Unsurprisingly considering the reaction of these boards, they didn't bother to.
Which is right, to be honest. All 5 productions had strong casts, good direction and a healthy box office. When this season was announced there was huge potential for something quite special about the whole affair, but in the end the quality of the works selected let it down. The only one I really enjoyed was Daniel Radcliffe's, which incidentally is the only one to get a transfer.
This years TV highlights were much better than last years. I agree there should have been some previews of upcoming shows, but I like that they bring out the old favourites - as the highlights are now on a commercial TV station, ITV require something that will bring in viewers.
Saw this tonight and absolutely loved it. Just wonderful. But I can't see it working in a larger, west end theatre. It might deserve a limited one month run, but it wouldn't sell for much longer IMO.
The cast is just perfect - everyone is perfectly cast. I wish Jenna had more to do, but was just wonderful (I agree about Mrs Lovett, and can absolutely see her in Company too). Richard was brilliant - I wonder how long it'll be until he pops over to LA and gives it a go?
As someone unlikely to see this unless it tours, I can only say it sounds typically Harry Hill i.e slightly mental in a very funny way. Why would he do anything else? This is the man who has people dressed as hot dogs bashing eachother while the audience shout FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT on his TV show.
Sometimes you just need someone to come along and turn things upside down. Shake it up. It's not exactly calling out to the Sondheim crowd given the subject matter so why not just go with it?
From what I've read so far I'd rather see this then some crappy version of Happy Days or another cheap Grease production any day.
As much as people are calling the show out on problems, i'd say most of us on here enjoyed it - which if you go back to the start of the thread, is quite the turn around!
It has it's problems but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. I think many of us here have certain expectations as we take theatre seriously, but sometimes all you want is to sit back, switch off and have a good laugh.
The fact the performers in this are extremely strong, the songs are adequate fluff and the script isn't trying to by anything it isn't, just compliment what I think the show is trying to be - something you switch off at and just enjoy for what it is without thinking too much (I mean, are the masses that see less than 3 shows a year going to question the need for the Hunchback, or the Tesca song, or the lack of Storyline for the lead in act 2?).
I've also recommended it to folk, and they've booked it too. Whilst we on here maybe encouraging other members to use the £20 seats, collectively were the smallest number and it seems those that have seen this already have recommended it. If the show can't survive on the £60/£70 ticket option, then it needs to rethink its pricing structure - but that's not my concern.
The musical will presumably last until at least Christmas, which will see it through until the end of the next X Factor series. I'm already anticipating that the weekly phone in competition will include an all expenses paid trip to London to see the musical, and a TV advert during the results show. Then of course there'll be the obligatory trip to the theatre by all of the finalists, who will then tweet about it, and gush about it on screen. They'll then have Liam O'Deary introduce a musical number from the show on the TV show.
Then if things are really desperate, they can cast a few finalists in the show - there's plenty of scope for a cameo during the 'Please Simon' number, as any of the ex contestants can claim to be re-entering the show OR claim to be a guest judge at the audition stage. They could also recast the plumber guy with maybe Joe McElderry.
Plus press night will be well covered in the media, more so than is normal for a musical, as they'll use their contacts to get as big a name to attend as possible. Plus of course it's almost 99.99% certain Cheryl Cole will attend, so it'll be well publicised.
So there's plenty they can do to ensure tickets sell! Personally I'd recommend they have top price capped at £50 a ticket, making it a bit cheaper than it's competition.
Oh god no. A Tenor in Geordie land is £10 cash, and Opera is that thing Julia Roberts cried at in Pretty Women. Coming from Billy Elliott land, I'll approach this knowing there'll be a bad accent or two, and the assumption Opera hadn't yet made it north of Middlesborough.
How could it not be one of the hottest tickets in town? Surely Angela Lansbury is the biggest star in town right now, and has had over 60 years to build up a fan base that hasn't had an opportunity to see her live in the UK for 40 years.
When I saw it earlier this week, she got a full applause simply for making an entrance. There's only a genuine few on this world that can get that.
I've never understood why people feel the need to buy a membership. If you do and have, fair enough - it's your choice - but as someone who hasn't, there's only ever been Coriolanus I had trouble getting hold of - which was my own fault as I left it far too late to do anything about it (until someone kindly allowed me to buy their ticket from here!).
It was touch and go for King Lear, but The National are great at returns and I easily managed to get some £12 tickets a few days before the performance.
Personally I think if you know when tickets go on sale and are proactive about it, you'll be fine.
It's had a great run and I hope to see it before it closes one last time. The last performance is going to be extremely special. I suspect this will end up being quite the regular touring production, and I hope this means it'll be full steam ahead with a film adaptation (which has been discussed before).
I think Back To The Future could work really well. I'm already imaging the car 'vanishing' on stage and it'll have room to do so. But it's quite early in its development cycle isn't it? I wouldn't be surprised if a broadway show managed to get a look in for a year first.
As sad as I think a long runner closing is, the west end is in desperate need of a face lift as there are now far too many long runners IMO. I suppose Billy will be next, and then maybe Mamma Mia? Though I don't know how that's selling ATM....