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#300936 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Dawnstar on 16 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

View Posttheatremonkey.com, on 16 April 2014 - 01:32 PM, said:

#1: would save building a fire too - we could cook using the (justified) instant ballistic explosion.

#2: Hadn't thought of that. Factor in the stage crew as well, now you mention it... So the prosc. opening of Her Majesty's is 10.5m, the average hog roaster is what, 1.5m? I'm thinking 3 set up in a line should be ample?
Actually if you did a roast on the stage of Her Majesty's you wouldn't need to build a fire, just use the jets of flame that come up from the stage at the end of the Graveyard scene!

#300469 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Dawnstar on 13 April 2014 - 06:34 PM

I'd better retract my post from yesterday then, as most people seem to think it's fine. I had two issues with it, apart from the stealing electricity point brought up already: 1) leaving a phone with a trailing wire attached lying in an aisle where people would not be expecting it is a trip hazard & 2) in a theatre as old as Her Majesty's goodness knows what state wiring could be in so it might potentially cause a fire risk. Sorry if I sound like a health & safety lecture.

#297873 ATG Present Annie Get Your Gun Starring Emma Williams And Norman Pace

Posted Dawnstar on 24 March 2014 - 09:05 PM

For those - and I confess I'm one of them - not overjoyed at the prospect of seeing Jason Donovan, a handy list of shows he won't be doing ;-) http://www.musicalth...r-gun-tour.html (Thanks to a friend for pointing it out to me.)

#296596 ATG Present Annie Get Your Gun Starring Emma Williams And Norman Pace

Posted Dawnstar on 13 March 2014 - 11:59 PM

I'd see this just to see Emma Williams again (thought she was great in Zorro but haven't managed to catch her in anything since) if only Bournemouth wasn't about 5h from me. While I doubt it will achieve the West End it would be nice if it could tour to a few more venues further eastwards.

#295908 Top Hat.

Posted Dawnstar on 09 March 2014 - 07:09 PM

I wish they'd announce the cast - well, the leads at least, I realise it may be a bit early for them to have cast the ensemble. Much as Iove the show, given how many times I saw it in London I'm not chasing the tour round the country till I know who's in it!

#295698 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Dawnstar on 07 March 2014 - 10:40 PM

Sorry for using the wrong word & annoying people. I'm not a legal expert & it was a casual post on a messageboard, not an arguement in a court.

#294357 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted Dawnstar on 25 February 2014 - 10:53 PM

View PostTitan, on 25 February 2014 - 06:13 PM, said:

Its not paranoia,  some people do look down on alw fans and people who dont like sondheim. Not all obviously but some

I am reminded of when I saw Putting It Together in Guildford last year. At the performance I went to were a number of Sondheim society members. The woman I was sitting next to asked me if I was a member and when I replied in the negative she turned away & ignored me for the rest of the time. Evidently for her just attending a Sondheim show wasn't good enough if you weren't a society member! No wonder some Sondheim fans are considered MT snobs.

Personally I like some Sondheim shows but there are others I would never see, objecting to the plots rather than the music e.g. Sweeney Todd. Likewise with ALW I really like some of his shows but not others. This is how I am with most composers, I like or dislike on a show by show basis, rather than a blanket like or dislike.

#289584 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Seating Question

Posted Dawnstar on 15 January 2014 - 06:32 PM

Apologies for the double post but anyone after Faust tickets make a dash to the ROH website now as a handful are currently available for each performance apart from the first night, including a few amphitheatre ones. I've just grabbed one for just under my budget limit - though I still think £46 for row M amphi is ridiculous. Front amphi is now over £100 - a few years ago it was only around £50!

#276834 Candide At The Menier Chocolate Factory - Christmas 2013

Posted Dawnstar on 02 September 2013 - 05:52 PM

View Postmallardo, on 02 September 2013 - 02:19 PM, said:

Did anyone here see the Robert Carson production at the ENO a couple of years ago?  Some hated it but I thought it was quite sensational.

Yes, I saw it. It was 2008 though so more than a couple of years ago! I found the production a mixture of shocking, enjoyable & cringeworthy at various points. Mind you, Candide's a guilty pleasure musical for me anyway. I tend to enjoy it while feeling I should be disapproving of it - and it's inevitably the most inappropriate lyrics that get stuck in my head afterwards!

