I'm really excited to hear this! I think it's a great decision by the producers! I would never have called myself a 'fan' of hers but hearing that she's been casted has made me very excited to see her this June! and if this performance is anything to go by then I can't wait Do I think she'll be ground breaking? No, but I do think she'll do all the songs justice and at the end of the day that's mainly what I'm personally coming for!
I think it's so unfair of them if they were to bring back old cast members to perform at the final show. I think it's so disrespectful to the current company who should be closing the show. I think old cast members could maybe come onstage for some sort of final medley but that's it really.
Personally the only draw for this show for me was the name 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the fact that it was a Roald Dahl novel and could possibly be something near to what Matilda was and finally the score by Shaiman and Wittman, which was very lackluster in comparison to their other works like Hairspray and Bombshell.
All that being said, I would go to see the show for the spectacle alone but I don't think I'd return from what I've already seen and heard about the show.
I've a feeling this will open at The Palladium.. in all honesty I can't imagine 'I Can't Sing' lasting very long... my friends and I would generally be up for the vast majority of musicals and give them a shot but none of us have any interest in seeing this show whatsoever! and I can't imagine the audience that watches X Factor will be interested forking out big prices for this show. Just my two cents worth..
Not sure how anyone can dislike Wicked - it has everything a musical could ever need. I hope to god it never closes lol.
I don't dislike Wicked but I do think it's severely over-rated and seeing it twice was definitely enough for me, I enjoyed it yes but nothing more. I never like being negative about a show but I do wish people would stop seeing the 'popular' shows and go see something new, give new musicals and plays a better chance at a successful run, that's the only thing I 'dislike' about Wicked
Thought I'd post my thoughts on the show! Saw the matinee earlier today!
Overall, its a fantastic production of Wicked. I'd heard about how it had been scaled back for the tour and it has been a lot in parts but in my opinion, the show actually works better a wee bit smaller.. looks a lot nicer! The only thing I missed was the lightning around the proscenium arch! It has such a huge effect in 'One Short Day' and it definitely was lacking earlier without the lights. I loved how they had two students flying during the cub scene when Elphaba freaks out.
Nikki Davis Jones in one word is perfection. I now understand all the hype and commotion around her and she lived up to my high expecations, she simply is Elphaba and actually managed to bring a tear to my eye 'The Wizard and I' She felt so comfortable and fluid in the role and she knew the character inside out.
Emily Tierney is amazing as Glinda. She sounds stunning and brought out every laugh she could from the character. Surprisingly, I thought she out-shone Nikki at times... two extremely strong leads who are equally are on par together.
Liam Doyle was a brilliant Fiyero also, nothing to really comment on! The wizard (Can't remember his name) was great as was Madame Morrible. Dr.Dillamond is a tough role, its hard to impress with such a small part and I just wasn't impressed with the actor. Nessarose and Boq were equally fantastic.
All in all, the tour is a better version than the London version I saw 2 years ago with Rachel Tucker and Chloe Taylor. I feel it works better when it's a wee bit smaller..
The sound was perfect in the Bord Gais earlier. I'd a fantastic view from the third last row of the stalls. There was a lot of empty seats. I overheard the manager (who was moving everyone to the centre) say that the rest of the week was completely sold out.
Wicked's a tough show.. Because I feel it's so over-rated, especially after seeing this tour. It's a nice show, granted, but the score is quite hit and miss but I do love the book! I'd like to describe it as a 'Fantastic production of a mediocre musical' but all in all, I enjoyed the show earlier.