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#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.


#292882 Once London

Posted Adrianics on 14 February 2014 - 09:12 AM

Just thought I'd report from last night: Absolutely terrific show full of intimacy, intensity and energy, the abilities and talents of the mutlitasking cast absolutely blew me away, highlights being the A Capella version of Gold and Zrinka Cvitešić's peformance as 'Girl' in particular. The reprise of Falling Slowly genuinely got to me, and I left feeling pretty emotional.

David Hunter (I believe, certainly one of the Guy understudies) was on, and I did enjoy his performance, quite nicely understated and a great voice for the material.

edit: I forgot to mention how much I enjoyed seeing Jez Unwin, his performance of Ball of Wax in Ghost was just about the only thing I enjoyed in that show.

#292843 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted BurlyBeaR on 13 February 2014 - 11:05 PM

Just back from the second night in Manchester. WHAT A FAB SHOW!

I had no preconceptions about it at all, never even saw the film but I sat there literally with a smile on my space the whole night. And guess who the stand out performance was.... Rufus Hound and that was the last thing I was expecting. He's so energetic, very cute, the acting is great and the singing great too. He certainly shows up Robert Lindsay in that department.

All the cast were excellent. No weak links, loved Samantha Bond and the guy who plays the French guy. The costumes and design were gorgeous, it looks very very classy.

Got invited to a focus group afterwards and the feedback was pretty much 100% positive. Some sound issues bring the only real complaint (orchestra too loud on some songs, drowning the vocal).

I really wasn't in the mood for going tonight but so glad I did. Loved it.

#292441 Avenue Q Returns To London!

Posted John_Rebus on 11 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

According to WOS, Avenue Q will be revived for a two week run in April/May in Greenwich before embarking to a UK tour: http://www.whatsonst...d=homepage_news

Fortunately, I happen to be in town in early May anyway, so I'll definitely be seeing it then.

#292195 Lost Boy

Posted mallardo on 09 February 2014 - 11:43 AM

Not you, Freckles.  Never you.

#292187 Lost Boy

Posted mallardo on 09 February 2014 - 10:54 AM

"What are you working on these days?"

You should have resisted that remark.  Doesn't help your cause one bit.

#292135 Lost Boy

Posted Phil Willmott on 08 February 2014 - 08:44 PM

Thank you so much to everyone (even the occasional haters) who've kept our box office really busy and social media buzzing about LOST BOY.

If fact tickets, both full price and discounted  - Audience Club etc - have been selling so well that I'm delighted to announce the producers have extended the run.

This is pretty amazing because beyond a few tube posters we've got virtually no advertising budget. So I hope I can attribute some of it's popularity to word of mouth.

Even more excitingly Jodie Jacobs joins the fantastic cast from March 3rd.

The really good news is that for the first time I'm going to now get a chance to take it back into rehearsal and address some of the criticisms (whilst preying I don't spoil what people love about it)

If you've enjoyed it or not I hope you'll come and give it a second look. if you haven't seen it yet I hope you'll give it a try.

We're at the Charing Cross Theatre, opposite Heaven Night Club, between Embankment and Charing Cross stations.

Click here for our video trailer
And here for lots more info

It'd be so exciting to have an original British musical (not based on a movie or with pop stars attached) make an impact. maybe this could be the one. So far so good.

A far more enjoyable new British musical than Stephen Ward, playing down the road

#291996 Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

Posted fringefan on 07 February 2014 - 02:42 PM

So glad you started this thread, paplazaroo, as I saw the show yesterday and wanted to post about it but had exactly the same concern about where to do so.  The show was sensational.  I have never seen anything like it (because of the mixture of song and dance) and sat there absolutely transfixed.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and expect it will soon sell out.

#291599 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted MrBarnaby on 03 February 2014 - 08:07 PM

I totally agree. I know it's a far from perfect show.. But it's bloody spectacular and no expense has been spared on it, which you can't say about many shows. I've taken many young family members and other relatives to see it since it opened , and all have genuinely loved it. If id have seen a show as lavish as this when I was a kid, I'd be hooked for life especially as it features young performers more than holding the stage.

#291596 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted danieldabell on 03 February 2014 - 07:59 PM

When people see a show like this & proclaim it was "rubbish", I have no idea what some people expect or want from a show?! How is it rubbish?! I can see arguments for the story structure not being great (though this is due to the book / story) and there not being huge great showstopping songs, but how is it then rubbish?!

#290038 Happy Days The Musical

Posted PaulR on 21 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

This thread just gets better and better.