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"
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
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?")