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#1 Jame C

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:48 PM

Just back from the first preview, and had to post something...booked it coz I needed a cheap show to see with a mate (tickets from a tenner for the previews - sat in the circle slips - corner of stage missing but otherwise great view). Well, this is a show that makes me remember why I love theatre! Great cast all round, music, lyrics, choreography...loved it all - but above all a storyline that drew me in right to the end.

If you check the Arts website and the story sounds a bit odd for a musical, don't be put off....this is a show that deserves to be a hit. Can't wait to see it again!  And no - I have no connection with the production other than being a very happy punter, who wanted to share my excitement at finding an original show that entertained me more than any show has in the recent past.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

Good to hear, I have tickets & like you wasn't really sure what to expect but it sounds worth checking out.
Thanks for the review.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

Another thanks from me for your 'non spoiler' review.  Seeing this on Monday and can't wait.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

I was at the first preview last night as well and I will add my praise too. It was a well crafted, really moving show - enhanced by the fact it is based on William and Jimmy's real life story. I was also surprised at how funny it was throughout.

A few technical glitches, but that is only to be expected on a first preview. Mainly sound (minor feedback on a few occasions), but I'd guess it is a difficult venue to get good performer mic levels right in because it is pretty compact!

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I am planning to book to see it again before the run ends.  I really hope this production thrives; it deserves a bigger audience than I fear it might get. It would be fantastic to see it transfer into a larger theatre at some point.

#5 jaqs

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

Thanks for the report, am going tonight.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

Really enjoyed this. It was only the 3rd preview so there were a few moments of awkward forgot lines but by opening night I'm sure they will be a lot smoother. The songs are good and the choreography was also great. Faye Tozer has a fun part as Marion Davies but the main story is a love story between William Haines and Jimmy Shields
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:13 AM

I'm seeing this next weekend and can't wait! I booked because I like a couple of cast members  and didn't know what to expect from the show. I'm interested to hear what people have to say about the cast, particularly Dylan.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:30 AM

It's a lovely show and the cast is very strong. It's great to see Dylan in a leading roll and his voice sounds great with much softer songs than he's been doing recently.

Occasionally things get a bit too stilted but it should bed in fine, look forward to seeing it later in the run.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

And Vivien? Even in ensemble roles she shines for me. And she was a cracking Velma Kelly!

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

I thought Viven was great, really stood out to me.
It's a really lovely piece of theatre, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again once they've settled in more.
Dylan did a wonderful job and this style of music really suits his voice.




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