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#300662 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted ThreeThousand on 14 April 2014 - 02:57 PM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 14 April 2014 - 01:21 PM, said:

I recorded this yesterday the the Oliviers in Covent Garden. You can't see her very clearly but the audio is good and my goodness she was AMAZING. https://www.facebook...553718913101361

Thanks for this! If anyone didn't catch the TV broadcast by the way, this footage is pretty much as good as what went out. All you're missing is a few closeups and random cuts to buildings and the sky. And while the broadcast sound quality is obviously a bit better, I like how in this you can hear people in the crowd singing Glinda's lines. :)

#300584 The Oliviers - The Results

Posted Nicholas on 13 April 2014 - 11:39 PM

Ladies and gay men (well, I liked that joke), this is my two pennies.

The issue with theatrical awards is that, for the most part, they celebrate shows that are past and gone, and in celebrating them they've never managed to leap that hurdle.  I watched the Oscars (more fool me) and the joy of those is should I feel so inclined I can see the Documentary Shorts and ever Best Picture nominee, whilst here every best revival is closed (Private Lives available on Digital Theatre, something these awards could have flagged up...) and I think every best new play has too.  It would be lovely to bring in numbers from upcoming shows to make it a celebration of past and future, but they don’t.  I think anyone who calls theatre esoteric and with niche appeal could watch this ceremony and feel validated.  The TV Baftas, as a show, appeal as Sunday night entertainment, Graham Norton a bit tipsy and irreverent, everyone polite and gently backslapping and the tone enjoyable.  This, as a show, appealed to people who saw theatre.  It gives those of us who saw Lesley Manville something to be chuffed about and those who didn't something to be miffed about where her Bafta nomination meant we could catch up.  I think it ought to be a celebration of past and future, or else it becomes a celebration for the select.

Also, and I'm not the first to say this, not enough focus given to plays.  I remember watching a Tony highlights where they did scenes from plays like musical numbers and it fell flat, but surely something could be done.  A song, for goodness sake, from The Amen Corner, a bit of Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, some Private Lives hilarity, maybe nothing from shows so intense and unable to decontextualise as Ghosts, one of the wittier conversations from Chimerica, even bits of Peter and Alice would have worked well on that stage.  Most shows these days have trailers, most are even filmed for posterity, so a few video clips, why not?  If not, shows from the future - Bakersfield Mist, Fatal Attraction, I don't know, just something open or opening.  The dole queue from The Full Monty!  This is easy!  I'm thinking these up on the spot!  Why couldn't the producers?

As for this show itself, Benny and Bjorn’s two lines of song didn’t seem worth the air fare (ABBA REUNION NOW), Bernadette Peters can do no wrong and most of the musical numbers came off well, mostly.  If memory serves this highlights had the same issue as last years, which is you got to see nothing of the hosts but them say “And now our next presenter…”.  Now, that might be all they do live, but that’s ludicrous.  Look at how NPH is always lively, witty, doing silly stunts…  It’s glitzy and entertaining for all, not just those in the know.  Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton were great when they did it.  Some nice speeches too, especially lovely Rory Kinnear, Gavin Creel's praising the FOH staff, Richard Eyre, the NT's two Nicks and the fact that the Frozen/Book of Mormon man didn’t give another sickening speech like at the Oscars.  How was it live, for those who went?  Worth £60?  And was there an In Memoriam that was cut from TV Broadcast, does anyone know?

And the winners seemed, for the most part, fair.  Rory Kinnear is lovely and deserved it, Lesley Manville definitely did, the many accolades Ghosts achieved were more than deserved and even if Chimerica wasn’t the best play I felt no qualms about seeing Kirkwood’s ambition rewarded and Lyndsay Turner’s direction was impeccable.  Shame nothing for The Scottsboro Boys – how will that affect its West End standing?  Unless I’m forgetting something, no-one truly undeserving went up on that stage.

As awards, when I look over the list of winners, I'm pleased enough.  But as a show it has one huge fault, which is epitomised by Samuel's comment about seeing Bakersfield Mist.  When I watch the Oscars it makes me want to go see American Hustle or Captain Philips or whatever I missed.  I didn't want to go see anything at the end of this, I only felt smug and self-satisfied at what I'd seen.  It's a two hour advert for theatre that doesn't advertise what's worth seeing at the theatre, unless it's a musical that as would luck would have it is on or that's been running since time immemorial.  And whilst the Society Of London Theatres won't award what's going on in Sheffield unless Sheffield visits us, why not a trail for what Daniel Evans is doing with shows like My Fair Lady and Oliver and The Full Monty, regional triumphs, or a nod to all those stars popping down to Chichester?  Theatre is national (like NT Live, which only the winners felt worth mentioning) and upcoming and this celebrates localised and finished theatre.  THAT's why I say those who think theatre is an esoteric hobby will feel validated.  A thumbs up for the winners, a thumbs up for the performers who did well but a thumbs down to the show's producers.

