Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:30 PM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:39 PM
Like a number of other posters, I thought the supporting cast were the strength of the show - I loved Martin Ball and Vivian Parry as the Hardwicks, particularly their duet, and Stephen Boswell was a hoot as the butler. I thought Ricardo Afonso was maybe a little OTT as the Italian, Beddini but he certainly went down a storm with the audience. Tom Chambers was fine in the Astaire role and his enthusiasm was endearing. The only cast member I wasn't too keen on was Summer Strallen as Dale Tremont. She looked lovely in the fifties costumes and danced well but I disliked her voice which was very nasal and she came across as rather cold - maybe a problem with the character she was playing rather than her acting.
All in all a good evening at the theatre. It'll be interesting to see if Top Hat can hold on for longer than Crazy for You.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:44 PM
FRINGE: Smokey Joe's Cafe X1 | Tomorrow Morning X3 | Company X1 | The Kissing Dance X2 | Road Show X1 | Crazy For You X1 | The Belle's Stratagem X3 | Pippin X1 | Kissing Sid James X1 | Mack & Mabel X1 | Taboo X1 | Victor/Victoria X1 | Bully Boy X1 | Daddy Long Legs X1 | Merrily We Roll Along X1 | Lift X4 | Payback the Musical X1 | Candide X1 | The A to Z of Mrs P X1
BROADWAY: Wicked X1 | Newsies X1 | Annie X1
ON TOUR: Les Miserables (Barbican) X1 | Evita (Wimbledon) X1 | Annie (Woking) X1 | Hairspray (Woking) X1 | Avenue Q (Bromley) X2 | Avenue Q (Richmond) X2 | Avenue Q (Woking) X2 | Avenue Q (High Wycombe) X2 | Avenue Q (Southampton) X1 | Avenue Q (Milton Keynes) X1 | Avenue Q (Salford) X1 | Avenue Q (Cardiff) X1 | Avenue Q (Belfast) X1 | Avenue Q (Northampton) X2 | Jekyll &amp; Hyde (Woking) X1 | Legally Blonde (Bristol) X2 | Legally Blonde (York) X1 | Legally Blonde (Glasgow) X1 | Legally Blonde (Edinburgh) X1 | Sister Act (Oxford) X1 | Legally Blonde (Wimbledon) X1 | Rent 20th Anniversary Concert X5 | West Side Story X1 | Wicked X10 | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers X1 | Fiddler on the Roof X1 | Fame X1 | Tonight's The Night X1
CHICHESTER: She Loves Me X3
OPEN AIR THEATRE: Crazy For You X1, Sound of Music X1
NATIONAL THEATRE: Welcome To Thebes X1 | London Road X1 | Curious Incident X1 | The Light Princess X1
OTHER: Vampirette (Manchester) X2, Loserville (Leeds) X1
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:40 AM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:06 PM
I would say that is a great attitude to have towards it! I saw the matinee today and was thoroughly entertained, even if some of the audience were a little badly behaved. I saw it on tour but thought it worked well in the Aldwych. It's not really challenging but it is good fun and the ensemble are fantastic.
There were quite a few empty seats in the stalls here and there, and I don't think they're doing dayseats but not sure about student discounts. Even the access rate (which I take advantage of as a disabled theatregoer) is the highest I've had to pay in the West End.
Some posters here haven't liked the set very much either but I quite enjoyed its simplicity. I'm not sure this will run and run but I'm glad it made it to the West End and I definitely enjoyed it.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:50 PM
Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:04 PM
Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:48 AM
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