances were strong across the board. Jenna Russell was excellent but I also really enjoyed Clare Foster's performance. I enjoyed her in Crazy for You and loved her again here. She does joyful enthusiasm (with that great smile)  but also heartbreak really affectingly.

People might be interested to know that I bought middle of row E of the stalls for Saturday matinee, an hour before curtain up, for £20.

#153 danieldabell

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:01 PM

Can not wait to catch this again. Saw the Menier version, so looking forward to comparing & enjoying all over again! Instantly became my favourite Sondheim by a mile!

#154 Theatrebunny

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:23 AM

Day seats def £10 and they are also doing on the day concessions at £20 which is what I got with my student pass in really nice seats. Thought this was pretty darn good actually, its not the usual thing I go for but by the second act I was loving it. The 'opening doors' (?) song where they are wheeling about on chairs was excellent. Read online afterwards that this is the director's debut, which is just amazing!

#155 Distant_Cousin

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

View Postzyx123, on 06 May 2013 - 06:32 PM, said:

There's not a tune you can hum.
There's not a tune you go bum-bum-bum-di-dum.
   The irony was not lost!

#156 Distant_Cousin

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

View PostABowlerHat, on 06 May 2013 - 06:21 PM, said:

Yes, I think you must be one of the only people in the country who think that.
  My two friends thought the same - there's a touch of Emperor's New Clothes about it I feel...

#157 Distant_Cousin

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:24 PM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 06 May 2013 - 05:44 PM, said:

I couldn't disagree more, this is what musical theatre should be IMO
  What? - not very entertaining and very "worthy"??

#158 popcultureboy

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:34 PM

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Severely lacking in decent songs. Seemed to be about 3 discernable ones within the whole thing.

"Merrily We Roll Along"
"Franklin Shepherd Inc"
"Not A Day Goes By"
"Now You Know"
"It's A Hit!"
"Good Thing Going"
"Bobby & Jackie & Jack"
"Opening Doors"
"Our Time"

And that's just off the top of my head.

#159 mallardo

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:54 PM

Of all the Sondheim shows THIS score is the one with the most idiomatically "popular" songs - deliberately so since the protagonists are songwriters trying to write hit shows.  If this score doesn't appeal then it's time to give up on Sondheim and admit your taste just isn't that sophisticated.
Excuse me if I seem jejune
I promise I'll find my marbles soon.

#160 Titan

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:06 PM

^ thats a slightly snobbish attitude. Not liking sondheim does not make you unsophisticated. Its just personal taste.




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