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#297162 Jersey Boys Cast (And Theatre) Change 2014

Posted Tina on 18 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

View Postgreeny11, on 16 March 2014 - 02:18 PM, said:

I was front row (CC) last night.  The stage is significantly lower than the Prince Edward, and you could see everything that happened even at the back of the stage.  Things that used the lift at the Prince Edward are now on a track which slides in when needed (it's quite noisy).  Like Tina said, for Ragdoll, they enter from the back of the stage on the track with their mics which looked quite good.  

John Lloyd Young is really good as Frankie.  his voice was, for the most part, very strong, but it did sound quite tired on occasions, which is probably due to the tech run in the week and then the dress rehearsal in the afternoon.  His acting was on another level, there was a clear progression in his Frankie from the younger Frankie to the older Frankie, which I haven't seen as clearly in many of the Frankies.  He's really good at the darker and more emotional scenes - especially Fallen Angel and also the scene round the table with the other Seasons.

The rest of the cast were very good.  Matt Nalton makes a very good Nick Massi, and I was impressed for what was his West End debut.  His accent slipped a couple of times, and he looked like he was about to burst into a huge grin as he said he wanted to leave the group.  Other than that, I was impressed with him - Jon and Edd were great as always.

Of the others, standouts were Nicola Brazil, who got a lot of laughs as Mary Delgado, but she also nailed the more emotional scenes opposite JLY.  I loved Tom Goodridge and Sean Mulligan (Tom's Love Muffin scene was very funny).

OMG!! I adored John Lloyd Young, he is the best actor I have seen in the role, like you say, there is clear progression from young to older Frankie here.
As a 20+ years fan of Frankie & having seen him live on a number of occasions, I have to note that vocally, JLY sounds a lot like Frankie in the tenor range.   I could close my eyes and feel I was listening to the man himself.
I didnt care for the Norm Waxman, something just seemed off, can't put my finger on what though.  I liked the kid playing Joey, he reminded me a lot of Russell Fischer from the Broadway cast.
There was a line change tonight, am not sure if it was ad-lib or a deliberate change.  But when Jon Boydon is explaining who Joey Pesci is, he no longer says "the actor from Goodfellas, who knew"  Off the top of my head, it was something about "30 years later, he won an Oscar".  I would have to check my notes to get the exact quote.

#270803 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Nicholas on 29 June 2013 - 11:36 PM

Perhaps the music's a bit simple but bugger me it's memorable, as are the lyrics "Stephen Ward your friendly osteopath/I can fix your lower back for you".  They'll probably work in context, but standing alone they sound a tiny bit overliteral and silly.  All day I've been playing a game, taking ALW musicals and making the lyrics, to the tune of "Stephen Ward", as literal as this:
"I am Jesus, I'm the son of God/It looks like I will be crucified"
"I'm the Phantom of the Opera/I'm quite ugly so I wear a mask"
"Eva Peron, wife of Juan Peron/Argentinians seemed to quite like me"
"I'm a train that's wearing roller skates/Choo choo choo choo choo choo choo choo choo"

#261338 Billy Elliot 2013

Posted Seriously on 08 April 2013 - 10:46 PM

They also gave the audience a vote on whether they wanted to hear it.  The Viva Forever audience has asked for similar tomorrow.

#260013 Viva Forever!

Posted Rooster Byron on 26 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

It only had no noms because the judges couldn't get in to see it... we all know the truth of the matter is it's sold out till July.... :) :)

#256314 The Book Of Mormon

Posted BAGibb on 27 February 2013 - 12:29 AM

Fantastic audience tonight for the best show I've ever seen. Very funny random moments tonigt included one of the tridents in hell dream breaking and flying into the audience and Chris Jarman corpsing at the end of I believe, prompting an even more positive audience reaction at the end of the song.

Some were asking which Elder played which in the show. I think I've worked it out as:

Mark Anderson as Poptarts/Harris
Daniel Clift as Church/Grant
Ashley Day as Cunninghams dad and Elder Neely/Young
Patrick George as Michaels/Cross(?), Brigham Young
Michael Kent as Davies/Brown(?), Mormon
Daniel Mackinlay as Elder Mackinlay (ironically, Benjamin Schraders part)/White
And Liam Wrate as Zelder/Smith

Think that's them, ita astonishing how similar they look at times.


Prices Dad/Joseph Smith/Mission President - Matt Krzan, Mark Anderson
McKinley - Mark Anderson, Michael Kent
Price - Ashley Day, Luke Newton
Mafala - Terel Nugent, Oliver Lidert
Nabalungi - Lucy St Louis, Candace Furbert
General - Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Terel Nugent

Hope this clears things up for anyone.

#256014 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Mothers Younger Brother on 24 February 2013 - 10:33 PM

View Postgreeny11, on 24 February 2013 - 10:06 PM, said:

What did you think of Stephen and Alexia?

Stephen was hilarious as Elder McKinley. It was a much smaller role than I imagined it would be going in but he stole the scenes whenever he was onstage.

Alexia is an adorable Nabulungi (amongst the other names Cunningham gave her included Nickelodeon, Notting hill and Nala). Her Salt Lake City sounded nice however the orchestra sometimes overpowered her, something I'm sure will be worked out by opening, after-all, it was only a dress rehearsal. The reprise of Hasa Diga was a highlight for me. I'm a sucker for real tears on stage and Alexia had them!

The ensemble are all fantastic! Special mentions go to Sharon Wattis who is hilarious as Mrs Brown and the also hilarious  Olivia Phillip who gets the best lines in the show ("What the f*ck is a steak knife?")