Delay the opening and the reviewers are already a bit annoyed and perturbed when they go in. They'll also have to refund a load of tickets that have been bought for the "new" press night by normal people, and try and sell a load for a previously not on sale day. And they'll have to keep the creatives and their production teams in London for another week, which if they don't have other projects requiring their attention, will still be pricey.
Saw this tonight. Fan-bloody-tastic. First 5 stars I have given a show in a while. Great cast, great choreo, great set, great effects, great band. How this isn't selling out I don't know. If I had one criticism it would be that vocals could do with a bit of a push as they were occasionally getting lost.
I am desperately trying to figure out where I can slot in another trip before it closes, and I very rarely like to see the same show twice with the same cast.
Sadly, I don't think it'll transfer, unless it is somewhere similarly poke-y like Trafalgar Studios. Any space larger has competition from show more likely to turn a profit.
I was there last night, Row T in the stalls (great view, good rake so you don't miss anything). For me, it's a 3 star show with a 4 star potential. The drama students behind me weren't impressed, though I don't know what they expect really...
Bits of it are great. The choreography, cast, band, and set are all excellent. V. impressed at the sound team for getting the lyrics of a rap number audible in such a massive space. I even like all the characters including the hunchback.
But the ending was flat as hell, I think because the songs stop being funny and start being serious, which after two hours of laughs and not making you care about the characters, wasn't going to work. Neither act ends with the bang it should, resulting in a lacklustre reception at the end. Post bows should be some sort of reprise of I Can't Sing, as Ecstasy isn't strong enough.
Heard a great crash from behind the set which I think was the stairs from within the flower falling over, which was... interesting. Cast didn't miss a beat mind. There were a few line stumbles and cutting people off, and the odd missed mic cue, but with a show that is getting perpetually reworked, I think that is inevitable.
There is no way they'll cut Simon's twist, as the set pieces for it are too pricey to just get rid of (safe + ship + rigging that thing in the roof).
A lot of money has been spent on this show. It is definitely more a 2 year run than a 6 months and out. Sort out the ending and it is 2 years for sure.
Also, with WWRY going, imo there is nothing funny, vaguely familiar and casual on in the West End that has appeal for men anymore. Could easily be a family/date night crowd in for this. And the winter months will be packed thanks to the TV show no doubt plugging it.