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In Topic: The Light Princess

Today, 01:22 PM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 18 April 2014 - 12:59 PM, said:

Cast recording will come out in 2015. Tweeted by Samuel Anderson (book & lyrics). The 'unofficial' Tori Amos/Light Princess twitter account posted that it will be 2015 before we see it/hear it!

Ah, such excellent news!

In Topic: Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Today, 05:05 AM

View PostTina, on 18 April 2014 - 12:33 AM, said:

Film trailer is finally out...... gotta say, am loving it, bring on June 20th https://t.co/WM8WpaqYcG

Yeah, just saw it. Looks great! So excited by this! Then Into the Woods

In Topic: Sunset Boulevard Doc

16 April 2014 - 05:58 AM

View PostSteve10086, on 16 April 2014 - 05:25 AM, said:

Sunset is still my favourite musical, and I've seen Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Petula Clark, Rita Moreno, Faith Brown and Kathryn Evans. But I still wish I'd seen Glenn Close.  I was at ALW's birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall and seeing Close perform just two songs was amazing.

I have the DVD of that concert!

In Topic: Sunset Boulevard Doc

15 April 2014 - 06:12 PM

I am from Sydney in Australia (I live here now) and first became aware of Sunset Boulevard- aware of the stage show and the movie- in 1993.  We were backpacking and in Australia were certainly aware of the musical and the grandness of that elaborate set. In fact of memory serves me correctly we saw it about a week after it had opened, so we saw Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson.  My best friend had seen the film but I was a complete novice and really knew nothing about it and was just completely blown away by this show- the costumes, the floating set, the story.  We actually discussed it throughout the rest of the trip and bought the cast recording from HMV on tape to listen to.  The terribly recoded gun shot, the reference to vicuna (and you know what you can do with that).

I then saw it the next year with Betty Buckley and John Barrowman and really wanted to see the dead Joe Gillis floating in the pool and despite leaving with time, was delayed on the tube being seated literally as the lights came down. So i got to see it (yes!) however was panting in such a manner that the lady next to me reassured me that I’m made it on time.

I then moved to London on a two year working visa in 1995 and it was still running and I saw Elaine Paige. I can’t remember who the male lead was. She was very good however I do also remember that at the end in Norma’s madness scene and she was coming down the grand staircase her accessories (a bangle, I think) somehow got stuck into her headpiece, limiting her arm movements.

I now have both cast recording on my i-Pod on random play so at one minute could be listening to pop, only to slip seamlessly into a show tune.  To me, comparing both recordings, Alan Campbell sounds much ‘’harder’ and harsher/cynical’ than Kevin Anderson. Also, on the UK cast recording, despite the rubbish gun shots, things like Norma’s comments “It’a return” are somewhat lost.  There’s also and extended Schwab’s drug store between Artie, Joe and Betty.

On the the US recording, there’s Norma’s sobbing over the death of the pet chimp, the introduction of “Every Movie’s a Circus”, a slight change to Sheldrake and “The Lady’s Paying” and Norma’s comments about being a platinum blonde bitch and the second verse of ‘Eternal Youth is worth a little suffering”.

In Topic: The Oliviers - The Results

14 April 2014 - 05:45 AM

Sorry, just found it!