Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:03 PM
For me the most successful character was the language teacher, as her story was very clear and so I really enjoyed her solo. But the relationship between the busker and the secretary was very confusing. Was she the girl who had left him? Or someone else he'd just met? The business man and his relationship with a woman who had left? died? not sure, and the secretary was also not clearly illustrated. I also felt that the two American tourists were problematic in that while everyone else had their story, they didn't. It felt like they had to be there to make clear the deception that the male dancer was performing online, and that's it. So they stuck out awkwardly to me.
As a writer I know how annoying it is when you get a note and you're thinking, 'But that's in there!' If one person gives you the note you can shrug it off and ignore them. But if several people all give you the same note, then unfortunately you have to accept they have a point. And that seems to be the case here.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:27 PM
I didn't realise my 'prejudice' about American accented singing would be relevant to this question about clarity, but here goes.... Okay, it's a musical; but I doubt that the busker imagines the lift passengers singing when he invents their stories - but speaking. In which case it would really help the clarity of them being his invention if they sang as they spoke (and with less enunciated MT style, or aiming for the 'beautifull' note and vibrato - would that be the busker's taste?). I really liked the cast, but I'd love to see it again with the same cast doing it....differently. When Cynthia Erivo sang the word Photograph and rhymed it with 'laugh' rather than the 'naff' I wanted to cheer - and I really believed her for singing as she spoke.
Anyway, congratulations to writers and cast on the stage the show has reached, and the box office success - it's a huge achievement in a rough rotten industry ha ha.. There are wrinkles to be ironed out, but I don't think it would take a lot to get more clarity.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:07 PM
from the sounds of it this is my cup of tea.
off to see it tomorrow in any case and i'll be sure to post my review here as soon as i have done! looking forward to seeing george and cynthia immensely!
Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:57 AM
(the paragraphs towards the end concern Lift)
Seems we were not the only ones a bit befuddled! All credit to them for revising & explaining, both on here & to Mr Shenton though & accepting constructive criticism graciously.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:55 AM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:23 PM
I thought I was the only one, and felt bad for not enjoying the show - however, I am one never to say I haven't given it a fair viewing so I'm back there tonight to see if I can make some kind of sense to it all
Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:20 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
Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:48 PM
As it was, I concentrated hard and got some of it, my partner just thought it was a mess. I really wanted to like it and went in prepared to justify it, but in the end I just thought there were too many loose ends for it to be truly satisfying. I'm prepared to work at a piece, but even prepared, I couldn't grasp the overall concept sufficiently for me to truly appreciate the show. I thought there were some good individual performances, and I liked the staging, but there were just too many problems with the book that I couldn't get over.
My partner hated it.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:03 PM
Also tagged with Lift, Craig Adams, Soho Theatre, Julie Atherton
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