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#299398 Urinetown

Posted SF88 on 05 April 2014 - 01:01 PM

View PostRadio, on 04 April 2014 - 07:30 PM, said:

Really do hope they find a theatre. My day asked the manager at the St James last week when he was there and he said that they were still trying to sort something out.

I think a transfer is risky. I found this wryly amusing but the satire was blunt and it really did not blow me away. Granted, they've got the set and cast to make a transfer viable, but I think the piece itself just isn't strong enough.

#297381 The Bodyguard

Posted wickedgrin on 20 March 2014 - 01:30 PM

The big question is who is taking over from Beverley Knight at the end of May. Even if it does close in August they have to keep the box office healthy for 3 months!

#297211 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted coddy92 on 18 March 2014 - 09:30 PM

Popping along tomorrow night as my mum wanted to see the show before it closes - bought £15 tickets on Lastminute.com so not sure of where we're sitting yet!

Don't really know much about the show if I'm honest as I haven't followed it as much as my other favourites...intrigued to see what it's like and make my own judgement. The concept doesn't massively appeal to me due to being too young to know properly about the scandal but a cheap ticket was too good to miss considering it's on it's final stretch!

#296912 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Kathryn2 on 16 March 2014 - 07:35 PM

I'm really quite looking forward to this now, after reading reactions here!

#296899 Shortest Run?

Posted xanderl on 16 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

The Telegraph on Intimate Revue ...


After some of the scene changes began taking up to 20 minutes each, the management hastily scrapped seven scenes in order to get to the finale before midnight.

Sounds like the current show at the Palladium.

An unexpectedly short run was Enron on Broadway - axed a week after press night.

#296831 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Avfan on 16 March 2014 - 05:01 AM

I was really looking forward to this. I desperately wanted it to be good. I love Harry Hill and really liked the two songs I had seen on TV. Dear god what an absolute mess. The cast are doing everything they can with what they have been given, but the creative team need a big slap of reality if they are going to turn this around but being honest I'm not sure if they can?

The set in Act 1 is atrocious, Iv'e seen better panto sets. Act 2 is much much better set wise. The first fifteen minutes gave me hope for the show, as I was enjoying it, then it started to go down hill rapidly. The book is all over the place. Again another extraordinarily talented TV writer with no Idea what works on stage. This resulted in not just the set but the show itself veering into panto. Another poster put it very well when they described it as a series of sketches trying to work a story in. Simon Lipkin is a fantastic actor and he works his butt off on stage, but as soon as his character appeared that was it, it became sketch territory and surprisingly for Harry Hill a lot of it fell flat. The show could loose 3 plus characters easily as they actually cheapen it. Again not the actors but the poorly written characters.

It's fine to parody something, but that parody needs to be matched with substance. So even though you're laughing at the knowing winks and blatant self mockery it needs to be balanced out with some character development which this show is sorely lacking. It's essentially a five minute you tube video or Harry Hill sketch stretched out over nearly three hours. I was happy to leave half way through act 2 but my friend wanted to stay and boy am I glad we did, I will never forget the final two - three minutes of the show where we both sat there open mouthed at what was happening. I cannot believe that around 5 - 7 creatives signed off on that. Yep that sounds like a good idea and not at all a waste of money. Those who have seen it will know what I'm referring too but I literally sat there open mouth.

Again the cast worked so hard but when the core material is so weak then what can they truly do?

Where the hell was the creative team? Mainly the producers? Was there any voice of reason in the room? I don't understand how glaringly obvious problems were not flagged by the team. Cameron Macintosh may have a rep for being an interfering force in the rehearsal room but Dear God this show was crying out for a producer to step in as far back as week two of rehearsals, or even the workshop and squash numbers and story arks that should never have made it out of the room. Look who knows how much the show will change before press, but the only hope they have of salvaging the thing is by being ruthless, maybe even getting in a fresh pair of eyes for the script.

A large number of the audience seemed to enjoy it, but even the guffaws at the obvious jokes in act 1 had severely depleted by act 2. Now as tonight's house was heavily comped to industry people, maybe the reaction would have been different with a more general audience?

