As it gets more and more unlikely that I'll get to see the last show (even if they released tickets at all, I guess air fares will be ridiculously expensive by then so I won't be able to make it), I'm planning to see the show again in April. As I don't want to miss Oli Tompsett's Galileo, does anyone know his off-dates? I'm currently looking at either the Matinee or the Evening show on Wednesday, 16th April.
Off shows according to what he posted on Twitter. March: 26th to 31st April:1st,2nd,3rd,7th,9th,16th,21st, 22nd,23rd. May:1st--7th inclusive,14th, 19th,20th & 21st.
I'm pleasantly surprised with the reviews so far. So glad it's not being completely slated like people had predicted. I saw the show again tonight and enjoyed it. A few things had changed since the 2nd preview, but they were unnecessary small changes and not the ones I think they should have changed. Regardless, I still loved it and found it funny and entertaining even on second viewing. The show has its faults, but it's SO crazy as a whole that it really doesn't matter. Spoke to a couple of the 'celebrities' there including Caroline Flack and they all said they loved it too (but they would, wouldn't they!).
Full cast announced today - in addition to Noel Sullivan and Ben Richards, we have the following:
Sherrie - Cordelia Farnworth
Lonny - Stephen Rahman-Hughes
Dennis - Daniel Fletcher
Justice - Rachel McFarlane
Hertz - Jack Lord
Regina/Candi - Jessie May
Franz - Cameron Sharp
Joey Primo - Tom Andrew Hargreaves
Mayor - Rakesh Boury
Waitress #1 - Abigail Climer
Constance - Imogen Brooke
Young Groupie - Kylie Michelle Smith
Male Swing/Dance Captain - Russell Smith
Male Swing - Chris Southgate
Male Swing - Stephen Rolley
Female Swing/Assistant Dance Captain - Tara Verloop
Female Swing - Charlotte Anne Steen
Looks like we will be getting our cast recording then :-)
Twitter : " @SirTimRice "Intend to record FH2E cast album before Shaftesbury exit. Thanks to many for ever-increasing kind words and encouragement. Fight the Fight"
Just saw this tonight, I'd been avoiding it because of the bad reviews and what a lot of posters had said about it. I wish I hadn't waited so long, I think it's a really good show, the best new musical of the last year easily! Maybe the story wasn't totally well structured but overall way better than Charlie, Stephen Ward and Light Princess. I hope it stands the test of time like Chess did in peoples memories
Oh dear. Well, my situation looks like this: I work two jobs (a full-time clerical one and moonlight as a pilates instructor), have a self-imposed moratorium on buying new clothes and other pretty but ultimately unnecessary things, won't rent a flat but live in a room at my granddad's - just so that I could save enough money for travelling. Which wouldn't be all that strange except that by travelling I mostly mean ''going to London to see theatre shows every year'' (and sometimes to Vienna to see operas). In order to avoid getting strange looks from people around me, I often just lie and tell them I'm going somewhere else. And I don't even want to know what British embassy employees dealing with my tourist visa applications which all invariably say ''Reason for visit: theatre/musicals'', think. I also have to repeat that at the airport passport controls. I bet MI6 has a file on me.
With such weird behavioural patterns, it's very difficult to find a partner, I must say.
At home, I mostly go to theatre with an actress friend or my sister. When they're not available, I go on my own, which is also considered a very strange thing to do over here for some reason. Oh yes - and real Balkan macho men wouldn't be caught dead at theatre shows - 80% of audiences over here are made up of women. The 20% accounts for sulking husbands/boyfriends who had to come but wish they were at home watching football. At opera, if you see a male audience member, he's either gay or an opera singer or both.
Something totally unrelated but interesting (well, to me) - people in the neighbouring Croatia actually have traditional appreciation for musical theatre. That probably explains the fact that some of Croatian MT performers have made it to West End (Zrinka Cvitešić and Jasna Ivir come to mind). I think it must be due to Austro-Hungarian influence as opposed to our Ottoman one, lol.
The one show I really want to transfer is Newsies. Saw it on Broadway last year and absolutely loved it! There are however, a lot of shows in the West End that I wouldn't miss if they closed. We Will Rock You, Thriller, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Stephen Ward (that one's closing anyway) to name a few.
I saw this cast for the second time yesterday afternoon.
