I've just got back from seeing FN again.
A lot in Act 1 has been changed!!
A whole new song has been added - it takes place just after James and the boy's play and is about his feelings towards the family. I don't know the official title but the lyric 'suddenly' was repeated so I'm going to think of it as 'Suddenly'. Anyway, it showcased Julian Ovenden's voice even better than any of the other songs in the score - I had chills, the man's voice is incredible!!!
Mary is no longer a dragon - she's a crocodile instead.
The entire opening has been changed too. It now opens with the song 'opening night' and completely discards the walk-the-plank scene that previously opened the show. I missed it but I understand why the change was made. Before there was a lack of an opening number, and by seeing the Pirate ship right away kind of takes away the magic at the end of Act 1.
Several lines and jokes were different too.
Act 2 was pretty much the same except for a short reprise of 'Suddenly' sang by Sylvia.
The audience was much more subdued this evening but there was still a huge standing ovation at curtain call.
I feel a massive affection for this show and pray it transfers. Not to get too deep, but I feel a connection with the story, possibly due to not being able to grow up myself
Harvey Weinstein was in the audience, I'm assuming this was due to the changes made.
Also, Andrew Lloyd Webber's attendance attracted much interest from us Leicester folk!!
Plus - the scene where James visits Mary backstage was altered drastically. Gone were the wild flowers and Mary generally seemed more easy going. I'm not sure if this was to make us sympathise with her more or to make James's antics seem more questionable, but overall I'm not sure why it was changed??
Another thing - Sylvia's deteriorating health is now not even hinted at until Act 2, where as previously she mentions visiting the doctors during Act 1 and the boys get worried but she brushes them off.
Edited by JaszyR91, 15 October 2012 - 10:27 PM.