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#297495 Once London

Posted DanielWhit on 20 March 2014 - 11:31 PM

I'd agree with the above - Once truly shows the power of what musicals can be like when stripped back and raw. It demonstrates brilliantly that you do not need flashy sets and lighting tricks, just a powerful score and heartfelt story.

Whether you expect it to be "your type" of musical or not, I thoroughly recommend giving it a go.

#273597 Blithe Spirit Starring Angela Lansbury Autumn/winter 2013?!

Posted DanielWhit on 28 July 2013 - 07:00 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 27 July 2013 - 06:38 AM, said:

None of this has been confirmed so don't get too excited! One Man is still doing well so may not be given its marching orders.

It isn't doing all that well - I have been offered comp tickets on several occasions recently. It's also very much a shadow of its former self these days. A rest might do it good.

#265490 Once London

Posted DanielWhit on 15 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

A masterclass in story telling would be my basic summary of Once. Great to see a musical which doesn't pretend to be anything bigger than it is than a simple love story with unexpected, entirely natural turns. As stewart said above, performances were sublime across the board. I found myself fully realising the environments the play took us to, or at least until someone received a phone call or decided to look at their phones (four times in Act One, I counted).

It's terribly easy to fully believe Declan Bennett's Guy, every bit the passionate composer. I saw Phoebe Fildes as Girl, wouldn't ever have guessed this is her professional debut production - fully at ease here.  I went on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed myself, although I fully expect Once to be the type of show which a return visit would make me fall for it so much more. The second half seemed to lose its way with me briefly, think I became distracted for a few minutes.

Biggest flaw would be the sound system, I lost a lot of lyrics at the side of the dress circle. However the instruments carried into the audience beautifully and I realise how difficult mixing a production like this can be. That said, I've had Failing Slowly in my head most of today, so it must have done something well!

Next time, I aim to sit in the stalls. Up close I suspect this will be even more magical.

#257560 Matilda Musical

Posted DanielWhit on 07 March 2013 - 01:53 AM

View Posttommo2k, on 06 March 2013 - 06:31 AM, said:

It is Telly, then Lavender and then When I Grow Up at the moment in London. I think it used to be telly then when I grow up too.

Ooh, right - haven't seen it since June so that was news to me!

View PostCatqc, on 06 March 2013 - 05:16 PM, said:

I havent seen this for ages (before summer 2012) but wasnt Miracle always a kids' party? I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure it was...

Ah, sorry, should be more clear - the original teacher role now is a clown, complete with balloons.

View PostMrBarnaby, on 06 March 2013 - 11:38 PM, said:

Why us everyone obsessed with who's playing Matilda ?!They are unknown children... Bit odd.

They are also playing easily the biggest role in one of the West End's top shows. It's easy to see why people pay attention to it.

#251738 Wicked 2013 Uk Tour Thread

Posted DanielWhit on 13 January 2013 - 01:17 AM

View PostJon, on 12 January 2013 - 11:32 PM, said:

I wonder if Sam would do another national tour after doing Oliver! I would have thought West End and Broadway roles would be more likely.

Now's the time she should have little problem landing West End/Broadway roles, she shouldn't have to go on tour (I know it's not second rate in terms of production values however it has that perception). Would be amazed if she was in this tour.

#246319 Ghost On Tour 2013 Thread

Posted DanielWhit on 22 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

View PostTitan, on 22 November 2012 - 11:37 AM, said:

Yes, but Ghost fans are only a small group spread across the country

Plus worth remembering he's a name (or can be sold as one thanks to Corrie) who can actually sing and act.

#246318 Wicked 2013 Uk Tour Thread

Posted DanielWhit on 22 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

View Postaimeeleslee, on 22 November 2012 - 10:14 AM, said:

I would much rather see a 'name' going to someone like the Wizard or Madame Morrible or even Nessa, purely because Fiyero has a large singing part and I wouldn't want it ruined by bad acting or a poor vocal! The leads (Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero) don't need to be names, it's a big show and people who aren't into theatre still know about it so would probably see it if it was nearby.

Yes, as Fiyero has never been ruined by bad acting or a poor vocal in London, has it? :P

Morrible is the obvious one, you can cut the singing from that role and still make it work.

#241219 9 To 5: The Musical

Posted DanielWhit on 16 October 2012 - 11:48 PM

View Postvertigo1, on 13 October 2012 - 10:53 PM, said:

I have a pic on my phone I took at the end during the curtain call, I will post it. From where I was sat (front of Gallery) I did not see anyone at the front of the circle stand and nobody in the gallery. I will see if I can upload the pic

View PostGhostmusicalfan, on 13 October 2012 - 10:34 PM, said:


Your comment about no one standing in the circle or gallery at the end of the show are totally fabricated, from my seat in the gallery I could see a huge number of the circle on their feet as well as in the gallery.  Granted not as many in the gallery as it does take a certain amount of courage to sit up there let alone stand!

