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#300382 Urinetown

Posted sam22 on 13 April 2014 - 08:24 AM

Next to normal?!

#298709 Matilda Musical

Posted sam22 on 30 March 2014 - 01:34 AM

It's the young person price I think for under 25s

#296239 Motown, Dominion Theatre, 2015

Posted sam22 on 11 March 2014 - 02:19 PM

Yeah this is where people kept saying Mowtown was heading a few months ago. Can't say I have any interest in this show at all

#295825 Tell Me On A Sunday Question

Posted sam22 on 08 March 2014 - 09:09 PM

Just saw the final performance, I was only really going as got a cheap seat but really enjoyed it. Sat on the front row dead centre but a great view for a tenner. Really glad I went, I only knew the most well known songs but the score is actually great so I'm going to seek out the recording and have a listen. Marti was brilliant and a fanrastic voice.

Sang unexpected song as an enocore which was brilliant. Don Black was in the audience and Marti was v emotional and gave a little speech. So glad to have caught this,  a really enjoyable hour

#295614 Urinetown

Posted sam22 on 07 March 2014 - 03:10 PM

We genuinely need badges, whenever I'm alone and see others on their own I always imagine they are WOSers!

#294300 Dreamgirls - West End?

Posted sam22 on 25 February 2014 - 05:14 PM

And they have added the most predictable names...

#294257 Let The Right One In

Posted sam22 on 25 February 2014 - 12:14 PM

I also booked via Royal Court and got a 9.50 seat, thanks

#294222 Dreamgirls - West End?

Posted sam22 on 25 February 2014 - 09:44 AM

I (strangely) agree with MrBarnbay, there are plenty of other actresses that could be considered rather than the obvious. It's that between us we have come up with only a handful of them, if this was for another role, where a white actress was required, I'm sure they would have been more suggestions.

#294155 Urinetown

Posted sam22 on 24 February 2014 - 10:28 PM

MrBarnaby you said you'd never sit at the front remember ;)

#293332 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted sam22 on 18 February 2014 - 12:18 PM

I've had time to sleep on the show and still came away generally underwhelmed. I love going to the theatre and usually can stay interested throughout but for quite a lot of the show I was just hoping it would move along quicker. I think some of the original posters hit the nail on the head, the show is fairly long and nothing really happens. Some of the songs had catchy parts to them but overall there wasn't a single song that I thought stood out as excellent.

For me coreography was probably one of the best parts of the show, it was quite inventive and varied. The set was great too, though, despite the last 15 minutes being the best part of the show, I actually thought the projections were quite cheap, it was just like watching an Xbox game (but with worse graphics). But the set itself looked expensive and used really well.

Rebecca Thornhill was the star of the show for me, though at times still felt like she was just going through the motions. No one else particularly stood out in the cast. Darius was wooden, awkward on stage, his voice is decent enough but just little emotion. I think that was meant to be part of the character but it just felt like he couldn't act. Robert Lonsdale (?) was okay but nothing special for a leading man, again decent voice but I just didnt find him that charasmatic and struggled to hear a lot of his lines (from the front of the dress circle). The other leads again were all fine, but didn't blow me away, perhaps because of the material.

The last 15 mins were dramatic and I (finally) was not watching the clock. Scenes were coregraphed well (slow mo/lighting) and the music was emotive, but it was too little, too late. I think I just came away generally thinking what was the point? It is just that very little happens. I think some of the chracters could have been developed more, it was all very convenient and the relationships just happened within minutes which didn't seem very realisitc.

On a more positive note, it certainly had some nice parts to it, some of the songs did have nice tunes and lyrics and I kept hoping in those moments that the show was going to improve but it just stayed very flat. I might be wrong though, as a lot of the audience did seem to enjoy it and quite a few cheers etc at the end.

As I said above, upper circle was closed and from what I could see dress circle was probably 3/4 full. That's Calamity Jane, Flashdance and FHTE that I didn't particularly enjoy (and got upgraded) at the Shaftesbury so here's hoping I enjoy the Pajayma Game.

#286916 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted sam22 on 15 December 2013 - 06:52 PM

I don't know if Ward needs to be sympathetic. I appreciate what other posters have said in terms of it being a musical and needing to care about the characters. But the whole show highlights how Ward was set up on bogus charges by the establishment. The fact he isn't likeable goes some way to show how it was possible for the jury to find him quilty of being "immoral'. He was a bachelor, spent time with young girls, liked to.party and drink - all of this contributes to the prosecution case against Ward.

Gefforey Robertson's new book bout the case is very good, framing the legal arguments against the convicton and explaining public opinon and morality at the time.

I think the problem is trying.to cram everything in. The storyline about Jonny Edgcomne etc is very important in Keeler's story and relevant to Ward's trial but I thought very rushed on stage.  

Some parts of the show e.g. when Keeler first meets Astor and the end of act one seem like they have been added for drama but are both alleged to have actually occcured!

#286607 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted sam22 on 12 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

Just got a day seat at 1030. I was only person there at that time. Felt sorry for lady nxt to me paying 45 a seat!

#280892 Betty Blue Eyes 2014

Posted sam22 on 15 October 2013 - 04:37 PM

Exciting i loved the show

#278554 The Book Of Mormon

Posted sam22 on 18 September 2013 - 09:10 PM

Exactly why I didn't book but luckily was sucessful in the lottery. I was dying to see it but could only get £60+ tickets for every day I tried. I always book the cheapest seats at every theatre as like to see a lot of things so cant afford to pay much. I've booked all the recent shows purely on price - Commitments for £12, Scottsboro Boys, American Pyscho, Titanic and Merrily for £10, Ladykillers, Once, Bodyguard and Chorus Line for £20. Plenty of other shows I have wanted to see like BofM, Charlie, Miss Saigon but just not willing to pay a ridiuclous price for crap seats. It has worked well for me to be fair as will see shows I wouldn't normally try and theatres I have never been to so a good incentive.

That means I've seen 9 shows for £132, sorry BoM that is much better value than one premium seat!!!

#276466 Single Theatre Goers

Posted sam22 on 29 August 2013 - 09:28 AM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 29 August 2013 - 09:04 AM, said:

Haha, yes I have missed out!! The loneliness of being on the previous page... :P

And after you were the one to start the discussion on it!

So are we going to arrange a 'straight male' theatre evening, perhaps to the show that we are told is most suitable for women (Mamma Mia? Dirty Dancing? Bodyguard?) and see what reaction we get when we all arrive at the theatre in a group with no female company! :wacko: