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#295161 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted wickedgrin on 05 March 2014 - 09:16 AM

Hysterical overheard conversations between two elderly women at yesterdays Tuesday matinee.

Woman 1 "do you think the ceiling is going to fall in"
Women 2 " it would be more exciting than the show wouldn't it"

Woman 1 "I'm glad Gladys didn't come she would not have liked the swearing"

Woman 1 "There's nothing scandalous about it now is there...."
Woman 2 "Ooooh no, I bet it's all going on today, it's just that we don't know about it, and wont do for another 30 years or whatever, the establishment - they're all still at it"!
Woman 1 "Yes look at that Patrick Rock"
Woman 2 "Who dear?"

Woman 1" Do you think that they (the cast) give their all when they know it's closing in a few weeks?
Woman 2 "Well that Christine Keeler gave it her all (cackles) but I suppose they hope to be picked up for something else - they never know who's watching"

Woman 1 "There are some nice songs aren't there... it's a pity he did not write them for a different show"
Woman 2 " But then it would have been a different show wouldn't it"

#295087 Is There Room For New Work In The West End?

Posted Titan on 04 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

Its a bit hard to take Tim Rice seriously when his 'original' idea is a book and movie adaptation with a fairly standard type of score.  There really wasnt much originality on show.

There is room for original new work, but when the work is good enough and 'work' as a piece. Its also about producers carefully handling their show and not rushing it through (e.g. Spring Awakening transfer)

FHTE and Stephen Ward both needed more work and the general public opinion was neither were good enough.

#294794 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted canadian_turtle on 01 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

Same on their Facebook page.

#294611 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Ryan on 28 February 2014 - 08:41 AM

View PostSeriously, on 28 February 2014 - 01:01 AM, said:

Well, the interval alone was running at 1 hour 40 minutes the other day, they've now got it down to 1 hour 10, and hoping to make it  40 minutes by opening night.  Frankly Act 1 better be damn good if they want their audience to stick around that long whilst they set up Act 2!
A 40 minute interval?  Blimey!  Marti Webb has pretty much zipped through 'Tell Me On A Sunday' by then!!

#294517 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted wickedgrin on 27 February 2014 - 10:16 AM

To be fair ALW has never shied away from odd or difficult subjects. Cats at the time of announcing was completely derided as a subject (people saying they preferred dogs!) and based on some old forgotten poems! There were pickets outside the theatre for JCS as it was considered blasphemous (SP?) Evita too (as a previous poster remarked) was not a well known subject either.

#294281 The A-Z Of Mrs P

Posted theatreian on 25 February 2014 - 03:24 PM

I saw this on its opening night, the secons show of 3 on a theatre trip to London, the others being Stephen Ward and Urinetown.
A very different trio of shows , but I have to say I really enjoyed A to Z and some of the negative reviews do not really give it a chance.
The cast gave great performances and the way in which the show was put together was really original.
To read some reviews you would think the world werew about to end. This is entertainment , not a world war .

#294162 Dreamgirls - West End?

Posted MrBarnaby on 24 February 2014 - 11:01 PM

Will any show that calls for a black lead actress just be cast with either Beverly knight of Cynthia E now?!

#294149 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted harveyjnr on 24 February 2014 - 09:55 PM

thanks althea, i shall book tickets on your recomendation tomorrow, its always best to forge your own opinion on something rather than just listen to the reviews of others
thank you

#294005 Wos Awards 2014

Posted paplazaroo on 24 February 2014 - 07:39 AM

Maybe it was from shock when Scarlett Strallen beat Rosalie Craig or outrage when Daniel Radcliffe beat ben whishaw. Good to see he's alright and Rosalie Craig + Hadley Fraser accompanied him to A and E, hope they had a sing a long while they waited! The results overall were predictable, they should rename it the 'Who's better known awards'

#293728 Musicals You Would Love To See Come To The West End?

Posted musicalmadness on 21 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

View Postfreckles, on 21 February 2014 - 02:59 PM, said:

Apologies for quoting myself & dredging up a really old thread, but it seems I'm going to get my wish!

