Apologies for the double post but anyone after Faust tickets make a dash to the ROH website now as a handful are currently available for each performance apart from the first night, including a few amphitheatre ones. I've just grabbed one for just under my budget limit - though I still think £46 for row M amphi is ridiculous. Front amphi is now over £100 - a few years ago it was only around £50!
Will Matilda sweep? Discuss your predictions here!! My musical opinions are (who i think will win, not who i want to win)...
Best Musical - Kinky Boots
Best Revival of a Musical - Pippin
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Billy Porter (Kinky Boots)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Laura Osnes (Cinderella)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Terrence Mann (Pippin)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots)
Best Book of a Musical - Dennis Kelly (Matilda)
Best Original Score - Tim Minchin (Matilda)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Rob Howell (Matilda)
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Dominique Lemieux (Pippin)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Kenneth Posner (Cinderella)
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Peter Hylenski (Motown)
Best Direction of a Musical - Matthew Warchus (Matilda)
Best Choreography - Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)
Best Orchestrations - Danny Troob (Cinderella)
I have a sneaking suspicion that the critics are going to hate this. A borrowed plot that we've seen many times before, nothing much new in the way of staging. It just sounds "nice" with the novelty of having a young enthusiastic cast.... but that didn't save "Spring Awakening" which had so much more going for it. As you average reviewer is certainly not in their target audience, they'll compare it to what they know: Rent and Grease. Up against these two it just looks like a happy Italia Conti end of year show with low production values, no subtext, and no reason to see it over anything else in the west end. I'm sure they'll applaud the passion of the young cast in delivering it, and the "catchyness" of some of the tunes (although all pretty similar), but the only real positive attribute is that there's nothing else out there like it, unless you catch Grease on tour.... or your local panto.