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#288127 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted hollygolightly on 01 January 2014 - 01:32 AM

Agree with chess about Robert lonsdale, thought he was brilliant as Prewitt. You can tell his background is straight theatre as his acting was amazing. A lot of musical theatre actors are amazing singers but can't really act so it's great to see a strong actor in a musical. He's not bad to look at either!


#288152 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Ryan on 01 January 2014 - 02:16 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 31 December 2013 - 01:14 PM, said:

He's dreadful! A vacuum of charisma and stage presence.
I thought he was the best thing in it.  Now before any smart alec's start telling me that isn't hard in this show, I rather enjoyed FHTE.  It's not great by any stretch of the imagination but I think the choreography is among the best in London's glitzy West End at the moment and Ryan Sampson and Robert Lonsdale are quite marvellous.  Ryan manages to make your heart sink after spending the previous hour or so being the comedian and I think Robert Lonsdale should have a bright future if he gets the right opportunities.  He's handsome enough for leading roles and I think his voice is different from the normal musical leading man.  I agree it's not the most powerful but it has a wonderful timbre to it which makes him an interesting musical actor.  Plus he plays a vulnerability and fragility incredibly well to appear sensitive whilst remaining a masculine presence.  I thought it was quite a trick to pull off but he does it well, I think he's got a lot of charisma and as for stage presence, my eye was always drawn to what he was doing when he was on stage as he portrayed the most interesting character I thought.  I hope big things come his way when FHTE ends.  And you don't know how much I want to throw in a double entendre there!! :D


#288095 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Titan on 31 December 2013 - 03:28 PM

Mr barnaby didn't get visited by three ghosts over Christmas I see


#279728 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted dazzlair on 04 October 2013 - 06:33 AM

Saw this last night and pretty much agree with ECM's review.  The first act really needs chopping and tightening and the curiously unthrilling, unerotic, Burt-Lancaster-Deborah-Kerr-rolling-in-surf scene needs looking at altogether.  It was so long and so bland!

I also thought whilst the leading ladies were good, particularly Rebecca Thornhill who had the best lines, they weren't given any memorable songs at all apart from Run Along Joe which was lovely and wistful.

The positives far outweigh the negatives for me.  The sets were good, the lighting was stunning and I thought the cast were on fine form.  Yes, even Darius who won skeptical me over with his quite impressive singing.  Ryan Sampson as Maggio stole every scene he was in and the only (slightly) weak link I thought was Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt.  I don't know if it's the part or the writing or him, but for me, he just didn't connect emotionally.  

The opening number was good and unlike another poster I thought Boys of 41 was moving and beautifully done.  It was A. Moment. for sure.  The death scene was choreographed wonderfully and to me, original and fluid (vague but I don't want to give too much away).  Far too many reprises - especially the 30 Year Man refrain and Fight the Fight was very close to challenging Love Changes Everything in the "Good Tune, Let's Use It Loads" category.  

All in all, I really enjoyed it and it was refreshing to see a brand new musical with a big budget.  I hope it's successful.


#251812 Les Mis Movie

Posted bickypeg on 13 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

I thought it was brilliant!and I really hadn't expected to from seeing the trailers.A great spectacle with some great acting.Flaws of course-and mostly the ones everyone has mentioned:Russell Crowe;panto Thenardiers;and irritating close-ups when they should have panned out more-especially with those wonderful sets.I found myself counting Marius' freckles and wondering if they were real tears rather than listening to the song...But I have to take exception re Aaron Tveit whom I loved as Enjolras.I was slightly annoyed that Marius seemed to be stealing his thunder rather-which may have made Enjolras seem less of a pivotal role.But minor points-I did enjoy it.