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#268299 West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre)

Posted freckles on 10 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

Totally agree with the last two posts, this show does what it says on the tin & is actually a lot less cheesy that I anticipated. Yes, I admit I had a pre-conceived idea of what to expect, as obviously do most of the critics & a lot of the audience (especially those who haven't seen it!)

But I was impressed & had a great evening. It is difficult to market a show like this & expectations seem low, but I do think it deserves credit & had it been a one-off charity 'gala' performance, it would have received a lot of praise. The West End is full of that type of one off show which are far more justifiably seen as profile raising affairs for the individuals involved!

The criticisms have been disproportionately disingenuous, IMHO. And it hasn't sold well which is a great shame, but at least means I can pick up a bargain seat.

There will be a new man tonight too; Glenn Carter will be replaced by Stephen Rahman-Hughes so expecting some variation.

#267588 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted freckles on 04 June 2013 - 06:36 AM

View Postdannyboyjohnson, on 02 June 2013 - 07:39 PM, said:

The strictest theatre ive seen for taking photographs is the Piccadilly, they are like hawks attaking prey if they see a flash!! Apollo Victoria has completly given up, you can take pictures of the Wicked stage before and after as much as you want, they wont say anything. I think thats because it has such a mass fanbase that people gave up telling off.

As I have mentioned before in this thread, I find that the staff at the Apollo Victoria allow pretty much anything. I love Wicked, but the audiences are dreadful, and allowed to be.

#267232 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted freckles on 01 June 2013 - 02:16 PM

View PostMusicalTalk, on 01 June 2013 - 12:32 PM, said:

Whilst we didn't get the Drury Lane to be a factory, I must say - the the new foyer and lobby etc do look absolutely beautiful!

View PostTitan, on 01 June 2013 - 12:39 PM, said:

This is a rare time when the show is an event, and is more than just another musical and expectations are high. There is a world people want to be taken into.  It would be a smart move to have the world begin the moment you walk through the doors. It creates buzz and atmosphere.

They'd have their work cut out to make the stairs up to the balcony in any way appealing though!

#267130 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted freckles on 31 May 2013 - 03:24 PM

As we don't have a "good behaviour at a show" thread, I just wanted to say that I saw Charlie & the Chocolate factory this week at a matinee performance, packed out with children of course, several coach parties of brownies etc & they were all beautifully behaved. They were really engrossed throughout, it was lovely.
And the FOH staff at the Theatre Royal were brilliant too, obviously lots of booster seats needed & parties to sort out. They were really pleasant & enthusiastic & you got that feeling of going to the theatre being a very special treat, which jaded old me doesn't often get these days! I loved the doormen in red tail coats too.

#266939 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted freckles on 29 May 2013 - 07:18 PM

View Postdannyboyjohnson, on 29 May 2013 - 06:35 PM, said:

Ahhh im sitting in the balcony, i hope i see it

When Charlie sits in an armchair to write a letter to Wonka (but is supposed to be doing his homework), keep an eye on him!

#265298 Urinetown - St James Theatre

Posted freckles on 13 May 2013 - 04:57 PM

I think this promotion is just taking the p...

#265000 Desperately Seeking The Exit's Questionable Ad Campaign

Posted freckles on 10 May 2013 - 11:54 AM

I have no involvement with the show but can appreciate humour & parody when I see it. Which is the whole point of this show & I think some people need to lighten up a bit...

I'm sure blackoutpete meant no harm, all the best with the show.

(We're all going to be quoted in it now, right?!)

#264615 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted freckles on 07 May 2013 - 06:44 AM

But once again I see that the FOH staff, of two theatres, (Les Mis was affected as well) adopted the "let's just ignore it & see if it stops" policy! Literally an "Audience" member had to sort it out..not getting at all FOH people, but it annoys me when there is clearly a problem & they don't react.

#264195 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted freckles on 03 May 2013 - 08:38 AM

Still good value, but not as good as they were.

#263093 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted freckles on 24 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

Maybe theatres will have to start doing "relaxed" performances for BB adults ;) !

Special matinees where everyone can come & go as they please, eat, drink & be merry, sing along loudly, chat & explain the plot to their companions, take pics & video, tweet & blog during the show, answer phonecalls & take a nap if tthey wish. And the cast just have to be very tolerant & carry on in good humour...

#263029 The Commitments (West End)

Posted freckles on 24 April 2013 - 09:03 AM

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#262787 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted freckles on 22 April 2013 - 12:27 PM

There's already a thread about this...


#259427 The Book Of Mormon

Posted freckles on 22 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

I was wondering what the automation was too? Can only think of the platforms perhaps or maybe there was something in Spooky Mormon Hell? But it seemed a very basic set.

I think there's too much obsession from reviewers with "what is the show actually saying?".

It's fun, it's lighthearted, it's naughty, has bits of satire & spoof, but it's a musical for goodness' sake & I think some people just need to lighten up.

#258987 Viva Forever!

Posted freckles on 19 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

Saw this last night & I can't compare it to before but thought it was messy. The book is weak, the dialogue trite & a lot of the 'jokes' unfunny. (it was mentioned early on in this thread but I really found the 'shall I shave my head & pretend to have cancer' comments in very poor taste) The best humour, in fact one of the few good points about the show, is a few minor characters who are very amusing. I thought the leads were all pretty weak, especially Simone (though I'm not sure if that was an alternate last night?). She was vocally all over the place.
I quite like the Spice Girls & expected it to be more fun. I have come to the conclusion that they only have a handful of decent songs & the rest fall flat. Viva Forever in Spanish is beautiful though, that arrangement was inspired. I also found all the women in it a bit too blokey; I understand about girl power, controlling your own destiny & rejecting over sexualised marketing of female pop stars etc but I think the whole tone is wrong. The Spice Girls were outspoken & cheeky, but not chavvy ladettes as Eternity are portrayed.
It is staged well, I liked the sets & the screens, but a few scene transitions were clumsy, with cast just scurrying off cross-stage while the next scene started. There were quite a few line fluffs too, maybe down to re-writes, but not very professional.
Overall it had a bit of a Bill Kenwright touring production vibe about it...
And the end was so sudden - nothing happened! The four girls re-united (with hardly any discussion), sang Wannabe & then the whole cast started dancing & grinning like maniacs; it wasn't until some of them took a bow that the audience realised it was over! Then there's an 'everybody on your feet' song medly that was quite jolly - with more costume changes than the rest of the show.
OK for a bit of a lightweight night out but not great. The supporting characters & the ensemble dance numbers are the best part. And this is the improved version?
Was in the stalls and it wasn't full (tho a Monday).

#258115 Cancellation Of Dear World

Posted freckles on 11 March 2013 - 04:46 PM

Remarkably odd is a good description of the show - but in a good way!