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#268020 Momentous Musicals 2013

Posted Laughingmonsta on 07 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

I'm looking forward to this, but then I am biased :-p

#255683 Old Vic Tunnels To Close Next Month!

Posted Laughingmonsta on 22 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

Did you not see the tweets between the two of them!?

@ShentonStage: Just seen a tweet that the @OldVicTunnels are closing...

Old Vic Tunnels replies with

@OldVicTunnels: @ShentonStage Must be a relif; you did hate the tunnels with a passion few other critics could match!

Made me chuckle!

#255155 Wos Awards

Posted Laughingmonsta on 18 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

I have always thought with awards like this - there should be an algarythem added - which takes into account size of the theatre, how many shows it played, etc then award each vote a % once the above has been taken into account.

So a vote for example for a show in the Duchess is worth 1
A vote at the Appollo Victoria worth 0.25

#253825 Jesus Christ Superstar

Posted Laughingmonsta on 05 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

It was papered to high heavens the first time round - I would guess that it doesn't have the bums on seats to make it work. It wouldn't surprise me if the tour doesn't go ahead at all!

#253100 Port

Posted Laughingmonsta on 29 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

View Postfringefan, on 29 January 2013 - 08:06 AM, said:

Hope you two don't end up in the Bad Behaviour At A Show thread!

Ha Ha - I am a good boy!

Good to hear really positive reviews of the show - looking forward to this now!

#252287 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted Laughingmonsta on 20 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

No they don't - Les Mis stopped day seats at the same time the show hit the ripe old age of 25...however I have known people to go before curtain up with £20 in their hands and get a ticket...better to have £20 in the producers bank than an empty seat in the house

#251675 Les Mis Movie

Posted Laughingmonsta on 12 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 12 January 2013 - 11:53 AM, said:

Most of my opinions have already been said. Haven't seen much mention of the new song though, I know why they added it but it didn't really fit, stuck out like a sore thumb to me. What do you reckon?

It was okay - a little bland and won't go down as a Les Mis hit song that's for sure

#251018 The Bodyguard

Posted Laughingmonsta on 05 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

PLEASE NOTE Abusive posts - are against the terms and conditions of using the board. we want to keep this a friendly and welcoming board, whilst we encourage debate - insulting language and attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.

#250334 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Laughingmonsta on 29 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

Dan is a friend of mine, and so happy for him. He deserves everything he has worked hard to achieve!

#250070 Rent In Concert - Kerry Ellis/Rory Taylor

Posted Laughingmonsta on 26 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

Titan - are you serious? Rent has a huge regional following most regional AM Dram productions sold out...the tour I suspect will do relatively well!

#250055 Cats 2013 Uk Tour

Posted Laughingmonsta on 26 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

So confirmed dates so far!

Edinburgh Playhouse - 9th Feb - 2nd March

His Majesty's Aberdeen - 4th March - 16th March

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton - 19th - 30th March

Manchester Opera House - 2nd April - 20th April

Bradford Alhambra - 23rd April - 4th May

Hull New Theatre - 6th May - 18th May

Sunderland Empire - 28th May - 8th Jun

Milton Keynes - 25th Jun - 6th July

New Victoria, Woking - 9th July - 20th July

Then it heads across the water to continue a tour throughout Europe

#247409 Les Mis Movie

Posted Laughingmonsta on 02 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

I have mixed feelings - I think having the orchestra much quieter also shows severe weaknesses in some of the cast's lack of vocal abilities, and also is less forgiving when some of the lines are noticably flat...visually it looks stunning...guess we just have to wait another 6 weeks and see the whole thing!

#245496 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Ticket Prices?

Posted Laughingmonsta on 15 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

There will be three teams minimum - no child can perform more than two shows on one day or two shows on consecutive days - so they will split between three teams which will help with anything such as illness cover etc!

#244924 The Current Spam Problem

Posted Laughingmonsta on 11 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

Hi guys - we are trying our best, but as always we don't have the same level of ability/function as WOS Admin - we have gone through over the last few hours looking at registered users - there is a pattern coming with IP addresses and usernames occurring and done a pre-emptive strike on all of them. - we have made WOS Admin aware of the problem and hopefully they will sort a fix ASAP.

#244722 Loserville (West End Run)

Posted Laughingmonsta on 10 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

I really enjoyed the show but think there are more pressing and interesting reasons to look at exactly why the show is closing.

1) Statistically 65% of the tickets sold for the West End are from tourists - non UK residents - this is stark contrast to 60% US residents buying tickets for Broadway,

2) Because of this we need to understand that the vast majority of ticket buyers will not have heard anything to do with the show, or in fact most new shows unless there is a hook - its funny that the last two big British based musicals are firmly routed in stories/films that are familiar and have managed to bridge the generation gap Billy Elliot and Matilda - Ghost has never been able to do this and is firmly a generational film.

3) Marketing - the front of house didn't appear for the show until the week before leaving the Garrick an empty shell from outside in, the Marquee/posters etc should have been put up the day after Chicago left the theatre - all the passing trade that was missed because of this shouldn't be underestimated.

4) This show was never right for the West End, it doesn't fit for the demographic and landscape of the West End, this show could have done a storming business on a mid-scale UK Tour and had a good run for a year, but producers still want to take the risk of putting brand new material in one of the most unsteady and unpredictable areas...its akin to putting a helium balloon through a forest of trees...occassionaly one will slip through and survive...the question is why would you play the heavily stacked against odds, instead of playing the hand that  is clearly going to see you get a return,

There are many other reasons, but sometime we can loose site that in the end theatre is a business and when bad decisions are made doors are closed, its the same in retail as in theatre yet somehow most people loose site of this!