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In Topic: Rock Of Ages Uk Tour

17 April 2014 - 09:13 PM


Not sure about Noel's shoes!

In Topic: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

17 April 2014 - 03:46 PM

Has anyone asked Robert Lindsay how his hangover was after the Oliviers?

In Topic: We Will Rock You 2 Workshop

17 April 2014 - 03:44 PM

I've heard they're toying with time-travel, and someone coming back from the dead... I wasn't really listening.

In Topic: Avenue Q Returns To London!

16 April 2014 - 07:08 PM

Hasn't Blood Brothers been to Cork?

In Topic: Urinetown

16 April 2014 - 07:00 PM

I saw it on Monday.  Loved it.  I think it helps if you know what you're letting yourself in for, of if you're a fan or musicals in general, as a lot of the humour is aimed at poking fun at itself.  It's had a bucket load of blood and money thrown at it, and I think that's possibly the problem here.  The cleverness of the script and lyrics are usurped by a dark "Les Miserables type sewer set" and revolve, and a saccharine Disney poster.

The set, whilst visually interesting in One 1, is pretty pointless in Act 2.  It's reduced to one static piece which Hope stays tied to for two thirds of the Act.  There's little physical depth, so everyone ends up acting right at front of the stage on either level.  There are many songs where there seems to be choreography on every single word, which after a while I found distracted from any depth or pathos in the acting.

The sound design is a little cartoonish at times, and I wasn't sure why Office Lockstock had to be seated mumbling on the floor at the beginning, getting changed.  It struck me as your typical "director looking for something artistic to do" scenario.

Richard Fleeshman's pecs are hypnotic, and he has a pleasant voice, but lacks the authoritative tenor belt that his character needs by the end of Act 1.  Hope is well acted, but her role ends up tied to a chair for so long, and in many scenes she might as well be off-stage.  The ensemble are incredibly hard working, and Miss Pennywise and Mr Cladwell are very well judged and superbly performed.

It's an enjoyable version of the show, but I'm not sure that's enough in the current climate.  On Broadway (or off) they like this sort of thing.  But until the producers actually get the word out to the public what this show is about, I can't see it having a long-term future.  The poster (in my humble opinion) is terrible.  At the moment it's the only advertising that most people will see (given that you don't tend to pass the EPK on the street), and it just looks like a Disney version of Romeo and Juliet, with a terrible title.  Yes, that's the central premiss or conceit of the show: "nothing can kill a show like too much exposition, or a bad title"... but if the main building blocks of your show are designed to put people off, you're going to struggle to transfer!

But despite all that, a very enjoyable evening, a very enjoyable show, possibly not as amazing as a lot of twitter would have you believe, but nonetheless a whole heap better than some things you could see!