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#301169 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Sam4God on Yesterday, 02:40 PM

View PostMusicalTalk, on 18 April 2014 - 09:51 AM, said:

Here's our review:

Enjoyed listening to your thoughts. Disagree with most of them, but it was interesting to hear your reasons for not liking the show.

#300715 Olivier Predictions

Posted Sam4God on 14 April 2014 - 11:02 PM

I disagree. I think it's great to celebrate some of the older long-running shows each year, as well the new shows. Yes, the Audience award itself may be a bit pointless, but some of these shows (particularly the very popular ones who make it to the top 4 each year) are a big part of the West End. It's not like they perform at the actual awards ceremony or anything. Just a little pre-Oliviers event to promote theatre to the crowds in Covent Garden. I think it's brilliant.

#300593 Olivier Predictions

Posted Sam4God on 14 April 2014 - 03:33 AM

Always amuses me to come on this forum and read such negative comments about performances I enjoyed.

I thought Willemijn was fantastic. I love her tone and she sang Defying Gravity beautifully. So what if she was 'on a roof'? Or if her make up didn't look 'perfect'? The performance was great and that's what matters. I actually quite liked having her perform from the roof... Nice change and it was definitely better for the massive crowd as everyone there could see her and it prevented pushing in the crowd.

I also really like the current Les Mis cast. Not the best I've seen, but they're good. I saw the show again after nearly two years last week, and really enjoyed it. The JVJ does look young, but his acting in the show is very strong and he has a nice voice. I also particularly love Carrie as 'Eponine' (No, I am not one of her crazy teenage fans/"hopefuls". I simply think she's brilliant at portraying Eponine).

On the subject of the awards, I'm pretty pleased with the winners. Only major disappointment for me was Katherine Kingsley not winning 'best supporting actress in a play' - she really deserved it. Also was kind of hoping Jared won 'best actor in a musical' instead of Gavin as I find Jared a much more entertaining and versatile actor, but I'm happy for Gavin nontheless.

Book of Mormon definitely deserved all their awards. Also glad that Once got some recognition and particularly happy that Zrinka won 'best actress in a musical'.

#298530 The Bodyguard

Posted Sam4God on 28 March 2014 - 11:49 PM

If you go by Twitter follower statistics and actual fan-base size, AB is a bigger star than BK. So I wouldn't worry about her not 'selling tickets'. It's only for 3 months, anyway.

#298211 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Sam4God on 27 March 2014 - 12:54 AM

I'm pleasantly surprised with the reviews so far. So glad it's not being completely slated like people had predicted. I saw the show again tonight and enjoyed it. A few things had changed since the 2nd preview, but they were unnecessary small changes and not the ones I think they should have changed. Regardless, I still loved it and found it funny and entertaining even on second viewing. The show has its faults, but it's SO crazy as a whole that it really doesn't matter. Spoke to a couple of the 'celebrities' there including Caroline Flack and they all said they loved it too (but they would, wouldn't they!).

#296774 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Sam4God on 15 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 15 March 2014 - 04:37 PM, said:

See I don't think bad reviews will do anything, bad word of mouth will kill it, but not reviews. The general public pay little notice to them, look at The Bodyguard.

This is how I see it, too. And from what I've heard, word of mouth for this has been pretty good. I myself have already convinced about 6 individuals (who weren't interested at first) to go see this show. 4 of them have seen it now and they all loved it (one has even gone back to see it again!). The other 2 are seeing it within the next few weeks. Most of the casual theatre fans I know who've seen the show so far have loved it just as much as I did, and have all written tweets/facebook statuses etc recommending it to their own set of friends and family. I honestly think this show's going to do fairly well, regardless of what press reviews write about it!

#296471 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Sam4God on 12 March 2014 - 09:16 PM

I saw the second preview of this last week and surprisingly liked it a LOT! Yes, it's not perfect and the story leaves a lot to be desired. But it's FUN. In fact it's the most fun I've had at the theatre since the first time I saw 'The Book of Mormon'. The cast is incredible, the sets are a bit over the top but AMAZING, and the songs are funny with a few particularly good catchy ones.
It was a weird one for me - because as I was watching the show, I regularly found bits that I thought were weak and should be changed (it was the 2nd preview after all), but at the same time I also regularly found bits that made me laugh so much I couldn't help but love it. Overall, it's a funny show that doesn't take itself seriously. It's so ridiculous at times that it's brilliant! I thought I was going to hate the ending (don't want to spoil it), but by that point, the show and cast had made me laugh so much that I didn't care. It was definitely a strange ending, but it somehow worked, because the whole show is just bonkers. In a good way. That's my opinion anyway. But I think a show that can make an audience laugh every few minutes and genuinely entertain them for 2 hours or so, deserves to do well.
Particular stand out performances for me were Simon Bailey, Simon Lipkin, Cynthia Erivo and Victoria Elliott.
I've been desperate to go back since last Thursday and hoping to go again next week!

