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#300777 The Pajama Game

Posted wickedgrin on Yesterday, 01:11 PM

Just in Pajama bottoms too!

#300236 Carrie Underwood Sound Of Music, C5 Easter Sunday

Posted Titan on 12 April 2014 - 12:12 PM

Thats it really!

#300128 Andrew Lippa

Posted popcultureboy on 11 April 2014 - 02:23 PM

Start with "Maybe I Like It This Way" from The Wild Party. I absolutely love that song. Then try his Charlie Brown songs. I confess to finding Addams Family an absolute bore and haven't heard any of Big Fish.

#299797 Looking For Musical Fans

Posted Miranna on 08 April 2014 - 09:19 PM

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum, nice to meet you

I'm a 25 french girl who just arrived in London and I would love to see a musical, however so far I don't know many people in London and I don't want to go to alone.

So if people are interested in going with me in the near future I would be delighted to meet musical fans and to discover good musicals and new people!

I apologize if this is off topic or if it's in the wrong board

Have a nice day

#298580 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted steveatplays on 29 March 2014 - 10:39 AM

The title was a disaster. It sounded so boring, like a newsnight documentary giving a balanced and dispassionate view of a historical figure. It doesn't help that "ward" rhymes with "bored."

And this title triggered the worst sort of coverage in the papers, namely serious news coverage about clearing the name of somebody nobody cares about.

For example, if this musical were called "Orgy," and the makers said they were referring to "a political orgy of corruption," as well as the literal orgy you see in the musical, coverage would have been more salacious and critical, and might have generated "outrage" and interest, with the consequence audiences might have felt they were seeing something naughty and exciting.

But that would have been a lie, because the main problem of the production is that it comes from a newsnight mind, the mind of someone making a defensive argument about political history in a biased but reasonable manner.

This musical presented a man, who recruited teenage girls from their mums and moved them into his flat in that London with the purpose of presenting them to rich and powerful men, as an awfully nice fellow. It tries to paper over the obvious fact that Ward was a seedy creep.

Imagine if Sondheim hadn't made Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett quite so wicked, if he had omitted the word "demon" from the title, if he had tried to suggest that Sweeney and Lovett were merely the victims of society rather than their own vicious inner demons, how boring would that take have been? And isn't Ward a chamber of horrors character like Sweeney Todd after all, albeit relegated to Blackpool?

Where Lloyd Webber was completely right is that this seedy creep was no worse, and probably more intrinsically likeable and decent, than many of the society figures who welcomed him into their sphere to get at his sexy young offerings. And this is another problem: society is not demonised enough in this musical. Valjean needs his Javert, but we just don't get one in Stephen Ward: we don't get an embodiment of societal evil who we can hate and fear, who would drive the story and make us root for Ward. All we get is two silly policemen tacked on in an almost spurious scene in the second half. How uninvolving!

If only this musical had not had it's po-faced crusading agenda and it's dull title, I believe this could have been a hit. I recall with fondness the passion that Lloyd Webber brought to powerful numbers like "Human Sacrifice" and "Manipulation," the touching emptiness and neediness of Charlottle Spencer singing "He sees something in me," the lonely romantic delivery of Alexander Hanson singing "Too close to the Flame," and the number the wickedness of which I wish had more embodied the whole musical, "You've Never Had It So Good."

Stephen Ward, I mourn what you could have been. :(

#299315 Dream Casts

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 04 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

Julia McKenzie - Kim - Miss Saigon

#298972 #wos100 What Is Your Favourite Show Of All Time?

Posted theatreliker on 01 April 2014 - 04:33 PM

It would be better if you could list your favourite productions. The poll doesn't allow you to be very specific.

#298550 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted mallardo on 29 March 2014 - 07:54 AM

I don't believe it was a bad title or the story's relative obscurity that mattered.  It was the fact that the story was so structurally flawed - Act One and Act Two were two different shows - and that the leading characters were so completely uncompelling - despite fine performances from the actors.  There was no "there" there.  It was one of the most unsatisfying musicals I have ever seen.

#298724 London Live To Screen Plays

Posted steveatplays on 30 March 2014 - 08:48 AM

Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the new London TV Channel, London Live, just said to the BBC that the Channel will be broadcasting archived plays.

He said they will start by broadcasting Lyric Hammersmith's 2012 production of "Lovesong" some time next week.

#298560 City Of Angels Revival On The Way..

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 29 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

I heard Michael Ball may be doing the Scotchegg Boys.......

#297961 Blockbuster The Musical

Posted Ryan on 25 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 25 March 2014 - 01:56 PM, said:

Equally I'm saddened it's not about the game show, with the 11 o'clock number, "I'll Have a P Please, Bob".
Isn't that one of the 'Urinetown' numbers?

#297960 Blockbuster The Musical

Posted popcultureboy on 25 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

Equally I'm saddened it's not about the game show, with the 11 o'clock number, "I'll Have a P Please, Bob".

#297302 Nt 2014/15 - The Final Year

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 19 March 2014 - 07:43 PM

Is it closing?

SRB in a modern dress Shakespere
A white dude in a a revival of a play about a Victorian white dude suppressing stuff
The Wiz with an all white cast
The bird who plays deirdre in Corrie in Electra/Medea/Cherry Orchard
Some play about black London gang culture

#297216 Betty Blue Eyes 2014

Posted Polly1 on 18 March 2014 - 11:00 PM

Saw this tonight, final preview and it's in excellent shape. Betty is wonderful :) Clever set, excellent use of lighting, great choreography, cast work very hard. There is a 4-piece off stage band although a few of the cast play in the Primrose ballroom section.

Painting by Heart has been cut, or rather replaced with a shorter song  for Wormold, Upholding the Law.

There are some great songs in this show and it has such humour and heart, I really hope it's a success this time round.

#219247 Big Celebrities

Posted peggy sue on 29 April 2012 - 07:12 PM

A couple of years ago I was in London to see another show and went to collect my tickets to see Three Days of Rain starring James McAvoy.  As I was walking away from the theatre James was coming towards me, I was so surprised and now wish I had stopped to say hello! On the night we went to the show it was Comic Relief and after the bows the cast made an announcement for their collections and Nigel Harmen dared James to do a handstand on stage, which he counted to see how long he could stay up. A great experience all round :-)