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#301161 The Light Princess

Posted musicalmadness on Today, 12:59 PM

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!

#301064 Sunset Boulevard Doc

Posted Sjh13 on Yesterday, 07:37 PM

This thread made me revisit the album - had forgotten how good 'New Ways to Dream' by Max (with what sounds like an epicly difficult ending to sing) and The Lady's Paying are. And the great flourishes - Norma's operatic hissy fit just ahead of With One Look (I think only on B'way cast?) and Max's rebuke to the studio when they tell him it's the car they are after, among many. It is a classy score.

#300592 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Jon on 14 April 2014 - 02:51 AM

if I was in charge of revamping the Oliviers, I would only feature shows that have been nominated or have opened that year unless they've already closed. I wouldn't have long runners perform unless it's an anniversary of some sort. I agree with dropping the Audience award, it's pointless rewarding shows just for still running.

I think they need to revamp the catergories, it's ridiculous that they have Best Supporting Actor and Actress for plays but not for musicals.

Problem with adding play excerpts is that it doesn't always work in context and can fall a bit flat. Maybe a showreel of the year's best plays with work rather than performing it live.

The Tonys should be what the Oliviers should be trying to emulate, celebrating theatre but also showing why you should go, I think they need a host similar to Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman who can sing, dance and host with skits and a great opening and closing number.

I wonder if the Oliviers would benefit from maybe moving the deadline and the awards to a later date, I think they miss a lot of the Spring openers by having a February deadline

#300334 Sunset Boulevard Doc

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 12 April 2014 - 11:30 PM

Sorry if been posted before but too awesome not to share

I'd quite like to hear just the piano version!

#300306 Bedknobs And Broomsticks - Ideal For The Stage?

Posted D'James on 12 April 2014 - 09:33 PM

Yes I've wanted this to be a stage show since I first saw it.

My favourite song is A Step In The Right Direction which was deleted and the footage has never been found - although I still hold out hope!

#300166 The Bridges Of Madison County

Posted Viserys on 11 April 2014 - 07:32 PM

The full cast recording can now be heard via free streaming on the Entertainment Weekly Popwatch website.

#300026 Looking For Musical Fans

Posted Miranna on 10 April 2014 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Anthony!

#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

#299937 The Bridges Of Madison County

Posted MrBarnaby on 09 April 2014 - 08:41 PM

Mark I saw this recently In NY too and I totally agree. The best musical I've seen in years. Moving, beautiful, elegant and the two best performances I've seen in a long long time. I hope it sweeps the Tonys. It's way better than the other new shows.

I want it to come here... But with those leads and that beautiful production.

#299222 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted DrP on 03 April 2014 - 06:57 PM


#299210 Into The Woods

Posted SondheimLover on 03 April 2014 - 03:48 PM

Saw this on opening night yesterday and loved it. Have never seen the Bridewell Theatre looking better. Highly recommended.


#298905 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted JME52K on 31 March 2014 - 07:36 PM

View Postbillyboy, on 31 March 2014 - 12:24 PM, said:

Ok, we all get the picture by now. You don't like this show, but there's no need to make fun of it. There are people like myself who love this show. For me this is one of the best musicals in recent years. We all have different opinons about shows and we should all respect that others might think differently.

Well said. I come on these forums to listen to intelligent conversations about musicals and hate the sarcasm and 'we know better than you' attitude of a few posters.

#298873 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted billyboy on 31 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

Ok, we all get the picture by now. You don't like this show, but there's no need to make fun of it. There are people like myself who love this show. For me this is one of the best musicals in recent years. We all have different opinons about shows and we should all respect that others might think differently.

#298725 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Wallacio1987 on 30 March 2014 - 08:56 AM

I was there last night and it was sad to see what I think is actually a good show leave the West End. There was obviously a loud ovation at the end of each song. This was my second viewing of Eternity (having seen it on the opening week, not one of the preview performances), and there were some noticable changes for me between the two.

Firstly, the overture, when was that added? It worked well, I was just a bit surprised when it kicked in at the start. Was that added for the filming?
The Warden's song 'Sure' had disappeared (unless I zoned out at that point). Was that also done for the recording, or was it removed a while back?
The opening scene between Lorene and Karen omitted the line where Lorene told Karen her fiancee was dead.

There were probably other little changes that I missed.

At the stage door after the show Darius told people that Tim is trying to get the show on Broadway (where I think it would work better as it is an American themed show), and that he had been asked about going over with it if it gets there.

Robert Lonsdale also told us that the cast recording would be released in a couple of months along with the filmed performance they did last week, so they are obviously just ripping the tracks from that, which is fine for me as I feel live recordings give more emotion.

Another Robert note, look out for him in The Interceptor on BBC at some point soon. He said he has no plans at the moment to record an album or anything, but if he does it will be at least 12 months away while he focuses on his acting.

On a small note, Ryan Sampson is probably the nicest person I've ever met. I hope this is not the last we see of him on a West End stage, because his portrayal of Maggio was flawless both times I saw the show.

A Hui Hou Eternity

#298671 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Jim on 29 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

It's interesting that most people are defining ALW's failure on the lack of huge Box office success; yet when he had one blockbuster, collassal financial hit after another:  Evita, Cats, Starlight, Phantom  there were many theatre snobs who claimed that didn't define success.

All of those back and forths about a man's career - especially someone involved in the arts is BS to me.  Aspects of Love has always been and probably will always be one of my favorite scores ever.  Know the entire thing backwards and forwards- note the changes to the score's evolution from when it opened to when it played on Broadway to some of it's revivals...  That's because to me the score is amazing.  Not everone liked that, obviously.  It was nowhere near the moster hit Phantom was (since Phantom in its original productions are both playing in NY and London)  Does that make it a failure?  Sad if in your narrow financial perspective you say "yes"

Stephen Ward seemed to be a creative gamble.  And as I've said at least a few times in the discussion on this, it seems it was a passion for ALW to see a miscarriage of justice brought to light.  Perhaps creatively it didn't work out, but bravo for his motivations.  Considering the producers of some of the juke box musicals simply are looking for "entertainment" as their goal  -- which is fine, there's nothing wrong with just an entertaining night out -- I kind of like when someone who can write beautiful scores like ALW takes  a risk to do something a little bit out there.  And hope that he doesn't ever let that early amazing success limit his pursuits in the future