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#298197 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 26 March 2014 - 11:46 PM


HOW drunk did they get the critics!?

#297908 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted theatremonkey.com on 25 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

Idiot at “Blithe Spirit” (loved it, Lansbury is ‘pure theatrical Sanatogen’) resting box of Maltesers on floor, bending down to pick one out every few minutes. Anyway:

Hello Dragons. I am seeking an investment in my new invention: “scratch and sniff” theatre programmes, impregnated with chloroform.

“Good evening, person sitting in front of me” (humming along, eating crisps, checking phone), “would you” (scratches programme) “like a free programme, as I have two?” (leans over and holds right in front of person’s nose)...

#297180 I Can't Sing - Changes (Spoilers)

Posted mallardo on 18 March 2014 - 05:04 PM

The alien reveal??  Just what kind of a show is this, Officer Lockstock?

#298035 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrBarnaby on 25 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

So I've slept on it... Not wanting to rush in and slate it, but my god, what a hot mess of a show.

This show actually had workshops? Someone read the script? Anyone laughed during rehearsals?

I love a silly show but this is witless , lowest common denominator theatre. The 'plot' is so paper thin it's an insult. Even daft shows can engage the brain, not this one.
Cynthia Erivo has star quality all over her but you can tell by the way she rushes all of her (appalling) dialogue that she's just embarrassed. The highlight of the show (not much competition) is her delivery of the title number, just sensational.

Nigel Harman bears no resemblance to Cowell at all and is a laughter free zone. The girl playing Jordy was good value (despite hideous costumes) but poor Simon Lipkin. I suggest he fires his agent asap.

Also there's the small fact that at no point does it ever even faintly resemble the X Factor ... Why not?

And why is everyone going on about how spectacular it is? Have I missed something? It looked fine, but nothing special and it hugely relied on projections. Yawn.

The alien ending perfectly wrapped up a horrible folly of a show that will soon be forgotten. You could tell the whole audience was bored as there was tumbleweed blowing across the stage where laughs should be. There's nothing like the sound of a half empty theatre not laughing.

I suspect the Palladium owners will be  looking for a replacement show pretty swiftly.

#297909 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 25 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

So, here is my £20 oppinion (without using the threads buzz words 'bonkers' or 'WTF').

I'm a big Xfactor fan and I kept thing throughout that this would have been brilliant.....had this been 2010.  A lot of the jokes had been heard before and they felt very tired.

Me and my buddy after commented about how very 'end of the pier' it felt. This is the kind of thing I'd have LOVED to have seen in the middle of a boozy week to Blackpool....in 2010.

I found the racial stereotypes at best lazy and at worst boring and offensive.  Black man - must have a Jamacian accent and sing songs in a reggae style. Irish man - must be a bit stupid and like Irish dancing. YAWN

didn't like the dog - being so overly SELF AWARE doesn't automatically make for funny or clever.

Dermot O Leary type bloke was good but all we were laughing at is his impression. After 2 hours I wanted more from the character. Having said that, his Hug Song was the most inspired and insightful moments of the show and I did a little cheer

I like Harry Hill (I was one of the only people to go see his film and LOVE it) but I don't think it's suited to cavernous spaces. A lot of what works with his stuff is the reaction shots to the absurdity and u just can't get it here. The fly/mouth bit would have worked on tv but just jarred here.

The choreography was TERRIBLE. At no point did I fell in anyway awed by it

The biggest shame was Fabulous - I think it's really the pinacle moment of the show and they should have thrown EVERYTHING at it to form a ridiculous OTT show stopper - confetti, dancing lambs, papier-mâché Subo heads, a cast of 10,000......

I thought the cast were great and the ending really worked for me - silly but fitting. I don't think, for £20 seats that u could come away mega disappointed, but wouldn't say its worth anymore

God only knows what the critics will think. Last night I thought it will be torn apart, this morning I'm not so sure.

What would I do to save the production I hear u cry? Close it a few weeks before the xfactor starts, fiddle with it, cut the budget (thou chuck £1,000,000 at FABULOUS) and then reopen at a 1,000 seater and very quickly set up a tour to take it in whilst they can

I can't see this running past the Summer, which mean I think I will owe someone on here a fiver. WTF!?

#297907 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 25 March 2014 - 09:04 AM

View Postfreckles, on 25 March 2014 - 09:01 AM, said:

Was there too last night. Or maybe I am Mr B & Mrs LMP's feminine side...?

Gathering my thoughts.

We await with anticipation - or are you simply lost for words after seeing this show!

