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#561 danieldabell

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

This isn't a case of them not being able to perform eight shows a week; it's singing that many Whitney songs eight times a week. Other shows were written to be sung; this is a show with lots of songs thrown together that weren't written to sing consecutively eight times a week. It is damaging to do this. Whitney wouldn't have done this herself!
Also, Beverley is obviously known/celebrity/a name, but I don't think she was given this role because she's a huge name that will pull in audiences because of her name. I think those that do know her know how incredible her voice is. I believe her voice attracts the audiences. With The Burke I think it is more likely to be name pulling the audiences for a short time. I remember her having a cracking voice, but technically next to Beverley I'm not sure it holds up.
I would really like to see this with Beverley as her voice is incredible.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

View PostRyan, on 31 March 2014 - 03:51 PM, said:

I could be asking an incredibly stupid question here, but what does that mean?  Does it mean the note is mimed?
The entirety of the title song in Phantom of the Opera is mimed, there's two doubles on the bridge at the start and the actual actors have to be running around backstage to get on the vote, plus Christine's E6 at the end would do permanent damage to most singers' voices.
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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

View Postdjp, on 30 March 2014 - 04:11 PM, said:

Amazed about Evita Paige needing nights off - its not that big a sing compared  to many others is it?

I'd say it's a pretty tough role indeed. She's practically in every scene and it's high belting all the way some very high sustained sections.

Patti LuPone famously said that "'Evita' was the worst experience of my life. I was screaming my way through a part that could only have been written by a man who hates women."!

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

Originally, I said I would like to see Knight and personally, I think AB's singing career has gone a little flat as don't hear much of her these days. However, I have never seen her perform and never seen her acting. I think she would do well from the show and possibly do more musical theatre. I think I'm going to give the girl a chance to prove what's she's got. I also think that it's really nice at how her first musical theatre production are songs from Whitney as Burkes first live performance on The X Factor was a Whitney Classic. She deserves the role as much as anyone else would, surely?

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:01 PM

I'd have thought someone who had wanted to be in musical theatre all their life, had been to drama school and had spent years honing her craft in order to rise to the challenge, would "deserve" it more - whatever that means.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:24 AM

View PostJoeRH, on 01 April 2014 - 03:25 PM, said:

Originally, I said I would like to see Knight and personally, I think AB's singing career has gone a little flat as don't hear much of her these days. However, I have never seen her perform and never seen her acting. I think she would do well from the show and possibly do more musical theatre. I think I'm going to give the girl a chance to prove what's she's got. I also think that it's really nice at how her first musical theatre production are songs from Whitney as Burkes first live performance on The X Factor was a Whitney Classic. She deserves the role as much as anyone else would, surely?

Alexandra had a go as Eponine for children In need.



She would deserve the role if she was one of the best available people who could sing it. She may merit it on other grounds too if she can pull in the punters. She could meet both criteria, or one , or none.

#567 DanielJohnson14

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Posted Yesterday, 01:47 AM

Saw this evenings show, and my damn!

It was the best I have seen it. Beverley was stunning as always, Tristan was great and Carol as Nicki was beautiful, such a stunning voice, Run To You was just breath taking!

Full standing ovation at the end, with a massively enthusiastic audience throughout, cheering and clapping at moments I have never seen them react to, such as Beverley's entrance, Jesus Loves Me, Franks "I Will Always Love You" and the whole way through "I Have Nothing" due to the drunk girls in the Karaoke Bar.

The second act has been very well tightened and is incredibly emotional, with the entire cabin scene a complete roller coaster of emotion. Everyone in the front row was in tears, and at bows Beverley was emotional and cried.

MISTAKES: Two things went wrong tonight, both with Actors forgetting lines. Firstly, Sy Spector (who was played by a very disappointing understudy, the usual guy is very humourous usually) forgot his lines for the opening scene in the house and had to start his line again. Also, the scene in the second act where Frank calls Fletcher, Fletcher got his and Frank's name mixed up, but he got applause for recovering it well.

The show was "full house" according to the sign outside, with all 3 levels open.

#568 Sam4God

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Posted Yesterday, 03:13 AM

If anybody is seriously doubting Alexandra's ability to sing the Whitney Houston songs, it's probably because they've never heard her sing live before. Whether you like her or not, you can't deny she's got the voice for it.

On the topic of who 'deserves' this role... There may very well be other theatre-trained actresses who are also capable of singing the songs in 'Bodyguard' - some perhaps even better than Alexandra would. But when it comes to casting, a number of factors are taken into consideration and Alexandra's popularity (however you want to define that word) is an advantage. At least she's not just a 'name' - but one who CAN actually sing well. Her acting is a different matter and we can't judge that until she's started performing the role.
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Posted Yesterday, 05:17 AM

House full signs are often put outside a theatre when the show has started to give the appearance it's a hit!

I remember there was one show that I know was half full each night, maybe it was Chicago, that put that outside every night.

#570 JoeRH

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Posted Yesterday, 07:51 AM

I have changed my opinions multiple times on this production a lot. And that was wrong of me. I've never seen the show or AB. Looking back on the comments of AB joining the cast, why not give the girl a go?! It will be nice to see another artist expanding their career to musical theatre. I'm no fan of AB but that's because I've never seen her perform but I'm sure she deserves the role as much as anyone else does. Casting's know what they're doing. After all, she battled it for weeks from millions of people on a well known tv show and won? Surely she has something to give? And I think her first X Factor performance was Whitney's song! I think she's more than capable.




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