The Greatest Musical
Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:32 AM
2011 - The WIZ (Leeds)
2012 - Two (Manchester), Chicago UK Tour (Manchester), Grease UK Tour (Manchester), Blood Brothers UK Tour (Manchester)
2013 - Billy Elliot (London) x2, Shrek The Musical (London), Matilda (London), Wicked (London), Hairspray UK Tour (Leeds), Priscilla Queen of The Dessert UK Tour (Bradford)
2014 - Les Miserables (London), I Cant Sing! (London)
Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:07 PM
* Not only has humour but also creates an emotional response in many people who see it. Not many shows stir the emotions
* Score is full of memorable songs, many of which have known to the public
* Epic story
Cleverly constructed too. Balanced acts and great endings for both, big songs in substantial numbers coming along at regular intevals, humour at the right moments to stop tragedy turning to misery, all the stories building to conclusions, for eternity in some cases, and apart from the delayed first one, beautifully punctuated with gaps for the applause, so the audience feel engaged.
There's also an awful lot there for good actors to work with. Story arcs for many, and options for others if they fit the lyrics and the director understands and allows them.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:16 PM
Story – it’s Bernard Shaw, and I’ve long defended this ‘happy’ ending against the parting of the characters in Pygmalion (Bernard Shaw wrote an appendix about why they’d never be together): it’s not romantic (though I saw a production which ended with them literally walking off into the sunset), it’s a sense of need both of them have, a mutual respect, admiration, perhaps tipping on love…
Humour – it’s Bernard Shaw.
Showstoppers – Higgins’ vocal dexterity, glorious cockerney knees-ups, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live.
Commercial – it normally doesn’t do bad business, does it, and I’ve seen it performed in sold out amateur locations. And it proves nothing but the film won a lot of Oscars.
I feel very upset at not nominating West Side Story or Company, though.
The play seemed to be doing well still with Kara Tointon when I last saw it too - which suggests a market. Its interesting how many actresses seem to answer Eliza when they are asked what musical role they really want to play. .Off to see Helena Blackman play her in Kilsworth in a couple of weeks. Reviews seem very good there too .
Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:33 PM
Guys and Dolls
My Fair Lady
West Side Story
with mentions for Hairspray and Lion King.
That looks a pretty lively top 6 and I would enjoy going to any of them - in fact I have been to all of them ha ha.
New thread about to start for staging and cast.
This could be fun.
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