#297432 Once London

Posted DrP on 20 March 2014 - 07:01 PM

View Postfreckles, on 20 March 2014 - 06:22 PM, said:

Oooh, wish I'd known. Is it London cast?

Yes, it's the 5 live recordings they released on Facebook a while ago. Already some on ebay!!

#297135 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 18 March 2014 - 12:43 PM

I'm seeing this on Monday with a promise from me
'Dont worry dear, 2 nights b4 it opens, it will be fine'!
AND it's my birthday! Better get a birthday snog from Nigel and/or Harry if they f**k my day up!

#297114 Once London

Posted Steffi on 18 March 2014 - 10:25 AM

View Postfreckles, on 18 March 2014 - 09:21 AM, said:

I thought Arthur Darvill's first show was last night?

He did the matinee on Saturday but they didn't announce it. I'm guessing he wanted a "quiet" first performance to settle in before the gala night yesterday.

#296505 Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim

Posted paplazaroo on 13 March 2014 - 08:11 AM

Adam Long plays Satan as a musical theatre lover who left hell in the 60's and took human form because he was so excited about what was happening in the world of musical theatre. He formed a friendship with his now manager, played by Mark Caven, and has been in musicals ever since. He is now wanting to perform a one off night singing Sondheim at the palladium called 'Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim' but Sondheim won't grant him the rights, because he doesn't want to be associated with Satan. So the play is part Satans life story in flashbacks but mostly Satan and his manager trying to convince Sondheim to give them them the rights to his music. The show uses pastiche of Sondheim by very cleverly flipping the songs and singing slightly different notes and very different but recognisably Sondheim-esque lyrics, 'security guard plunsky' instead of 'officer krupskee' for example. At times very funny in its pardody of Sondheim it never loses the earnest love of the composer and some of it's more serious moments about why Satan loves Sondheim quite so much will strike a chord with musical theatre lovers. If you want to overthink it Satan being discrimated against could be an allegory for being gay, as there is a touching moment where he recounts A Chorus Line and the gay character from that but overall it's a nicely clever bit of fun. Adam Long isn't the best singer but it doesn't matter all that much. Hope that helps Freckles :)

#296503 Scott Alan At The Hippodrome

Posted John_Rebus on 13 March 2014 - 05:46 AM

Found an email from Scott Alan in my inbox this morning announcing four concerts in London this May. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make any of the dates due to work commitments, but just in case some of you might be interested.


The Hippodrome Casino is proud to welcome back Scott Alan for four very intimate concerts on May 13th (11pm), 14th (11pm), 15th (8pm) & 16th (8pm - a special 'Birthday' concert to celebrate Scott Alan's 36th Birthday).
Each concert will featured some very special 'unannounced' guests and Scott Alan on piano, telling the stories behind some of his most beloved songs.
Don't miss out on booking your tickets now before they sell out !!!

#296375 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted canadian_turtle on 12 March 2014 - 10:15 AM

View PostTina, on 12 March 2014 - 08:07 AM, said:

Sitting at the back of the stalls, I couldnt see the other levels, but if I base it on how busy the auditorium was, then I would say it was relatively full.  There were lots and lots of free tickets given out last night though (mine included) so imho, not a fair judge of the popularity as yet

I was under the impression they were all free tickets yesterday, and people I know got upper level so I assume it was full but it's of course not an accurate indication of sales as it was a special night.

I'm seeing it tonight (for the first time) and second act is supposed to be reworked during the day today so am curious what shape it'll be in!

#296365 Urinetown

Posted Seriously on 12 March 2014 - 02:18 AM

The Guardian
The Telegraph

#296180 We Rocked You

Posted John_Rebus on 11 March 2014 - 09:46 AM

View Posttheatrepaul, on 11 March 2014 - 09:14 AM, said:

Well it's had a very good run. I wonder what'll replace it? The Dominion is big place to fill

Dear producers,

if you ever get to read this: Don't you dare to bring Spiderman over.

Thank you.

#296168 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 03:16 AM

Mr Barnaby I was the critic from WOS, I assure you I'm not 'village Hall' I am somebody who works in the industry as a director, writer and producer and have won awards and nominations for my work, and i also write for a few theatre sites.

I will ALWAYS give my 100 percent honest opinion on all aspects of a show and thought DRS was outstanding, I was lucky enough to see the Broadway Production as well and thought this matched it all the way (in fact I think set and costumes were far better).

I really hope this finds an audience in London as it really deserves it. I hope all of you that get to see the show have as much fun as I did.