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In Topic: Miss Saigon Revival Is Happening

21 April 2014 - 07:28 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 21 April 2014 - 01:27 PM, said:

Didn't a production in an open air theatre in Norway use a real helicopter, complete with it actually flying out of the auditorium?

I can't remember if the Bomlo production used one (Bomlo is a disused quarry) but famously the Hungarian premiere at Szeged used an actual helicopter in 1994; they revived it a couple of years ago and did the same again.

In Topic: The Commitments Cast Change 2014

20 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

View Postmjr, on 20 April 2014 - 09:31 PM, said:

Does the general public really come out of a theatre saying 'god, that leads was very charismatic...' Most of the time I hear, 'that song was great' or 'the set was amazing' or 'the ice cream was bloody expensive'. We also have to remember that most people seeing the show post cast change won't have seen it before and therefor will judge the show on its on merit then with no preconceptions.


i)  Most people see a show only once;
ii)  Most people don't have someone saying "ooooh, the current lead isn't very charismatic" to them before they go to the theatre;

People buy tickets to see The Commitments because they like the film or they like the music, not because of That Guy Wot Played Enjolras And Raoul.

As for discounts, who knows?  Heavy discounting may be meaningless if the show continues to break even.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

22 December 2013 - 10:15 AM

View Postfreckles, on 21 December 2013 - 11:58 AM, said:

In the waxworks scene at the start, who is the woman on the right?

Myra Hindley, one of the Moors Murderers.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

17 December 2013 - 08:40 AM

View PostMorten Aagaard, on 16 December 2013 - 09:28 PM, said:

Is it true that there is nudity in some scenes? And for how long?

Yes.  Christine is naked a couple of times in the show although she dresses herself with her back to the audience so there is no full frontal nudity.  One of the male characters also takes his clothes off entirely but covers himself with his hands.

There is an extended sequence at an upper class orgy but it is staged with its tongue firmly in its cheek (it's not particularly funny but it is most definitely not serious), the vast majority of which has the characters in underwear only.

In Topic: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

14 December 2013 - 04:15 PM

View Postdanieldabell, on 14 December 2013 - 02:39 PM, said:

I find this comment about Pure Imagination being the only memorable song very tedious, thoughtless and pointless! If I wrote an album of new songs to play you & stuck in a classic that's been around for years, of course you'd remember the classic above new material BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT ALREADY!

I wasn't on these boards in 2004 when Mary Poppins opened, but certainly I'd rank Practically Perfect and Anything Can Happen up there with the best Sherman Brothers numbers in that show.  Most people prefer the new songs in Thoroughly Modern Millie to the old ones from the movie.  Most of the big hit songs from Grease aren't actually in the stage show.  Etc., etc...

Pure Imagination is the only memorable song because the other songs aren't memorable, not because we know it before going in.  If the other songs were good enough to be remembered in their own right there would be more of us saying so!