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#273762 Titanic Musical - Chamber Version At Southwark Playhouse

Posted abs2512 on 30 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

In the first half we learnt about various crew members from the high ranking officers to the lowly stokers and the class difference between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers whilst the 2nd half of the show dealt with the sinking of the ship itself,  for me the 2nd half was about 20 minutes too long and I found myself wishing that they would just hurry up and get the sinking over and done with :( It was very hot in theatre which didn't help. It was very well staged but  I felt it lacked emotion and there was no sense of panic as the ship was sinking.
There were a lot of familiar faces in the cast, so that was nice to see and the cast play a multitude of roles and work extremely hard but the sound wasn't great in parts and I couldn't make out what was being said and sung some of the time.
I know I am in the minority about this show - I'm very glad I went but don't think I will be tempted to go back again

#259303 The Book Of Mormon

Posted abs2512 on 21 March 2013 - 02:19 PM

View PostFront Row Dress, on 21 March 2013 - 01:32 PM, said:

Despite the incerdible cast, especially Alexia Khadime, I found this a huge disappointment. I wanted to love it but the book sounds like it was written by a group of 15 year old boys who had just smoked their first joint and wanted to shock their parents. I wasn't shocked, I was bored at the peurile repetitiveness of the same few "jokes". Maybe I am simply too old. Further moaning on the blog http://www.frontrowd...e-of-wales.html

I was there last night and I am 'old'(ish). I haven't laughed so much in ages - for me it lived up to all the hype I have heard and more. The  principal and ensemble cast were truly amazing and, as I have said previously, I can’t wait to go back again.

#255689 James Mcavoy - Macbeth At Trafalgar Studios

Posted abs2512 on 22 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

I never studied Shakespeare in school and as an adult I have tried to read some of his ‘lighter’ works and always given up.  I have however seen a number of his plays, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing, are the two most recent ones that come to mind.

As shallow as this may sound, I only purchased tickets to see Macbeth because James Mcavoy was cast as the lead.  I had no idea of the plot, although I had read a very short synopsis of the play, so when I sat down I knew it was about a man who had a strange meeting with three witches, who told him that he was to be king of Scotland but to enable him to take his place on the throne he had to go on a killing spree to murder each successor to the throne, whether it was a adult or a child, in line before him.  He was also told that his downfall would be by somebody coming from a forest who was not ‘naturally’ born to his mother.

I was also told that Lady Macbeth was pivotal in the role she played as she was as ruthless in her desire to become queen as Macbeth to become king.  It was explained to me by a two very good friends on the night that the relationship between Lady M and M was very sexual and passionate so I was expecting fireworks on stage between these two – I didn’t get fireworks, I didn’t ever feel a spark which is a shame as I though JM was incredibly sexy and very charismatic, his whole body oozed sex appeal and I felt it was wasted on Claire Foy as Lady M, she had about as much sex appeal as my little toe (harsh, but true IMO).

My biggest problem was with the witches and their gas masks – I find Shakespeare’s words hard enough to follow, so combine that with a Scottish accent and then add gas masks, I was lost completely, although it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the play.

One small word about the stage seats, if you are going to sit in these seats, don’t fall asleep, especially when Macbeth is doing a monologue directed right at you.

And finally a word about Alison McKenzie (Lady McDuff), she died better than anyone else I have ever seen die on stage.

Overall I enjoyed what I saw and would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone, even if, like me, they have no idea about the plot etc.  

#255229 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted abs2512 on 18 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

Disappointed that SITR didn't get more awards at WOS, really felt that Katherine and Daniel were deserving, oh well suppose it's the taking part that counts, winning will as always be the icing on the cake.  Anyway back to Saturday night, from the very opening few bars you just knew you were going to see something very special. The entire cast were on fire. The new cast have a lot to live up to but I'm positive they will bring something different but equally brilliant to an already fabulous show. Can't wait to go back in March, the new cast will have settled into their roles by then.

#254413 Singin' In The Rain - West End 2012

Posted abs2512 on 11 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

My favourite show in the West End at the moment too. Adore Adam Cooper, think he is even better than Gene Kelly, actually, i think this production, for me, is better than the film, if i could, i'd be at The Palace every night of the week

#247815 The Bodyguard

Posted abs2512 on 05 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

OMG – where do I even start – I was so looking forward to seeing the show and am bitterly disappointed with the what I saw last night.

