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Member Since 25 Jun 2009
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In Topic: From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

09 February 2014 - 08:58 AM

Tim rice has said on twitter that they intend to release a cast cd before closing the show!

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

04 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

View Postecm, on 04 January 2014 - 12:04 PM, said:

[This can be overcome, Chicago and Sunset Blvd are two shows that are full of unsympathetic characters that still work well. I get the feeling with the structure of the show the team tried to recreate Sunset Blvd, but that show had one massive advantage and that was Billy Wilders excellent original movie. ]

I think you make an excellent point here. All along, as one who really liked this show, I kept thinking through this discussion 'why does the character have to be sympathetic? Surely he just has to be interesting!' After all, many musicals (including those you cite, many other ALW shows and my favourite musical of the year American Psycho) have unsympathetic main charcters.

So maybe the problem is that the writers have to work much harder to do a show well with an unsympathetic characters and still win the audience over. Here, Ward is unsympathetic but the writing right from the start singles him out as being the human sacrifice and has him saying 'all I ever cared about was simply being kind'. If, as an audience member, your brain shouts back 'no - that's not all you cared about!' then you're going to have a hard time caring about what happens to him during the show. At least in shows like Evita or Chicago the unsympathetic charcters know they are devious and manipulative and never pretend to be otherwise, so they don't get the audience members backs up. If Lloyd Webber, Black and Hampton had been less crusading about Ward's innocence and more of detached observers, leaving us to draw the conclusions ourselves, the show could well be more popular.

Well said. I cared about Evita, although she is a bitch and I think lots of people had some tears about the phantom, while he was a kind of serial killer.  The problem with stephen ward is the book. The story itself is interesting enough, it is in my mind ever since I saw the show.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

03 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

I for one also liked love never dies and I think it's sad if he departs from the west end with this show.  I really wanted to like it, but in the end I didn't care for the piece. You don't care about the characters and there is also no suspense. It will not last past February I am afraid.

In Topic: From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

02 January 2014 - 09:07 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 31 December 2013 - 06:31 PM, said:

Then there's no hope for you Chess!
  Well mr Barnaby let's wait and see!  I rather trust my own judgement. I've been wrong a couple of times, but mostly my predictions are turning out rather well. Nevertheless I wish you all the best for 2014! :)

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

31 December 2013 - 02:19 PM

I saw this show on dec 19th. Interesting story, with some nice music. I thought that the sets were not very good, even boring. I don't think it will last longer then february.