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#260549 ALW ITV Specials

Posted MrBarnaby on 31 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

I think the problem with musicals is that they always seem so cheesy on TV. All that over emoting.
I though Samantha Barks was the least cheesy.. And sung beautifully.

Didn't think Heather was bad... But didn't like the girl in the mirror.

Michael Ball is a total cheese fest though.

The excerpt from JCS made me glad I've not seen it. A camp Jesus... Mel C singing terribly and the awful
Chris Moyles. If I had studied at drama school in musical theatre I'd be livid these roles go to these amateurs.

#260521 Once London

Posted Steffi on 31 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

I've never seen the movie so I can't compare but this show really touched my heart. I agree though that you probably won't enjoy it if you can't connect to the music and the story. Personally I think this show is gorgeous. I've posted a review in my blog in case anyone wants to have a read.

#260363 A Chorus Line

Posted alec_e10 on 29 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

Finally got to see it last night. The show holds special memories for me as it was the first West End musical I saw when I moved to London at the tender age of 18 and the show that really got me into musicals. I think I saw it a total of 5 times during its original run.
So it was wonderful seeing it again and was blown away. Fabulous cast and staging. God those guys work so hard. Wonderful dancing and singing by everyone. Will be going again a few times more for sure.
A 5,6,7.8.........................................

Oh I think there must have been a special offer outside the theatre for boiled sweets in celophane wrappers as everyone seemed to have a massive bag full which they devoured throught the show especially at the quieter moments. And I think that Age Concern had booked the theatre for the night as their annual outing. Bless them.

#260134 ALW ITV Specials

Posted The Scorpion on 27 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

Nicole Scherzinger singing Don't Cry For Me, Argentina? No thanks.

#259975 ALW ITV Specials

Posted MrBarnaby on 26 March 2013 - 09:33 AM

The line up is woeful. Since when are Mel C and Kimberley Walsh the faces of west end musicals? They were both dreadful in their shows.

#259709 A Chorus Line

Posted Mothers Younger Brother on 24 March 2013 - 12:13 AM

It's been a month since I got to see the show and I am still raving about it to all of my friends.  One piece of theatre I will never forget.

#260013 Viva Forever!

Posted Rooster Byron on 26 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

It only had no noms because the judges couldn't get in to see it... we all know the truth of the matter is it's sold out till July.... :) :)

#259906 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted Annasette on 25 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

I am not up on any latest news re the "Stephen Ward" (it won't end up being called that) new show, but I think it would be extremely unlikely that the name of Profumo is only supposed to be going to be mentioned once, as per post somewhere above. Where was that information from? But I am really not inclined to be negative for the sake of it. My original impression was that this is a bit of a challenging (for want of a better word) subject, but I think I can see where ALW is coming from in choosing it. I have never been one of the ALW detractors, not because I like everything, but because enough of what he has done has been SO good that he has earnt his place in history already and the common petty spite only reflects badly on those who indulge in it. "Originality" and/or innovation (albeit everything derives from something else in one way or other) is predominantly associated with youth. ALW isn't going to compete with youth, and he shouldn't have to. He is at a different point in his career. There isn't a place for criticism in that, it is just the natural way of things. And if the silliness seen so often re everything being supposed to need to be "original" was real, then even Shakespeare should be supposed to have to be discarded.

And re ALW's "Stephen Ward", he is the enviable position of being able to suit himself and subsidise himself. Personally, I think it is a bit of a shame that it seems he has some difficulty being advised, but it is his ballpark. And I will be interested to see what comes of it anyway, even if I don't like it. Someone above referred to "Sunset Boulevard" as "stodgy", which I can actually agree with to some extent re aspects of the show, but I still think it's good and I don't think the Don Black and Christopher Hampton collaboration was too bad at all, whatever the American criticisms.The title song isn't just my favourite ALW song, as long as sung well, it is one of my favorites of all time. So I am intrigued to see what they come up with again.

