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#279463 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted Coggit on 01 October 2013 - 07:07 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 01 October 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

Your clueless. Charlie sells out at weekends... Every show struggles in September , then picks up in October .
Shrek was discounting from the beginning of the run, Charlie is obviously selling sufficiently enough that they don't need to.

The irony that you call me clueless, all whilst typing "your" :rolleyes:  Can't make this up!


#276598 Disgraceful Customer Service

Posted Orchestrator on 30 August 2013 - 08:38 PM

View Postseano68, on 29 August 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

ooops sorry didn't realise this was a spelling forum....get a life will you !
Oops, sorry; didn’t realise this was a spelling forum … Get a life, won’t you?


#276321 Disgraceful Customer Service

Posted musicalmadness on 27 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

Any sympathy I may have felt towards you for possibly getting 'disgraceful customer service', seano68, has now been eradicated by the way you've chosen to speak to respected board members. If you open up a public discussion about not being spoken to correctly, the mind boggles how you can tell those who offer their views to "keep quiet" so aggressively.


#275668 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted mrtheatre123 on 19 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

Really?? A cast recording with Marti on it??


#273825 Sam Barks As Velma

Posted Titan on 30 July 2013 - 08:33 PM

lol well obviously those have made her a star, thats the same for ANYONE. You have to have that breakout role  and for sam she was lucky to be in Les Mis at the right time. that doesnt take away from her talent. and obviously her movie star looks dont hurt either. the challenge for her now is to see if she can sustain it.

i dont agree any eponine could have done it, you need that special something that talent cant give you and not every stage actor can act on screen.and if what you say was the case then aaron twait woild have become a bigger star post les mis. instead he managed to blend into the background in the movie


#273784 Sam Barks As Velma

Posted djp on 30 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

View PostJoule, on 29 July 2013 - 10:33 AM, said:

Hmmm, I can't make up my mind about Sam. Initially she really grated on me (on the telly), then her Eponine was not too bad in London. Movie was good singing-wise, but don't think she made Eponine all she could be acting wise (though could be direction), even though I'm really pleased for her and where she's getting at such a young age, and I'm so glad she got the job and not some celebrity.
Seeing this left me a bit underwhelmed again. A CZJ copycat. A Salonga copycat before that. I suppose we're all inspired and emulate other people in the things we do, but it just left me unimpressed after seeing this particular video.

I don't think the TV shows gave  you any real  idea of any of the contestants weaknesses, and if they did, they often vanished as soon as a better director directed them.

Eponine in the film couldn't be any stronger. For that you need a stronger, less passive,  Cosette or the resulting compettion makes no sense. You also have to be prepared to let Eponine steal more of the lime light and to risk have the audience teared out early in act 2. They obviously didn't want that - and instead reduced the role, and her place in the conclusion, to make sure she didn't take too much attention. As it was, she sang so much better than most of the other characters in the film  that she almost stole it anyway.

I can't see much Lea Salonga there at all in that Eponine. Lea looks to me like Kim has wandered into the wrong show. Sam plays her as the battered, wirthdrawn, sad, effect of living with the Thenardiers - and did a really good job of staying in that character. Its not the most interesting interpretation, but it fits the story - and quirkier Eponine, or more positive Eponine, were obviously not what they wanted as they would have taken even more attention - and  those characters might have sung an even more striking OMO.

She looks fine as Velma to me.- as good as most of what the WE has had on offer in recent years. There's velmas who can belt even harder, and Velmas who can kick higher, or have longer legs, but she managed to get the characterisation, the comedy,  and the accent just right and made a young Velma look a credible top dog - which was a pretty substantial achievement.


#270714 Once London

Posted Steffi on 29 June 2013 - 09:47 AM

It's still months to go until March. It would be extremely early to make a decision whether to extend the show or not. Plus ticket sales have really been picking up lately. They've had several sold out performances (and not just Fridays / Saturdays). I can't see them making such a decision now unless they have another show lined up for the Phoenix already.


#270745 Musicals You Would Love To See Come To The West End?

Posted Anthony on 29 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

The Light in the Piazza


#267312 Musicals You Would Love To See Come To The West End?

Posted Jon on 02 June 2013 - 05:12 PM

I'd love to see Kristina come over but I'm not sure if it would succeed.


#263009 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Kathryn2 on 23 April 2013 - 09:59 PM

View Postcraftymiss, on 22 April 2013 - 08:06 AM, said:



I often leave work get the train for a 1hr 20min journey into London. I either plan before hand and take a sandwich to eat on the train or I pick something up from a shop & eat on the hoof on the way there if I'm unable to factor time for a sit down meal.  If not I try to get something to eat prior to the train home.  I usually arrive home at 0130 so could potentially have gone over 12 hours without food, this isnt a hardship if I get to see a show. Im not being a martyr here but showing that someone even with my capacity to eat can do it.

Regarding what people eat during an interval, it can be a problem if they are eating warm pasties and smelly sausages (you'd have to scroll back many tweets to see what I mean by that) as it makes me want to gag. If I was on a tube I could move away unfortunately being confined to a specific seat means moving isn't possible. I also think drinks (other than water) should not be allowed in the auditorium, the smell of cheap but overpriced wine is really something that should be confined to the bar.  I actually just bloody wish people would stop treating the theatre as if they are sat at home on their sofa with their feet up, eating a takeaway and chatting to their family. If that's what you want from a night then stay at home, it's simple.

I actually find this attitude really annoying. So if you're not willing to go without food for 12 hours, not have a drink all night and sit in complete silence you shouldn't go to the theatre?

We wouldn't have a thriving theatre scene if everyone had to meet your standards - people really would stay at home! A night at the theatre is meant to be entertaining, not an endurance test.

I'm as annoyed by anyone else by genuinely disruptive behaviour, but really, if the smell (or sight - ice cream doesn't have a noticeable smell, it's the mere sight of people eating it that offended your sensibilities in your original post) of food and alcohol affects you *that* badly, maybe you should be the one who stays at home. That would certainly represent less of a financial loss to the theatre than everyone else staying away!


#262467 Once London

Posted EmiCardiff on 19 April 2013 - 12:31 PM

I saw this on Tuesday and really loved it. I thought it was a real breath of fresh air among the musical offerings in London. Admittedly if it had not been a success in NY it probably would have started life in a smaller fringe type venue and hopefully gained buzz and transferred  I saw it from the rear of the stalls and it felt very intimate and having seen Blood Brothers from 'on high' in the Phoenix the whole space never feels that big anyway.
I really hope it finds an audience, the cast are talented especially the two leads and it's been a while since something so fresh has been seen in London's musical theatre scene.


#261351 Once London

Posted RH1234 on 09 April 2013 - 07:20 AM

Saw the final preview last night - was so impressed by it. Beautiful staging, beautiful music. The two leads are just brilliant, both deserve awards when they come round next year. They sing beautifully, but most importantly their characters are so believable. Never seen such subtle acting in a musical in a 1,000 seat theatre! Very classy.I loved Book of Mormon, but really think this show is in another league - this is by far the more innovative show in terms of taking musical theatre into a different area/style. I really hope the critics embrace it. If there's any justice this will be a massive success. Go see.

Programme nice... 6 though.