Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:02 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:14 PM
That's really interesting, I actually felt like the Phoenix was really well suited to the show. I didn't think it felt too big, although I do agree the show would be amazing in a venue like the Donmar. And couldn't agree more with your earlier comments about the show. At the end of it, there were tears. Lots of them. I saw the original Broadway cast, and while still fantastic, it feels like this company is connecting to the show in a much deeper way. Performances across the board are pretty sublime in my opinion.
Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:25 AM
It's terribly easy to fully believe Declan Bennett's Guy, every bit the passionate composer. I saw Phoebe Fildes as Girl, wouldn't ever have guessed this is her professional debut production - fully at ease here. I went on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed myself, although I fully expect Once to be the type of show which a return visit would make me fall for it so much more. The second half seemed to lose its way with me briefly, think I became distracted for a few minutes.
Biggest flaw would be the sound system, I lost a lot of lyrics at the side of the dress circle. However the instruments carried into the audience beautifully and I realise how difficult mixing a production like this can be. That said, I've had Failing Slowly in my head most of today, so it must have done something well!
Next time, I aim to sit in the stalls. Up close I suspect this will be even more magical.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:17 PM
I loved that you could go on the stage to the bar pre show (and get a Once plastic tumbler to keep as a memento :-) ).
I hadn't realised that Josh Groban sings a version of Falling Slowly on his recent album - the reprise of this was sung beautifully in the show.
I laughed, I cried and I want to go again.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:19 PM
2004: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
2008: Mamma Mia
2009: Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, The Woman In Black
2012: Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Wizard Of Oz, Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour), Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Taboo (Brixton), Wicked, Wicked
2013: Lift (Soho), The Book Of Mormon, Avenue Q (Off-Broadway), Newsies (Broadway), Wicked (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway), The Lion King.
2013: A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Wicked (UK Tour), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Les Miserables, Wicked
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