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#264734 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted popcultureboy on 08 May 2013 - 08:26 AM

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If this score doesn't appeal then it's time to give up on Sondheim and admit your taste just isn't that sophisticated.

Had this stopped at the word "Sondheim", it would have all been fine.


#264698 The Color Purple - The Musical

Posted Ian on 07 May 2013 - 07:17 PM

View Postmallardo, on 07 May 2013 - 06:47 PM, said:

It's a famous American book, a famous American movie, a well known and relatively successful American musical. Why would they change the spelling now?  That's parochialism in the extreme.

Personaly I think we should state that the story is "too american" for the British public, relocate the story to Liverpool, and call it "The Colour Purple" - just to get our own back for "The Full Monty".  :rolleyes:


#264672 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted popcultureboy on 07 May 2013 - 02:34 PM

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Severely lacking in decent songs. Seemed to be about 3 discernable ones within the whole thing.

"Merrily We Roll Along"
"Franklin Shepherd Inc"
"Not A Day Goes By"
"Now You Know"
"It's A Hit!"
"Good Thing Going"
"Bobby & Jackie & Jack"
"Opening Doors"
"Our Time"

And that's just off the top of my head.


#264618 The Color Purple - The Musical

Posted Nicholas on 07 May 2013 - 07:48 AM

I appreciate it's an American musical from an American source, but I can't help but feel that it should be spelt with a "u".


#264571 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted itsuckstobeme on 06 May 2013 - 05:44 PM

I couldn't disagree more, this is what musical theatre should be IMO


#264123 Othello

Posted Coated peanut on 02 May 2013 - 05:53 PM

I seem to be in the minority on this Othello, and generally feel that Kinnear is much better at farce than Shakespeare.

Overall it felt like an Othello for the service industry. There was no power to the play, and no real sense of betrayal. The sequence of actions was clear enough, but I really didn't feel that squaddies with handkerchiefs were a revelation, or believable. The female roles really don't work in a hyper realistic setting, since that level of demure servility just doesn't translate unless the play is about domestic violence of a long term abused partner, why on earth would a soldier lady serve as a maid-type character to a slightly elevated squaddie's civilian wife, etc, etc

To me, the play was about a fairly snivelling Iago who wasn't interesting or complex enough to hold my interest. It would still be nice to see Adrian Lester in Othello one day....

By the time time Cassio was told that he now rules Cyprus, I couldn't help thinking that Cyprus would have him for breakfast.


#263206 Merrily We Roll Along @ Menier & Pinter

Posted canadian_turtle on 25 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

View PostFrontRowDress, on 25 April 2013 - 10:44 AM, said:

I don't know if this has been mentioned, but they are releasing the front row © every day on-line around 10.30 am for £10 each, presume it's just during previews. Got some for tonight so I'll report back on what they are like. There are still some left at the moment.

I didn't know about this, thanks for the info! Would be keen to know what the view is like from these seats and how high the stage is. Enjoy the performance tonight :)