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#294516 Fame Musical 2014 Uk Tour

Posted Steve on 27 February 2014 - 10:12 AM

Saw this last night in Wimbledon and thought it was a bit of a mixed bag. I only went because there was an offer for £13 tickets, so I thought I'd try. I saw the original London production and a few productions since, but never been a big fan of the show.

This "remixed" tour does sounds good. I like the way they've updated the score to make it sound more relevant. However, the set is SO cheap. A few boxes on wheels that are shifted around endlessly. Not even the yellow taxi to dance on at the end of the show. The choreography is fantastic, although some cast members were out of time and really distracting throughout every dance number! Once they get it together, the show is worth seeing for the choreography alone.

The cast is a bit of a mixed bag too. Landi Oshinowo, Jodie Steele, Molly Stewart and Joseph Giacone really stood out, but the rest of the cast weren't great. Overall it had the feel of a GSA end of year show I thought. Schlomo had a weird accent that went from American to Irish during the interval! Nick was far from the amazing actor he was supposed to be and both him and Serena had very weak voices.

It was worth £13, but I'm glad I didn't pay more.

#292600 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Steve on 12 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

Saw this last week and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. The cast are great and there's some good songs (glad it's getting recorded). Might try to catch it again before it closes.

#281627 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted Steve on 23 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

Saw this last night and have to agree. One of my favourite shows of 2013. The cast are all excellent, especially Mr Bones & Mr Tambo, such energy, characterisation and stage presence. Having some of the original Broadway cast has certainly brought a really high standard to the cast as a whole. t's another show, like Color Purple, that uses a few chairs as it's set in wonderful and imaginative ways. And the choreography is great too.

Seems that all the interesting shows this year have been South of the river (Chess, Titanic, The Color Purple and now Scottsboro Boys). Shame the West End can't find an audience that likes anything other than museum pieces and jukebox musicals. All these shows deserved a West End run, but in it's current state, there's no room for anything experimental or different in the West End anymore.

#274355 Maury Yeston Shows

Posted Steve on 05 August 2013 - 10:17 AM

I love the score for Titanic and Nine. I'm off to see Titanic next week and am really looking forward to it. Grand Hotel and Nine at the Donmar were both excellent I thought. I enjoyed Phantom at the Rose & Crown, but it's definitely not his best work. A couple of nice songs in there though.

Laura Osnes has a new cd of Maury Yeston songs out that's good as well (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BJ6E3NY)

There's also a song cycle cd that I've had for a while that's good (http://www.amazon.co...gs maury yeston)

#272472 Your First Time...do You Remember !

Posted Steve on 16 July 2013 - 08:51 AM

Mine was Miss Saigon in Sept 1991 as a well done present for getting good GCSE scores... I remember sitting in the theatre and wanting to shout out "Don't do it" when Kim had the gun at the end :-)

#267101 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted Steve on 31 May 2013 - 08:20 AM

I saw this last night and there's a lot to like about it. I thought the book was well written, and the casting and sets are great.The first half being mainly in black and white with only the tv segments as colour and then the second act being bright and colourful I really liked. And the Oompa Loompa's work really well. They really do steal the show. Douglas Hodge is great as Wonka and has created a character that's much more like Gene Wilder's than Johnny Depp's and that worked for me. His singing and dancing is great to boot. I saw Jack Costello last night and he really carried the show well. Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe does a good job, but I didn't believe for a minute he was 90+!

I was a bit disappointed by the music, I love Hairspray, Bombshell and Catch Me if You Can, but nothing in this score comes close to any of those. It seems a real mish-mash of styles with nothing really connecting them at all. The songs to introduce the child ticket winners are pretty terrible, the one for Augustus is the only one I felt worked. The awful rap and whatever that was for Mike were terrible. And where was the song when Charlie found the ticket? I was expecting a huge celebration with lots of dancing, like in the movie, but it never really happened. If Your Mother Were Here and It Must Be Believed To Be Seen were the only songs that really stood out, but I couldn't hum either to you. I came out of the theatre with Pure Imagination in my head wishing they'd incorporated more of the movie songs.

I think the first act needs some extra work and something needs to be done with the ending. Having Wonka come back on as some kind of Fagin for a few seconds doesn't work at all. It needs a big production number filled with colour and Oompa Loompa's for the feel good factor. Charlie's first day in charge or something :-) I am looking forward to going to see it again in a few months and see what changes they made. The show is in pretty good shape, but could be made really wonderful with a few tweaks here and there.

#255464 Whats Happened To Wos?

Posted Steve on 20 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

I can't read any text at all on the whatsonstage website. What have they done to screw it all up!