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Deal J

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#294854 Urinetown

Posted Deal J on 02 March 2014 - 10:02 AM

View PostDavid J, on 02 March 2014 - 01:07 AM, said:

What exactly was the line Sally said that got a huge round of applause, something to do with her being in this musical?
Although I don't remember the exact wording, it might have been this:

#294322 Sweeney Todd Chichester/london

Posted Deal J on 25 February 2014 - 06:56 PM

Wow, I got very excited by this - but although it seems professionally filmed, the audio is dubbed from the original cast recording. It seems to have been uploaded a long while ago and labelled "EPK", which google suggests might mean "Electronic Press Kit" - perhaps this was just put together to promote the show?

In this instance I would be delighted to be wrong, though - fingers crossed! - and it's footage I've not seen before so thank you Anthony!

#287141 American Psycho

Posted Deal J on 18 December 2013 - 04:19 PM

I really, really hope so!

#285809 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted Deal J on 05 December 2013 - 01:25 AM

I agree completely Nicholas - that sense of awkwardness humming the tunes reminds me of when I first saw Cabaret and found myself absent-mindedly singing 'Tomorrow Belongs To Me' in the shower. After seeing Scottsboro Boys I've been thinking how much I'd love to get the cast recording, but equally I don't want to become so familiar with the songs that I start singing them. What a show.

#285498 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted Deal J on 03 December 2013 - 02:06 AM

I thought Gavin Lee was incredible in Top Hat. I wasn't even going to bother seeing the show as it didn't really appeal to me initially, but he (and the show!) was so so good I went back a second time.

#279912 The Light Princess

Posted Deal J on 06 October 2013 - 10:02 AM

I agree, last Wednesday there were a fair few crowds of teenagers who seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.

It amused me that on leaving the theatre I heard a couple of gentlemen complaining that the show had "no tunes", then a few seconds later saw a large group of girls singing the coronation song in animated excitement.

I thought it was amazing - I really enjoyed the music, and the design is superb. The acrobats and other effects are hugely inventive, and I was stunned that Rosalie Craig's voice didn't falter during all that movement.

Interesting to hear that it's been shortened, I did find the first half was a little too long - for a moment I thought there wasn't going to be an interval - but on reflection I can't think of anything that I'd want to see removed.

I'm surprised how much it differs from the book, but (dare I say) this version of the story is far superior.

#279216 "Putting It Together" (Guildford) & "Sondheim: Women" (Lo...

Posted Deal J on 28 September 2013 - 12:07 AM

First performance of Putting It Together was rather special tonight.

The cast are fantastic - it's strange seeing Damian Humbley in a Merrily-heavy show so soon after his appearance as Charley, but after hearing his 'Marry Me A Little' I'm now hoping someday to see him as Bobby in a production of 'Company'.

Janie Dee is clearly relishing getting the lion's share of the best songs, and although there were a few fluffed lines, the way she dealt with them still won the crowd over.

David Bedella's voice is even more mesmerising than usual in this intimate setting. I'd love to see him as Sweeney Todd.

Daniel Crossley is rather dashing, very funny especially during "Buddy's Blues" and a particularly saucy "Everybody Ought To Have A Maid".

I didn't know Caroline Sheen prior to tonight, she gives a very likeable performance and by the time we reached "More" she knocked my socks off.

A few minor sound and lighting issues, but overall a real treat - especially for Sondheim fans.

Can't wait for "Sondheim:Women" next tomorrow! Good luck to those of you trying to squeeze both in. By train the London Road Guildford station is much closer to the G-Live venue (3 mins) than the main Guildford station, but services aren't as regular.

#278188 Once London

Posted Deal J on 14 September 2013 - 10:04 PM

View PostPriscilla, on 14 September 2013 - 07:41 PM, said:

I've seen Once twice now and can't wait to see it again

Once, twice? Three times a lady!


#277480 Into The Woods Movie

Posted Deal J on 09 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

I suppose they could also be using parts of the castle as Rapunzel's tower as well, and maybe the grounds themselves as clearings in the woods... I'm so excited about this film!

#277403 "Putting It Together" (Guildford) & "Sondheim: Women" (Lo...

Posted Deal J on 08 September 2013 - 05:42 PM

Just browsing twitter I found that there's a production of Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together at G Live in Guildford coming at the end of the month for four performances. I'm surprised at how little this has been publicised, especially given the impressive cast list - David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley and Caroline Sheen.

Sondheim fans might also want to check out the upcoming Sondheim: Women at the studio in St James Theatre - another one I hadn't heard of, it seems there was a performance last night and another is scheduled for 28 September. Another impressive cast - Hannah Waddingham, Josefina Gabrielle, Emma Williams, Jamie Birkett, Zoë Curlett, Rebecca Lock, Fiona O'Carroll, Lauren Samuels and Lucy Williamson.

I thought I'd mention them in the same thread as I almost booked Putting It Together for the Saturday which would have meant missing the concert!

More details on Putting It Together at the G Live website here: Click
More details on Sondheim: Womenat the St James Theatre website here: Click

EDIT: 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!

#273336 What's Minchin Up To Now?

Posted Deal J on 26 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

That's hilarious! "How Do You Solve..." really tickled me. Bravo!

#271617 The Ladykillers

Posted Deal J on 06 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

I missed this one first time around and saw this new cast earlier in the week, it's great fun! The set is amazing, and although I'd love to have seen Peter Capaldi I thought John Gordon Sinclair suited his role very well. The whole cast are great, Ralf Little particularly excellent.

#270492 Age Of Audiences At Plays

Posted Deal J on 27 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

I think price has to be one of the reasons - when I was younger I often wanted to see plays but, as a fan of musicals first, could only afford to see one thing every two months or so. As ticket prices for plays started to escalate to similar levels as musicals, I would only go to a play if it was an absolute must-see for me (i.e. no risk).

With so much information to hand via the internet on deals and more awareness of day-seats I hope things do change, but even in my late thirties I still felt like a young whipper-snapper at Untold Stories and Private Lives.

Slightly related quote from my annoyed husband last night: "I can't wait to get old so I can be rude to everyone and get away with it!"

#263780 Olivier Awards On ITV Late

Posted Deal J on 30 April 2013 - 11:22 AM

I remember watching the Olivier Awards broadcasts when I was a teenager. They used to show clips of the various plays and musicals nominated, and I'd long to live in London - I thought a major problem this year was the lack of clips. If you weren't already familiar with the nominated pieces there was nothing to entice you to get a ticket for yourself.

#262360 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical

Posted Deal J on 18 April 2013 - 09:23 AM

View PostAnthony, on 17 April 2013 - 08:01 PM, said:

Is anyone as excited about this as I am?

I'm ridiculously excited. I went to the Box Office to buy our tickets and came out feeling like Charlie with his golden ticket, all butterflies and smiles.