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#292478 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted Crossgirl on 11 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

I know when it comes down to it it is only a business to the casting agents. But they are not gods after all. We have all seen the way it has been going for the past few years. Watching the show night in and night out. Seeing many performers come an go. Watching those that have really worked hard. Those that have been brilliant! Those that have been not so good also!  Will add that we think some of the new cast are excellent!  Just feel some performers have not been treated very fair! I'm sure a lot of people will love the choices that have been made. Doesn't make them the right ones tho. It was always going to be hard to follow in Ryan's footsteps. In our opinions there were performers who could have filled those boots. Just not the ones they have picked!  So glad to be leaving at this stage. An end of an amazing era!

#292058 Betty Blue Eyes 2014

Posted richard2711 on 07 February 2014 - 09:50 PM

View Postwickedgrin, on 07 February 2014 - 01:37 PM, said:

I just avoid these actor/musician musicals like the plague.

I think Once does a brilliant job with the actor/musician.

#292147 Once London

Posted Anthony on 08 February 2014 - 10:38 PM

Thank you Steffi

#291893 Shrek Uk Tour 2014

Posted Steffi on 06 February 2014 - 05:46 PM

Yes, the tour plan I've got lists venues until January 2016. Don't know if the tour is going to continue after that though.
Cast contracts only run for a year as far as I know though so there could be cast changes after June 2015.

#291524 The Commitments (West End)

Posted John_Rebus on 03 February 2014 - 07:46 AM

Steffi, thanks for the info. Your post just makes me want to see Ian even more.

And I can't believe I just checked air fares for my only weekend off in March (which would also mean I'd be in London three weekends in a row in March)

#291308 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted mrtheatre123 on 31 January 2014 - 07:49 PM

He said on twitter he was doing Tuesday - Saturday evenings and Sunday

#291092 Coriolanus

Posted Nicholas on 30 January 2014 - 01:04 AM

Thank you all, you’re all very very kind.  It is lovely being part of such a friendly old forum.  Between 10 and 7:30 I was able to pop home, wash and change (after nine hours in the rain that was my primary concern) and, yes, nap.  Actually a lovely little day.  I wish, however, my report about the play followed on as a triumphant end to a triumphant day...

If I had to use one word to describe this, it would be uneven.  Put the good on one side and the bad on the other and the scale would be somewhat equal.  Let’s start with the good.  Mark Gatiss, brill (once or twice I thought I’d love to see him have a go at Prospero).  Played Menenius as many things – competent, Alastair Campbell-esque, brutal, comic, nasty, not necessarily likeable but oh so watchable.  Deborah Findlay, my God.  That end scene was like hearing a master violinist perform a cadenza on a Stradivarius.  THAT was worth the bloody effort.  Katrine Fronsmark was excellent despite her throat being sore tonight – one lovely moment I noticed where she was echoing Findlay somewhat awkwardly, as if trying to become the woman Coriolanus wants.  And for those interested, too, there’s a scene many enjoyed where Hiddleston wore no clothes.

And onto the bad, the emperor wasn’t wearing clothes either.  It felt a bit like Simon McBurney was commissioned to direct, then he dropped out and a second-rate Complicite imitator took over.  I didn’t feel the mishmash of ideas was organic to the text, I felt it was muddled.  Not sure why there were several eras depicted, not sure why this was both theatrically bare and rich, not sure why costumes were confused, not sure about a lot.  Text on the wall that just made me think “Romanes Eunt Domus”.  And oh lordy lord the chairs…  The second half was infinitely better than the first and that’s because even though the disparity in styles hadn’t gelled entirely there was much less chair tossing to interfere with the Shakespeare.  It lacked coherency, for my money.

But mainly I’m not entirely sure I bought Hiddleston as Coriolanus.  With his mother once or twice the words “Norman Bates” came into my mind but that seemed at odds with the soldier he presented.  There seemed to be two Coriolani – the soldier who can’t tart himself out and the mummy’s boy – and they never seemed to be two sides of the same character, more two disparate characters.  Often he struck me as alarmingly one-note – following Findlay (I do have a soft spot for actors with voices), Hiddleston just felt a bit, well, bland, monotonous.  He had moments of strength, moments of power, moments of vulnerability and indeed moments of greatness but they were moments and detached, whilst Findlay could deliver a sentence and completely blow you away.  Vocally he did little and as a performance it felt, well, a little like a performance (and not in the way that Coriolanus is a performer, in the way that Hiddleston was thinking as he was going along).  I last saw him as the wonderfully two-faced Dr Lvov and I wish he’d brought that duality to this.  It felt either one thing or tother, never a coherent whole.  Coriolanus is probably the toughest Shakespeare to act as he's so much yet reveals so little, and what I felt is rather than one character with so much Hiddleston presented many characters and didn't quite unify them.

