Well, this rolled into the Hippodrome last night and I went along tonight with my sweaty £45 second row ticket and can of orange lucozade in hand ready to adore every last second. How often do you get a proper curtain these days? I was so excited that that gorgeous swathe of red velvet was covering the stage rather than some projection...I thought the overture might be performed over the curtain, but no, things got cracking straight away.
What followed was an hour and fifteen minutes of the most electrifying theatre I have ever witnessed. Dancing & choreography so sharp & exciting I don't think I breathed. The only negative was Louis Maskell's underwhelming Tony, but he didn't really distract until later....
If ever a show didn't need an interval to punctuate what had been built up before it's WSS. I'd been grumbled at by the old chap next to me who swore that Tony's lips didn't match what was coming out and he must be miming...this was while he bounced around making the whole row shake...and from then on it had gone. All the best songs had been sung, I knew what was going to happen and somehow the ball was dropped. All the majestic overlaps (I'm sure they have a musical name) just turned into noise, everyone cried a bit, it ended.
That aside, I would gladly pay another £45 for those sublime 75 minutes again. Do go & see it but ask if they can scrap the interval.....
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