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#297048 We Rocked You

Posted MusicalTalk on 17 March 2014 - 08:28 PM

It's invite only, I am afraid.

#296637 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MusicalTalk on 14 March 2014 - 12:10 PM

I don't think Front Row Dress should really be posting a review until it's opened! hehe    Glad you liked it, though!

The Upper Circle is closed for the duration of the preview period (it's where Steve and Harry can observe the show without interruptions).

#295861 Will Viva Forever Tour The Uk?

Posted MusicalTalk on 09 March 2014 - 10:52 AM

Yes - I thought there were some I forgot! Thanks!  I don't know (or remember!!) TOO MUCH or GOODBYE, though.

What I enjoy about We Will Rock Your is our own Mike Dixon's arrangements of the songs are, whilst still faithful to the originals, quite new and exciting - with the grander endings of songs and such.

#270472 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted MusicalTalk on 27 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

One should listen to an album if the music's good - that's purely what you're judging.  

A good musical is the perfect marriage of music, lyrics, orchestration, lighting, acting, casting, design, choreography and book.  

Whilst some people may not like the music because it's not "hummable" (which is a completely stupid way of judging whether a SONG is good) - others may love the score.  

A lot of theatre people think ALW is a terrible composer, capable of writing half a melody in every show (and often stealing it from someone in the first place).  

A tune is only "hummable" if it's heard lots of time, which is why ALW's stuff is hummable, because he overuses the same tune in every show.  This is fact and cannot be argued.

People leave humming PURE IMAGINATION from Charlie because it's been in engrained in conscious since 1971, whereas the other 11 songs we're treated to during Charlie are all brand new.  

What Charlie does well is songs for the character and the situation, which is what musical theatre is about.  There are plenty of book songs, or breakaway songs...  Pinch Me Charlie is perfectly tuneful, as is Must be Believed to Be Seen.  

I think one should see any show they wish - not because of what other people have said.  Theatre's about SEEING - not just listening - and this show really must be "believed to be seen".

#266265 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - The Spoiler Thread

Posted MusicalTalk on 23 May 2013 - 07:27 AM

I still think the great glass elevator finale needs work and I hope they enable them to float over the audience or something to that effect.

As this is the spoiler thread, I will say to stand on a platform that rises out of the stage was pretty sad... and, once again, I am sure that was an element that was added last minute.

It's funny, isn't - the paper airplane illusion remains one of the most memorable elements of the show!   Wonder how it would've been if Paul Kieve got his hands on it...

#259052 Matilda Musical

Posted MusicalTalk on 19 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

Shows are easier to tour in the US than the UK because the span is so much more vast and more theatres are available.  Remember it took 8 years for the hugely successful Wicked to tour the UK, and has done US tours since 2005 - just two years after it opened on Broadway.  

Matildas has not had its first night on Broadway yet but, let's face it, the competition isn't fierce with such clapped out shows as ANNIE and CINDERELLA being the competition, Matilda will do find on Broadway.

#258758 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted MusicalTalk on 17 March 2013 - 12:48 PM


I wonder how annoyed the writers will be of this show.

#258403 Sleeping Arrangements??

Posted MusicalTalk on 14 March 2013 - 08:01 AM

Obviously not a good sign if the book is "best selling" and someone hasn't heard of it!  

The title of the show has to sell it - or nothing else will.

#254781 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical

Posted MusicalTalk on 15 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

I think we need to put the films aside for now when it comes to this stage show. Sam has said that he needs to give us things we have never seen before - so, whilst the tricks will be there - my guess is they will have a theatrical tint to them, rather then a  "naturalistic" element (if that makes sense).

Will certainly be epic - and very exciting!

#251077 Viva Forever!

Posted MusicalTalk on 06 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

Apparently it was 20% empty on Friday night and ticket sales have really dipped and it won't be going to Broadway (quelle surprise)

#238935 Biggest Musical Theatre Flops Ever ?!

Posted MusicalTalk on 29 September 2012 - 03:12 PM

View PostTitan, on 29 September 2012 - 09:52 AM, said:

Technically a flop didnt return its investment

In that case:

Drowsy Chaperone
Springe Awakening
Every Sondheim Musical ever

#236987 Top Hat

Posted MusicalTalk on 14 September 2012 - 09:28 AM

Our episode with Martin Ball (one of our presenters) who plays Horace Hardwick in Top Hat.  It's a fun listen!