Does whether anyone stood or not really matter? That's no sign of anything, especially on a first preview. Those who know the cast will stand, while those who don't, won't (and nor will they be impressed as it's not slick yet). That's almost always the case, isn't it?

#240870 Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

Posted DanielWhit on 13 October 2012 - 06:00 PM

View PostJon, on 13 October 2012 - 02:28 AM, said:

Wonder what theatre it'll go into? My guess would be The Prince Edward with Jersey Boys moving or closing or the London Palladium although if Cameron Mackintosh is producing then the Prince Edward is more likely.

I can't imagine this will fill the Palladium (especially as the Palladium tends to host "family friendly" productions), the Prince Edward is far more likely as a destination. There have been murmurs of Jersey Boys moving or leaving for years.

#238588 West End...

Posted DanielWhit on 26 September 2012 - 11:08 PM

I've been personally fighting the corner for Next to Normal to turn up over here in some capacity for a while - no idea where it would go though (either as a revival of the Broadway production or as a new one).

Rent wouldn't go amiss either but I have less hope for that one.

#238036 Jesus Christ Superstar

Posted DanielWhit on 23 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

View PostReich, on 23 September 2012 - 12:52 PM, said:

Technically it was mess with missed mic cues, the show stopping towards the end (although we did get an apology this time) i wouln't be suprised if lighting cues were also missed. the camera work was shoddy, it was quite rare to get a complete faceshot most of the time the forehead was missing. During the curtain all we got was crotch shots - what a cock up

That's better than what we got on Friday - no crotch shots or indeed any shots whatsoever during the curtain call.

#237854 Jesus Christ Superstar

Posted DanielWhit on 22 September 2012 - 12:19 AM

To tackle the sound thing first - overall it was far too loud, to the point where no-one near me could actually tell what lyrics were being sung, only that they sounded screechy. Admittedly at the start of the second half it did tame a touch, only for the volume to crank back up soon afterwards.

To me, it felt like Minchin hasn't really got a clue where his Judas is yet, but would be interested to see how reports on him develop over the next few weeks (he's vocally solid and can clearly act the part fairly well). Melanie just resorted to the fall back pop whispy voice, while generally was underpowering (surprising considering out of the principal cast she's the one with the most experience in arenas). Chris Moyles actually came out with some credibility in his performance, then again little acting is required as he just needed to ramp up the radio host and turn up as Jezza Herod.

Ben, well, he's currently out of his depth. Yes, nerves clearly played a part, shown by missing a couple of notes at key moments (though that could have just been the sound system giving a strange quirk). However, acting wise he's just going through the motions at the moment, during Gethsemane I couldn't fathom why his Jesus had gone from "nah, I won't do it" to "oh go on then, if you must" - it just, happened.

All that said, it must be noted tonight was in effect a first preview, it should bed down over the next few performances and things be fine tuned - it was very rough and ready and I personally suspect they had to rush some of Act 2's technical to get it ready in time (it did not look as polished as Act 1).

The band, when they were audible, sounded good. The lighting, as others have said, looked like they had just plonked in a pros arch rig and hoped that would work. The crucifixion, however, stood out as being both unworkable on a pros arch and bizarre in an arena set up - coupled with the fact no camera work was used so no-one beyond the front few rows of seats could see any acting Ben might have been doing resulted in a bit of a "ok, so what?" moment to me up in Level 4.

Cue the production ending on a bit of a flat note, only for the Lord to burst on, declare that he's waited 42 years for this, etc etc etc - I do sometimes think he's got those speeches prepared years in advance as this surely can't be what he was hoping for...

#234895 Scrooge 2012 London

Posted DanielWhit on 28 August 2012 - 04:02 PM

I didn't even know Scrooge was London bound this year..?

#234844 Wicked 2013 Uk Tour Thread

Posted DanielWhit on 28 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

View Poststrallenfan, on 28 August 2012 - 07:43 AM, said:

Especially the standbys as they had such large fanbases.

No they don't, they have a comparatively small yet vocal group following each of them - to the wider public nobody has got a clue who any Elphaba standby is. The only well known name that anyone can attribute to Elphaba in the UK is Rachel, second being Kerry.

I agree with you it would make sense to hire Rachel for the gig.

#233909 Kerry Ellis Changes Agent / Management

Posted DanielWhit on 21 August 2012 - 01:40 PM

View Poststevepearman, on 21 August 2012 - 07:01 AM, said:

And yet a discussion has started!

Well, it did over two months ago and died a death - now you've revived it :)