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Lift: The Musical

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#61 fringefan


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:44 AM

I think they should offer a free 2nd visit to those who sat mystified through the confusing first version!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

fringefan, I'd love to say it was crystal clear in the revised version... but I didn't think so and my partner (who knew nothing about it in advance) was completely lost...

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

So now there is a reason for it being fragmented, but I'm not sure that will make it any more enjoyable overall.

But I'm glad they have responded to comments.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

View Posttheatrically, on 12 February 2013 - 07:03 PM, said:

nothing would make me go back to see this it was just a mess.I had tickets for this friday and have sold them on.
I have to say, for family reasons, I couldn't go last night - I am still waiting to hear from my friends who did go to find out what they thought.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:48 PM



As usual I worry about being mean about new British musical theatre because people will then accuse me of not supporting the industry etc. but I thought it was a bit pants, really.  Songs going nowhere melodically or lyrically, lots of LOUD BELTING AT THE TOP OF YOUR VOCAL RANGE deafening the audience, and a very, very odd plot - it's still not much clearer even locating the letter to the top of the show, and basically nothing gets resolved.  I understand that in a 54 second moment perhaps you only get a snapshot - but I don't think a single plotline reached a conclusion.

My personal interpretation is that the Busker has never had a relationship with anyone and that the letter isn't his either.  He fancies Secretary!Kate and imagines what he would do if he asks her out on a date - but he mostly is just making up stories about the lives of everyone in the lift with him and from the letter.  That's why everyone's called Gabriel, Sarah or Kate - because those are the names from the letter or that he overhears in the lift.  There's nothing to say that the nameless teacher is a lesbian, or that Secretary!Kate loves her boss... it's all just made up.

The show isn't thought-provoking in the right way - it's just baffling.  The teacher's song is just an endless list of places/things she's "lost in" - so what?  What does that tell us?  What does Stripperina!Kate's song say that the book scenes didn't already (although honestly that applies to all the songs)?  Why is there no consistency to when the "avatars" in the chatroom speak and when the real people do? etc. etc.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

I went to see this show last night fully expecting to be totally confused by it judging by the previous posts on here and guess what?................
I was!
For the first 10 minutes I tried to understand it but then just gave up and decided to enjoy the performances and music.
I really did enjoy it but dont have a clue what it was about, I was completely baffled.
Great performances by the cast and strong singing
The songs didnt really go anywhere and I cant remember any of them but that didnt really stop my enjoyment.
It was completely full last night apart from a few empty stools on the sides and I was pleasantly surprised by how young the audience was who seemed to really appreciate it.

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