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#301236 Privacy

Posted Lynette on 19 April 2014 - 09:22 AM

The narrative is there, based on a writer who is investigating privacy for a play. There you go, no spoiler needed.

#299153 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted Reich on 03 April 2014 - 06:33 AM

View Postsam22, on 02 April 2014 - 07:26 PM, said:

Sounds like you were unlucky, how an earth did they find out?
On my WoS forum profile I had a link to my hotmail - silly me

#299008 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted vickster51 on 01 April 2014 - 10:18 PM

1st preview is Thursday, which will be my first trip to see it.

#298395 Hamlet With Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 28 March 2014 - 08:12 AM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 28 March 2014 - 08:11 AM, said:

I just hope they do day seats for this

You'd better start queuing now

#296566 The Drowned Man - Spoiler Thread

Posted Dragononmyback on 13 March 2014 - 04:36 PM

paplazaroo, Don't leave it too late though.
If you go to see it and get hooked/enjoy it you will probably want to go back to find out more.
Mainly because it's not possible to see everything in just one visit.

#297905 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted freckles on 25 March 2014 - 09:01 AM

Was there too last night. Or maybe I am Mr B & Mrs LMP's feminine side...?

Gathering my thoughts.

#296636 Big Celebrities

Posted Alexandra on 14 March 2014 - 12:09 PM

Well, it was certainly worth the nearly 2 year wait for that joke.

#296671 New Lee Hall Play At The Nt 2016

Posted KevinUK on 14 March 2014 - 05:59 PM

Oh god no. A Tenor in Geordie land is £10 cash, and Opera is that thing Julia Roberts cried at in Pretty Women. Coming from Billy Elliott land, I'll approach this knowing there'll be a bad accent or two, and the assumption Opera hadn't yet made it north of Middlesborough.

#296639 New Lee Hall Play At The Nt 2016

Posted xanderl on 14 March 2014 - 12:18 PM

Working title - The Trenchman Tenors.

I may have made that up but offer it to Lee Hall for free.

#295739 Urinetown

Posted mallardo on 08 March 2014 - 10:56 AM

As always, Steve, you provide copious good reasons for your point of view.  My take is that hammering home the message does not make the message more effective.  You quoted a line in your earlier review... "In the end there's nothing you don't know."  Exactly.  There's no news here.  It's the oldest story, or one of them.  We get it.  And we don't need to be elbowed in the ribs.

I think this production is simply too heavy handed.  It's a comedy!!  It's funny in and of itself and all the funnier when it's handled with a light touch.  Why should Lockstock be a sneering villain?  He's the Narrator.  He's someone Little Sally - the voice of instinctive wisdom in the show - actually looks up to.  The way Slinger plays him she wouldn't want to be within a mile of him.  He should not be as mangy and decrepit as the downtrodden populace.  His uniform should be crisp and clean, he should be friendly.  He is all the more sinister when played that way.

As for the production in general, someone once said that comedy doesn't play in big sets.  Wise words and true.  Keep it simple.  It's not 1984.  It's Urinetown - the title tells you how to play it.  When Lockstock lets Little Sally know that it's "not a happy musical" her response is "But the music is so happy."  I wish Jamie Lloyd had taken those words to heart.

#295607 Urinetown

Posted wickedgrin on 07 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

I was there at yesterdays matinee too! We should wear badges!!!

#295568 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted DrP on 07 March 2014 - 12:01 PM

I think the Kinky Boots/Altar Boyz references are too obscure and sound just like they've either nicked the ideas or didn't check anyone else had used them...

#295566 Urinetown

Posted Loopyjohn on 07 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

I saw this on Tuesday and feel much like Paplazaroo about it.  Top notch production values (set, lighting, sound, costumes) and excellent cast but I didn't care for the show itself as much as I thought I would. The initial premise of the story is strong but I felt that the creators' urge to throw in as many references to other shows - often accompanied by Office Lockstock and Little Sally directly addressing the audience to let them know how clever the creators have been - detracted from it.  I wonder if the revolve was installed with the sole reason of sending up Les Mis?  I enjoy a dark musical like Sweeney.  I enjoy revues which send up other shows like Forbidden Broadway.  Urinetown is a curious mix of the two and I suppose I should have enjoyed it twice as much because of it.  Probably me in a grumpy mood.  Everyone else seemed to be lapping it up.

#295495 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrDagger1 on 07 March 2014 - 12:21 AM

Well you think it is going to be a standard revolve looking at it, but the stage itself doesn't revolve. Instead in act 2, the 6 (or so) trucks that make up the main set are attached to an advanced automation system that allows each truck to move independently. I know that didn't make sense but if you see the show it makes sense:P

#295085 Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim

Posted alec_e10 on 04 March 2014 - 02:15 PM

View Postpaplazaroo, on 04 March 2014 - 11:13 AM, said:

For a second I got excited that it was a David Badella one man show, Adam long is pretty funny though so this should be decent

Talking of David Badella - I nearly choked on my Horlicks last week when he popped up in the BBC comedy Inside No 9