It would be nice if the Menier could get opera singers for Candide & Cunegonde at least, though I'm not sure they will. As well as Pangloss, I don't think the Old Lady needs an opera singer either. Beverley Klein did the role both at ENO & in a concert performace I saw last year & she was fabulous despite not being at all operatic. That was the first, and probably the last, concert in which I've seen anyone vamping several younger men whilst standing on a chair!

#275819 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Dawnstar on 21 August 2013 - 06:00 PM

You're not the only one. I saw a performance of The Merry Widow this past Saturday & seemed to be the only person in the theatre who didn't either hum along to or talk through the Entr'acte to Act 3. I dream that someday I'll get to hear Phantom's Overture & Entr'acte live uninterrupted but know realistically it'll never happen. Most audiences seem to think that they don't have to shut up until the curtain goes up & actors appear onstage - & some people won't even shut up then!

#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!

#265906 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted Dawnstar on 19 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

View Postdjp, on 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM, said:

Thought the ensemble was very strong, if almost uniformly young looking. Great to see  a proper musical out there thats  using some of the young talent though.

I was sitting there yesterday thinking thank goodness the male ensemble didn't look as young as in the last cast!

View Postdjp, on 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM, said:

The Mistress,  Sarah McNicholas, was really excellent and also got a very strong response  - someone to follow . Great look for Eponine,  or an interesting Cosette.......

I'm pleased she's got the lead this time, I saw her on as the understudy on the last tour & thought she was good then.

View Postdjp, on 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM, said:

The music volume, particularly early on, was too loud,

Goodness, yes! The volume seems to have been notched up since last time. Parts of the opening few minutes were painful to the ear & I felt the floor vibrating a few times!

View Postdjp, on 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM, said:

Agree Marti Pellow.  Slightly better - but Russell Crowe's vocal range, and Nick Jonas's acting came to mind. Got better for a couple  of songs in act two, which had some oomph. Lacked edge and never quite looked like public enemy number one, or a revolutionary leader.

I saw very few signs of any discernable acting, he just seemed to be looking saturnine throughout. I think he might have smiled once! His vocals were okay but sounded like he was at the limit a few times. I also found some of his vowel sounds to be very ugly e.g. "She's not coming back to yaow". I also think the stubble is a mistake as his beard looks to be greyer than his hair so it makes him look even more too old for the role than he is already.

View Postdjp, on 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM, said:

Not sure either she comes over as a woman of the  people strongly or convincingly enough at the start - there's not much to use, but Madge managed that  better. That may all change though as the tour progresses, if they think of things to add, and take out some of the more OTT bits.

I felt Madalena was slightly over-acting at the start & trying to act a bit too girlishly. I imagine that's the sort of thing that will probably settle down with performance time.

#264145 "voluntary" Donations When Booking Online

Posted Dawnstar on 02 May 2013 - 07:37 PM

I had this come up when I was booking for Opera Holland Park a couple of weeks ago. Since I had spent 2 hours wrestling with their acting-up booking website I screamed something unrepeatable at the sight of it! I'm afraid that I never make any "voluntary" donations to anywhere. They're already getting my money in ticket price & often extortionate booking fees on top. Also, as someone who is still temping several years after graduating, no matter how much in need of money these theatres claim to be I bet they have a hell of a lot more money than I do!

#256536 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted Dawnstar on 28 February 2013 - 07:01 PM

View Postsandeman, on 28 February 2013 - 04:41 PM, said:

Marti Pellow playing Che

Oh. I think you've just save me £50 in ticket & train costs.

#256267 Top Hat.

Posted Dawnstar on 26 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

View PostCatqc, on 26 February 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

Anyone seen Alex as Alberto?
Yes, I went Saturday evening to see the new cast, though Gavin Lee was off sick (which I didn't mind as I love the u/s Jerry, Alan Burkitt). I couldn't imagine Alex Gaumond as Alberto beforehand, having seen him in Legally Blonde a few times. However when I did see him I thought he was very good & covincing as a crazy Italian despite not really being Latin!
There have been some line changes/omissions/additions with the new cast so Alberto has lost one of the lines that used to always be good for a laugh, the one about going out but waiting if he comes back before he returns (it's such a deliberately convoluted sentence that I can't quote it properly despite having seen the show several times!). However there is also an added bit in Act 2, which I won't say so as not to spoil it for future repeat visitors, that I loved.