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#81 paplazaroo

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:59 AM

I'll be giving this one a miss I think, I saw James Bourne sing a song from it at the Mercury Musicals gala on sunday, which was awesome btw. He sang, Holly I'm the one, which sounded like a mash of all the blink 182, sum 41 songs that were popular when I was in my teens and the rhymes were very infantile, in particular 'Holly I'm the one you should be dating, seeing you with him is so frustrating' as it reminded me of Avril Lavigne 'Why do you have to go and make things so complicated, I see the way you're actin' like you're somebody else Gets me frustrated'.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:43 PM

Just a note to say that if anyone who hasn't seen the show yet, or wants to see it again of course, wants to join us for our Outing (with Q&A) please do! It's coming up pretty soon - full details here:
http://www.whatsonst...prog + Q&A.html

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 16 October 2012 - 11:59 AM, said:

I'll be giving this one a miss I think, I saw James Bourne sing a song from it at the Mercury Musicals gala on sunday, which was awesome btw. He sang, Holly I'm the one, which sounded like a mash of all the blink 182, sum 41 songs that were popular when I was in my teens and the rhymes were very infantile, in particular 'Holly I'm the one you should be dating, seeing you with him is so frustrating' as it reminded me of Avril Lavigne 'Why do you have to go and make things so complicated, I see the way you're actin' like you're somebody else Gets me frustrated'.

Well, she (supposedly) wrote that when she was something like 16. There's nothing wrong with simple or "infantile" rhymes, if they work in context.

View PostWhatsonstage.com, on 16 October 2012 - 03:43 PM, said:

Just a note to say that if anyone who hasn't seen the show yet, or wants to see it again of course, wants to join us for our Outing (with Q&A) please do! It's coming up pretty soon - full details here:
http://www.whatsonst...prog Q&A.html

Sounds as if they are struggling to shift tickets to the outing...

#84 DeNada

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 11:45 PM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 16 October 2012 - 11:59 AM, said:

I'll be giving this one a miss I think, I saw James Bourne sing a song from it at the Mercury Musicals gala on sunday, which was awesome btw. He sang, Holly I'm the one, which sounded like a mash of all the blink 182, sum 41 songs that were popular when I was in my teens and the rhymes were very infantile, in particular 'Holly I'm the one you should be dating, seeing you with him is so frustrating' as it reminded me of Avril Lavigne 'Why do you have to go and make things so complicated, I see the way you're actin' like you're somebody else Gets me frustrated'.

The main issue with that song is that it doesn't make sense dramatically in the show (or at least it didn't when I saw it).

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Michael's best friend (whose name I've forgotten) sings it because he's feeling abandoned by Michael after he starts dating Holly.  The book scenes make a vague suggestion that the friend MIGHT be interested in Holly, but then he makes it very clear that he's "happy" for Michael to make a move on her.  It makes no sense for him to be singing about how she should be dating him when none of what motivates him for the rest of the show is based in romance - it's bromance - he's jealous because Michael spends no time with him any more!

There are also a few lyrics about how he's fed Michael all the lines he used to chat her up - except there's a whole comic scene about all his lines being crap where Michael stops listening to him, and he knows that (because they make a joke about it).  The song as written just doesn't make sense in the show - which is a shame, because the actor playing the friend sells it pretty well until the ensemble starts gyrating away in the background for no real reason.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:36 AM

I have a sneaking suspicion that the critics are going to hate this.  A borrowed plot that we've seen many times before, nothing much new in the way of staging.  It just sounds "nice" with the novelty of having a young enthusiastic cast.... but that didn't save "Spring Awakening" which had so much more going for it.  As you average reviewer is certainly not in their target audience, they'll compare it to what they know: Rent and Grease.  Up against these two it just looks like a happy Italia Conti end of year show with low production values, no subtext, and no reason to see it over anything else in the west end.  I'm sure they'll applaud the passion of the young cast in delivering it, and the "catchyness" of some of the tunes (although all pretty similar), but the only real positive attribute is that there's nothing else out there like it, unless you catch Grease on tour.... or your local panto.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:31 AM

http://www.theartsde...erville-musical
http://www.whatsonst...Loserville.html
http://www.standard....ew-8215931.html
http://www.thestage....7586/loserville
http://www.independe...on-8216244.html
http://www.telegraph...tre-review.html
http://www.lastminut...arrick-theatre/
http://www.entertain...es/loserville-0
http://www.theatremo...rickbooking.htm
http://www.londonthe...erville2012.htm

Heatworld liked it...
http://www.heatworld...ews-Loserville/

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 11:13 AM

They are pretty much the reviews I was expecting! I enjoyed it when I saw it in previews but echo the stage's review in thinking that it just felt like it could have had more work done to it before presenting it in the west end! Certainly a piece for the younger audiences and hope the lower than other westend show prices help bring the younger crowd in to give it a decent run as we should all support british musicals =)
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:36 PM

Good to see all the reviews. Thanks

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as we should all support british musicals
I do agree.
The reviewers generally seem to be giving the show support too.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:04 PM

I very much enjoyed this, and was surprised to do so. It's a lot of fun, fresh, new and energetic. The second act could do with some cuts still though.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:09 PM

Anyone know if there are any plans for a cast recording??




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