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#298647 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 29 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

Wishing everyone at the show a wonderful last! Cast, crew and audience. I'm there in spirit.

#298292 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 27 March 2014 - 02:20 PM

I agree completely about the final death scene, it's very well done. The fantasy montage before really adds to the emotion.

I think all the death scenes in it are well acted and directed. Bloom's death gives me chills, the use of 'The Last post' (I think that's what it's called) on the bugle is very effective, as is the instrumental during the fight between Prew and Sgt. Judson is great.

#298145 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 26 March 2014 - 04:16 PM

I'm not finding the language difficult at all I've read about 100 pages now (it's been a slow day at work!) I'm finding it quite interesting and am so far impressed how faithful the musical is to the novel, even pulling passages of dialogue directly from the text.

#298122 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 26 March 2014 - 12:00 PM

I've read 60 pages of it!! It's a beast, almost 900 pages in a small font, but I am enjoying it and it's not too difficult to read even though there's slang and phonetic spelling.

This is the edition I have. The blurb on the back says it's the uncensored version  www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/014139322X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1395835373&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

(Sorry, can't work out how to make that a hyperlink on the mobile site)

#298096 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 26 March 2014 - 09:31 AM

The more I see this show and listen to the score, the more I love it and am sorry I took so long to see it. Tonight is my last opportunity to see it as I'm away this weekend and I couldn't resist grabbing a ticket. I'm not saying it's perfect at all, but the score is beautiful and the choreography slick, as well as having a strong leading cast and fabulous ensemble to back them up. I hope it has a life after Saturday. I can't wait for the cast recording. I'm sorry to see it go.

#297746 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted cat123 on 23 March 2014 - 05:53 PM

I'm thrilled they're making a cast recording. Is there a planned release date yet?

#293237 Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

Posted cat123 on 17 February 2014 - 03:46 PM

Really? Because my twitter feed is full of praise for it! I loved it and intend to go again. You can read my review if you like


#292359 Fame Musical 2014 Uk Tour

Posted cat123 on 10 February 2014 - 08:12 PM

Well, I was quite impressed considering how little rehearsal time they've had. I for one think Jodie will be great as Carmen.

#290477 Coriolanus

Posted cat123 on 24 January 2014 - 10:51 PM

This delightful little Friday treat appeared today.
I hope the link works.


#288323 Coriolanus

Posted cat123 on 03 January 2014 - 06:13 PM

I said

View Postcat123, on 03 January 2014 - 05:42 PM, said:

It's fine to say you don't like someone's take on a role but that doesn't mean they're wrong.

Similarly, if you do like someone that doesn't mean they're right! How an individual actor interprets the role is up to them and their director.

My point is there is no right or wrong. There are not stage directions for every gesture and line, the words are written down but rarely is it specified how every one is said. Who says Shakespeare's preference was the correct one either? Who's to say anyone even knows what that was?

#288318 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted cat123 on 03 January 2014 - 05:52 PM

Stephen himself came across to me as a creep and a pervert who had no qualms manipulating people for his own gain. I didn't like him and didn't care what happened to him so the show didn't engage me.

I have similar problems with Phantom now that I think about it. I can't sympathise with the title character (kidnapper and murderer, and we're supposed to be rooting for him?) so didn't feel much for that show either (except sympathy for Raoul actually, which I think is completely against the shows intention)

#287867 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted cat123 on 29 December 2013 - 11:26 AM

Don't talk during the overture or I will want to slap you!!!

It can't just be me who thinks the show starts the moment the lights go down regardless of whether there are actors on stage or not, can it?

#284274 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted cat123 on 19 November 2013 - 01:52 PM

You're not meant to notice any accent which is why they all need to sound English. I though Willemijn did a great job with the accent and she will improve. The only character that has to have a specific accent is The Wizard as (if you're staying true to L Frank Baum's original story) he is actually American.

#284217 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted cat123 on 18 November 2013 - 11:27 PM

Wow. What can I say. I never thought I'd be excited about Wicked again but that was incredible. We all knew Willemijn would be fabulous, but Savannah was outstanding! I didn't know what to expect from her but I have never laughed so much in Popular. Perfect. Jeremy really impressed me, acting wise he was very strong, and vocally in act 2 at least he was as good as I know him to be from seeing him as Galileo. Once he gets rid of the nerves he's going to be very good.

A word on the ensemble, who for a first night were very tight. Kudos to Sean & Hannah for getting them in shape!! ;)

So yes. Phenomenal show. Everyone go and see this cast!

#283465 The Scottsboro Boys

Posted cat123 on 11 November 2013 - 07:02 AM

Just as brave as Cabaret maybe, but while I enjoyed it, it is nowhere near as strong a show.