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#293712 Once London

Posted canadian_turtle on 21 February 2014 - 02:11 PM

Arthur Darvill confirmed to take over from the 17th of March.

#284018 Damian Lewis In A Musical

Posted paplazaroo on 16 November 2013 - 02:32 PM

He'd be good in Next to Normal

#282651 Wos Awards 2014

Posted craftymiss on 02 November 2013 - 01:08 AM

View PostCatqc, on 01 November 2013 - 10:13 PM, said:

Nominations opened today, and what are we predicting? I can see a Mormon sweep...

I seriously hope so. Stephen Ashfield deserves a win here

#281736 Matilda Musical

Posted mjr on 24 October 2013 - 01:50 PM

The décor reminds me of a council run leisure centre.

#281695 The Book Of Mormon

Posted greeny11 on 24 October 2013 - 06:55 AM

Stephen Ashfield is staying on for another year.  Cast change is February 1st

#276836 Assassins And Woman In White?

Posted Orchestrator on 02 September 2013 - 06:12 PM

Someone did try to tell you guys :-)

View PostOrchestrator, on 22 July 2013 - 02:04 PM, said:

Cinderella on Ice with Cilla Black
Anyone Can Whistle; the Noh/Semaphore version, starring Meatloaf and Sarah Palin
No, No, Nanette (Ballet) featuring live Ninjas
Despicable Me—The Stage Show with actual drama critics as the Minions
Ivor Novello—A Retrospective; Biggins playing Novello
Dynamo Derek—a unique novelty act
Everton—The Dance Spectacular (co-produced by Bill Kenwright)

#275129 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Joysie on 13 August 2013 - 12:02 PM

Saw this for the second time on Saturday and absolutely loved it. I was anxious that I wouldn't enjoy it as much or find it as stomach achingly hilarious as I did the first time I saw it now knowing what was coming but once again I left with my cheeks aching from the huge grin that had been glued to my face for the previous 2 hours.

What it left me with this time was a genuine appreciation of what a brilliant musical it is even when you strip away all the crude jokes and everything that brings the shock reaction from the audience. The story is incredibly heartening and the musical numbers are just so incredibly catchy. I don't think there is one number I can say I dislike or zone out for as is usually the case with most musicals I see. 2 days later they are still going round in a loop in my head and I can't wait to go again! Really hope it gets the recognition it deserves when awards season comes round!

#272771 The Book Of Mormon

Posted craftymiss on 19 July 2013 - 12:06 PM

View PostJaszyR91, on 18 July 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:

I agree re: Stephen and Alexia! It's performances like theirs that make me really annoyed that the Olivier Awards refuse to separate 'supporting performers' in musicals into best actor and best actress because they'd both deserve it!

I really hope Stephen wins an award for his McKinley as it makes the show for me

#268025 Finding Neverland

Posted Dawnstar on 07 June 2013 - 04:28 PM

View PostJaszyR91, on 07 June 2013 - 02:56 PM, said:

I would also argue against the claims that none of the previous songs were hummable - I thought most of them were fantastic and appreciated that they didn't try to knock the audience over the head with catchy hooks, the melodies were more subtle.
However, one aspect of the show that I'd definitely say needs reviewing is the opening number. It was probably the least memorable song and the scene in general didn't really make much of an impact - the final of Act 1 though was terrific!

I found the songs not that memorable on first viewing but after I saw it for a second time I found them to be very memorable, to the extent I still get parts of them going in my head now, over 7 months later. I agree about the opening being a problem. I saw both the versions they tried in Leicester - which were quite different from each other structurally although both used the same two songs - and neither or them really worked brilliantly so hopefully they're try to write more interesting opening songs.

As I don't listen to pop music I don't really know much about Gary Barlow's songs so I just hope he isn't too "pop-y". I don't think I'd like it if they crowbarred in a bunch of pop songs that didn't match the existing score. Some of the songs - James Never Mentioned, The Change Of The Seasons, Second Star To The Right - have beautiful melodies so I hope they stay in and the new songs manage to blend well with them stylistically.

Also I hope with a new director that they re-stage the penultimate scene because Sylvia's ascent up that staircase looked like it was stolen from Cats & made me feel more like laughing than crying!

#262173 The Hired Man

Posted danieldabell on 16 April 2013 - 12:27 AM

Julie Atherton & David Hunter are INCREDIBLE.
This production packs so much intense emotion & tells an epic story in an intimate & immersive venue. The cast & musician-actors are phenomenal.

#259683 The Book Of Mormon

Posted alec_e10 on 23 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

I think we all knew it would get mixed reviews - 1 star from the Daily Mail, should we expect anything less from that pile of old tosh!
I doubt whether the producers are bothered as it is being so cleverly marketed that its a sure fire hit for quite a while.

Do those of you who are old enough (like me) remember the reviews for Les Mis. They were dire and its still going.

I saw BOM in preview, totally loved it so and going to book again.

#259158 The Book Of Mormon

Posted canadian_turtle on 20 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

Does anyone know who might be at the opening night? They already had quite a few big names at red nose day last week (Paul McCartney, Tim Minchin, James Cordon, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, etc) so really curious who'll be there. Rory O'Malley Tweeted he'll be seeing the show tomorrow night, which is quite exciting :D

#258856 The Book Of Mormon

Posted canadian_turtle on 18 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

View PostJaszyR91, on 17 March 2013 - 01:14 PM, said:

She's got a passport and I think you can pay cash, so hopefully she'll be ok

Ah yes, that's fine too of course. I just figured a bank card would be the most likely ID she may have :) Good luck at the lottery!

#257666 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted Cactus on 08 March 2013 - 12:57 AM

View Postcat123, on 08 March 2013 - 12:05 AM, said:

Out of Interest (because I spend way too much time thinking about this stuff) who would you cast in Les Mis if given the chance? Preferably people who haven't been in it before. I have a Fantine, Eponine, Javert and Enjolras firmly in mind!
I'd quite like to see Iwan Lewis as Marius or Enjolras...

#254402 Minchin, The Future

Posted paplazaroo on 11 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

So in the wake of his autotune nightmare and Matilda opening on broadway I've seen a lot of press about Minchin. In everything at the minute he seems to say his focus is on theatre which is great news as far as I'm concerned, he say's he is working on an adaptation of a film, does anyone know what this could be? Also he is writing an animated musical as he thinks we are due another Lion King or Aladdin. He also says he want's to write a musical based on an idea he's had for ages;

“It’s about fate and destiny – it’s star-crossed lovers with some gods. It’s very Greek, actually, but it’s going to be very modern and weird and it’s the coming together of many strands – kind of almost Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels... it’s an explosion of butterfly-wing flaps mucking it up for lovers. It’s a bit Sondheim-style, and what’s interesting about the couple is that they don’t meet until the very, very end. They keep missing each other but we know from the beginning that they’re destined for one another. So it’s as though Romeo and Juliet didn’t meet until the moment of the poison.”

I think that sounds cool in a Jason Robert Brown kind of a way. Anyway I thought I'd open a thread to discuss his projects in case anyone has any extra knowledge. I think he is going to be (maybe already is) the next massive thing in musical theatre, like a universally popular Sondheim.