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#31 stevepearman

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:21 PM

View Postcat123, on 13 July 2012 - 08:21 PM, said:

It's one of my favourites too, i've seen it about 20 times. I thought it would run for a while, very dissapointed.
So you going to the closing night again Cat?

#32 Sam4God

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:26 PM

I doubt Billy Elliot would close any time soon. It's currently selling tickets up to December 2013! And the theatre's almost always at least 3/4 full. It's also one of the few West End shows that doesn't do student discounts, yet lots of young people (students I assume) go see it all the time. I wouldn't worry about it closing for at least another 2 years.
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#33 David J

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

View PostJamiem, on 13 July 2012 - 08:37 PM, said:

It's tour is already pencilled so you're still be able to see it and I'm sure it will be as good. The producers of Billy Elliott have looked after their show so well unlike many other producers!

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
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:40 AM

View Postcat123, on 13 July 2012 - 08:21 PM, said:

It's one of my favourites too, i've seen it about 20 times. I thought it would run for a while, very dissapointed.

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.

#35 Jamiem

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:51 AM

I think one should look a little closer at why Chicago moved from the Cambridge, it was doing ok there but the theatre owner wanted Matilda perhaps a deal was struck? Perhaps the move to the Garrick was paid for? perhaps Andre Ptaszysuki moved it in the back of his car and the producers of Chicago were heavily compensated?


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:04 AM

View Postdjp, on 14 July 2012 - 01:40 AM, said:

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.
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!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:14 AM

I'm glad they stopped stunt casting!! I'm glad it's closing with 2 non-celebrities in the title role. Sarah's fantastic, and though all I've seen of Rachel was their little set at West End Live this year, she seemed very good also. The worst people I've seen as Roxie have been 'celebs', some of the best have been understudies. Stunt casting may have pulled the masses in but it didn't work for me!

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!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:44 AM

I think the stunt casting put a lot of people off.

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.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:51 AM

View PostDanube, on 14 July 2012 - 08:04 AM, said:


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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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:40 AM

I don't like The Nolans




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