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#272857 Hairspray Uk Tour - 2013

Posted Titan on 20 July 2013 - 01:13 PM

gastroenteritis is the official reason given. so drinking and going on holiday isnt the greatest thing to do to recover.

and youre right,  depending on the illness will depend on what you can and cant do. however in any job you have to be stupid to start posting about what a great time you are having when on long term sick. it is also disrespectful to fans who have paid to see him and he is now off on a jolly (as it appears, rightly or wrongly).

and it isnt sad to post it on here, he put it on a public forum for all his fans to see. ive seen several people get in serious trouble for being on long term sick and then start posting about what wonderful things they are doing

#272853 Hairspray Uk Tour - 2013

Posted wickedgrin on 20 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Another reality TV "star" Marcus Collins who clearly cannot hack 8 shows a week on tour. He has tweeted pics of himself at an airport today drinking whisky shots! Clearly very "unwell". When he has no work in 12 months time other than panto he will wonder why.

#272620 Momentous Musicals 2013

Posted John_Rebus on 17 July 2013 - 09:42 PM

Just a few random thoughts after seeing this tonight in Wimbledon:

- They were somehow rushing through the show, as it was (mostly) song after song only. When the last solist left the stage on the left side, the next one entered already from the other. So some kind of a host doing a short introduction for each song would have been good - could have been done also by each solist him-/herself.
- Really short, already ended by 9.40 pm. only one encore (One day more) was played. End was originally announced for 10pm.
- they used only synthesizer strings which didn't sound too good and didn't fit to the seven piece band on stage.
- all in all well chosen songs, even though I was hoping for some others. But I guess everyone is expecting his favourite songs in such a show, so it's not easy to choose the right ones.
- good line-up. Personal highlights were John, Rachael and especially Ashleigh. Thought Gareth was just OK, but the audience seemed to love him. Also liked the newcomers, especially Bronte.
- acoustic could have been better, sometimes quite hard to understand what was sung.
- aircon didn't work (properly). Thus pretty hot inside. Surely lost a pound or two ;-)
- not sure anymore (yes, I'm getting old), but did they skip Sunset Boulevards With one look which was planned according to the programme?

#272568 Menier: Colour Purple

Posted itsuckstobeme on 17 July 2013 - 08:26 AM

Interestingly The Guardian also gave Viva Forever 3 stars, which sort of makes a mockery of the whole system.

#268441 Hairspray Uk Tour - 2013

Posted tsxmitw on 11 June 2013 - 06:08 PM

Is it just me, or do so many young West End females sound the same these days? What happened to tone!?

#272477 Your First Time...do You Remember !

Posted Monteverdi on 16 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

Still chuckling at the idea of Patrick Moore in Aspects of Love. Reminds me of sitting next to a mother and daughter at the Musical of Merry wives in Stratford  where they audibly expressed huge disappointment when Simon Callow arrived on stage as Falstaff not Simon Cowell. They left!

#272428 Viva Forever!

Posted Front Row Dress on 15 July 2013 - 06:33 PM

Let it go Judy.

#272403 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted craftymiss on 15 July 2013 - 12:44 PM

I do realise that there are some performers that are more than capable without much training and those with it are not capable, but my point was is IMHO (and obviously it is only my opinion) her acting and lower singing range are not good enough for the role, hence perhaps had she had training then it could have been better. I was unaware until it was pointed out to me that she had not had training.  I think what reinforced my opinion of her weak performance were some of the comments I have seen on social networking sites intimating she got the role because of who her brother is and the fact she is a friend of Ramin. It was this that just made me think that nepotism may have played a part rather than professional training. I'm obviously not saying it has as I do not know.

Sorry that my point was ridiculous. Note to self: keep ridiculous comments to myself :-(

#272378 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted Cactus on 15 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

Yeah. I think training is more important with regards to singing rather than acting. Of course people can have a great voice without singing lessons and be up to a good standard but breathing technique, the right support, diction etc. don't come naturally.

#272423 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted Cactus on 15 July 2013 - 05:24 PM

View Postdjp, on 15 July 2013 - 04:14 PM, said:

Singing is  a matter of perspectives too  sometimes. I sometimes read someone sings beautifully, listen myself and think note perfect but bland and unconnected to the story. Sometimes you have  older singers singing younger roles  perfectly -  but who don't actually sound like their young characters. There's some great renditions  of On My Own that just couldn't be sung by Eponine.  Elsewhere you find people putting in soaring riffs and getting praise, and  I think what on earth has that to do with the lyrics or story. Someone else gets criticised for being breathy,  but I note they are dancing, or being chased by a madman, feeling angry,  or being  shot at, at the time.  ....  I think I would rather have the odd note go astray,  from someone who can act the lyrics convincingly,  than someone who sounds perfect but might as well be in any other show.
Bad breathing technique, being sharp or flat on notes or having bad diction is unrelated to that, though. I was talking about having the foundation to actually use your voice and act with your voice and do all the things you said - bring the lyrics and story to life through singing. If a performer struggles to actually hit the notes or keep up with the tempo or if they tend to swallow the words and can only focus on doing that then that's not emoting or acting, and it can damage the voice in the long run. Great performers will use their ability to control their voice for the character and the story.

#272345 The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread

Posted craftymiss on 14 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

Why employ people that haven't had training is it a case of not what you know but who you know? It devalues the profession & stops trained performers getting their break imho

#272015 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted JME52K on 10 July 2013 - 11:01 PM

View Postholler, on 26 May 2013 - 08:19 PM, said:

LOVE this show. The music and lyrics are completely epic, and I was blown away by Madalena. I didn't know her before this, but her acting is phenomenal. She has a great voice and even the biggest songs seem effortless. But her interpretation of Don't Cry for Me was wonderful; it was so nice to see it acted rather than simply sung. She transforms before your eyes throughout the show.

I thought the set was impressive for a tour. It didn't seem clunky to me - the only time I struggled was the previously mentioned mirrors. They seemed heavy and unyielding and kept reflecting the lights into the audience in an unhelpful manner.

As for Marti.. what can I say. He almost ruined the show for me. I saw Matt Rawle (? I think) in London 6 or so years ago, and I'm used to listening to him on the soundtrack and he OWNS every single song. Some of Che's solo songs are my favourites eg Oh What a Circus, and Marti does nothing for them. His voice has no soul, no depth, he can't act... ugh. He was every bit as bad as I feared, maybe worse.

I was appalled that he seemed to get a bigger cheer than Madalena at the bows. Grr!
   I agree with every word of your critique. Saw it tonight in Sheffield and could not believe how bad Marti was. I thought he might get better in time but in my opinion he is getting worse.  He did get a big cheer at the end which Madalena graciously smiled through. It didn't seem fair but he does put bums on seats (packed house on Wednesday evening) so he is going to keep being offered work when much more talented but less well known artists are 'resting'.

#266681 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted Titan on 26 May 2013 - 08:23 PM

Does Marti have any planned time off from the show?

#272195 Your First Time...do You Remember !

Posted peggy sue on 12 July 2013 - 02:07 PM

My first visit to the West End was to see Godspell in March 1973  starring David Essex and Jeremy Irons. We had wanted to see Jesus Christ Superstar but couldn't get seats but did manage to see it a few years later.

#272106 Your First Time...do You Remember !

Posted Jamiem on 11 July 2013 - 08:17 PM

At the front of the prince of Wales cinema in Cardiff and I got ten shillings