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#31 Carlos


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Well, regardless of the critics, I enjoyed them. I'm not sure how long the Menier's revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music stayed in the West End, but it must have proved succesful enough to encourage a transfer to Broadway, where it did run for more than a year (http://www.ibdb.com/...n.php?id=485016). Still, I don't think Sondheim's works will ever enjoy the sort of longevity that musicals that appeal to a broader audience, which includes non-English-speaking tourists, do. But that's not a bad thing.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

View PostEastender, on 22 January 2013 - 11:46 AM, said:

Can you name one Sondheim musical that has run for a year. Thought not.

Talking just the London productions, and also discounting Gypsy and West Side Story where Sondheim did the lyrics

Funny Thing Happened 1963-65 (792 performances)
Little Night Music 1974-5 (406 performances)
Side by Side by Sondheim 1976-9 (806 performances)
Follies 1987-9 (644 performances)

With the combined productions (including small scale off-west-end), Sweeney, one of the most revived shows in London over the past few decades, must have exceeded any of these.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

But think how many have opened in the last 20 years , been critically acclaimed and closed. Come on now - even Sweeney Todd with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton (and were they not brilliant) closed and I notice that ticket offers were flying around for the last month of it's run.
Filling the Menier for a month may be great; actually it is great for the Menier, but keeping a 1000 seater going for a long run is an entirely different kettle of fish.
Well we will see - I saw the Woman in White and was not overly impressed. But then I am a very ordinary bloke who likes to leave the theatre smiling and humming a good tune. And ALW wrote all his best songs many years ago. There are some belters but not too many recently.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

Sweeney was always a limited run this time round, but yes it didnt sell as well as anticipated.

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