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#288590 Aspects Of Love (25Th Anniversary?)

Posted Titan on 06 January 2014 - 03:45 PM

I saw the UK touring version a few years ago and enjoyed it, but I did find it one of those shows with too much singing.  Some of it sounded silly and too melodramatic sung and would have been better with just normal dialogue

#287398 Has There Been An Accident Tonight In A West End Theatre?

Posted Titan on 20 December 2013 - 03:31 PM

I do wonder what affect the increase in sound volume for modern shows has on old theatres. Not saying thats the cause here but they are old buildings and some shows (musicals) ive been in the sounds been so loud you can feel vibrations at times

#287056 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted mallardo on 17 December 2013 - 12:08 PM

I just don't buy the argument that Broadway is hostile to musicals from across the Atlantic.  Show me where a critic or anyone around the business has indicated such an attitude.  

Criticism of individual shows or productions does not make for a rejection of the whole idea of non-American musicals.

The most recent example, Matilda, got great reviews across the board and is doing super business - rightfully so.  Not winning a Tony is not an example of a let's-keep-it-American mentality.

#286245 Tim Rice Vs Andrew Lloyd Webber

Posted Southern Man on 08 December 2013 - 09:23 PM

Haven't any of you lot noticed that Tim Rice has introduced a superb new composer the the West End in Stuart Brayson, and for that matter a great new young director? Really, wake up at the back there.

#286046 Tim Rice Vs Andrew Lloyd Webber

Posted Steve10086 on 06 December 2013 - 06:28 PM

Is there some kind of quota or limit on the number of people who can write musicals?  Can I not write one until ALW retires?

Didn't realise it worked that way!

#282184 Closer 2014 Revival?

Posted Jon on 28 October 2013 - 05:09 PM

View Poststefy69, on 28 October 2013 - 05:07 PM, said:

Would be a shoe-in for the Harold Pinter Theatre I would think.

I think all the productions that has been in the Harold Pinter Theatre this year has been produced by Sonia Friedman, it must be her favourite theatre.

#282183 Closer 2014 Revival?

Posted stefy69 on 28 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

Would be a shoe-in for the Harold Pinter Theatre I would think.

#276617 The Commitments (West End)

Posted musicalmadness on 30 August 2013 - 11:37 PM

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#274406 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted mrtheatre123 on 05 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

Any idea when the cast recording will be released ?

#272755 Mishaps You've Seen

Posted Epicoene on 19 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

This old guy saw one of the most famous theatrical mishaps of all time:     

#261943 Ghost On Tour 2013 Thread

Posted danieldabell on 13 April 2013 - 07:29 PM

The weaker songs were BALL OF WAX and LIFE TURNS ON A DIME. Both new songs have similar lyrics, indeed keeping the old titles as lyrics within them. They're now called YOU GOTTA LET GO and (still) LIFE TURNS ON A DIME, but is a different song. There are lyric changes around different songs, particularly in SUSPEND MY DISBELIEF/I HAD A LIFE, and I CAN'T BREATHE is not in it. The music to that song is present with an alternate version of UNCHAINED MELODY over the top if it. There is a different Overture too.

#261937 Ghost On Tour 2013 Thread

Posted danieldabell on 13 April 2013 - 06:39 PM

Incredible transfer onto tour!
For all of the references to changes for the tour; these are largely because it's a transfer of the Broadway version in terms of music & lyrics, with the song changes and additions.
The show is remarkably epic for a tour & has amazing staging, cast & effects. The video projection screens aren't automated moving blocks across the stage, but are on all side and move up/down along with other scenes that come down or from the side of the stage. Some of the effects remain & are still incredible. The staging in some ways feels more epic because of so much moving on & off the stage. The lighting is incredible too, as is the sound.
My only disappointment (which is hard to say as it's one of my top shows!) is the lack of the best illusion, which was the appearing/disappearing of Sam in the original. This isn't present & I expect would be too complicated to tour (and control the lighting of each venue!). If anyone hasn't seen that illusion, just watch the Blue Room illusion on YouTube as it is immense.
The good thing about it being a Broadway transfer is that the two weaker songs from the West End version are replaced with the superior songs from Broadway.
I will definitely be seeing this tour several more times and really is the most complex & epic touring show I've seen. It's spectacular, gorgeous, stunning & moving.

#261826 Ghost On Tour 2013 Thread

Posted dannyboyjohnson on 12 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

Thoughts On Last Night!!