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Stephen Ward - The Musical

New ALW musical (Don Black Christopher Hampton)

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#41 Seriously

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:40 AM

Nope, a conductor.

#42 Coggit

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:28 PM

View Postwetheatreboy, on 29 May 2013 - 07:29 PM, said:

The problem with LND was never really the music though... It was everything else! I think Till I Hear You Sing is one of the best things ALW has ever written.

Intrigued to see how this musical turns out. It's the same writing team as Sunset Boulevard, which I think is the best musical Lloyd-Webber has ever written (and that film was never the most obvious choice for a musical).

To be fair, the majority of the songs in LND are pretty strong. The problem was he used London as a guinea pig. In AUS and Denmark, LND has been hugely successful. He gave us an uncompleted version. It wasn't "dark" enough (and I don't think the aus version was either, but apparently the DK version was even darker!). The pictures look pretty... awesome. http://broadwayworld...R-DIES-20130410


Look at that mask!
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:41 AM

View PostCoggit, on 30 May 2013 - 02:28 PM, said:

To be fair, the majority of the songs in LND are pretty strong. The problem was he used London as a guinea pig. In AUS and Denmark, LND has been hugely successful. He gave us an uncompleted version. It wasn't "dark" enough (and I don't think the aus version was either, but apparently the DK version was even darker!). The pictures look pretty... awesome. http://broadwayworld...R-DIES-20130410


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However much tinkering they do with the tone and the staging, it still has the same lame, over-melodramatic story (as opposed to well-crafted melodrama) and distorted characters.
There is supposed to be a UK tour next year so we'll see if the audiences in the smaller cities like the worked and reworked version as much as the Aussies and the Danes apparently did. If it does well enough, they might bring it back to London for another try.
There's also a concert version in Vienna---eight performances---next October, more emphasis on the singing and less on the drama.

#44 Jamiem

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:37 PM

It's sydmonton this weekend
Interesting who hasn't been invited?

#45 Bricabrac

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:04 AM

View PostJamiem, on 06 June 2013 - 08:37 PM, said:

It's sydmonton this weekend
Interesting who hasn't been invited?

OK----who hasn't been invited?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:51 AM

I haven't
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#47 Steve10086

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:11 AM

Nor me!

#48 MS1995

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

I have... Ok well maybe not... I bet Stephen Ward wasn't invited!
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:32 PM

Any update on this?

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:42 PM

Previews from October, opens in November at the Aldwych

http://broadwayworld...r-2013-20130614




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