So, having spent the morning as I spent it, I do think it was worth it, but that's because I liked bits of it as opposed to I loved it.  Overall, it’s never boring, it’s never uninteresting, importantly it’s never un-entertaining, it’s lively, it’s got its moments and oh my the acting.  But somewhere in this production I think there’s a truly interesting Coriolanus, once all the window dressing is taken off – and I do think much of the chairs and the painting and the music and the all of it was window dressing as opposed to genuine insight.  But goodness knows if you're seeing this in the future you get to see Mark Gatiss at his best and Deborah Findlay work wonders, and though you have to suffer through some clutter to get to them, because you get to see those two performances I'm envious.  Good and bad in equal measure.

I did, however, see Katrine Fronsmark in the flesh.  You cannot imagine how happy that made me.

#290205 Once London

Posted Anthony on 22 January 2014 - 09:13 PM

View PostSteffi, on 22 January 2014 - 08:47 PM, said:

Zrinka is leaving. And she has no more holidays planned at this point so she should be there this weekend.

I am seeing this for the third time on Friday night. What a shame that Zrinka is leaving, however knowing this I'm pleased I'll get the chance to see her for the last time.

I first saw this as part of the WhatsonStage outing with the Q&A afterwards where it was explained that she won the Croatian version of Strictly Come Dancing. She's beautiful, she sings, she acts, dances and plays the piano; I hate her.

#289308 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted Camholgate on 12 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

Saw the show this afternoon, and I thought I'd share some thoughts:

Ryan was on for Frankie. It was my 5th time seeing his Frankie, and he is my all time favourite. I can honestly say his performance today was the best out of the 5 times I've seen him. He looked so glad to be on stage, especially during the 'big girls don't cry' scene where you could see he was having a fantastic time. A top performance.

Chris G was on for Bob, and I am delighted I caught his performance. I much prefer his Bob to Edd's, and if anything, Chris was even better than when I saw him over a year ago in the role. He played the role fantastically, and his version of 'oh what a night' was great. It was also superb to see the chemistry he had with Ryan.

Jon Boydon as Tommy never fails to disappoint. His Tommy is simply sublime and I can honestly say, having seen his Tommy 9 times, that he has never delivered a bad performance. His performances have been phenomenal and today was no exception.

Mark Isherwood was on for Nick Massi. I thought Mark's take on the role was superb; he had great chemistry with Tommy and he portrayed Nick superbly: his voice, and take on the '10 years' scene was great, and I would love to catch his Nick again.

The chemistry between the 4 today was excellent, and I count myself as extremely lucky to have seen the 4 I did today. The whole show felt fresh, and the 4 leads onstage gave the show that sparkle which had partially been missing during my last visit, back in March (albeit the 'newbies' were still settling in). It really was a superb evening in Jersey.

#289257 American Psycho

Posted xanderl on 12 January 2014 - 08:05 AM

Really enjoyed this, but agree with Steffi about the TV!

Digging around the first 16:9 TVs were launched in 1993, flat screen plasma displays in 1996. So when he was talking about a Toshiba flat screen TV he actually meant one of these ...

Shame given they got the other technology right (tape walkman, big mobile phones, VHS rather than DVD.

May have been difficult to get hold of one but I can't believe it's impossible, particularly since the TV didn't have to actually work.

#288870 Shock Departure

Posted Titan on 08 January 2014 - 07:29 PM

Bit of a surprise, could be a good or bad decision depending on what they have planned.  I personally feel WOS has lost its way in recent years and become very corporate

#287366 Has There Been An Accident Tonight In A West End Theatre?

Posted isabel on 20 December 2013 - 09:43 AM

Could have been much much worse. When I first heard about this, I had visions of the entire balcony giving way and falling onto the audience members below.

Hope all make swift recovery. What disgusts me are all the sick jokes people have made on twitter

#285422 The Pajama Game

Posted craftymiss on 02 December 2013 - 01:27 AM

I hope Eugene is in it, I thought he was superb and Polycarpou was hilarious

#285236 Once London

Posted Anthony on 29 November 2013 - 01:03 PM

Got to see this again last night.

I'm going out on a limb here (I do realise) but I reckon this is one of the best shows currently playing in the West End right now.So subtle, yet so powerful with every casr member working to bring this story to life.

If you haven't as yet, go and see Once

#284949 Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

Posted Zippy on 26 November 2013 - 10:32 PM

For £20/£25 I'd be quite happy to sit there. Sat there quite a few times for Jersey Boys and while it's a bit of a neck stretch, I'd rather that than forking out £70+ which I won't be doing.