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In Topic: Olivier Predictions

15 April 2014 - 04:08 AM

View Postmjr, on 14 April 2014 - 10:43 PM, said:

I agree with the above. Why do we need to see One More Day again? Scrap the audience choice awards performances and give revival shows full segments to perform in.

They  want something that people will want to listen to, and that  will still be around to perform on the night  - not closed because no one much wanted to see them in the first place. They also need musicals with strong songs - which rules out most of whats been new in London recently. They can give awards to whats politically correct, and be as pretentious as they like in who they give prizes too - but they need some big numbers because they want people to watch the show. The audience  choice at least has the merit that more than a handful of self appointed people voted for it.

In Topic: The Beautiful Game @ Union Theatre

08 April 2014 - 03:37 AM

View PostJim, on 24 February 2014 - 03:45 AM, said:

That's bizarre... It has to be licensed by RUG - so wouldn't they insist on it being "The Boys in the Photograph"?  Unless they're thinking that in the UK "The Beautiful Game" would have more name recognition?

Seems its been rewritten to some extent from this interview with Niamh Perry - presumably the name change is approved too.

may of may not have implications for the running time someone else  was enquiring about.

In Topic: Evita Westend 2014

08 April 2014 - 03:27 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 07 April 2014 - 09:45 PM, said:

How can anyone who's seriously interested in quality productions being performed in London get excited about a touring version of Evita  clogging up a west end theatre?

I'm not trying to discredit the production... It may be marvellous, but nonetheless it's a touring production of a show seen in London in recent years and it's just not good enough.

I'm starting to despair at the general lack of quality in the west end at the moment.

You seem to have contradicted yourself there. The reason why there's a place for some of the better tours and regional productions in  London is precisely  that they are much  better than most of what is on there. In the Kingdom of the flop, and cheaper plays taking over more theatres, and new US shows,  written for a  current US audience,  invading the  market, the touring classical shows and some of the new British ones from out of town represent quality.  Shows like the current/recent tours of 7 Brides, Westside Story, Cats, Evita (if you like Madalena's version, and can stand Marti) Chicago, and Cabaret are/were well up to the standard of the best in town. Some of the regional productions like Piaf or Sweeney also looked better than  much of what  did find a home in the capital. At the moment I have precisely nothing booked in central London post the Les Mis cast change matinee - I would happily go and see any of those shows again.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

05 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

View PostTitan, on 29 March 2014 - 09:20 PM, said:

Alws biggest problem is he is surrounded by too many 'yes' men. He also cant produce for toffee and needs an experienced producer who can stand up to him.

I would think he needs someone who can stand back and say thats a dud idea that goes nowhere the audience will want to go,  and make a right call. Some of his earlier ideas looked odd, but had amazing success, Its sorting the strange from the dud. LND starts with an unresolvable storyline and indecision on whether its going to have a new setting or not. Stephen Ward starts with a story that is unresolved and  few will find interesting, and  only flirts with using the massive change of the sixties as a supporting theme.

Its hardly  a unique problem though. Viva should have been rethought as soon as someone said they wanted a Spice Girl musical which looked nothing like the Spice Girls. FHTE should have been rethought as soon as someone suggested  doing an iconic war movie without its iconic scene. When someone then suggested having singers who looked inexperienced, and Darius as a lead, alarm bells should have sounded. There seems to be a general producing malaise that only a few new musicals  - like Matilda and Legally Blonde have escaped.

In Topic: The Bodyguard

03 April 2014 - 12:24 AM

View PostJoeRH, on 01 April 2014 - 03:25 PM, said:

Originally, I said I would like to see Knight and personally, I think AB's singing career has gone a little flat as don't hear much of her these days. However, I have never seen her perform and never seen her acting. I think she would do well from the show and possibly do more musical theatre. I think I'm going to give the girl a chance to prove what's she's got. I also think that it's really nice at how her first musical theatre production are songs from Whitney as Burkes first live performance on The X Factor was a Whitney Classic. She deserves the role as much as anyone else would, surely?

Alexandra had a go as Eponine for children In need.

She would deserve the role if she was one of the best available people who could sing it. She may merit it on other grounds too if she can pull in the punters. She could meet both criteria, or one , or none.