There is a whole generation (or three) who won't now have even heard of the Profumo affair, though, let alone Stephen Ward. But his is an intriguing story. I have seen it quoted that ALW has referred to him as a "scapegoat", and, in truth, that is the one thing that is pretty irrefutable. He WAS the scapegoat. But that doesn't mean he was necessarily a complete innocent. The truth will probably never come out in entirety, although I suspect there will be a flurry of interest when the file does eventually comes out of official wraps. His trial and suicide effectively let the lid be put back on a can of worms that had far greater potential to do damage than was ever made public, even though it ruined careers and arguably brought down a government. The Profumo affair, itself, was only the tip of the iceberg. There were lots of convoluted rumours and allegations, all at the height of paranoia re the cold war, which was a very dangerous situation. But how much was real and how much was paranoia and how much was just made up, to expedience, to sell a story? Was the talented and charismatic Stephen Ward, at the heart of the highest London society, actually guilty of anything other than being convenient? That he wasn't, certainly seems to be the popular take now, but he was a ridiculously obvious target for intelligence agencies of all sides. There is no question that he will have been scrutinised by MI5, but was it really more than that? Was he working for them? Was he working for the Russians? Was he really running a call girl service for the elite of society at all? And whatever he was doing, was any of it at the instigation of MI5, the KGB, neither, or both? History might eventually clarify, but it wasn't publicly known then and it still isn't known now. Scapegoats are presumed to be more expendable, but that isn't a given, and that still doesn't mean he wasn't involved in a bigger game. So the book of the effective rise and fall of Stephen Ward could be angled in various ways. I am hoping it won't be a whitewash, ergo effectively the rise and fall of an innocent man hounded to death. It will be more interesting if some of the other allegations are explored. The whole cold war theme didn't work too well for "Chess" though.

#259710 A Chorus Line

Posted stephdimms91 on 24 March 2013 - 12:40 AM

Saw the show this evening, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt who plays Diana and Gary Wood who plays Paul were both absent. They were covered by Georgie Ashford and Michael Steedon. Was really interesting to see the covers as I have seen the show before and it definitely mixed it up a bit. It was a really fantastic performance and the tap dancing is always one of my favourite parts. I love Leigh Zimmerman, she really is Sheila, can't imagine any one else playing that part. The chemistry between John Partridge and Scarlett Strallen is fantastic too, both really strong dancers and John is incredible during the tap. Love the finale, I could listen to 'What I did for love' all day! Will definitely go again.

#259458 The Book Of Mormon

Posted popcultureboy on 22 March 2013 - 11:01 AM

So that means, with a face value on top price of £72.50 and premiums at £125, with the industry standard 25% booking fee through other agents, it's now £90.60 and £156.25 for those prices. Mental. Officially. And it won't be long before other shows follow suit either, which will be even more insane.

#259314 A Chorus Line

Posted wickedgrin on 21 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

It is a sensational show BUT the Palladium is a HUGE theatre to fill 8 times a week with a show which will not appeal to the coach parties expecting big sets and spectacle. I have to see the show again and I am not one generally for multiple viewings.

#259219 Peter And Alice

Posted peggs on 20 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

View PostLynette, on 20 March 2013 - 07:03 PM, said:

So how much do you pay in Yorkshire? Blooming pricey in London.  Don't give up on us. If you post something about a show or a play you will get a sensible response...won't she/ he, you guys?
We will be nice! I'm not sure how sensible my responses are but they should be friendly, I'm not here to snipe at people.

#259217 A Chorus Line

Posted stephdimms91 on 20 March 2013 - 10:19 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 15 March 2013 - 08:22 PM, said:

Hairspray doesn't come off tour till October, so A Chorus Line will have had a decent run. It's not a popular show over here, and so I think if it does shutter in October it'll have done well. It's planning to tour though.

Though I know Hairspray also looked at The Palace between Singing in the Rain and The Commitments. Got their pick of houses it would seem.

I think it will definitely run until when it is supposed to. I've seen it and I don't get why it wouldn't be a popular show? I really enjoyed it and thought the cast was really strong. Think it will do well on tour and it deserves positive reviews. I will definitely go see it again.

#259208 Peter And Alice

Posted Latecomer on 20 March 2013 - 08:34 PM

I agree people have been rather snippy of late....but there are lots of us nice people out there watching with frowns of disapproval when they take it too far!

#258906 Rsc 2013 Season

Posted Kathryn2 on 18 March 2013 - 06:36 PM

View Postigb, on 18 March 2013 - 02:09 PM, said:

I bet she keeps cats.

You know, 8 times is really quite restrained, compared to how often some people who post on this forum go to their favourite show.

It's incredibly restrained compared to how often some on here go to the theatre!

And what's wrong with keeping cats?