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#300829 Sunset Boulevard Doc

Posted Anthony on Yesterday, 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”.

#298278 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Anthony on 27 March 2014 - 12:38 PM

I (finally) saw this last night with a friend and actually really enjoyed it. Not having heard any of the songs, I found my myself tapping my foot to one or two of the songs.

The whole 'look' of the show was also great. The choreography- especially the slow motion sequences, the hair (I'm referring to the females), costumes and lighting were also impressive.

I walked out saying to my friend that was one of the most realistic and graphic death scenes I have probably ever seen on stage.

Ah, this now another CD to add to my ever growing list of cast recordings to purchase.

#298018 Carousel

Posted Anthony on 25 March 2014 - 09:18 PM

I saw the production at The Barbican two years ago (I believe). Whilst very aware of the show, the story and music it was my first time seeing it professionally. There was lots to like abut that production.

I look forward to a new production.

#292147 Once London

Posted Anthony on 08 February 2014 - 10:38 PM

Thank you Steffi

#290986 Dating A Musical Theatre Lover...

Posted Anthony on 29 January 2014 - 01:04 PM

Maybe we should just do it.

Set a place and time and just all get together wearing a split name badge stating our Discussion Board name and our real name.

#290529 Disney's Hunchback Of Notre Dame To Have U.s. Premiere At La Jolla Playhouse

Posted Anthony on 25 January 2014 - 04:06 PM

Looks like it's finally happening


#290356 The Future West End - what would you like to see?

Posted Anthony on 23 January 2014 - 10:19 PM

View Postmrtheatre123, on 23 January 2014 - 08:58 PM, said:

Id love to see Thriller, Stomp, WWRY, Charlie and Mama Mia close.

Like to see Mousetrap move to a smaller theatre as already suggested.

Love to see Alladin, Kinky Boots, Newsies, Addams Family, Aida & Tarzan open!

Mamma Mia won't close. Regardless of what anyone thinks of it from an 'artistic' point of view ABBA's tunes are infectiously timeless and it's a guaranteed bums on seat money generator

After seeing it on Broadway I too would love to get the opportunity to see AIDA again

Would love to see Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, The Light in the Piazza, Kinky Boots (I've loved Cyndi Lauper ever since she wanted to have fun), Follies, Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish, a new staged version of Chess, King Kong…. I could go on

#290205 Once London

Posted Anthony on 22 January 2014 - 09:13 PM

View PostSteffi, on 22 January 2014 - 08:47 PM, said:

Zrinka is leaving. And she has no more holidays planned at this point so she should be there this weekend.

I am seeing this for the third time on Friday night. What a shame that Zrinka is leaving, however knowing this I'm pleased I'll get the chance to see her for the last time.

I first saw this as part of the WhatsonStage outing with the Q&A afterwards where it was explained that she won the Croatian version of Strictly Come Dancing. She's beautiful, she sings, she acts, dances and plays the piano; I hate her.

#289684 A Chorus Line

Posted Anthony on 16 January 2014 - 11:19 PM

For anyone interested - A Chorus Line: Final Stage Vintage Documentary now available


#286970 Disney's Frozen To Be Adapted For Stage?

Posted Anthony on 16 December 2013 - 12:53 PM

So I finally caught a screening of this yesterday afternoon and was blown away! I managed to dwon out the sounds of little kids in the cinema (who in all fairness relatively quiet throughout) and just focus in the film.

Personally, I think Disney have outdone themselves. The attention to detail in every aspect is second to none. In fact I'm still in awe of it. Whilst watching I still had my 'theatre hat' on and remain convinced this could be staged, not without it's complications but just like Beauty & the Beast all those years before, the songs are crying out to be performed.

The character of Olaf the snowman and the ice giant I admit may be challenging but not impossible. As for the horses and Sven the reindeer, if the can have an elephant, rhinocerous, zebra's and wilderbeast on stage, why not a reindeer?

Whilst I appreciate that you're looking at a CGI/cartoon figure on screen, the song from the film Let it Go is sung by one of the two female leads, quite a petite figure and Indina Menzel's voice just bursts through; so much so (at times) it seems overpowering.

In terms of staging and set/costome design, I would LOVE to see what Disney does to take this forward!

#285236 Once London

Posted Anthony on 29 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

Got to see this again last night.

I'm going out on a limb here (I do realise) but I reckon this is one of the best shows currently playing in the West End right now.So subtle, yet so powerful with every casr member working to bring this story to life.

If you haven't as yet, go and see Once

#284568 Film Versions Of Stage Musicals

Posted Anthony on 22 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

I found this recent article. Makes for some interesting reading- some of which we already know and other not.


#283925 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted Anthony on 15 November 2013 - 06:40 AM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 14 November 2013 - 11:38 PM, said:

The one on Channel 4, 'The Sound of Musicals', is the 4 part documentary every Tuesday at 9pm that started Tuesday just gone. It focuses on the different creative processes behind big musicals such as Charlie, Barnum, Top Hat, Mamma Mia and The Bodyguard.

The documentary that was on BBC1 (also on Tuesday) was a one-off by Michael Kantor (though presented on Alan Yentob's series called 'Imagine') called 'Broadway Musicals - A Jewish Legacy'. Just so happened they were both musical theatre documentaries on the same night!

Hope that clears it up a bit! :)

It does. Thank you. Very much appreciated!

#283326 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Anthony on 09 November 2013 - 12:35 AM

Yes, I must admit, I too am not comfortable with the tone and direction this particular topic is taking

#283231 Christmas Show Tunes - Help Needed

Posted Anthony on 07 November 2013 - 09:22 PM

I know it's bait of a stretch but there are references to Christmas (and indeed Christmas songs are sung in part) in Rent