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#294438 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted JD094 on 26 February 2014 - 04:33 PM

I deleted it because Rob was the one I wasn't sure about and took a educated guess for - I thought he fitted Hank better! And sure enough he's not haha.

Ben Jennings is a swing again (disgracefully) alongside Tom and Charlotte Jeffery is the new female swing. So who's Hank?!

#290547 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted JD094 on 25 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

Nice to have another OLC member back in Graham. Sean as Hank or Norm probably?

#290417 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 24 January 2014 - 03:17 PM

Martyn Ellis to play the Wizard in place of the ill Sam Kelly from 17th February.

#288966 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted JD094 on 09 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

View Postgreeny11, on 09 January 2014 - 07:26 AM, said:

Ben W is really good as Tommy.  Personally, I think his acting his slightly stronger than Jon's, but I think Jon is the stronger singer.

Again, I agree completely! Vocally and
harmonically, Jon is superior but thought Ben was sharper in character the few times I've seen him.

Also, I believe - and stress believe at this stage - Tom Senior is joining the cast in March.

#288917 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted greeny11 on 09 January 2014 - 07:26 AM

Ben W is really good as Tommy.  Personally, I think his acting his slightly stronger than Jon's, but I think Jon is the stronger singer.

#262511 Titanic Musical - Chamber Version At Southwark Playhouse

Posted Anthony on 19 April 2013 - 07:54 PM

Thanks. Booked!

#273912 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 31 July 2013 - 12:19 PM

Just read Simon Shorten is returning to the show from 26th August as Claquesous and 2nd cover JVJ. Dan Koek is only on a short contract until the end of October at the moment too.

#272771 The Book Of Mormon

Posted craftymiss on 19 July 2013 - 12:06 PM

View PostJaszyR91, on 18 July 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:

I agree re: Stephen and Alexia! It's performances like theirs that make me really annoyed that the Olivier Awards refuse to separate 'supporting performers' in musicals into best actor and best actress because they'd both deserve it!

I really hope Stephen wins an award for his McKinley as it makes the show for me

#269648 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 20 June 2013 - 11:33 PM

He is one of the best Valjeans I've heard or seen for sure. He'd do a great job as the Phantom (and probably be better, at least vocally, than Marcus as others have alluded to) and if that is how it ends up I'd book right away. Geronimo is also London-based for at least another year as he posted recently.

As for the new cast, I've heard Dan did really well as Valjean, his vocals are surprisingly powerful and Rob Houchen seems to be the the pick of the rest as Marius. Fits like a glove apparently, akin to other feedback in this thread too.

#263030 Viva Forever!

Posted canadian_turtle on 24 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

View PostCoggit, on 23 April 2013 - 10:27 PM, said:

*I'm looking forward to your review!*

You guys really could've warned me that this show is bad... :P

This show was just absolutely dire. I really should've known better after reading the reviews on here but I still held out the hope that my incredibly low expectations meant I could be nothing but pleasantly surprised in the end. Boy was I wrong.

The book is rubbish and filled with tasteless and misjudged jokes (repeatedly making fun of cancer patients and critising the body images of the size 6/8 actresses on stage, really?!?), and the performances were amateuristic at best with terrible acting skills on display and even worse singing voices.

The story was so bad anyway they really should've just sung one Spice Girl hit after another to get the audience in the spirit instead of singing the songs only briefly or rearranged (with exception of "Wannabe", "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Spice Up Your Life" which are of course therefor repeated again at the end of the show).

The only bit I liked was the re-arranged version of "Viva Forever", which was now acoustic and sung by a male voice (partly in Spanish too) but it was ruined as soon as the character of Viva joined in as she arguably had the worst voice of the lot on stage. I was mostly bored throughout the performance and it was painfully obvious that the four lead girls were as well.

I can only be grateful that our tickets were comps as I do not want to throw a single pound at this awful production.

#259076 Wicked 2013 Uk Tour Thread

Posted Man in Chair on 19 March 2013 - 08:58 PM

View Postajkb7926, on 19 March 2013 - 08:48 PM, said:

Just to add my penny's worth I think you will find both kerry and dianne had it written in their contracts to become leads after, di was just filling in as analene (can NEVER spell her name right) left and kerry was meant to open the show but they brought idina over for a west end record fee. wasnt it something like 30,000 dollars a week/month?
Yes, that's why I said they were exceptional.  Apart from those two, London has only seen actresses go from understudy to standby (and I think we're going to have chorus straight to standby soon) etc. but never to lead.

#241626 Jersey Boys Cast Change 2013

Posted JD094 on 20 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

This cast change takes place on Sunday 10th March 2013. Not all of the names below are officially confirmed by the show, producers or the theatre it should be said; instead they rely on things that have been said at stage door/passed on from that person directly, or via Facebook/Twitter.

Thought this should be started as Dan Burton has announced today that he will be joining 'The Pyjama Game' in Chichester next year, and therefore leaving come March. As contracts are up for renewal soon and auditions are imminent, post any news here!

Leaving: Matthew Wycliffe (Bob Gaudio), Eugene McCoy (Nick Massi), Howard Jones (Bob Crewe), Dan Burton (Joe Pesci), Mark Carroll (Knuckles), Trina Hill (Francine), Michael Conway (Swing)

Staying: Ryan Molloy (Frankie Valli), Edd Post (Bob Gaudio), Jon Boydon (Tommy DeVito), Jon Lee (alt. Frankie Valli), Stuart Milligan (Gyp DeCarlo), Ben Jennings (Joe Pesci), Tee Jaye (Barry Belson), Jake Samuels (Norm Waxman), Chris Gardner (Hank Majewski), Nicola Brazil (Mary Delgado), Lucy Martin (Lorraine), Mark Isherwood (Swing), Ben Wheeler (Swing), Lucinda Gill (Swing), Gemma Whitelam (Swing)

New Cast: David McGranaghan (Nick Massi), Will Barratt (Bob Crewe), Mark Halliday (Knuckles), Rebecca Jayne-Davies (Francine), Stuart King (Swing), Ben Evans (Swing), Michael Watson (Swing)