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#300714 Olivier Predictions

Posted Jon on 14 April 2014 - 10:47 PM

The Audience Award is pointless, it's just rewarding shows that have a fanbase and have just run a long time, I agree that they need to scrap it and let the musicals that have been nominated all perform.

I think they shouldn't any old shows perform at the Oliviers unless they're celebrating an anniversary, these shows don't need the promotions/

#300592 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Jon on 14 April 2014 - 02:51 AM

if I was in charge of revamping the Oliviers, I would only feature shows that have been nominated or have opened that year unless they've already closed. I wouldn't have long runners perform unless it's an anniversary of some sort. I agree with dropping the Audience award, it's pointless rewarding shows just for still running.

I think they need to revamp the catergories, it's ridiculous that they have Best Supporting Actor and Actress for plays but not for musicals.

Problem with adding play excerpts is that it doesn't always work in context and can fall a bit flat. Maybe a showreel of the year's best plays with work rather than performing it live.

The Tonys should be what the Oliviers should be trying to emulate, celebrating theatre but also showing why you should go, I think they need a host similar to Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman who can sing, dance and host with skits and a great opening and closing number.

I wonder if the Oliviers would benefit from maybe moving the deadline and the awards to a later date, I think they miss a lot of the Spring openers by having a February deadline

#300137 Chocolate Factory Musical

Posted Jon on 11 April 2014 - 03:30 PM

The Andrew Lippa concert is a short run which suggests that the summer musical will come shortly after it

#299254 Trafalgar To Be Transformed Again

Posted Jon on 03 April 2014 - 11:17 PM

Martin Freeman will be the third actor to play Richard III in the last three years with Spacey and Rylance. I'm sure he'll be good but I wish directors and theatre companies would go for a Shakespeare play that hasn't been done in the last couple of years.

I imagine they'll be announcing the Trafalgar Transformed season tommorrow, didn't Jamie Lloyd say in an interview they'd announced the productions at the same time?

#297010 Long Runners

Posted Jon on 17 March 2014 - 03:32 PM

War Horse I think is more prone to closing since it's more expensive to run than your average play but it's still sells so it's safe for now.

#296459 Queens Theatre - Les Mis

Posted Jon on 12 March 2014 - 08:21 PM

Midweek for most shows are usually quiet but Les Mis sells on weekends so its easily making its running cost.

#296296 We Rocked You

Posted Jon on 11 March 2014 - 05:16 PM

View PostSnciole, on 11 March 2014 - 04:46 PM, said:

The statue always terrified me. It never looked secure. If the rumours are true I fancy being crushed by a Dolerean even less!

Might not be a Delorean, could be a statue of Marty McFly.

#296133 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Jon on 10 March 2014 - 09:23 PM

View Posttheatreliker, on 10 March 2014 - 09:14 PM, said:

When American actors come over, where do producers put them up? Fancy digs? a hotel? Mansion, she wrote?

I would guess they would rent a flat for the duration of the run but I imagine it depends on the actor,

#295145 Is There Room For New Work In The West End?

Posted Jon on 05 March 2014 - 12:08 AM

The success of revivals like Noises Off and Absent Friends have proven that audience like comedy plays as well as the serious plays. I do think its harder to open a new play straight in the West End unless it has a name like Helen Mirren in The Audience or based on a film like Fatal Attraction and Shakespeare in Love. Subsided theatre does allow shows to develop and there are allowed to fail whereas a commercial play needs bums on seats and great reviews in order to recoup its capitalisation.

#295000 Twelve Angry Men - Tour And Garrick

Posted Jon on 03 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

The show has extended until June 14th, guess its doing well enough to justify the extension plus the Garrick hasn't got anything lined up.

#294729 Billy Elliot 2013

Posted Jon on 01 March 2014 - 02:30 AM

View PostSeriously, on 01 March 2014 - 01:53 AM, said:

I remember Stephen Daldry saying they'd never have celebrities or names in the show, as they didn't want anything to detract from the kid.  Looks like they need the bums on seats now!

Ruthie is well known but she's not a celebrity by any means,

#294703 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Jon on 28 February 2014 - 07:44 PM

It's not unusual for previews to be cancelled, Charlie cancelled two previews as they had problems with the set so hopefully I Can't Sing can get the show up and running by Wednesday.

#294581 Matthew Morrison And Laura Michelle Kelly Workshop Finding Neverland

Posted Jon on 27 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

Wonder if this is still going to the West End after the tryout or is it going to Broadway instead

#290401 The Future West End - what would you like to see?

Posted Jon on 24 January 2014 - 11:37 AM

The Dominion would be far too big for Newsies, it needs a mid sized theatre like the Aldwych, Shaftesbury, the Palace or the Phoenix

#289132 Spamalot To Playhouse

Posted Jon on 10 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

Spamalot is closing at the Playhouse with Joe Pasquale returning for the final four weeks of the run. It's had a good run but I think it's time it went back on tour and let a new show come in. Wonder what's replacing it?