As for the rain there was no chance of the audience getting wet. There was a pretty big gap between the stage and the audience.
Amy Ellen Richardson is fantastic as Kathy, so humorous and warm I liked her straight away. Stephane Anelli took me a while to warm up to but I enjoyed his performance. As for James Leece as Don Lockwood I wasn't too sure. He seemed to lack the certain charisma and confidence that Don requires. Maybe it's just me being used to Adam Cooper. He will probably grow into the role. Definitely worth seeing!
There have been good examples of 'ideal casting' for example Evita in the west end recently, pretty sure that on thekenwright tour there were no complaints about Rachel Wooding playing the lead...
Considering Eva Perón's heritage is French I'd consider that to be a slightly different issue anyway.
edit: And the Les Mis argument is an unrelated issue that has never made sense to me - the characters are speaking in their native language and their thoughts and spoken word are fluently transferred to the equivalent in any other language, respectively.
I was talking to someone over the weekend who saw the show over there and mentioned some of the lyrics have been changed to reflect the accents. I didn't realise at the time what he meant, but it must've been referring to School Song!
It reminds me of the producers, that transferred with much hype and big sales but died off after a year or so. The test for mormon will be if it can hold on to its buzz
Yes, but the difference being that the Producers was on at Drury Lane with a seating capacity of over 2100 and the Prince of Wales where BOM is playing seats 1160 - about half, so the tickets are going to be hotter for longer!