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#298479 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrBarnaby on 28 March 2014 - 05:29 PM

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the critics were 'encouraged' to give good reviews. It's a shambolic embarrassing show so something suspicious is clearly going on. It won't save it though.

#298214 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted mjr on 27 March 2014 - 01:08 AM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 27 March 2014 - 12:06 AM, said:

Are you the one who wants it to be Oklahoma! with a well-structured story and character development, etc.?

Well, tough luck! It's top quality variety entertainment, and a good night out!
In your opinion, but what musical theatre lover wouldn't want to see a similarly well written piece such as Oklahoma comedy or not.   Whether you like the show or not that's your decision and choice, but don't start ripping into those that have provided suitable reviews and reasons as to why they may well be bored out there mind at this show. The fact that this piece is playing at the palladium may be to much for some. It certainly the weakest piece of theatre I have seen at the Palladium in my lifetime.

#298212 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Radio on 27 March 2014 - 01:00 AM

As a musical or real theatre piece it's poor as variety comedy it does what you expect.

Was hard to imagine early on with all the problems how this would turn out in the end. Going on Saturday to see if I think more of it.

#298207 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Honoured Guest on 27 March 2014 - 12:27 AM

View Postwickedgrin, on 27 March 2014 - 12:20 AM, said:

And the critics wonder why they are being made redundant, when they give this mess 4 stars!!

After the boiled bunny of Fatal Attraction yesterday inspired Mark Shenton to give us the emotional life and times, and tragic demise, of Ellie the Rabbit:


we can prepare to shed a tear today as Barlow the dog in I Can't Sing! provokes critics' harrowing canine reminiscences ...

#298205 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 27 March 2014 - 12:20 AM

And the critics wonder why they are being made redundant, when they give this mess 4 stars!! But art is subjective and each entitled to their divergent opinion on the same piece of work.

#298130 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Zinone on 26 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

Yep, completely agree with the above. I got to a point in Act 2 where I found it far preferable to look at the floor instead.

Cynthia Erivo and Simon Bailey are both excellent but their talent is wasted in this terrible, terrible show.

#298085 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted wickedgrin on 26 March 2014 - 08:15 AM

I completely agree with Mr Barnaby's review above.

I just do not understand how some of this show got past the "workshop" stage, let alone the rehearsal room and onto the stage. Unless the critics are plied with copious amounts of alcohol at the press night tonight they will crucify this show. No-one will pay full price for this.

I did feel sorry for the cast trying to make this work. Nigel Harmon with only two very brief appearances in Act One and then never off in Act Two makes for an unbalanced show plus having to deal with a dreadful unfunny script. Simon Lipkin lumbered with the puppet act again after Avenue Q seems to be totally typecast - but then I suppose it's work - of sorts. The guy playing the hunchback (with the "back story" - get it?) lumbered with an appalling rap number and a role which cannot be cut as it is part of the ending of the show!

This show has to be in deep trouble!

#298035 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted MrBarnaby on 25 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

So I've slept on it... Not wanting to rush in and slate it, but my god, what a hot mess of a show.

This show actually had workshops? Someone read the script? Anyone laughed during rehearsals?

I love a silly show but this is witless , lowest common denominator theatre. The 'plot' is so paper thin it's an insult. Even daft shows can engage the brain, not this one.
Cynthia Erivo has star quality all over her but you can tell by the way she rushes all of her (appalling) dialogue that she's just embarrassed. The highlight of the show (not much competition) is her delivery of the title number, just sensational.

Nigel Harman bears no resemblance to Cowell at all and is a laughter free zone. The girl playing Jordy was good value (despite hideous costumes) but poor Simon Lipkin. I suggest he fires his agent asap.

Also there's the small fact that at no point does it ever even faintly resemble the X Factor ... Why not?

And why is everyone going on about how spectacular it is? Have I missed something? It looked fine, but nothing special and it hugely relied on projections. Yawn.

The alien ending perfectly wrapped up a horrible folly of a show that will soon be forgotten. You could tell the whole audience was bored as there was tumbleweed blowing across the stage where laughs should be. There's nothing like the sound of a half empty theatre not laughing.

I suspect the Palladium owners will be  looking for a replacement show pretty swiftly.