I think it can hope for one or two four star reviews at best but that will be if serious changes happen. However, overall I see the critics having a field day with this. If it see's Christmas it will be lucky, but it could also turn into a big seller if the target audience like it. Alas I think if it does hit the six month mark it will be heavily financed by a certain producer, as on a Saturday night, to be heavily papering the house is not a good sign,

#296832 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Honoured Guest on 16 March 2014 - 05:40 AM

I saw the Saturday matinee preview and enjoyed it! I most liked the humour of the direct references to X Factor judges, compere, past contestants, format, etc. and of course the great Simon himself - no problem for me with anything being too obvious, The "panto" aspect of the show was very appealing to me. I also very much liked several of the more quirky set pieces, such as the finales of both acts, and the audition close-up, and the flower. It was like a sophisticated variety show.

The characters were fine, although the plot is weak, and I'd prefer it if the variety, panto and affectionately humorous elements were even further featured, and the plot were to dwindle more.

The music seemed mostly passable, but I don't really know about such things! The choreography was very pedestrian at times - too like Britain's Got Talent.

I don't really care what most of the critics say about this, but I do hope that the show succeeds in appealing to good audiences. The attitude of the X Factor tv audience - looking to appreciate good talent, but delighted to have a good laugh at the self-important and the deluded - should match the audience for good popular theatrical entertainment.

#296774 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Sam4God on 15 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 15 March 2014 - 04:37 PM, said:

See I don't think bad reviews will do anything, bad word of mouth will kill it, but not reviews. The general public pay little notice to them, look at The Bodyguard.

This is how I see it, too. And from what I've heard, word of mouth for this has been pretty good. I myself have already convinced about 6 individuals (who weren't interested at first) to go see this show. 4 of them have seen it now and they all loved it (one has even gone back to see it again!). The other 2 are seeing it within the next few weeks. Most of the casual theatre fans I know who've seen the show so far have loved it just as much as I did, and have all written tweets/facebook statuses etc recommending it to their own set of friends and family. I honestly think this show's going to do fairly well, regardless of what press reviews write about it!

#296708 What's Happening In Leicester Square

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 14 March 2014 - 11:57 PM

The half price ticket booth isn't half price anymore. On a Saturday night most things r priced more expensive than buying them directly at the theatre

#296460 Trafalgar To Be Transformed Again

Posted Poly on 12 March 2014 - 08:24 PM

The Jamie Lloyd season was better than the Grandage one on a number of levels: more ambitious programming and approach, better cheap tickets scheme, a programme of additional activities that included mastercalsses, rehearsed readings and talks (many of them free) and they toured The Pride.
Really looking forward to more.

#296447 Trafalgar To Be Transformed Again

Posted Latecomer on 12 March 2014 - 06:46 PM

I am happy about this. I hope he carries on with the Monday ticket thing. His season was far better than the Grandage one.....

#295896 Tell Me On A Sunday Question

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 09 March 2014 - 06:22 PM

Saw yesterday's matinee and it was pretty much a life long dream come true! The original recording played a massive part in my childhood so watching Webb perform it flawlessly was an hour long orgasm.
Just found out she is 69 years old! WOW! What a voice

#295508 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrDagger1 on 07 March 2014 - 01:38 AM

Saw the show tonight (enjoyed my free ice cream during the mammoth interval), and it was cool to have Louis Walsh in the audience, and on stage at the end. Here are my thoughts on it. YES THERE WILL BE SPOILERS (don't read if ya don't wanna know):

After leaving the theatre at 11pm, I was slightly bewildered at what I had just experienced. On one hand the show lived up to its musical comedy billing, making me genuinely laugh out loud a number of times, but on the other, I was totally and utterly bewildered at some of the events happening in front of my eyes. The main moment of madness came within the last 15/20 mins of the show, where it seemed as if the creative team had a great concept of a show, but no way of ending it so just went insane (All I'll say is Aliens). I have never seen so many people mouth 'WTF' at once in the final minutes of the show.