I absolutely adored Willemijn as 'Elphie'. I thought she was great the first time I saw her 3 weeks ago, but yesterday something just 'clicked' and I suddenly understood her portrayal of Elphie. Her vocal ability is unarguably incredible and she has a beautiful tone to her voice, but what made me really enjoy her performance was her acting. Very unique. Very likeable. Very real. I am extremely picky with Elphies... Of the 14 Elphabas I've seen live, I've only ever cared about 2 of them. They've all been good, but I've only been able to truly relate to the portrayal of 2. Now I can safely say Willemijn's been added to that list and is in my top 3 Elphabas.
Savannah had the opposite effect on me yesterday. I thought she was really good the first time, but found her performance quite dull yesterday. I'm not sure why, maybe she was just tired. But I thought it was one of the weakest Glinda performances I've ever seen and the audience response seemed to confirm that. She barely got any laughs and she seemed a bit out of breath in what I think is Glinda's 'best moment' - Popular. And whilst Popular is usually the scene that makes an audience warm to Glinda (if they haven't done so before that), yesterday it wasn't received as well as it normally is. I feel awful for saying this, because I really liked her the first time. And apart from the lack of audience laughs and slightly shaky Popular, it was a good performance. I think overall, I definitely prefer Savannah in act 2. Her 'serious' acting is better than her 'comedy' in my opinion and Thank Goodness was one of the best I've seen from any Glinda! I can't fault her at all in act 2. Her Glinda is perfect when she's older.
I'd seen Sam Edwards in Ghost and loved him in it, so it was a nice surprise to see that he was on. Really enjoyed him as 'Fiyero'. It was only his 3rd show and he did look a bit nervous at times, but he has a great stage presence and his acting was very convincing. Great dancing, too! And I loved his voice, though there were some weak moments (possibly due to nerves). He's one of the 'better' Fiyeros I've seen and I would definitely love to see him in the role again.
I think the next time I go will be to see Sophie Linder-Lee as 'Glinda'. I never got to see her few shows last year, but heard good things.
Saw the show last night (first time seeing the new cast) and it was truly amazing! In my opinion, this is one of the best casts that has ever hit the Apollo Victoria stage!
Willemijn - well...she has soooo much talent! Her take on Elphie, as people have already discussed, is very stern and angry in Act 1, maturing beautifully in Act 2 - she really shows how Elphaba comes into her own and takes no prisoners! Her singing is effortless. Last night she did a slight riff in TWAI on her 'with meeee' which added a little 'oomph', and her DG and NGD are spell-binding! Still doing the usual 'ahhhh' at the end of DG, but who knows if she'll begin doing her own one again soon.
Savannah is a fresh Glinda, bringing more of a comedic side throughout the show which went down well with the audience. Her little 'added extras' such as her giggles following her toss toss amongst many others were really creative and made her Glinda truly unique. Her voice is beautiful and so crisp and fresh - lovely!
As for the rest of the cast, Sue is a terrifying Morrible! Quite dark and deep-voiced from the beginning, and her DG speech is amazingly petrifying! You really get to see Morrible's evil side - and I noticed how she shoved Savannah's hand down following her Witch Hunters speech which someone else noticed in an earlier post. Really adds to her evilness and is a good addition!
Jeremy is a good Fiyero - his voice is good, as is his acting...never seen a Fiyero portrayed like his before but I liked it.
Sam Kelly - well, I've seen him as the Wizard before and would happily see him again. Nothing special but makes the Wizard his own.
Sam Lupton (as always) is a wonderful Boq, and it was my second time seeing Michelle Francis understudying Nessa - they have a really good chemistry and her voice is beautiful.
Paul as Doctor Dillamond - a slight let-down (although doesn't affect my view on this cast). He spoke most of 'Something Bad' and also didn't seem to 'struggle' with pronouncing Glinda as many Dillamonds have before i.e. Ccccclinda (he just said 'Glinda').
Overall it was a fantastic show and I look forward to seeing the cast again soon. Can't believe they've only been there for 2 weeks...they seemed so comfortable! Go see this cast!
The muck-up matinee was absolutely brilliant - so glad I decided to go!
Here are just some of my favourite muck-ups:
- Gina continuing to sing and hold her note in 'No One Mourns the Wicked' when she gets interrupted.
- Gina calling Boq "Beq/Beck" all through the show, instead of Biq.
- Gina: "it seems the broccoli is boiled" instead of "it seems the artichoke is steamed".
