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#299959 Fame Musical 2014 Uk Tour

Posted jean_hunt on 09 April 2014 - 11:28 PM

Saw this in York and have to agree, it was pretty poor. Distant_Cousin is right about the period piece thing. You can't announce "So, we're the last graduating class, the class of 2014" while at the same time showing a bunch of supposedly cool young people being homophobic and the female students positively welcoming being touched up/leered at. Also, in 2014 Carmen would've just gone off and done a reality TV show, surely?

On the plus side, I thought the actress playing Serena had a lovely voice (given some of the comments here, I'm wondering if I saw a different person play the part the night I went) and the bloke playing the male lead dancer (Tyrone?) was amazing; you couldn't take your eyes off him when he was on stage.


#301698 Kinky Boots/newsies News?

Posted MrBarnaby on 22 April 2014 - 06:47 PM

Newsies really would die here. It's too American. And I fail to believe they will shoe horn it into a small theatre when one if it's only selling points is the choreography which needs a lot of stage space.


#301064 Sunset Boulevard Doc

Posted Sjh13 on 17 April 2014 - 07:37 PM

This thread made me revisit the album - had forgotten how good 'New Ways to Dream' by Max (with what sounds like an epicly difficult ending to sing) and The Lady's Paying are. And the great flourishes - Norma's operatic hissy fit just ahead of With One Look (I think only on B'way cast?) and Max's rebuke to the studio when they tell him it's the car they are after, among many. It is a classy score.


#301149 Water Babies - Leicester Curve

Posted zyx123 on 18 April 2014 - 10:41 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 18 April 2014 - 06:48 AM, said:

Judging by Leicesters other musical efforts, this will be a right old cheap looking show.

Let's have a go at one of the few regional producing theatres that actually bothers with musical theatre.


#300988 Water Babies - Leicester Curve

Posted Boob on 17 April 2014 - 07:41 AM

Oh gosh, it's like TIME all over again!


#300775 Urinetown

Posted steveatplays on 15 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 15 April 2014 - 12:26 PM, said:

Jenna must've had something else on; I saw her in a Starbucks near Victoria at about 6pm.

She had lost her voice, but her coffee drinking skills were unaffected.

https://twitter.com/...743141724479489

Hope she is better now. :)


#298779 The Bodyguard

Posted Titan on 30 March 2014 - 03:56 PM

I agree, im against the not doing any matinees, especially the Saturdays. Basically if youre going to london for a day trip you ha e no chance of seeing the lead


#298671 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Jim on 29 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

It's interesting that most people are defining ALW's failure on the lack of huge Box office success; yet when he had one blockbuster, collassal financial hit after another:  Evita, Cats, Starlight, Phantom  there were many theatre snobs who claimed that didn't define success.

All of those back and forths about a man's career - especially someone involved in the arts is BS to me.  Aspects of Love has always been and probably will always be one of my favorite scores ever.  Know the entire thing backwards and forwards- note the changes to the score's evolution from when it opened to when it played on Broadway to some of it's revivals...  That's because to me the score is amazing.  Not everone liked that, obviously.  It was nowhere near the moster hit Phantom was (since Phantom in its original productions are both playing in NY and London)  Does that make it a failure?  Sad if in your narrow financial perspective you say "yes"

Stephen Ward seemed to be a creative gamble.  And as I've said at least a few times in the discussion on this, it seems it was a passion for ALW to see a miscarriage of justice brought to light.  Perhaps creatively it didn't work out, but bravo for his motivations.  Considering the producers of some of the juke box musicals simply are looking for "entertainment" as their goal  -- which is fine, there's nothing wrong with just an entertaining night out -- I kind of like when someone who can write beautiful scores like ALW takes  a risk to do something a little bit out there.  And hope that he doesn't ever let that early amazing success limit his pursuits in the future


#298580 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted steveatplays on 29 March 2014 - 10:39 AM

The title was a disaster. It sounded so boring, like a newsnight documentary giving a balanced and dispassionate view of a historical figure. It doesn't help that "ward" rhymes with "bored."

And this title triggered the worst sort of coverage in the papers, namely serious news coverage about clearing the name of somebody nobody cares about.

For example, if this musical were called "Orgy," and the makers said they were referring to "a political orgy of corruption," as well as the literal orgy you see in the musical, coverage would have been more salacious and critical, and might have generated "outrage" and interest, with the consequence audiences might have felt they were seeing something naughty and exciting.

