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Stephen Ward - The Musical

New ALW musical (Don Black Christopher Hampton)

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#21 Matthew Winn

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:02 AM

View Postwickedgrin, on 25 April 2013 - 03:40 AM, said:

ALW has often tackled odd and difficult subjects.

What's weird is that I used to know of a US composer who regularly criticised Lloyd Webber for pandering to the masses and writing obvious hits instead of tackling difficult subjects, despite the fact that when you go through Lloyd Webber's work there's barely anything that didn't look like a sure-fire flop prior to opening. The logic seemed to be that his work was popular, therefore it must be populist. (I think it was a Broadway thing: some people have never forgiven ALW for not only invading the home of the American musical but for being more successful than the Americans at their own art form.)
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

View PostLynette, on 24 April 2013 - 10:20 PM, said:

My poor little mind is struggling to imagine what this show will be like. Distasteful or what? A couple of funny songs about call girls but basically it is about a man hounded to death...certainly not our best hour. .Oh well, Diana the musical not far behind..

In fairness, ALW has tackled difficult subjects before.  He told the story of the week leading up to the crucifixion from Judas' point of view in JCS.  He told the story of Argentinian dictator's wife Eva Peron in Evita.  He used the troubles in Northern Ireland as the basis for The Beautiful Game (aka The Boys In The Photograph).  There's no reason why a musical about Stephen Ward should be distasteful if it's handled right.  He was a fascinating character.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:16 PM

Whatever ALW comes up with it's bound to be more interesting than Love Never Dies.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

The main problem I have with this, is that I haven't got a clue who Stephen Ward is and I've never heard of the Profumo Scandal until now, and I like to consider myself quite a cultured 18 year old. I can't imagine I'm the only person who will have almost no interest in this show because of that reason. I imagine that young adults aren't the target audience, which is a shame.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

Not many people were that aware of EVITA!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:54 AM

View PostABowlerHat, on 25 April 2013 - 09:27 PM, said:

Not many people were that aware of EVITA!

Or Barnum
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 05:12 AM

all true but theatre going market is different now so its going to be a tricky sell. especially as alws name doesnt sell a show anymore

baz in the mail confirmes the aldywch is what he has his eye on, but there are two others he likes should top hat stay open

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 05:33 AM

It is (or should be) a show about sex and scandal - sounds like it could sell to me.  They just need to fix that title!
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:00 AM

something like Scandal could work, but runs risk of people thinking its an adaption of the movie. also im not sure how much the actual affair will be a feature as alw has implied it will only be a small aspect


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:33 AM

Yes the title definitely needs changing.




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