The cast of 'I Can't Sing' are on the whole fantastic! It was great to pick out identifiable stereotypes from the ITV program exaggerated with great success. Cynthia Erivo's 'Chenice' was wonderfully acted, with her rendition of the title song bringing the house down. I kinda found Alan Morrissey's 'Max' a little bit bland, not helped by the overly chessy script, but his second act number was a pleasant surprise, and was heart warmingly performed. I'm a little in two minds about Nigel Harman as 'Simon'. Though his slighlty camp portrayal was incredibly funny at times and I really enjoyed 'Fabulous', I felt as if I was watching Lord Farquaad (not on his knees this time) dressed as Cowell, but that might just be me. Other notable performances include Simon Baileys uncanny performance of 'Liam O'Deary', who captured Dermots mannerisms perfectly and at times I found myself watching him instead of the main action. Victoria Elliot and Ashley Knight, as 'Jordy' and 'Louis' both stole the scenes in which they were in, not a bad word to say. Finally Simon Lipkin, as Barlow (the Dog) was an interesting addition to the narrative. Throughout, his voice and numerous asides made you feel as if you were watching 'TV Burp', with a number of well timed comic moments. I think his character really set the tone of the piece and reminded the audience that the show was all a bit of fun and not serious, therefore being neccessary. Like Harry Hill, I didnt always think that the jokes were that funny, but that's a taste thing.

The set.....wow! Visually it is quite hard to fault design of the show! In Act One the numerous sliders (that moved in a way similar to the church set in Sister Act) with hundreds of people on them, filled the large stage well and provided clever ways of revealing and taking away set. The high tech, mixed with the low tech of cars/signs/stain glass windows on poles made the transitions unpredictable and pleasing to watch.The Act 2 set, which seems to be the automation system that they are having issues with during the interval, is truly stunning, moving seamlessly from studio to backstage and revealing numerous trucks in the centre when parting. One question I have with the set.....was it all necessary? It looks amazing, but with an original show with a subject matter that is questionable as to whether it will be a commercial success, was it worth spending soo much money on it......i dunno.

The music is good fun. I wouldnt say you're gna leave the theatre humming anything but I don't believe that's a defining factor. Numbers such as Please Simon, I Can't SIng, Self Love and the finale stand out, whilst in my humble opinion I would cut the hunchbacks rap (TERRIBLE), the early Chenice number about everything being lovely, and I haven;t made my mind up on Simon's 'Easy Love' number yet... was a bit meh. Would actually just cut the role of the Hunchback completely....whilst being performed competently, the character didnt work....at all.

I Can't Sing is not your ordinary night out in the West End, at times it resembled a pantomime, and at other times a successful original comedy. I think if they iron out the kinks, like completely re-doing the last 20mins then it could be a surprisingly good show. I think I would like to see it again in a few months to see how it has morphed. Wow that was a long review....my bad!

#295277 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted mjr on 06 March 2014 - 12:43 AM

Its very impressive visually but for me that's about it. The second act needs a bit of work, the last portion of it is just a mess. The ending is just bizarre. I shan't spoil for  anyone  that's going!  I found the score very Sammy with there only being one or two stand out songs (I can't sing being one of them). But I think if you asked the audience to sing you a song outside the theatre they would struggle. The cast is very strong and I cant praise the design enough. Huge set pieces being used for minutes worth of production number before being sent off. It will be interesting to see how the interval problems work out. The director running on immediately after the end of the first act with no house lights going up made me think that they had known that there was going to be an extended interval long before the show began tonight. Noticed they werent selling the Upper Circle tonight. I hear Harry Hill was up there making notes. It was also notepad galore at the back of the stalls. I look forward to revisiting after previews have finished to see how it improves.

#295270 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 05 March 2014 - 11:48 PM

It has to be a MONSTER hit though to fill the Palladium 8 shows a week. Around 2300 seats as opposed to The Prince of Wales where Book of Mormon is selling out at 1100 seats - more than double!