But that would have been a lie, because the main problem of the production is that it comes from a newsnight mind, the mind of someone making a defensive argument about political history in a biased but reasonable manner.

This musical presented a man, who recruited teenage girls from their mums and moved them into his flat in that London with the purpose of presenting them to rich and powerful men, as an awfully nice fellow. It tries to paper over the obvious fact that Ward was a seedy creep.

Imagine if Sondheim hadn't made Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett quite so wicked, if he had omitted the word "demon" from the title, if he had tried to suggest that Sweeney and Lovett were merely the victims of society rather than their own vicious inner demons, how boring would that take have been? And isn't Ward a chamber of horrors character like Sweeney Todd after all, albeit relegated to Blackpool?

Where Lloyd Webber was completely right is that this seedy creep was no worse, and probably more intrinsically likeable and decent, than many of the society figures who welcomed him into their sphere to get at his sexy young offerings. And this is another problem: society is not demonised enough in this musical. Valjean needs his Javert, but we just don't get one in Stephen Ward: we don't get an embodiment of societal evil who we can hate and fear, who would drive the story and make us root for Ward. All we get is two silly policemen tacked on in an almost spurious scene in the second half. How uninvolving!

If only this musical had not had it's po-faced crusading agenda and it's dull title, I believe this could have been a hit. I recall with fondness the passion that Lloyd Webber brought to powerful numbers like "Human Sacrifice" and "Manipulation," the touching emptiness and neediness of Charlottle Spencer singing "He sees something in me," the lonely romantic delivery of Alexander Hanson singing "Too close to the Flame," and the number the wickedness of which I wish had more embodied the whole musical, "You've Never Had It So Good."

Stephen Ward, I mourn what you could have been. :(


#298579 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Steve10086 on 29 March 2014 - 10:36 AM

A shame to see this show go.  I saw it 6 times and my only problem was with the police interviews, which seemed to go on forever and weren't very musically engaging.  Having said that, they told a very important part of the story, so not sure how else they could have been done.  Otherwise I loved it.  And 'Too Close to the Flame' is a remarkable piece of music.  Would have enjoyed seeing this many more times in the future.


#297433 Once London

Posted bickypeg on 20 March 2014 - 07:04 PM

View Postbradleyconnor, on 20 March 2014 - 06:42 PM, said:

A lot of people say this is a wonderful show can anyone that has seen this tell me? is it as good as say... Les Mis, or Wicked?
I went because everyone raved about it. I may be the only person in the world who didn't like it! Not my kind of music at all although played and sung beautifully.


#295889 Hairspray @ Leicester Curve

Posted richard2711 on 09 March 2014 - 04:57 PM

"Tracy's mum, Edna shifts into a panto dame mould, as Damian Williams – his voice like a foghorn – makes no attempt at feminity, playing her like Fred Flintstone in a frock"

I was trying to place the performance and this sums it up perfectly! YES!!


#295880 Hairspray @ Leicester Curve

Posted Titan on 09 March 2014 - 04:04 PM

I didnt read it that way

Mentions how in this production velma and edna are portrayed, sets are flimsy etc

.'However, for all its robustness, it requires a delicate balance and Paul Kerryson's new production at Leicester, with its flimsy, flat sets and front-facing performances, has strayed too far from the tone of the original movie.'

'Here, that producer is determinedly respectable, but not monstrously so; her hair neatly curled, not a towering backcomb. Likewise, Tracy's mum, Edna, originally played by Divine, shifts into a panto dame mould, as Damian Williams – his voice like a foghorn – makes no attempt at feminity, playing her like Fred Flintstone in a frock.'

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#295518 Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Posted Titan on 07 March 2014 - 07:07 AM

No I agree too. Im usually someone that would prefer an actor who can sing than the other way around but mama rose is a role that really needs both. She didn't show a vocal range in sweeney that suggests she can do it but she may surprise everyone


#294912 Starlight Revival? Original Vs Reworked?

Posted blahblah on 02 March 2014 - 07:39 PM

View PostTitan, on 27 February 2014 - 09:23 AM, said:

This should come back and do a big arena tour.  It should be a big entertainment spectacle which only an arena would provide these days.

How about using the Velodrome from the former Olympics and replace bikes with skaters? Posted Image