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.
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.
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
I saw it in San Diego pre New York. Loved it. Faith Prince was amazing in a part that demands amazing. And John Bucchino's music is absolutely ravishingly beautiful. I don't know why it didn't work in New York, I really don't. I thought it would be a big hit and win awards. There you go.
Alright fair enough Mallardo it is a good book, this has only put my nose out of joint as I'm from Newcastle and know a load of Geordies who don't get many creative opportunities - I'm sure I'll stop seething soon
I completely understand, and you, as a budding playwright, probably take it more personally than most. But a Broadway show is the big leagues and you can't blame producers for going with the tried and true. In any case, in the writing profession, I'm a believer that talent will, eventually, be recognized. If you're good people will know it because it's right there on the page. Your talented Geordie friends will find their way.
Sounds like a cross between billy elliott and newsies but not the score. I`m not convinced from bits Ive heard either. Apparently Sting wanted to bring new talent from Britain in this. According to Broadway World message board Jimmy Nail and Rachel were at concerts in NY end of last year when he was promoting it. He then stated Jimmy Nail would be in the cast then so the poster said.
So glad you started this thread, paplazaroo, as I saw the show yesterday and wanted to post about it but had exactly the same concern about where to do so. The show was sensational. I have never seen anything like it (because of the mixture of song and dance) and sat there absolutely transfixed. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and expect it will soon sell out.
My husband and I (yes I'm a man too) would like to take our adopted children to see a show.... something our family could enjoy. Do you have any suggestions on what might be a good family show we could take our family to see?
Here's a list of shows NOT to take them to see
Sound of Music - Maria lives with a load of women. Lesbian. Homosexuality is not for kids. Long live Putin
Grease - at one point (in the film at least) 2 men hug. Gay. This is going to turn your children and crumble society. Long live Putin
Matilda - man dresses up as woman. Obviously a homosexual. Homos shouldn't b anywhere near children lest we convert them. Long live Putin