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#301185 What Shows Are You Missing Right Now?

Posted Reich on Yesterday, 05:29 PM

Ohh so many to choose from ...

Sunday & Candide - Menier
Love Story - West End
Dolly - Open Air
On the Town - ENO
Sweeney - Opera North & John Doyle version
Merrily - Donmar
Night music - NT
Kiss of the Spiderwoman - Shaftsbury

Must stop now as I'm starting to get emotional!

#300616 Andrew Lippa

Posted Reich on 14 April 2014 - 09:53 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve listened to some bits and thought it was ok. Thought it was ok enough to take a chance on the concerts at the Menier but not at £25. This venue get more expensive with each new production … I’ll wait for the offers which I’ve noticed is happening more and more at the Menier …

#299981 Chocolate Factory Musical

Posted Reich on 10 April 2014 - 08:49 AM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 09 April 2014 - 01:30 PM, said:

Could it be next to normal?
it would be interesting as normally MCF musicals are quite old school

I'm fiddling with my rosary in the hope of Light in the Piazza

#299872 Chocolate Factory Musical

Posted Reich on 09 April 2014 - 12:47 PM

I feel it’s time for the speculation to begin! Anyone know what their next musical is?

#299153 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Reich on 03 April 2014 - 06:33 AM

View Postsam22, on 02 April 2014 - 07:26 PM, said:

Sounds like you were unlucky, how an earth did they find out?
On my WoS forum profile I had a link to my hotmail - silly me

#298412 Carousel

Posted Reich on 28 March 2014 - 11:00 AM

Centre of the stalls is your best bet
The layout is slightly odd as only a few seats in the centre and much more at the sides. But still, the layout works

#298266 Carousel

Posted Reich on 27 March 2014 - 10:23 AM

Carousel is such a great show (and so are the NT & Lincoln Centre recordings). I will no doubt miss a large orchestra and lush choral sound but the dramatic intensity of seeing it in such small space could be a great trade off

#296001 Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Oct - 8 Nov 2014

Posted Reich on 10 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

I can cope with Kent loathing me!

#295179 Changes To Musicals

Posted Reich on 05 March 2014 - 12:28 PM

I'm all for as it keeps theatre alive which is what it should be ... I think this is part of the reason why Shakespeare is still around today and partly why opera isn't as much so; die hard purests who insist on an auto-da-fe if anyone swaps one bar of Mozart's music around or even worse chops it out. Art needs to keep changing and reinventing itself

#292638 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Reich on 12 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

At those prices I'm not suprised ... To the cast and crew, Break a leg :-)

#292447 2014 Who Will Not Make It Through The Year

Posted Reich on 11 February 2014 - 02:46 PM

You are right about it’s decline on TV but still millions watch it and buy the music. A theatre production doesn’t need that many people to make it a success compared to a telly ratings war. Plus as viewers are turning away from the concept maybe the time is right to lampoon it?

#292442 Candide At The Menier Chocolate Factory - Christmas 2013

Posted Reich on 11 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

I got to see this again at the weekend, I was sat next to a lovely lady who had travelled from the Isle of Man to see it for a second time. This really is the best production and version of Candide I’ve seen so far. I haven’t listened to any other music since seeing it initially at the end of Jan

I miss Quiet and We are Woman. Plus I like My Love to feature Maximilian in drag! Scenes could be cut to make it clearer such as the Anabaptist, Candide as an actor etc … But I really like the rejigging of the songs for Venice as it has a much greater and dramatic impact … Candide as a stage production is such a puzzle so I’ll always have a little moan about what to include plus I’ll moan more if everything is included!

James Dreyfus, is the weak link in the production. He is the only person who has made the main part appear superfluous! … Interesting how the chorus take a lot of his lines. Also he is not in the show for the final week. I wonder why?...

But putting Martin’s professional pessimism aside, this is one of my favourite Chocolate Factory productions. I wish it was getting recorded.

#291886 Cats 2013 Uk Tour

Posted Reich on 06 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

It's use of legwarmers and unitards, to me make it look dated

#291645 Aspects Of Love (25Th Anniversary?)

Posted Reich on 04 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

But shows like Chess and Candide keep getting produced not only because it’s popularity but also because each director wants to try and fix it and make their mark in the world. which in turn gives the show more performances. As ASW is excellent at marketing I’m not sure why he hasn’t thought of this before!

#290865 'Lion King' Madness!!!

Posted Reich on 28 January 2014 - 04:50 PM

I was bored wit the original London cast ... The show has many different styles of theatre and music and none of it gelled together