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Deal J

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#283465 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted cat123 on 11 November 2013 - 07:02 AM

Just as brave as Cabaret maybe, but while I enjoyed it, it is nowhere near as strong a show.

#283433 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted David J on 10 November 2013 - 08:40 PM

View PostDeal J, on 10 November 2013 - 08:23 PM, said:

Paul Morley described it as buffoonery and that "if you are enjoying this, you are still enjoying people blacking up, and still enjoying the cake walk"

Wow! Just wow! Completely missed the point of that.

#281614 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted mrkringas on 23 October 2013 - 08:04 AM

Flawless, uncompromising and the most constant state of emotional turmoil mixed with suppressed elation for the incredible triple threat talent on display.

Loved that there was no intermission and no escape.

Loved that sections of the audience laughed at the humour thus making me feel even more uncomfortable.

Imagine  watching Cabaret and knowing the punch line to "If You Could See Her" - that sensation of unease, then multiply by ten - have it hit you  within a few minutes of the show - cause as soon as the Interlocutor introduces his sidekicks... that unease stayed with me. All evening.

Seeing the "boys" perform other roles within the tale, underneath the construct of the show, was at times too much. I felt anger at some of the stereotypes - misogyny and anti-semitism  - at work until you quickly remember why they are performing like that. Its highly stylised and none of the cast make safe choices - all committed and the result is my favourite new musical of 2013.

#281394 Bare @greenwich

Posted Jamiem on 20 October 2013 - 02:29 PM

View Postcat123, on 20 October 2013 - 01:53 PM, said:

Ashley Gilmour is on as Jason for the matinee today. I guess they wanted to give him one before Ross leaves. I hope so anyway!

Dd they give him one in the dressing room?

#280313 Dr Who - Xmas 2013

Posted VDCNI on 10 October 2013 - 12:37 PM

I'm surprised no one mentioned Colin Baker, he's done quite a bit of theatre.

What about the companions - Louise Jameson, Catherine Tate, Karen Gillen & Billie Piper I can all cross off.

Though I doubt Who fans will be going to the theatre much in the next few months - too busy watching the recovered missing episodes!

#280316 The Light Princess

Posted popcultureboy on 10 October 2013 - 01:03 PM

Cast recording is scheduled to be recorded in January 2014, apparently.

#280161 The Light Princess

Posted popcultureboy on 09 October 2013 - 06:30 AM


Does anyone know why the national commissioned Tori Amos when there are MT composers waiting to cut their Teeth on things like this.

She had the idea, tried to take it to Broadway, who laughed at her as she didn't really have anything in place other than "I want to write this". She then heard the NT were looking to commission contemporary musicians to write a musical and pitched it to Nick Hytner. Deal J is right, this has been postponed on more than one occasion and was in workshops for something like six years, so it's not as if they went "oh you've written a musical? OK, fine, here's the Lyttleton, do what you please."

MrBarnaby, why don't you investigate by watching Charlie & The Chocolate Factory again? Now, I do like that show a lot and I have in fact seen it three times already. But the main criticism thrown at Charlie is that it singularly lacks a memorable tune. So clearly, one man's "tuneless mess" that looks like "a Hackney Panto" is many other people's gloriously enjoyable and fun musical.

#280045 American Psycho

Posted Monteverdi on 07 October 2013 - 05:51 PM

naked chain saw wielding I wonder?

#279988 American Psycho

Posted Front Row Dress on 07 October 2013 - 11:11 AM

Here's the full cast

Matt Smith will take the part of Patrick Bateman alongside an ensemble cast which includes Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner.

#279903 The Light Princess

Posted canadian_turtle on 06 October 2013 - 07:54 AM

I saw the show last night and in contrary to many other posters on here I loved it. I thought the staging was stunning, Rosalie Craig was phenomenal, most of the songs were enjoyable (there were a few stand outs) and I'd happily listen to them again on a cast recording, and Amy Booth-Steele's solos were also incredible. It really was a fairytale on stage, both in the way it looked and the storyline, and while that may make it predictable this didn't bother me in the slightest as I was too taken by how beautiful and magical it all looked. I enjoyed it to such a degree that I'd like to see it again at the end of the run, to relive the songs and to see how much has changed.

#279393 "Putting It Together" (Guildford) & "Sondheim: Women" (Lo...

Posted mjr on 30 September 2013 - 12:05 PM

Its fact ;)

#279382 "Putting It Together" (Guildford) & "Sondheim: Women" (Lo...

Posted mjr on 30 September 2013 - 09:33 AM

Putting it Together- St James's Theatre, January 2014.

#278749 The Book Of Mormon

Posted lesterf on 20 September 2013 - 08:04 PM

Ashley put his dates up on his Facebook page in July as follows

Ashley's Elder Price dates

5th,6th and 7th of August
19th,20th,21st of September
28th,29th and 30th of October
28th,29th and 30th of November

he then added 18th September a few weeks ago and tonight he tweeted
"So I've been asked by a lot of people if I was playing Elder Price on Wednesday. Yes I was! :D"

this is almost a direct response to Ian above !


#278747 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Steffi on 20 September 2013 - 07:17 PM

View PostDeal J, on 20 September 2013 - 07:03 PM, said:

I'm really keen to see Ashley in the role given the great reaction he's been getting. Does anyone know how long he's on for?

According to his Twitter Ashely is on all of this week. He also mentioned he had more Elder Price dates coming up at the end of October.

#277419 "Putting It Together" (Guildford) & "Sondheim: Women" (Lo...

Posted Matthew Winn on 08 September 2013 - 06:49 PM

View PostDeal J, on 08 September 2013 - 05:42 PM, said:

I'm perplexed as to how some of the capital letters in the topic title have turned into lower case... apologies as I can't find a way to edit the title!

Fixed. The board software capitalises the first letter of each word and lowercases the rest, but it's stupid and thinks that " is the first letter of a word. The only way around it is for a moderator to edit the title after the thread has been created.