- Gina's whole Popular scene: Adding the little post Toss-Toss giggle that Louise used to do as 'Glinda'/doing the splits/putting about 4 different pink flowers all over Louise's hair/clothes instead of just one/etc.
- Gina: "I hope they don't get lost. I should have given them the sat nav!" - this one literally cracked me up.
- "Glinda, is it true she was your BFF?" to which Gina had to respond with: "well, it depends what you mean by... BFF" - it was too funny.
- Ben saying "you're hot" instead of "you're good" to Glinda.
- Ben: "Well, she clearly doesn't give a marmite finger what anyone else thinks!" in the DTL scene.
- Ben rushing back on stage asking "yes?" after Elphie calls after him before I'm Not That Girl, then quickly running back off again.
- Ben saying "Why thank you" when Elphie tells him he still looks beautiful in the last scene.
- One of the flatheads in 'One Short Day' was open and a backstage member ran across the stage after it from one side to the other. The rest of the song was performed by just two flatheads.
- Louise doing a hilarious dance in DTL for Gina to then have to copy. So funny!
- Ben swinging back a couple times before finally saying "Let the green girl go".
These are just some of the ones I remember, there were definitely more. And I realise some were done by previous casts before, but most (particularly Gina's) were original.
If anyone is in two minds about getting tickets for the tour after last night I would say go and buy them. Very strong cast and would say it is about 90% same as London. Fantastic audience and great atmosphere. Audience reactions are going to be very different to London. There was great response to lines which very rarely get a reaction in London. Great applause when the life was rising during DG. Dragons head was there but I was at back of the stalls so not sure if it moves.
Emily Tierney stole the show. Loved her "TOWIE " girly Glinda. Very funny. Loved her impression of Morrible at the end and she has great facial expressions. Great comic timing and worked well with Nikki. However she is not the strongest singer but more than makes up for it in the acting. The pace of NOMTW scene was extremely slow. Emily seemed little bit nervous there but definitely got more confident as the show went on. The popular scene was very funny. a very different "Toss Toss"
Nikki`s Elphie seems to have changed. Its not the cheeky funny animated one she played in London in most of Act 1. I felt she was holding back both vocally and acting. It could just have been first night or maybe its been changed. I was bit dissapointed with WAI. But from DG onwards she was her usual self.
Merchandise - usual stuff and tour t -shirts doing great business. Picture brochure was there.
Think there was an understudy nessa but not 100%. She was OK as was George Ure. I was impressed with Wizard and Morrible. Dale Rapley was very solid wizard. He was not the usual wacky eccentric version though. Marilyn Cutts played it like Julia Legrand and worked well with Dale. Ensemble very sllck and enthusiastic. This is not always the case on an opening night.
Liam Doyle reminded me of Mark Evans Fiyero. Far better than Ben Freeman or Matt Willis but that wouldnt be too difficult. Singing, dancing and acting were good. Very convincing in ASLAYM with Nikki.
Changes - NGD Nikki runs out and Chistery holds the Grimmerie.Loads of smoke was used to give the effect but really miss the stand bit. Some sets are stand which come out on the side. Some are rolled out by cast eg beds in Popular.In INTG a bridge comes down but Fiyero and Glinda come from backstage. Elphie just hides on the side. Some choreography changes in emerald city particularly when they are all in a line at the front of the stage. When fiyero and glinda come out in Act 2 after WWOE there are no others except the guards who do a choreographed routine while they dance. In the cub scene 2 ensemble members fly when elphie casts a spell. There are no outer side stands so Morrible speech in DG is her on a stand with a mike coming out of the shadows. Boq and Glinda also come in on stands for the Witch hunters scene. In DG the lift rising was exceptionally quick, and she was quite high up and great lighting. In the opening scene the monkeys climb up from the orchestra pit not on ropes. They seem to use a lot of lighting effects rather that moving set pieces eg. in London the wheels move.
There are no trap doors but Elphie comes out of a well at the end. In the green elixir bit at the beginning he just runs off stage. But when Elphie shouts at Dorothy is exactly the same set piece. Also i didnt see any bubbles from the Bubble at the beginning. The Bubble did sway quite a bit as well as was a bit slow going up and down
The sound needs to be higher for the orchestra and cast.It did improve in ACT 2 but not by much. I also had a couple of people near me taking notes.
The show was overall really strong for a first night and the cast can only get better. Definitley going to see it again at some point.