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In Topic: West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre)

22 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

View PostTitan, on 22 June 2013 - 03:40 PM, said:

this type of cabaret show has limited appeal. im a theatre fan and even i rarely go to this kinda thing so a casual theatre goer likely wouldnt. plus its barely been marketed

I agree that this type of concert show has limited appeal in the West End where is a wide of range of 'full production' musicals to compete with.  Initial pricing probably didn't help.  

I think the show's more natural 'home' is certainly on tour.  As mentioned, the show has already had some successful tour dates in the UK and Singapore, and, from their comments at a post-show Q &A earlier this week (what I was alluding to in my earlier post), the producers' plan seems to be to use the current West End run to build up the 'brand' with a view to more extensive future tours, particularly internationally.  "Direct from the West End" is always useful on the promo material!

In Topic: West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre)

22 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

I saw the show last week just after Stephen Rahman-Hughes joined the line-up and I really enjoyed it.  Perhaps one or two odd choices in the set-list but, all in all, some lovely songs and interesting arrangements nicely sung, by all the cast.  Strangely, although there was a good range of MT songs, the song that has stuck in my mind is 'Kiss from a Rose' which closed the first half!

Four weeks in the West End for this type of concert show is quite long but I would imagine that the producers  see this run as a platform for future tours.  There is already talk of a major UK tour early next year with possible international tours to follow.

In Topic: Once London

30 May 2013 - 10:00 PM

As far as I know, the Graham Norton Show is normally filmed on Thursdays although they may occasionally film on a Wednesday as well.

I'm glad to hear that Once is getting some high profile promotion.  I loved the show when I saw it in Dublin a couple of months ago and would like to see it have a decent run in London.

In Topic: West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre)

30 May 2013 - 06:41 PM

I saw the West End Men on their short UK tour last summer (cast - Matt Rawle, Lee Mead and Stephen Rahman-Hughes) and it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I had at the theatre last year - thanks in part to a VERY enthusiastic audience in Guildford!  I thought the range of songs was good - quite a few from the 'big' musicals as you might expect but with some interesting arrangements and lovely harmonies.  Other musicals represented included Bombay Dreams and Martin Guerre and there was a bit of Stevie Wonder and Coldplay as well.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the show again next weekend - I imagine the set-list has changed a bit since Guildford as it seems to reflect, in part, particular songs/musicals that might be associated with the individual cast members.  And as Freckles has said, the casting will change somewhat during the run at the Vaudeville, Glenn Carter will finish on 8 June with Stephen Rahman-Hughes taking over as the fourth West End Man from 10 June.  Kerry Ellis is with the show until 15 June and Carly Stenson will take over as the female guest for the last week of the run.