Guildford School of Acting are putting on Little Women in March, both in Guildford and at the Union, in rep with Chess.
Union Tickets here
GSA Info here

So, not quite West End, but I'll be going nonetheless.
I saw the GSA production of RENT last year and it was pretty impressive.

It's worth mentioning in full, in case people weren't aware of the concert you talked about, that the production of Little Women is not the already known musical, but a new version by Steven Luke Walker (the concert production of his version was at the Playhouse Theatre a couple of years ago). It's beautiful & both shows are set to be quite fantastic if the previous and current graduates are anything to go by!

#293733 Once London

Posted Kathryn2 on 21 February 2014 - 04:43 PM

View Postfreckles, on 21 February 2014 - 02:15 PM, said:

Quite predictable, really. Anyone seen him on Broadway?

I did. He was very good, I thought - but the show didn't do a whole lot for me.

If I'd known back then he'd be doing it in London I would probably have seen something else!

#293633 In The Heights

Posted mallardo on 21 February 2014 - 08:15 AM

I saw it twice - which I rarely do - because I loved it so much.  Second time was with Lin Manuel Miranda back in the lead and his presence made a difference.  I think it's one of the great musicals of the last decade and in the small confines of the Southwark it will be AMAZING!!

I foresee no problem with its somewhat parochial subject matter.  It's about the Dominican Republic ghetto in Manhattan but the issues there are the issues everywhere.  I predict a Huge Hit and a transfer.

#293200 Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

Posted Althea on 17 February 2014 - 11:28 AM

Saw this again on Friday - only half full - I don't get it.  It's SOOOOOOO GOOD!  

They just released a trailer for it and it's made me want to go another time!  


#293089 Once London

Posted steveatplays on 15 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

Was seduced into going to this tonight by the smattering of front stalls seats available for advance booking at 19.50. Very glad I went, mostly because Zrinka Cvitesic gives the most charming musical performance I've seen in a long while. She is funnier, more in the moment than the other actors in this. She radiates so much warmth, she glows. She is like the real life embodiment of a Disney princess, so feisty, so heartfelt, so lovely yet you can't hate her for it. I was in tears for much of her performance. David Hunter is not her match in the acting stakes, more whiny teenager than man. He is like Pinocchio, a little bit wooden, but god, when he sings, he becomes a real boy, as heartbreaking as Zrinka.

And when the ensemble sing together, that is something almost spiritual in it's beauty, and that's a rarely used word for this agnostic.

I had avoided this show as I had attended a couple of concerts in 2008 by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, performing this music, basked in Oscar glory. And then they broke up, and I felt that the music was a historical monument, past it's sell by date, that it's most glorious incarnation was in the past.

Now I am struck by a similar worry regarding Zrinka Cvitesic. Namely that everything she did tonight was so perfect that when she moves on to new roles, she may never hit such heights again. My fears about the music have been proved wrong, I hope and trust my fears about Zrinka will be proved wrong as well. 4 stars overall, 5 stars for Zrinka Cvitesic. :)

#292957 West End Recast

Posted dallardice on 14 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

Here's the story - already booked for this, sounds like it could be a lot of fun....


Musical theatre stars including Frances Ruffelle, Daniel Boys, Cynthia Erivo and Jenna Russell will be able to sing songs from roles they'll never be cast in at West End Recast, a one-off concert at the Duke of York's Theatre on 16 March.
The show, which has "no boundaries", will let the stars sing whatever they like, regardless of age, sex or even singing voice. It will feature songs from shows including Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Rent, Dreamgirlsand La Cage Aux Folles.
Also joining the cast will be Simon Bailey, Rebecca Brewer, Martin Callaghan, Nick Holder, Leon Lopez,Laura Pitt-Pulford, Jon Robyns and Emma Williams, with more to be announced.
Billed as a "rare opportunity to witness the musical theatre impossible", West End Recast is directed byAdam Lensen, whose directed credits include Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough).
Tickets for the concert can be booked at 0844 871 7627 or online.