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#300250 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 12 April 2014 - 02:08 PM

I'm sure she'll be there. Maybe all her rest this week has been with that in mind as well?

Also, I found out the last show for this cast is October 25th :)

#299814 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 09 April 2014 - 12:23 AM

Back from this and seeing Emma. She was INCREDIBLE and by far the best thing about the show. Despite being tiny, her belt is just fantastic but then she also demonstrated great range in the more delicate parts of the score too. Loved her acting choices throughout.

Defying Gravity was quite something - she just unleashed this power from nowhere and it blew everyone away. A cheeky few riffs in it and also TWAI as well (which she made one small line fluff in too but that was the only thing I could fault her for). I'd see her again in a heartbeat and would not be disappointed to see her unexpectedly.

I didn't warm to Savannah at all. She wasn't bad but came across as really forced and over the top which irked me slightly and made her much less funny than Glinda should be. A solid soprano but nothing outstanding, NOMTW was good but I thought she went downhill from there - if anything she seemed a bit bored by the time we reached the end of the second act and just wanted it to end. For Good was disappointing consequently and wasn't as emotional as it could have been. Didn't like her choices in Popular either which highlighted the lack of chemistry between her and Emma, sadly. Think they need a few more shows together to properly click.

Sam Edwards was okay as Fiyero but on occasion a bit plank of wood-ish. Certainly looked the part and sang it pretty well with a few bum notes particularly in ALAYM. Thought he was a better dancer than singer but to his credit he did work well with both leading ladies.

Was lovely to have a Wizard who could sing so well done Martyn Ellis; but thought he rushed his lines rather. Morrible disturbed me (not sure if that's a good thing or not) and was very shouty. No complaints about Sam and Katie as Boq and Nessa - seen them a couple of times before and can't really fault their portrayals or voices. Paul Clarkson was great as Dillamond too with what little he had to do; a shame that track gets so little stage time.

On the whole I did enjoy the show still and was good to see a mix up of leads and a couple of covers. Ensemble were tight and dancers were much cleaner than on previous visits. A shame about Savannah but it could have been an off night. Will definitely return to see Willemijn and Jeremy, though, and give her another chance.

#295954 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted JD094 on 09 March 2014 - 11:20 PM

It was brilliant! Mics all died and major sound issues caused the show stop but it didn't detract from the day at all. Particularly hilarious moment when the phone didn't ring either time it was meant to causing some great improvisation from Ryan, who then decided to do a bit of a strip-tease and throw various items of clothing into the audience after Jon's speech about him; then all the leavers came back on during the playout to dance like crazy.

Glenn Carter, Philip Bulcock, Suzy Bastone and Eugene McCoy were all in the audience which was lovely to see :)

#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.

#289718 Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

Posted JD094 on 17 January 2014 - 10:53 AM

Just in case it hasn't been mentioned on here - Alfonso Casado is the MD for this show; he's got a month or so left at Les Mis I believe.

#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.

#288515 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted JD094 on 05 January 2014 - 03:46 PM

Any more updates on this?

I seriously hope Ben Jennings is staying, looking forward to seeing his Frankie in a couple of weeks.

#284532 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted JD094 on 21 November 2013 - 11:04 PM

View PostMrs Lovett, on 21 November 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

'I love the gays!' If she had said to me in the condescending voice I would have spat in her face.
'I love the blacks but could you strip the urban?'

Cringed majorly at that!

Looking forward to next week's segments on Top Hat and The Bodyguard in particular, as the latter suggests we may find something out re: Heather Headley's well-documented vocal troubles.

#284277 The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread

Posted JD094 on 19 November 2013 - 02:22 PM

Willemijn sounds incredible from the YouTube footage. Mind blown. Maybe the Louise Dearman fans left because WV was better than they thought she'd be and couldn't take it? Either way, pretty disgusting behaviour.

#281884 The Book Of Mormon

Posted JD094 on 25 October 2013 - 03:52 PM

Maybe Gavin will sign on for six months more allowing Mark to start mid-summer? Just a thought. I can't see Mark not playing Price in the West End over the next couple of years.

#279825 Shrek Uk Tour 2014

Posted JD094 on 04 October 2013 - 11:33 PM

It wouldn't surprise me to see Dean Chisnall reprise his role as Shrek.

#277049 Matilda Musical

Posted JD094 on 04 September 2013 - 09:43 AM

I am going on Thursday too! Very excited :)

#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.