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#297782 Once London

Posted Distant_Cousin on 23 March 2014 - 08:48 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?

Very much a marmite show - I notice people here raving about it and one of my good friends in the US loves it.

Another friend and I saw it, and in the main it completely washed over us.  Quite a "beige" show and lacking a fundamental theatricality which I feel is essential when you're billing yourself as a musical.  The female lead character in particular was beyond frustrating.

Certainly left no lasting impact on me.

#295539 Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Posted Distant_Cousin on 07 March 2014 - 09:08 AM

I love Imelda Staunton as an actress, and adored her in Sweeney Todd, but I don't find her voice exactly pleasant.  She can hit all the notes but that's about it.

#291714 Cats 2013 Uk Tour

Posted Distant_Cousin on 04 February 2014 - 09:08 PM

Lovely show, but seriously due for a revamp.  I don't get how people can find the same costumes, direction and choreography exciting over 30 years on.

#276327 A Chorus Line

Posted Distant_Cousin on 27 August 2013 - 07:07 PM

Yeah, didn't see Victoria last night which was surprising.

Enjoyed the guy who normally plays Don, playing Zack.  Though, not surprisingly he didn't inhabit the role as much as John P - but he'd been doing it for months so fair dues.

I was most confused at seeing an understudy for Connie Wong, who was white and they changed her surname to McKenzie and therefore removed the Chinese references.  Threw me a little!

#274371 Cabaret Starring Will Young - 2013 Uk Tour

Posted Distant_Cousin on 05 August 2013 - 01:01 PM

Anna Maxwell Martin was the definitive Sally Bowles for me.  So much depth and truth in her performance.  She was mesmerising.

#264707 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted Distant_Cousin on 07 May 2013 - 08:26 PM

View Postmallardo, on 07 May 2013 - 06:54 PM, said:

Of all the Sondheim shows THIS score is the one with the most idiomatically "popular" songs - deliberately so since the protagonists are songwriters trying to write hit shows.  If this score doesn't appeal then it's time to give up on Sondheim and admit your taste just isn't that sophisticated.

This kind of insidious snobbery does Sondheim fans no favours whatsoever.

#252313 Woman In White Chocolate Factory

Posted Distant_Cousin on 20 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

How lovely - looking forward to seeing it back in a new guise.

#219582 The Bodyguard

Posted Distant_Cousin on 02 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

VERY cheeky billing it as a "new musical" - HARDLY!

Not when it's very much a jukebox musical, featuring songs from a soundtrack album plus an artist's back catalogue.