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#298656 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted ptwest on 29 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

I could suggest that trying to disprove one persons opinion and prejudices simply by writing a long post full of your own opinions and prejudices  isn't the best way to construct an argument. I have enjoyed ALW shows AND jukebox shows like Mamma Mia. Not sure if that makes me intelligent or not.

#298224 We Rocked You

Posted ptwest on 27 March 2014 - 07:07 AM

I can understand that people who are fans of the show would want to be there on the last night, but in a way it's completely appropriate for the theatre to be mostly filled with crew, cast etc. after all, nobody pays for tickets out of charity to the creative team. The fact is that if you go to a show multiple times go because the creative team have created something you enjoy and the cast perform it in a way that entertains you. We all have a choice whether or not to spend our money on tickets, so really, the final night should be a way for those involved with the show to celebrate their achievement. 12 years is very impressive.

#258914 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted ptwest on 18 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

I kind of think of Lloyd Webber now in the same way as an ageing rock group - new albums come every so often, the fan base buy them to get a good initial sale, but then the sales drop quickly, rather than the mega sales of earlier in their career. It's become the same with ALW musicals now. Perhaps if he stops trying to go for the blockbuster this might make his work more interesting.

#254605 Wicked 2013 Uk Tour Thread

Posted ptwest on 13 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I always make group bookings, and to be honest, this has been a hard sell. Where I normally average 40 - 50 tickets (ie have 50 people seeing Priscilla in Manchester next week), I only managed 10 for Wicked. It seems that all who are interested have already been to see this in London. I've no doubt ticket sales will take off nearer the time but it would seem like the initial popularity has been over estimated.

#252915 Viva Forever!

Posted ptwest on 27 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

This goes back to the point I made a few pages back - a Spice Girls show should be frothy, frivolous and OTT, rather like the songs and group themselves. The songs are not weighty enough to carry a deep story - and any show that is forced down the line of album tracks and solo hits to fill out the evening is in trouble unless you have a huge back catalogue of great songs to choose from. I wonder how many Spice Girls fans these days listen to the third album or get beyond the singles on the first two?

Admittedly I have not seen the show, but from everything I have read there would have been more fun, drama and story if they had simply told the Spice Girls Story. You've got the struggle to be famous, big success, fall outs, break ups, then the big happy ending (so long as the story stops with the reunion!). Still would probably be cack but at least be entertaining along the way...

#236764 Jesus Christ Superstar

Posted ptwest on 12 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

A static performance on a tv show is never going to have the same impact as the full staging, but having just watched the clip from the Jonathan Ross show just confirms how great the 1996 recording is!

#84721 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted ptwest on 21 August 2009 - 09:44 PM

Lionel Blair at Throughly Modern Millie, (gave Amanda Holden a big wave at the end!) and sat behind Helen Worth at the Mamma Mia 10th anniversary performance. I suppose Bjorn and Benny at the same performance is cheating a little......

#33104 Not The 10 Worst Musicalís Of All Time But You Feel They Should Be On The List

Posted ptwest on 07 May 2008 - 07:43 PM

The one that always comes to mind is Cats -  how the hell it ran for so long is beyond me.