Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler ThreadFOR THOSE THAT WANT TO KNOW
Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:08 PM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 05:12 PM
I don't know why Billy Elliot came into this discussion, but in my opinion, and many others (including critics and the general public), Billy as a show, has a lot more to offer than Charlie. I personally love the Billy Elliot score and find many of its songs catchy (almost every one I've taken to see the show has come out humming to 'Solidarity'). I don't think it has the best songs in the West End, but it's a good enough score that works for a show that has many other good points, too.
FRINGE: Smokey Joe's Cafe X1 | Tomorrow Morning X3 | Company X1 | The Kissing Dance X2 | Road Show X1 | Crazy For You X1 | The Belle's Stratagem X3 | Pippin X1 | Kissing Sid James X1 | Mack & Mabel X1 | Taboo X1 | Victor/Victoria X1 | Bully Boy X1 | Daddy Long Legs X1 | Merrily We Roll Along X1 | Lift X4 | Payback the Musical X1 | Candide X1
BROADWAY: Wicked X1 | Newsies X1 | Annie X1
ON TOUR: Les Miserables (Barbican) X1 | Evita (Wimbledon) X1 | Annie (Woking) X1 | Hairspray (Woking) X1 | Avenue Q (Bromley) X2 | Avenue Q (Richmond) X2 | Avenue Q (Woking) X2 | Avenue Q (High Wycombe) X2 | Avenue Q (Southampton) X1 | Avenue Q (Milton Keynes) X1 | Avenue Q (Salford) X1 | Avenue Q (Cardiff) X1 | Avenue Q (Belfast) X1 | Avenue Q (Northampton) X2 | Jekyll &amp; Hyde (Woking) X1 | Legally Blonde (Bristol) X2 | Legally Blonde (York) X1 | Legally Blonde (Glasgow) X1 | Legally Blonde (Edinburgh) X1 | Sister Act (Oxford) X1 | Legally Blonde (Wimbledon) X1 | Rent 20th Anniversary Concert X5 | West Side Story X1 | Wicked X2 | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers X1 | Fiddler on the Roof X1
CHICHESTER: She Loves Me X3
OPEN AIR THEATRE: Crazy For You X1, Sound of Music X1
NATIONAL THEATRE: Welcome To Thebes X1 | London Road X1 | Curious Incident X1 | The Light Princess X1
OTHER: Vampirette (Manchester) X2, Loserville (Leeds) X1
Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:31 PM
however when it comes to charlie anyone who doesnt like that show then they are in the wrong. In many cases people havent made outright blanket negative comments (unlike mr barnaby in other show threads) but have just pointed out why they didnt enjoy it.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:01 PM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:19 PM
Of course it's just MY opinion. Like everything anyone says on here. I defend the shows I like, like everyone else.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:30 PM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:33 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:36 PM
Sat in row L of the stalls, which is a great row to be in though I don't know it's normal price (I got it as a production seat).
The stage definitely looks it best from there. I personally think the set is great, wonderful automation on it with great hulking props. Proper spectacle and so many different places to visit it is really quite remarkable.
Douglas Hodge was on but clearly wasn't enjoying it half as much as he was when I saw it in previews. Throwing away lines and generally not being as exciteable. Had the understudy Grandapa Joe who was great, IMO better than Nigel Planner.
Sound was pretty great, orchestra were on real form and the sound system was crystal clear for them (never heard a clearer live orchestra in a West End show). The words weren't getting anywhere near as lost as when I sat in the circle. The only times they were was down to diction or just the book being so wordy that anyone would struggle to get them out. Which is a shame as there are some great jokes hidden in there.
Some great ushering going on, someone took a picture of the ompa loompas first entrance and they were immediately pounced upon. Many resonably well behaved school parties as well.
It still doesn't wow me, but it is a solid addition to the West End and it'd be a shame for it not to get a Best Musical Olivier nom.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:09 PM
Can we all just agree that Kate Winslett sucked the creative genius out of SM???
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