Jump to content


mjr

Member Since 13 Jul 2007
Offline Last Active Today, 01:40 AM
-----

#301488 The Commitments Cast Change 2014

Posted MrBarnaby on Yesterday, 09:15 PM

And Radio, it shows how uninformed you are by saying it wasn't intended to be a long runner. No big budget west end musical opens with the aim to close after a year.


#301473 The Commitments Cast Change 2014

Posted SSB on Yesterday, 08:54 PM

It seems you like to make lots of assumptions craftymiss. You do however make the correct assumption that I do work on the show and unless I need to make a visit to spec savers then my eyes quite clearly can see from the stage that much to our delight the houses have been virtually full if not sold out most nights which we are all proud and delighted by.

Long may it continue too and Im sure our new cast will be just as charismatic. It's not just about leads, and to be fair, only small circles of theatre goers have heard of Killian. The shows draw is in it's reputation and the desire the audience has for a dammed good night out.


#301032 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Seriously on 17 April 2014 - 03:46 PM

Has anyone asked Robert Lindsay how his hangover was after the Oliviers?


#298196 We Rocked You

Posted poster J on 26 March 2014 - 11:38 PM

Two wrongs don't make a right, but I'm not about to go preaching morality.  Certainly your level of rudeness was uncalled for in my opinion, when the poster who replied to you simply stated the fact that you're not entitled to anything.  You're not the only one who's a fan of the show, you're not the only one who can't afford final week tickets.  You've got every right to feel annoyed, but not to feel that you're entitled to a ticket just because you're a fan, which is what your post basically stated, or at least strongly implied.


#298085 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 26 March 2014 - 08:15 AM

I completely agree with Mr Barnaby's review above.

I just do not understand how some of this show got past the "workshop" stage, let alone the rehearsal room and onto the stage. Unless the critics are plied with copious amounts of alcohol at the press night tonight they will crucify this show. No-one will pay full price for this.

I did feel sorry for the cast trying to make this work. Nigel Harmon with only two very brief appearances in Act One and then never off in Act Two makes for an unbalanced show plus having to deal with a dreadful unfunny script. Simon Lipkin lumbered with the puppet act again after Avenue Q seems to be totally typecast - but then I suppose it's work - of sorts. The guy playing the hunchback (with the "back story" - get it?) lumbered with an appalling rap number and a role which cannot be cut as it is part of the ending of the show!

This show has to be in deep trouble!


#296831 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Avfan on 16 March 2014 - 05:01 AM

I was really looking forward to this. I desperately wanted it to be good. I love Harry Hill and really liked the two songs I had seen on TV. Dear god what an absolute mess. The cast are doing everything they can with what they have been given, but the creative team need a big slap of reality if they are going to turn this around but being honest I'm not sure if they can?

The set in Act 1 is atrocious, Iv'e seen better panto sets. Act 2 is much much better set wise. The first fifteen minutes gave me hope for the show, as I was enjoying it, then it started to go down hill rapidly. The book is all over the place. Again another extraordinarily talented TV writer with no Idea what works on stage. This resulted in not just the set but the show itself veering into panto. Another poster put it very well when they described it as a series of sketches trying to work a story in. Simon Lipkin is a fantastic actor and he works his butt off on stage, but as soon as his character appeared that was it, it became sketch territory and surprisingly for Harry Hill a lot of it fell flat. The show could loose 3 plus characters easily as they actually cheapen it. Again not the actors but the poorly written characters.

It's fine to parody something, but that parody needs to be matched with substance. So even though you're laughing at the knowing winks and blatant self mockery it needs to be balanced out with some character development which this show is sorely lacking. It's essentially a five minute you tube video or Harry Hill sketch stretched out over nearly three hours. I was happy to leave half way through act 2 but my friend wanted to stay and boy am I glad we did, I will never forget the final two - three minutes of the show where we both sat there open mouthed at what was happening. I cannot believe that around 5 - 7 creatives signed off on that. Yep that sounds like a good idea and not at all a waste of money. Those who have seen it will know what I'm referring too but I literally sat there open mouth.

Again the cast worked so hard but when the core material is so weak then what can they truly do?

Where the hell was the creative team? Mainly the producers? Was there any voice of reason in the room? I don't understand how glaringly obvious problems were not flagged by the team. Cameron Macintosh may have a rep for being an interfering force in the rehearsal room but Dear God this show was crying out for a producer to step in as far back as week two of rehearsals, or even the workshop and squash numbers and story arks that should never have made it out of the room. Look who knows how much the show will change before press, but the only hope they have of salvaging the thing is by being ruthless, maybe even getting in a fresh pair of eyes for the script.

A large number of the audience seemed to enjoy it, but even the guffaws at the obvious jokes in act 1 had severely depleted by act 2. Now as tonight's house was heavily comped to industry people, maybe the reaction would have been different with a more general audience?

I think it can hope for one or two four star reviews at best but that will be if serious changes happen. However, overall I see the critics having a field day with this. If it see's Christmas it will be lucky, but it could also turn into a big seller if the target audience like it. Alas I think if it does hit the six month mark it will be heavily financed by a certain producer, as on a Saturday night, to be heavily papering the house is not a good sign,


#296618 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted theatrefan777 on 14 March 2014 - 08:28 AM

Finally saw it last night.  I was mildly entertain in some parts but overall this is a complete and utter mess.  I must congratulate the excellent cast.  They all give 100% and do everything they can to make it work but IMHO it's a really badly written show. I don't understand how someone would invest money to produce this nonsense.  Some isolated bits were fun to watch but they are just like short sketches, the overall result is really terrible.  And don't get me started on the Hunchback part...

Upper Circle was shut last night, therefore there were lots of upgrades.  Stalls was about 70% full and Dress Circle about the same.  Draw your own conclusions


#284449 Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

Posted MrBarnaby on 21 November 2013 - 01:12 AM

Why doesn't everyone calm down a bit and wait for an announcement!