At Phantom the other week a chap,came in about 15mins late, and reeking of cigarettes. And then after the interval arrived about 20mins later into act 2, smelling even more of cigarettes. If we could crack the problem with late arrivals, maybe next time have some form of fumigation cupboard for the smokers to go into until they lose that smell which, in the confined space of a theatre makes one want to hurl.
Had the misfortune of seeing this the other weeks and yikes it is a shocker in spite of a very impressive cast. But so predictable and tedious. makes WWRY seem practically Chekovian. A shame as I was quite looking forward to it.
Despite her appalling homophobia and that absolutely vile clause 28, and many other appalling things associated with her, I feel neither happiness nor sadness at her death. She has gone now, fine, the world moves on. Goodbye and all that.
But yes, I fear a Maggie musical will come..... Mind you I recall the musical Hot Stuff many years ago with a brilliant Thatcher number referring to the 80s, with a guy in Thatcher drag singing "I want your money". Good jukebox musical too - way before they came into vogue!
1st post as a lurker here although an alumnus of the DC board!!
I rather enjoyed fit despite, for me, the real weaknesses being Crowe's singing. As a result I felt limited emotional attachment to Javert. That said, his moment with Gavroche was potent and his suicide was very moving. I just wish I could have cared more about his Javert.
I also felt the music to be somewhat turned down so I lost that epic sweep of the sound, although I appreciate an in-your-face assault of the wonderful music with volume turned up might have detracted somewhat. But it took some getting used to for me.
I rather liked Redmayne's Marius, esp his singing, even though I felt him a bit limited acting-wise, but boy he looked good and I would have fallen for him!!! Empty Chairs was marvellous, and more so in its simplicity. Hugh J was a perfectly decent JVJ but I also felt his BHH to be lacking vocally, although it was moving.
Anne H was great. I really loved her Fantine. Liked Samantha Barks although curiously On My Own, while sung with conviction and with great flair, didn't move me the way that song has done before. Not quite sure why. Still it was nice to have a full-on stagey number on the screen.
I normally am a blubbering mess at moving shows when watching them on stage but it took until Gavroche's death for me to well up in the film, and from that point on, well It didn't take much....that finale was, for me, just stunning.
And it was so nice to be in a cinema with the other members of the audience in utter silence throughout.