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#294667 Matthew Morrison And Laura Michelle Kelly Workshop Finding Neverland

Posted JaszyR91 on 28 February 2014 - 03:54 PM

I seem to be in the minority that actually liked the Leicester production of this. It was a rather classy production imo, I can't imagine Barlow's music living up to the previous standard in musical theatre terms. I expect this to be mega cheesey. I've no idea what Weinstein is thinking with all these drastic changes! A few tweaks would have been fine I'd say.
Also, for me Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Craig were perfect as the leads.

#291479 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted JaszyR91 on 02 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

Andrew Scott at the matinee of Mojo yesterday. :)

#285719 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted JaszyR91 on 04 December 2013 - 03:42 PM

View Postwetheatreboy, on 04 December 2013 - 08:18 AM, said:

It was also interesting to hear, what I assume was, a new song from Finding Neverland. Although it's hard to see how that sort of generic pop-style song will fit into the show?!

I really didn't like what I heard of the new Finding Neverland stuff. But then again, I did become rather attached to the tryout version in Leicester... :(

#285328 Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

Posted JaszyR91 on 30 November 2013 - 09:41 AM

I'm so happy this has extended as it means I'm now able to see it. Going on Feb 1st :D

#281896 Merrily We Roll Along To Get Digital Theatre Release?

Posted JaszyR91 on 25 October 2013 - 05:58 PM

The cinema was about half full when I saw it - granted it was a smaller screen. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the filming style, it was lovely being able to see the actors' expressions close up, however watching a screen simply doesn't compare to watching a show live, I didn't get the emotional investment that I perhaps would have if I'd seen it live. I thought it was brilliantly directed by Maria Friedman and the performances were generally great. I haven't made my mind up on Jenna Russell - I was expecting her to be phenomenal because of all the hype surrounding her performance - and sometimes she lived up to the hype, but at other times I found her a little grating. I also found the accents to be a distraction. Sondheim's music was lovely! I was unfamiliar with this particular score, but it cemented my belief that he is one of the greatest ever composers of musical theatre!
I don't know if anyone else was handed a slip of paper with their tickets? - it was nice to get a song list, but I'd have appreciated a cast/crew list too.
All considered, I'd definitely see a digital theatre screening again if unable to see the show live.

#281701 The Book Of Mormon

Posted JaszyR91 on 24 October 2013 - 07:27 AM

So pleased to hear that Stephen is staying on! I saw the show again on Tuesday evening and once again he stole the show :D
I've become quite attached to the whole cast, so I'll be sad whoever leaves.

#281058 Chicago @ Curve Theatre Leicester

Posted JaszyR91 on 17 October 2013 - 09:23 AM

View Postcat123, on 17 October 2013 - 08:46 AM, said:

So many in the ensemble I love! I've booked twice. I've never been to the venue before, I hope the seats I got were good.

Curve is my local theatre and from experience the views are great from all seats. In my opinion it's a fantastic theatre and I'm so happy that it's gaining a good reputation!
I'll be booking to see this over Christmas :)

#277675 Once London

Posted JaszyR91 on 10 September 2013 - 02:19 PM

I'd really love to see this again from the stalls. I loved it last time (Upper Circle) but with such an intimate show it would be nice to be closer to the action.

#259524 The Book Of Mormon

Posted JaszyR91 on 22 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

I think with the majority of musicals the best you can hope for are 'mixed' reviews.
This show is/will be a major hit with the public and will benefit from word of mouth.
I don't think the reviews are anything to worry about!

#256248 Next To Normal

Posted JaszyR91 on 26 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

Next To Normal is the number 1 show on my 'to see' list.
That is, if it ever makes it over here...

#253087 Chicago @ Curve Theatre Leicester

Posted JaszyR91 on 29 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

If it does indeed follow the 70's original I'll be very interested to see it.
I liked the minimalist approach of the revival but It would be great to see it as a fully blown theatrical piece

#251692 Les Mis Movie

Posted JaszyR91 on 12 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

I saw this last night :)
Les Miserables is my favourite story of all time. I'm a HUGE fan of Victor Hugo's novel and the musical.
So I found myself welling up as I heard the opening chords playing just out of the sheer joy of seeing the story I love so much being brought to life on screen.
I got teary during What Have I Done?, Anne Hathaway in general, Gavroche's death and, of course, The Epilogue.
I thought the cast - mostly - were fantastic. Russell Crowe was a little hit and miss for me but overall the standard was pretty impressive.
The Thenardier's were deffinately more on the comedic side - I'd have preferred them to be portrayed as the more out and out villains from the book. But I guess for the sake of balance, they needed something to lighten the tone a little....
I really hope Anne get's her Oscar! Out of all the nominations I think Les Mis deserves this win the most. Her Fantine is heartbreaking.
I loved the rearrangement of the song placements - especially DYHTPS, it worked so well with Lamarque's funeral as the centrepiece, much better than the cart ride in the stage show.
The singing is certainly not the best I've heard, but I didn't expect it to be. If I want to listen to Les Mis sung perfectly I'll listen to a cast recording or watch one of the anniversary dvd's. But in the film it works, it makes the characters seem like real, authentic people.

So overall, I think the film is a hit!
And playing 'spot-the-actor' is great fun as there are plenty of cameos!

#246242 Moulin Rouge At The O2

Posted JaszyR91 on 22 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

I've been waiting forever for a stage version of Moulin Rouge! I think the O2 is too big though, I'd prefer to see it at an actual theatre.

View Postcat123, on 21 November 2012 - 11:37 PM, said:

Having just come back from Merrily at MCF, I think Clare Foster would be wonderful.

I saw Clare in Finding Neverland - she would indeed make a good Satine :) - probably not famous enough for the O2 though

#242255 What Is Your Favourite Ever Song From A Musical?

Posted JaszyR91 on 24 October 2012 - 06:42 PM

One of my (many) favourites - always gives me shivers!

#238432 West End...

Posted JaszyR91 on 26 September 2012 - 08:50 AM

Next To Normal is my #1 - The recording is powerful enough by itself so to see a full production would be an amazing experience!
I just wish a producer would have the balls to transfer it.

I love the idea of Clueless and Beetlejuice as musicals!!