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#297293 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted BurlyBeaR on 19 March 2014 - 06:46 PM

As someone unlikely to see this unless it tours, I can only say it sounds typically Harry Hill i.e slightly mental in a very funny way. Why would he do anything else? This is the man who has people dressed as hot dogs bashing eachother while the audience shout FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT on his TV show.

Sometimes you just need someone to come along and turn things upside down. Shake it up. It's not exactly calling out to the Sondheim crowd given the subject matter so why not just go with it?

From what I've read so far I'd rather see this then some crappy version of Happy Days or another cheap Grease production any day.

#294859 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted BurlyBeaR on 02 March 2014 - 10:54 AM

View PostLatecomer, on 28 February 2014 - 08:16 PM, said:

I now officially have a girl crush on Samantha Bond! :)

She's very classy

#293475 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted BurlyBeaR on 19 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

I feel relieved that it wasn't just me!

#293135 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted BurlyBeaR on 16 February 2014 - 01:23 PM

Looked big to me! But then again I'm just a poor regional punter who was happy with the bus in the touring production of Priscilla ;0)

Seriously though, the costumes were very lavish and expensive looking. The chorus was probably 8 boys and 8 girls (I didn't count) who all looked amazing, especially in their bright red porters and maids costumes and in the Salsa scene at the end. Sets were stunning in my opinion. Jamieson's house is probably the most lavish, an enormous pair of double doors are flown in which is almost the full height of the set, they open up to reveal a full sized red staircase which is used for the Great Big Stuff production.

Interestingly we were asked what time period we thought it was set in. For me it was typical 1930's deco and all very stylised, but a few people said they found it less specific which seemed to be the desired answer. There were certainly a few modern references but how anyone could look at that production and not see the French Riviera in the 30's surprises me!

#293104 Showboat - The Lowry Salford

Posted BurlyBeaR on 16 February 2014 - 08:05 AM



#292843 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted BurlyBeaR on 13 February 2014 - 11:05 PM

Just back from the second night in Manchester. WHAT A FAB SHOW!

I had no preconceptions about it at all, never even saw the film but I sat there literally with a smile on my space the whole night. And guess who the stand out performance was.... Rufus Hound and that was the last thing I was expecting. He's so energetic, very cute, the acting is great and the singing great too. He certainly shows up Robert Lindsay in that department.

All the cast were excellent. No weak links, loved Samantha Bond and the guy who plays the French guy. The costumes and design were gorgeous, it looks very very classy.

Got invited to a focus group afterwards and the feedback was pretty much 100% positive. Some sound issues bring the only real complaint (orchestra too loud on some songs, drowning the vocal).

I really wasn't in the mood for going tonight but so glad I did. Loved it.

#285698 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 04 December 2013 - 01:18 PM

He reminded me of Andrew Stone from Pineapple :0/

#285640 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 03 December 2013 - 11:00 PM

All very luvvie-wuvvie tonight. Funny and quite sweet. It's been an enjoyable series.

#285073 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted BurlyBeaR on 27 November 2013 - 11:09 PM

Just back from the Exchange and oh my.  What a FANTASTIC night. I said earlier in the thread this was going to be my first Sondheim and if they all live up to this one I've certainly got lots to look forward to.

I was absolutely transfixed the whole way through it. The mental patients staring glassy eyed at the audience as we took our seats set the tone for the whole show. Incredibly creepy but full of humour and blimey, when he slashed his victims throats I was actually recoiling in my seat (and I'm a big scary looking bloke!). The entire cast were excellent but Mrs Lovett is fantastic and Sweeney himself.... I've never seen someone look so absolutely menacingly lunatic. Brilliant.

#284381 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted BurlyBeaR on 20 November 2013 - 08:08 AM

The whole thing about Craig Revel Horwood signing up to direct, negotiating his name to be above the title then dropping the idea via a "sorry daaaaaahling" e-mail days later seemed highly unlikely. Does no-one sign a contract in Showbiz? As for running round North London shopping precincts trying to doorstep The Fonz? I don't think so. Not unless she really is that desperate. More likely to be going along with suggestions from the producers of the programme because let's face it, she couldn't buy that sort of extended advert on channel 4 on her budget. Oh and Henry Winkler had a book out.... Go figure :0/

#283227 Fiddler On The Roof Uk Tour 2013-14

Posted BurlyBeaR on 07 November 2013 - 08:52 PM

I saw it last Saturday at the Lowry. Matinee. Stalls and circle full apart from the odd single.

I have no experience of this, I have never even seen the film. I agree it's very long especially act 1. I enjoyed the show but I did want the pace to pick up a bit.

The set was clever but the overall feeling was very grey and depressing. I'm sure this was intentional but I don't think the joy  and humour of the piece was communicated very well. It was like watching a b/w film.  The playing of  instruments was integrated fantastically. A few comments have been made about it being a cheap option but it really works. I think CRH is brilliant at this.

PMG  good, not necessarily  for the voice but the characterisation was great. The guy who played the tailor.... Terrible.

Audience loved it.

#281428 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted BurlyBeaR on 20 October 2013 - 08:28 PM

I'm going to see it in Manchester. My first Sondheim..... Slightly nervous! :0)

#278837 West Side Story Uk Tour Cast Announced

Posted BurlyBeaR on 22 September 2013 - 08:02 AM

But we can't go through life never casting a black actor in the role of a bad person for fear of it being construed as racist can we. That's not equality.

#276054 Marti Pellow

Posted BurlyBeaR on 24 August 2013 - 09:02 AM

It can't be the pop star thing because little Gareth Gates proves otherwise.

Never could stand MP right from his Wet Wet Wet days. That ridiculous smile being flashed around indiscriminately, presumably to please "the ladies". Ugh.  He was on Graham Nortons radio programme a couple of months ago and came off as full of himself. Finally I saw the photos of him as Che and he looked ridiculous. I chose not to go and see the touring production and he was one of the reasons why. I do not like him.

Hope this helps! :0)

#273351 Cabaret Starring Will Young - 2013 Uk Tour

Posted BurlyBeaR on 26 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

View Postrobg, on 04 July 2013 - 11:19 AM, said:

i saw both tours at the birmingham rep ,the second tour was slightly different  and some of the nudity taken out , it was still in the first  and Sam Barks was fantastic as sally  as was henry  luxemburg ? wayne sleep was ok very camp and pretty funny  , but in the provinces  he had his elderly fan club in ,the night i went ... a group of about 20 over 50s  all squeeling and arrrhhh ing  every time he walked on ... at one time we heard a ` awwwwww bless him he can still do it ` caused many titters in the audience

met the cast in the bar after and both Henry and Sam were charming really pleasent and lovely to chat too

I saw Wayne Sleep in it and thought he was dreadful. Cringingly bad, in fact I was watching through my fingers most of the time.
I say most of the time because I had to use the fingers to plug my ears in the bits when Sam Barks was singing :0)

I dont think I've ever seen a production of Cabaret I really enjoyed. I think I'm too emotionally connected to Liza :0)