For such an accomplished actor I thought Lloyd Owen was terrible, wooden, no sex appeal at all, I didn’t get any chemistry between his character and her and OMG, he’s nowhere near good looking enough to play the role.  When his huge face was on the screen in the 2nd half – that was not a good look – probably from further back it looked OK but from row C it was a bit hideous.  I didn’t get him at all, however a friend, who was with me, thought he had ‘something’

Now onto Heather Hadley – never heard or seen her before (didn’t watch the Royal Variety Show – but have since heard that she was pretty dire).  As to her performance – she sang through her nose throughout the whole show and although she got the ‘money’ notes a lot of what she sang was flat.  I didn’t get any chemistry between her and Frank or her and Fletcher and when her sister died she seemed totally void of emotion.

Fletcher, the young boy was brilliant – it’s a shame his mic was not up loud enough for the whole theatre to enjoy.  Debbie K as Nicki was very good, I really believed her love/hate for her sister and her love for Frank, it upset me when in the 2nd act she came into the bedroom and saw him asleep in bed with her sister – I really felt her pain.

Ray Shell as Bill disappointed me completely, I recent saw him in Dancing in the Streets on tour and he was so relaxed on stage as the compare, bringing the whole show together and really engaging with the audience.  Last night he was like a wooden doll.

Everything about the show felt staged – it was like the whole cast where thinking of what they had to say/do etc, it wasn’t natural.  I’m pretty sure that as the weeks/months go on the cast will gel – it’s very early days yet, but it felt pretty disjointed to me.

At one point during one of her numbers the smoke machine starts working and the poor people sitting in the middle seats of row A were completely covered – so much so that the audience began laughing – the amount of mist that came out was ridiculous.

Also don’t get me started on the ‘stalker’ why have him stand on stage for about 5 minutes playing with his gun and pointing his laser out at the audience – padding is a word that comes to mind and talking about padding, what’s with the mega mix at the end, again seems to me that they needed to add to the show to justify the high ticket cost,  It finished just after 10, which is pretty early for a West End Show.

I gather it’s press night tonight – I fear they are in for a rough ride – hearing the comments of people around us as we were coming out, I think there were rather a number of disappointed people.

It’s a shame coz it should have been brilliant but actually was on the same level perfomrnace wise as Soul Sister which I thought was pretty awful.

I may go back when they start discounting tickets.

#240768 Cabaret

Posted abs2512 on 12 October 2012 - 10:48 PM

View PostLittleSally, on 12 October 2012 - 05:48 PM, said:

I have booked front row stalls tickets but two of our party are only 5' 2" tall.  The tickets just say "may need to loook up".  Will that be a problem?  Does the Savoy have booster seats?  (They needed them for Betty Blue Eyes at Novello!).

I'm only about 5ft 3" ish, I had no problem, I did have to look up and it is difficult to follow the whole stage but it didn't ruin my experience of the show.  As to your booster seat question, sorry, I can't answer that one.

#240642 Cabaret

Posted abs2512 on 12 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

Having never seen the show or the film (I had obviously seen snippets of Liza over the years) I didn't really know what to expect. I thought Will Young was absolutely bloody fantastic as Emcee. Sadly the same can't be said for Michelle Ryan, who is neither sexy enough or sassy enough for the role and IMO lacks the maturity that I believe Sally should have, after all, she is a woman who has had many lovers and if you are to believe what she says many pregnancies and as many terminations, she loves her drink and her drugs and overall I just felt that Michelle was too ‘sweet’.

I loved Matt Rawle with his tash - although on a personal note, I wish he'd do something with his hair - maybe a proper short back and sides :)  Linal Haft was a disappointment for me, he seemed to dip in and out of accent, sometimes German then English, then English with an American style twang.

I was lucky to be in the front row, in the centre seat, I wasn't prepared to get a full on view (so close) of a full frontal male - set my heart a flutter - I did have a balloon land on my coat which I pocketed at the interval, and during Money Makes The World Go Round a $1 bill that Will ripped in half, stuffed in his mouth then threw into the audience landing right in my lap - have bagged it and will wait till they can reproduce humans via DNA ;).

I am determined to go back again and see it from further back - I feel that there was so much going on on stage which I missed because of my lack of peripheral vision.

#240222 Cabaret

Posted abs2512 on 09 October 2012 - 11:08 AM

I am there on Thursday, also front row - booked them so long ago I can't even remember how much I paid.  I have only heard good things about this show and having never seen the film I have nothing to compare it to which makes it even more exciting for me.