Also I don't think anyone is arguing it should have been cast entirely by unknown stage actors. There are many high profile movie actors who started on the musical stage and can sing and act beautifully whether on stage or on camera like Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Mandy Patinkin, Luke Evans, Neil Patrick-Harris to name a few more
Well Imelda Staunton and indeed her husband are performing and being interviewed at David Bedella and friends on Thursday night. I went to the last event with Nigel Planer and he spilled some news about another big show of 2013 so hopefully Imelda will at this one! I'd thoroughly recommend the night btw, they seem to be a bit useless at promoting it so not many people know about it but the last one had amazing performances from Daniel Boys, Heather Headleys stand in and Ray Shell in a very cosy bar.
I'll be giving this one a miss I think, I saw James Bourne sing a song from it at the Mercury Musicals gala on sunday, which was awesome btw. He sang, Holly I'm the one, which sounded like a mash of all the blink 182, sum 41 songs that were popular when I was in my teens and the rhymes were very infantile, in particular 'Holly I'm the one you should be dating, seeing you with him is so frustrating' as it reminded me of Avril Lavigne 'Why do you have to go and make things so complicated, I see the way you're actin' like you're somebody else Gets me frustrated'.
Everyone seems to have loved the Herod reality show pastiche. Is it just me who thinks it's a bit rich to supposedly condemn materialism and greed, then lampoon our obsession with reality tv when you're charging a fortune in an over large venue to maximise profit and casting the lead in a reality show? Maybe I'm over thinking it.
Interesting to hear an opinion from the stalls, I was way up at the back in the 'cheap' seats. Overall I'd love to see this in a theatre but from where I was sitting it was like they had lifted a pros arch style set and rig and plonked it into the o2. The acoustics were pretty awfull and I couldn't connect with the show as I could hardly see it, I was expecting something a bit bigger and more spectacular to justify the venue. Andrew saying that he has waited 42 years came across to me as him saying he's waited 42 years to manage to get so much more cash than he would in a theatre. The production was set modern day, cue glee style acting of 'occupy' protesters, dirty hippys and guantanamo boiler suits. For me the anti capitalist messages were a bit at odds with the way the production had been put together especially the way they did Herods song which was very hypocritical. Not sure how much to say as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Cast wise - Mel C struggled, Ben Forster was way out of his acting depths but had a half decent stab at singing it. I loved Minchins take on Judas , I thought he was very strong vocally and is a good obscure choice, a bit like Jerome Pradon. The hanging was awesome and the last ten minutes good, although a little bit emotionally munipulative using imagery from 9/11 and ww2. Pilate was excellent as was Peter and the ensemble seemed strong if underused, I thought we had escaped body popping breakdancers until some appeared in act 2. So overall I reckon I enjoyed it but would have liked it much more if it had been in a theatre.