Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:00 PM
This is exactly what I thought about Once!
I saw it in New York last month and was very disappointed!
Since we didn't get rush tickets we paid almost 80$ per person just to see some guys shoving around chairs in a bar and telling us we were on the street/his apartment/her apartment/a music shop etc...
As far as I remember there was only one scene in a bar, so why did they use this 'set'?
We also saw Murder Ballad Off-Broadway which was also set in a bar but that bar played a reasonable role in the musical and even the actors pretending the pool table was their bed at home were more convincing than the cast of Once during the entire musical...
I can't comment about the London cast obviously but I didn't like the main actors on Broadway. I felt shouted at by the guy constantly and the girl was just plain annoying...
I was really looking forward to seeing this and really wanted to like it, or else I wouldn't have paid that price (it was the most expensive show on our trip, even surpassing Book of Mormon) but I was so disappointed and could not understand all the raves about it.
I watched the film afterwards and even though I liked it more than the musical I should have watched it first... It would have saved me a lot of money...
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:02 PM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:35 PM
John Tiffany has done a wonderful job with this production. It is my favourite musical in London right now. Great cast and perfect design and choreography.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 05:25 AM
The movie wasn't set in a pub all the time... I have no problems with static sets (as I said I saw another play with one and I didn't matter because it did fit to the production).
And to me there weren't any outstanding performances either to make up the lack of set... As I already said the broadway cast was far too loud and did not do a great acting job... They spoke incredibly slow and paused for effect after every sentence... It didn't touch me... It made me want to fall asleep more than once during the play...
And to be honest I don't remember much of the music... It just didn't impress me at all, but of course this is my personal opinion...
It won Tonys and people were raving about it so I'm fully aware that most people like it... I just did not...
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:52 AM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:08 AM
[West End] Shrek****, The Phantom of the Opera***, Spamalot****,The Phantom of the Opera*****, Viva Forever*, Jersey Boys****, This House***, The Book of Mormon*****, Marinda Sings Live! ***** (Booked for: Stephen Ward, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
[UK Tour] The Phantom of the Opera*****, Rocky Horror Show***, Hairspray****, The 39 Steps**, The Mousetrap***, Starlight Express****, Rocky Horror Show****
Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:29 PM
Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:44 PM
im not saying i want it to close, or that it will, but neither is it a great sign
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