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The Scorpion

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In Topic: Evita Westend 2014

08 April 2014 - 10:37 PM

Things have reached a pretty pass if this is true. The production values are awful (unsurprisingly for Kenwright, I know) and the idea of charging West End prices for this is offensive...

I hope the powers-that-be have second thoughts. The economics of it might not work, but if the show is to come back for a short while can't it be in Michael Grandage's beautiful production or in the brilliant Hal Prince original?

In Topic: Stars Of The Musicals - BBC4

05 January 2014 - 03:16 PM

Caught it by chance. It was a great watch, and fantastic new interviews. That said, I don't think it really answered the brief of the documentary (and if it did, the answer was too simplistic - it's not always the case that the show is the star. For example, I think you could safely say that Evita is a great vehicle to stardom but the show is a star in its own right, but I don't think Pam Gems's Piaf is itself a great play and it only works with a great star performance - they could have explored this further with Elaine Paige and Elena Roger).

In Topic: Ghosts At The Almeida And Trafalgar

22 December 2013 - 11:56 AM

View Postxanderl, on 10 December 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

Quite a good offer on this from Time Out - Band A tickets for £32 (down from £49), Band B for £25 (from £32) for all performances till 18th Jan, So basically the same as you'd have paid at the Almeida!


Noooo, I missed this! Any similar offers on elsewhere? Seen some similar offers for the Band A tickets, but any others for the Band B ones?

In Topic: Let The Right One In

22 December 2013 - 11:49 AM

Loved this. Haven't seen the film so don't know how it compares, but was pleasantly surprised in this case. Acting and design are fantastic.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

22 December 2013 - 11:44 AM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 22 December 2013 - 09:56 AM, said:

I really wanted to like this, I generally like ALW's stuff but this was possibly the most painful evening I have ever spent in a theatre (and there have been a few this year). I pity the people who paid full whack for this. Dull, Dull, Dull songs  (except You've never had it so good) , little character development and the set is cheap looking , I would expect a better set in a regional theatre never mind the WE. Cannot see this lasting long.

I agree - I wanted to like it, especially as I've been craving a good Lloyd Webber for 20 years now (I haven't rated anything he's done since Sunset, which I loved; Whistle had a couple of good moments in, but detested Love Never Dies and those awful lyrics and ridiculous storyline), but in the end I found Woman in White more interesting than this, and I didn't really enjoy that either. Alex Hanson is superb as always but the rest is really dull. For me the only decent songs were 'Human Sacrifice' and 'You've Never Had it So Good' (with uneven lyrics); I found the rest forgettable. There is just endless exposition and no character development, so any emotion I'm supposed to have felt in 'I'm Hopeless When it Comes to You' wasn't there. This doesn't have any of the excitement, drama or good music/lyrics of Evita. I don't really understand what the purpose of musicalising this was - it would have been better as a documentary. Even if you took out the patchy music, it doesn't (as the book stands) make for a great play either.

I somehow doubt this will be bankrolled like LND was because I don't think ALW owns the Aldwych. Bit worrying the entire Upper Circle was closed and the Dress was half full on the night after opening night. There seems to have been minimal publicity for this by ALW's standards too - I can't think of a show that he's done that's been less publicised than this, so a lot of the general public don't even know this is on or what it is.