#297782 Once London

Posted Distant_Cousin on 23 March 2014 - 08:48 PM

View Postbradleyconnor, on 20 March 2014 - 06:42 PM, said:

A lot of people say this is a wonderful show can anyone that has seen this tell me? is it as good as say... Les Mis, or Wicked?

Very much a marmite show - I notice people here raving about it and one of my good friends in the US loves it.

Another friend and I saw it, and in the main it completely washed over us.  Quite a "beige" show and lacking a fundamental theatricality which I feel is essential when you're billing yourself as a musical.  The female lead character in particular was beyond frustrating.

Certainly left no lasting impact on me.

#297693 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted David J on 23 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

Some quick thoughts here.

I wanted to see this solely because Cynthia Eviro was in this and that the wacky premise had me intrigued. There was also a time when I enjoyed watching Harry Hill's TV Burp.

Sadly the humour didn't get so much as a titter out of me. Most of the time they were jokes I recognised from TV Burp series (the Heather Trott character, Louis Walsh) or jabs about the X Factor (the backstories, the choice of songs, the people that appear on the show) that have been made for years now

And there's the problem for me. For me the show consists of old jokes about a tired old TV show and Harry Hill is not bringing anything new to this musical.

As the musical got going I was enjoying the wacky story about the iron lung and all that. Cynthia Eviro and her story also helped to perk up proceedings. I did think that the dog was pointless. All I could see was a man in black with a puppet.

Once the hunchback had gone though the wackiness had disappeared and most of the first and second acts consisted of the same tired old jokes.

I know people here have said that the hunchback or the ending should be cut. But for me those were the few interesting things that Harry Hill has put into this musical.

The best moments were with Cynthia Eviro and Nigel Harman. Their performances of I Can't Sing and Fabulous were fantastic. It is such a shame that once Cynthia has entered the competition her character becomes passive. A waste of talent.

The set is certainly enormous and there's some nice tricks. But the majority of them are further jokes. The musical has spent thousands of pounds on great big jokes and none of them worked for me.

I think that anyone who has seen the TV Burp episodes may find that they're treading the same old boards here. Anyone else will have a good night out, but there is better comedy to be found in shows like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I would even go back and see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over this.

Low Bargain

#297600 ATG Present Annie Get Your Gun Starring Emma Williams And Norman Pace

Posted djp on 22 March 2014 - 02:52 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 19 March 2014 - 06:58 AM, said:

Oh. Dear.

Charisma free Jason.

Indeed. I would quite like to see both Annie Get your Gun and Calamity Jane. i've seen some of our top performers do their big numbers really well - in the cabarets where top performers often reside at  present given the lack of shows requiring top singers. However the idea of Jason Donovan as a strong, iconic,  saddleworn,  cowboy stretches incredulity to its limit  - whether  he is playing Buffalo Bill or the love interest ..... I suppose he could be playing Sitting Bull , but that might be even worse. Its debateable whether thats  better or worse casting than having Jodie Prenger playing the lithe, young, ornery,  tomboy, man magnet that is Calamity Jane.

There's good name casting. There's name casting where it doesn't matter -  because there's  a well cast top singer employed too to give it vocal and acting strength, and there's truly silly name casting. You  do wonder if some producers know what they are doing, or their casting director actually likes them.

#297417 Phantom Cast Change

Posted Coggit on 20 March 2014 - 06:09 PM

Norm Lewis has been confirmed as the next Broadway Phantom. Making him the 2nd black actor to play the role.

and I'm very jealous. I've been wanting Norm to perform the role for years. Just wish it was in London!

#297206 ATG Present Annie Get Your Gun Starring Emma Williams And Norman Pace

Posted jaqs on 18 March 2014 - 08:38 PM

Oh, that's bad news.

#297207 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted jaqs on 18 March 2014 - 08:40 PM

My 15 upper circle ticket upgraded to G in stalls, 3 people left before the end of the first song, think that's a bit extreme.

I do like the girls costumes.

#297180 I Can't Sing - Changes (Spoilers)

Posted mallardo on 18 March 2014 - 05:04 PM

The alien reveal??  Just what kind of a show is this, Officer Lockstock?