#300381 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted xanderl on 13 April 2014 - 08:17 AM

View PostMrs Lovett, on 12 April 2014 - 11:24 PM, said:

When u spend a w*nk load of money buying a ticket/getting a programme/buying a train ticket then the least they can do is let u suck 5 mins of juice for the journey home.

And while you're doing that you also charge your phone?

#298958 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 01 April 2014 - 12:51 PM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 01 April 2014 - 11:40 AM, said:

Going tonight, got the £20 front row seats....dead in the centre! Very excited to finally make my mind up! Wondering if they'll have any April Fools' jokes up their sleeve. Seems like the kind of show that would do such a thing....

Enjoy - certainly value for money at £20! As for being an April Fool joke - the whole show should have opened on April 1st and then we all would have got the joke!

Prepare to be gobsmacked!

#298862 London Live To Screen Plays

Posted dallardice on 31 March 2014 - 09:17 AM

The strand is called "Digital Theatre Presents" and "Lovesong" is being shown on Saturday 1.30pm-3.30pm and Sunday from 4pm-6pm.

London Live is on Freeview, Sky and Virgin if you're in London (not sure quite how precisely they define that) but will also have an internet stream on londonlive.co.uk.

They have an entertainment strand every night at 6.30pm called "London Go" and their flagship "Not the One Show" at 7pm will also apparently cover theatre, both West End and Fringe.

#296168 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 03:16 AM

Mr Barnaby I was the critic from WOS, I assure you I'm not 'village Hall' I am somebody who works in the industry as a director, writer and producer and have won awards and nominations for my work, and i also write for a few theatre sites.

I will ALWAYS give my 100 percent honest opinion on all aspects of a show and thought DRS was outstanding, I was lucky enough to see the Broadway Production as well and thought this matched it all the way (in fact I think set and costumes were far better).

I really hope this finds an audience in London as it really deserves it. I hope all of you that get to see the show have as much fun as I did.

#296226 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted vertigo1 on 11 March 2014 - 01:01 PM

How does it look like a good score from the song names?

#295712 Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre

Posted Nicholas on 08 March 2014 - 02:05 AM

View Postwickedgrin, on 07 March 2014 - 11:28 PM, said:

Noel Coward wrote the play in days and virtually no lines were altered. He was a stickler for the accurate delivery of his script. He would have had palpitations if he had witnessed this production.

There’s a line in Hay Fever that reads “You can see Marlow on a clear day, so they tell me” but which Edith Evans, in rehearsals, read as “You can see Marlowe on a very clear day.”  Correcting her, Coward said “No, dear, on a very clear day you can see Marlowe and Beaumont and Fletcher.”

Judy Campbell, who toured with Coward in the war, got annoyed with him.
Campbell: Oh, I could just throw something at you!”
Coward: Try starting with my lines.

And bringing it back to Blithe Spirit, and Fletcher (Jessica), Claudette Colbert was fluffing her lines.
Colbert: Oh, dear, I knew them backwards this morning.
Coward: And that’s just the way you’re delivering them, dear.

#295483 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 06 March 2014 - 11:20 PM

Website says 2 hours 30 mins with an interval, 14 mins without

#295000 Twelve Angry Men - Tour And Garrick

Posted Jon on 03 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

The show has extended until June 14th, guess its doing well enough to justify the extension plus the Garrick hasn't got anything lined up.

#294533 Kinky Boots - Ideal Cast

Posted MrBarnaby on 27 February 2014 - 01:09 PM

I think the score is terribly weak. To think it beat Matilda to best score and musical is truly laughable.

#293916 Unexpected Moments!

Posted Nicholas on 23 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

View PostMrs Lovett, on 22 February 2014 - 09:31 PM, said:

have u been to a performance where something unexpected has happened???!

We went to see My Fair Lady, and Martine McCutcheon was on.

#294036 Wos Awards 2014

Posted Kathryn2 on 24 February 2014 - 11:03 AM

Erm, well if regular theatre-goers can't be bothered to vote, it's hardly surprising that what we think should win doesn't, is it?!

I didn't vote either, by the way.

Edit: Actually, tell a lie, I did vote - but the only thing I remember voting for was the NT 50 years on stage for theatrical event!

#293717 Musicals You Would Love To See Come To The West End?

Posted freckles on 21 February 2014 - 02:59 PM

View Postfreckles, on 31 May 2013 - 03:48 PM, said:

I really enjoyed the concert performance of Little Women last year & would like to see that as a fully fledged show.

Apologies for quoting myself & dredging up a really old thread, but it seems I'm going to get my wish!

Guildford School of Acting are putting on Little Women in March, both in Guildford and at the Union, in rep with Chess.
Union Tickets here
GSA Info here

So, not quite West End, but I'll be going nonetheless.
I saw the GSA production of RENT last year and it was pretty impressive.

#293316 Forum Members Singing

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 18 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

My cover of (I'm Not) Getting Married Today from Company: