Menier: Colour Purple
Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:35 PM
Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:27 AM
Pretty sure there has been some trimming of the material? Felt much more cohesive than the broadway production (but then that was a long time ago so my memory may be a bit out).
The cast are fantastic. The role of Celie allowed La Chanze to beat Patti LuPone's Mrs Lovett for the Tony. Cynthia Erivo is equally stunning in this role.
I still have issues with the show. A church lady chorus is introduced and used but not consistently. Some of the narrative leaps are sketched rather than fully developed. That is the nature of adapting such a lengthy novel. The audience reaction was strong although I felt uncomfortable that a number of people laughed at lines wrapped up in misogyny, rape and domestic violence. Perhaps nervous laughter but still.
That said I enjoyed the score a whole lot more than the cast album delivers. The experience of seeing that cast sing with such joy and intensity makes it all worthwhile. Will definitely try and see it towards the end of the run.
Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:49 PM
But I loathed it.
I saw the original on Broadway and that was hardly mind blowing, but this director has done nothing new with the staging or material here....
Visually it is unforgivably boring on the eye and I can see this being a big problem (if) they are setting their eyes on the WE
There is "minimal" in the way that The Donmar stage musicals and there is "cheap" in the way The Menier stage them (although the ticket prices here are now such that asides from going to the opera, the Menier is the most expensive venue I go to...how ironic)
Yes there is some good/loud singing but there are plenty of good singers about and I think the actors actually outperform the musical
It failed to draw me in, most of the music is forgettable and generic
Most of all I felt the themes were not treated in a way which made them universal...oppression and abuse and facing adversity should stand the test of time, but in this musical they all seem like tired and dated
The arrival of the sister and Celia's children was totally perfunctory and I was surprised that any of the material provoked emotion in the audience at all
It really did not help that I saw A Season In The Congo the day before seeing this, where the actors are offering something fresh, new and exciting with a dazzling array of talent
I also wish they would sort out the toilets...they are absolutely revolting and not fit for purpose
On a more exciting note, Lenny Henry and Con O'Neill were in the audience this afternoon
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