West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre)
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:19 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:26 PM
Its just until The Ladykillers opens and the early closure of Great Expectations lead to two fillers coming in to keep the theatre open.
Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:44 PM
Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:33 PM
It looks that to me too - they are out of work and can't get a WE musical. Prices are still £18 at TKTs, which is well below half price and % wise well below what other shows are selling for there. The whole thing smacks of desperation.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:19 AM
Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:36 AM
Plus, I think it's pretty low to criticise a performer for taking on a job offered to him or her (and doing it well) just because I'm not a fan of that sort of show.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 01:08 PM
Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:09 PM
Phantoms has the advantage that it picked a well known show name, and has some of the very few really well known names in it, and Phantom has been on tour, with the same lead, on DVD and in the news recently. . The trick may be in how you find a name and publicise that you have a show with some of the very best singers around in it ( there's at least one of those in WE men and some others who are well liked) Your selling point is that you are going to sing 5 times as many great songs as you will find in most current WE musicals - and infinitely more than there are in some.
It looks as if it may be the future though. if producers can't or won't put on as many full musicals with full casts, and top singers and actors as they did a few years ago, there may be a lot more talent joining up to produce similar shows. That would be infintely preferable to some of the shows in the WE fast tracking to the exit, being tried out for a global market, or aimed at the SCD or OAP market - or the ever growing wave of 60/70s jukebox musicals, other dance shows, ancient comedians, fortune tellers and weaker singing soap stars filling up the local theatres. There's a lot of people I would rather see sing a cabaret on their own, or in one of the bigger shows - some of which now seem to have more top talent in them than all but the best WE cast.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:17 PM
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