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#284188 Barnum?

Posted mrtheatre123 on 18 November 2013 - 06:59 PM

Brian Conoly was on Paul O Grady show today and hinted he won't be walking the tight rope he said he May cycle over it with Tom tumb underneath which would weight the bike and make it easier to do.

#284166 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted spendleb on 18 November 2013 - 02:06 PM

I've seen both productions now, at the WYP and also the Royal Exchange and I have to admit I think I prefer the latter, both uniformly brilliant but it felt more intimate in Manchester, almost being able to reach out and touch the performers and the staging was very clever.

#275483 The Threepenny Opera (Olivier, Nt)

Posted paultheatre on 16 August 2013 - 11:15 PM

Norris to direct in 2014.  Before becoming Artistic Director ;)

#283917 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted FireFingers on 14 November 2013 - 11:49 PM

View PostRaoul44, on 14 November 2013 - 11:08 PM, said:

Brian Mccann?...I'm sorry but never heard of this guy...who is he?...and is he a part in the show?


#283789 The Light Princess

Posted MrBunbury on 13 November 2013 - 08:59 PM

I have seen it on Saturday and I loved it. I agree that probably most songs do't stick to your mind, but I keep humming the opening song while I am waiting for the bus in the morning. The staging is superb and everybody in the audience was delighted both at the interval and at the end when there was a standing ovation. It was good to see that the "magic four" who made Althea got the biggest applause. I am recommending it to all my friends.

#283581 Top Hat.

Posted fringefan on 12 November 2013 - 05:53 AM

Really excited to discover by chance that the London production WILL have the longer life it deserves, as it's touring the UK next year.  Found it at the New Wimbledon but no time now to track down the tour listing.

#283600 The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical - World Tour 2015

Posted Titan on 12 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

Whilst stevepearman was out of order, I understand his frustration,  constant negativity is exhausting.  Especially when one negative comment has been made on a show, follow up ones (like in fhte thread) come across as rude and snarky

#283570 The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical - World Tour 2015

Posted KevinUK on 12 November 2013 - 12:15 AM

View Poststevepearman, on 11 November 2013 - 10:17 PM, said:

just shut up! !

Pot, have you met the kettle?

#283404 Sweeney Todd - Wyp & Royal Exchange

Posted Steffi on 10 November 2013 - 11:02 AM

Saw this yesterday and loved it. Was very impressed by David Birrell's Sweeney. I didn't like Michael Ball in the part as for me he seemed very one dimensional (he went from being angry to being even angrier). David Birrell's Sweeney was so well developed. I really cared for him even though Sweeney obviously goes overboard with his revenge.
Loved the rest of the cast as well. Seb Torkia as Pirelli was the main reason I watched and I thought he was fab.
The staging worked really well. Wish I'd seen it in Leeds as well. Seb told me about the changes that had been made but it would have been nice to be able to actually compare the two versions.

#283402 Evita Westend Transfer 2014

Posted cat123 on 10 November 2013 - 10:29 AM

Thriller and Let it Be, while not being shows that I'm every going to see, do have their place. If a first time theatre goer choses Thriller only because they're a huge MJ fan, but then loves the experience so decides to go to Phantom next, that's awesome.

#283394 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Fizzi on 10 November 2013 - 01:34 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 22 October 2013 - 11:45 PM, said:

And Fizzi I hate to say this as I'm always accused of being involved in Charlie as I enjoyed it so much BUT your post reads like you are working on it!!

I wish the cast a wonderful first night too... Get drunk on free champagne and enjoy the night, then get some auditions lined up Thursday.

I can assure you I'm not working on this or any other show and I resent the implications. What a shame you feel the need to resort to personal attacks.

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the show. Many people are so let's hope there is room in the Westend for new productions to develop so that we can enjoy a diverse range of entertainment.

#283396 Evita Westend Transfer 2014

Posted djp on 10 November 2013 - 03:23 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 09 November 2013 - 06:08 PM, said:

I agree. The west end does not need more Kenwright produced tosh.  If we had a raft of empty theatre I'd say transfer what you like... But not when producers are clambering for theatres.

View PostJon, on 09 November 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

I'm not against revivals but I think touring shows unless they're exceptionally good should remain on the road. And I think that mean getting rid of shows like Thriller, Let it be and Spamalot.

Given the poor quality of much of the recent new material,  and the wave of US imports,  this wouldn't necessarily be a positive. New seems to often mean tuneless, thin, niche,  or just mediocre and lacking in wow factor. Some of the best shows around at the moment are touring. True some look a bit cheap,but many have  tried and tested shows,  and several  of them have  top line casts and decent sets  that  do them justice. Cabaret, would look fine back now its got a really strong Sally to match its Emcee. Evita is Ok, if you like Madalena, and  Marti isn't loud enough to register much.   WSS and 7  Brides would  easily look good back in town. 9 to 5  and Starlight might  both have had a run when they finished -they would be new to much of a London audience and got great reviews. . Some of the new material may have better sets tha some tours , but it doesn't have much else going for it. I would also far prefer some of the old longer stayers back rather than what replaced them.  Ghost was far better than  what took its place,  and they seemed to kill Chicago just at the point when it became clear that there were some really good UK casting options.

I have carefully avoided Thriler and Let it Be. Spamalot I think is  different  and adds some comedy to the WE. Its also  a show that  can  be changed and attract new audiences  every time they change the male and female leads. They  all must sell tickets though and I think all of them may may make more people happy than some of the new offerings.There's other new material that  could be culled for anything any good coming in.

#283382 The Light Princess

Posted cat123 on 09 November 2013 - 11:34 PM

I continue to be astounded by the quality of this cast. Whatever you think of the show itself, the people in it are wonderful.

Laura Pitt-Pulford needs more to sing. She's amazing!!

#283345 The Light Princess

Posted Kathryn2 on 09 November 2013 - 12:06 PM

I'm seeing this in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing which side I fall of the love-hate divide!

In recent months I have found that I enjoy productions a lot more than other regulars here do, I wonder if that trend will continue?

#283357 From Here To Eternity, Shaftesbury Theatre

Posted Viserys on 09 November 2013 - 03:28 PM

I wonder if some of the vitriol here stems from the fact that this show is perhaps the biggest disappointment of the new batch? With "The Commitments" you knew pretty much exactly what you'd get, and "Light Princess" was also not that much of a surprise if you knew Tori Amos' music (and who doesn't). "Stephen Ward", while coming from ALW as always seemed to be on the small and "indie" side with its unusual topic and let's not start on X-Factor.

But "From Here to Eternity" with its pedigree - a classic movie, a lush Hawaiian setting, big emotions and Tim Rice behind it had all the potential to become one of those few big epics that carry you away - much like "South Pacific" or later on "Miss Saigon" to name two others with the "exotic location / war" premise. And there IS a  lot of potential in From Here to Eternity too, in my opinion - if only there had been a couple more really good songs (especially in Act One) and if they had a better male lead than the bland guy who played Prewitt. And these are things that COULD (should) have been realized by the creative team surely, especially someone like Rice who worked on shows that were stuffed with great tunes (JCS, Evita, Chess...).

I don't have it in me to spout vitriol at this show or wish for it to close, but for me it was certainly the biggest disappointment after holding the highest hopes for it.