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#81 MS1995

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

Yes, but Diane Paulus turned Hair and Pippin, which in my opinion are far from pieces of art, into masterpieces! So I am holding out hope!
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:19 PM

View PostTitan, on 07 June 2013 - 05:00 PM, said:

for me the biggest problem is the subject matter itself. im a huge fan of the film but its not fun or uplifting, and it was advertised as a musical comedy. i get the impression they want this to be a big family friendly show when the story really isnt suited for that

I agree with this issue. It was rather as if there were 2 shows in there going in opposite directions. There was the big family musical spectacle complete with pirates swinging from chandeliers and an adult piece examining the difficulties of relationships, loss, etc. I'd prefer they went for the latter but I suspect they think there's more money to be made from the former.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:02 PM

yep, but the reality of the story means it can never work as both. and to change the end would ruin the piece. i love the film.but i just dont see the need to musicalise it

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:01 AM

I seen to remember lots if good comments when it was in Leicester, and was looking forward to it. Not it seems most are making negative remarks. Oh dear

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:59 AM

i think it got mixed comments. it wasnt awful bit the score was a little dull and it was confused about what its trying to be

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:38 AM

View Poststevepearman, on 08 June 2013 - 12:01 AM, said:

I seen to remember lots if good comments when it was in Leicester, and was looking forward to it. Not it seems most are making negative remarks. Oh dear

I've always been a supporter. I saw it 3 times in Leicester and enjoyed it every time :)
The changes made about halfway through the run at the Curve were very positive imo, and while I love the show I can acknowledge that there were some elements that needed further improvement. I'm just not sure that Gary Barlow should be responsible for these improvements...
The subject matter is always going to be difficult. Because it's based on history there is very little room for plot alterations. The Peter Pan aspect will appeal to kids and families, yet in reality the story is quite adult in it's themes. It'll take a lot of skill to resolve these tensions.
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:13 PM

Does Harvey Weinstein really knows what he is doing?  It's a delicate piece about love and loss - and as such doesn't really lend itself to being developed into family focussed blockbuster musical, with pull out pop songs.  At least Diane Paulus is of the art first and commerce later school, let's hope that she can make an impact - though you could say the same about Julie Taymor and Spiderman - and that ended in war and law suits.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

I just don't think it will appeal to a broad enough audience to last in London... Unless they go for star casting, but that's unlikely.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:00 PM

I'm wonder what theatres they're aiming for if Finding Neverland does make to the West End?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

I thought the Leicester production needed a huge amount done to it to become a commercial success. I loved the film, but was appalled at the way they had tried to turn it into a pantomime in Leicester. The audience was full of 4-10 year old kids as well, the target audience should be a lot older than that. I really hope that having a new director, book writer and Gary Barlow they are able to go back to the movie and give it the grown up treatment it deserves. If they wanted the family friendly panto, then just do Peter Pan!




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