Chicago Closing Sept 1st?
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:21 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:26 PM
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:28 PM
So we are absolutely sure that Billy Elliot will finish at London and go on a tour in a year or so?
I was thinking of going to London next month and it was a toss up between Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia, but if there is going to be a cheaper option in the near future then I can wait. I am also sure The Mayflower will be included in the tour if Phantom and Les Miserables can come
Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:40 AM
Saw it a lot in 2008-09 and then when they reprised some of their great past Roxie's and Velmas like Ruthie and Bonnie. Didn't quite get the casting since. They obviously cared about the show a lot to move it, but they actually deployed fewer known names to it and continued to use US faces in London - which never looked a ticket seller. Doubly odd as there were some obvious TV names they could have used who have all the singing and acting skills , and there's well known WestEnd possibles and past great performers who appear to be free and might have pulled more people in to keep the rest of the cast and the show on the road. Might not have worked, may not have added up and the producers may not have wanted to fight more, but its odd that the show thats got a reputation for deploying big names didn't use that ploy when it may have most needed it. Triply odd because they have managed to find a popular well known TV pairing for the tour - who are well up there with the West End standard.
Sad because it was a long established show for all the right reasons - with plenty of scope for new performers to do something interesting with the roles. Also a waste because they can't now transfer the current touring leads in when the tour ends. Interesting to see if its going to be replaced by another, cheaper play, or a Broadway import trying to cross the Atlantic, or something homegrown and homeless.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:51 AM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:04 AM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:14 AM
Of course I'm going to closing night Booked my ticket about half an hour after I found out! Front row centre of the upper circle. I hate the stalls in the Garrick!
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:44 AM
I've seen some excellent "people off the telly" in the theatre, and more often than not they are also very capable theatre performers and if they weren't famous, they'd fit in just fine. But in the case of Chicago, the stream of celebs being brought in for short runs has given the general public the impression that their casting is all about the celebrity, and not about ability and that they'll take anyone who is fairly well known if they can vaguely hold a tune, and a few who can't. It looks like the show is aimed at people who don't know/care much for theatre, and people see it as a bit of a joke.
It makes you think the show isn't good enough to stand on its own, which I don't believe to be true, but it's hard to imagine they'd bother with such extreme stunt casting otherwise. We all understand there are benefits of having someone well known who will get a bit of press attention and get people talking, but for a few years now, the talk about new Chicago casting has not put the show in a good light.
A few years ago, if a celeb had "Chicago in the West End" on their CV, you'd think that they must be reasonably good to be given the opportunity. These days, and in the absence of other credits, you just assume they weren't good enough for a more discerning show.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:51 AM
Sorry to be a bit OT, but do you know if the touring production is any good? It's going to be on at my parents' local theatre coinciding nicely with my Mum's birthday, so I was thinking about getting some tickets. They won't have a clue who the celebs stars are, so they need to be good!
I really enjoyed the tour. It was just starting out when I saw it and Ali and Tupele hadn't quite grown into their roles but were okay. Stefan Booth, however, was one of the best Billy's I've seen (quite a surprise!), and everyone loves a Nolan. Go! Go! Go!
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