#296445 Kinky Boots/newsies News?

Posted Sam4God on 12 March 2014 - 06:34 PM

HOPEFULLY Newsies! But Kinky would be exciting, too.

#294935 Billy Elliot 2013

Posted Sam4God on 03 March 2014 - 12:17 AM

View PostTina, on 02 March 2014 - 09:03 PM, said:

Moving on.....
Couldnt see it posted on here, so just adding that Barnaby Meredith is rejoining the cast, as Older Billy

This has made me so happy. No 'Older Billy' performance I've seen has been up to the standard that Barnaby's performances always were and I'm sure will be when he rejoins the cast.

#294732 Billy Elliot 2013

Posted Sam4God on 01 March 2014 - 04:06 AM

View PostSeriously, on 01 March 2014 - 01:53 AM, said:

I remember Stephen Daldry saying they'd never have celebrities or names in the show, as they didn't want anything to detract from the kid.  Looks like they need the bums on seats now!

Ruthie is far from a 'celebrity'. She is a well known theatre performer and rightly so, too.

#294724 Broadway 2014 Master Thread

Posted Sam4God on 01 March 2014 - 01:16 AM

Great to read such a positive review about Aladdin. I'm off to NY for a few days next week and Aladdin is one of the shows I'll be seeing. I'm even more excited about it now :)

#294375 WWRY Closing

Posted Sam4God on 26 February 2014 - 02:47 AM

Billy Elliot should easily make its 10th anniversary next May. And I think it may possibly extend again a bit after that, too. As someone who regularly sees the show, I can tell you that it definitely doesn't look like it's  "struggling". The theatre hardly ever feels 'empty'. All 3 levels are always open and although some midweek shows may not be as full, of all the times I've seen the show, I've probably only felt it was 'empty' once and it was a Thursday matinee about 5 months ago. (And even then, it wasn't as empty as I've seen some performances of other popular shows to be midweek, including Wicked, Phantom and even Matilda yes.) Most of the time, the Victoria Palace theatre looks full enough (and I usually go on weekdays!) - I can imagine it being a lot busier on weekends. Yes, they may do offers and have discounted tickets available a lot, but clearly it's not a big problem as enough people are still buying and seeing the show every week.

If Billy Elliot ever closes/goes on tour/moves/etc, it will most likely be because the Victoria Palace theatre needs renovating. From what I've heard and read, there have been plans to renovate that theatre for a long time and they keep pushing them back because in order to do so, they'd need to have the theatre be dark and Billy's currently in it. I think the last I heard, there were plans to start the work on the theatre in early 2016 but I can't be sure.

In regards to the Dominion theatre, Billy obviously wouldn't ever move to that theatre. The Dominion is too big for a lot of shows. It's even too big for Newsies, in my opinion. Way too big, in fact. Only a massive production could work well in that theatre. I for one, wouldn't miss We Will Rock You if it closed. But of course... this may all just be rumours, anyway.

#292720 The Last Ship Starring Rachel Tucker And Sally Ann Triplett

Posted Sam4God on 13 February 2014 - 12:52 AM

Sounds quite exciting. Happy for Rachel Tucker.

#290375 The Future West End - what would you like to see?

Posted Sam4God on 24 January 2014 - 04:27 AM

The one show I really want to transfer is Newsies. Saw it on Broadway last year and absolutely loved it! There are however, a lot of shows in the West End that I wouldn't miss if they closed. We Will Rock You, Thriller, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Stephen Ward (that one's closing anyway) to name a few.

#288910 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted Sam4God on 09 January 2014 - 01:55 AM

View PostKevinUK, on 08 January 2014 - 11:35 PM, said:

Aren't you a Wicked fan? Everyone knows Willie's the midwife silly :P

Haha I admit this made me laugh. So thanks! :)