Saw the movie yesterday. I thought Hugh Jackman was ok, until I heard his "Bring Him Home" and his voice sounded too harsh to me. Guess that's because I'm used to hearing Ramin Karimloo or Alfie Boe sing it, and the tone of their higher register is so different from Jackman's. Otherwise, I thought he was adequate--not mind blowing, but adequate. I thought Ann Hathaway was amazing!
musicalover, on 21 December 2012 - 04:48 PM, said:
On a different note Simon Bailey, whom I think is one of the best Raoul's ever, has a new album out in which he sings duets with Ramin, Sabrina , and katie, and on which Hadley plays bass! The album is done as a tribute to Simon's late father, and Simon wrote 4 of the songs himself. It can be purchased at Dress Circle or at www.SimonBaileyonline.com.
It's quite reflective, and well worth the 12.99 fee.
I second this, I think it's an excellent album. Very moving, and a lovely thing for Simon to have done in tribute to his father.
musicalover, on 12 December 2012 - 12:37 PM, said:
I also like the way that Raoul, not in a wheelchair, stands on stage with the beginning of Hannibal. It makes a believable flashback. I also get the slap ; Raoul is trying to convince Christine to do something which frightens her, and which she does not want to do. The timing of the acting is great here too, because, of course, poor Simon, as Raoul, does not get his face slapped 8 and sometimes 9 times a week , LOL!
Indeed given he's asking her to risk her life so he can catch the Phantom, when she' s clearly terrified, Its about time someone slapped him whether she's thought it through or going with her emotions. . Its there in the logic of the story and lyrics and its doable when you have a cast that can play the emotions. . It makes sense without knowing where the relationship will be by LND. The problem is that when you explore the ambiguity thats there, and do something different than before, and make a relationship more ambigous, you are always bound to lose some people along the way. Carry on slapping i say.