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#258896 Rsc 2013 Season

Posted Poly on 18 March 2013 - 06:01 PM

View Postigb, on 18 March 2013 - 10:09 AM, said:

I got into a lot of trouble for prophesying about his Much Ado, so I need to be careful.  But here I think I'm on more solid ground in thinking it's going to sell intensely to anyone and everyone who has more than a passing interest in the RSC recent work, but isn't quite the mass market proposition of his two other recent stage Shakespeares.

...which means that the audience will be that of a top-flight RSC production with good advance rumours, rather than a West End ticket sensation pulling in people who don't usually go to the RSC.

Which is all very good news. Although interestingly - or even proving the point - the Stratford run is practically sold out.

By the way, Broadchurch is fantastic.

P.S. I do find the comment about the tweet inappropriate or even sexist. We are all very quick to judge. I can only imagine what people think of my theatre habit / obsession / addiction.

#259070 Rsc 2013 Season

Posted peggs on 19 March 2013 - 07:50 PM

View PostAlexandra, on 19 March 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

:) Anyone watching him give his Detective Hardy in Broadchurch? I'm finding it a bit meh, despite the magnificent cast.
Am distracted by his not quite beard I must admit, does it signal inner trauma?

#258991 Rsc 2013 Season

Posted Alexandra on 19 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

:) Anyone watching him give his Detective Hardy in Broadchurch? I'm finding it a bit meh, despite the magnificent cast.

#259127 Peter And Alice

Posted Kathryn2 on 20 March 2013 - 10:55 AM

God, what has happened to this forum?

It used to be a nice place to talk about theatre - just in the past couple of days I've seen snide posts about people who go to shows multiple times, and keeping cats, and people generally playing at being piss artists.

#259168 Barbra Streisand Live! European Tour

Posted FireFingers on 20 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

My apologies lesterf, Ticketmaster have now put up £65 tickets (+ almost 8 quids worth of fees). I wonder how much of the place will be at the £65 range though... And a seat in the upper tier at the 02 isn't worth that anyway, she'll be teeny tiny, more like Barbra Streis-ant.

I'll get my coat.

#259049 Best English Song Of The Year!!!

Posted Cactus on 19 March 2013 - 05:57 PM


#258987 Viva Forever!

Posted freckles on 19 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

Saw this last night & I can't compare it to before but thought it was messy. The book is weak, the dialogue trite & a lot of the 'jokes' unfunny. (it was mentioned early on in this thread but I really found the 'shall I shave my head & pretend to have cancer' comments in very poor taste) The best humour, in fact one of the few good points about the show, is a few minor characters who are very amusing. I thought the leads were all pretty weak, especially Simone (though I'm not sure if that was an alternate last night?). She was vocally all over the place.
I quite like the Spice Girls & expected it to be more fun. I have come to the conclusion that they only have a handful of decent songs & the rest fall flat. Viva Forever in Spanish is beautiful though, that arrangement was inspired. I also found all the women in it a bit too blokey; I understand about girl power, controlling your own destiny & rejecting over sexualised marketing of female pop stars etc but I think the whole tone is wrong. The Spice Girls were outspoken & cheeky, but not chavvy ladettes as Eternity are portrayed.
It is staged well, I liked the sets & the screens, but a few scene transitions were clumsy, with cast just scurrying off cross-stage while the next scene started. There were quite a few line fluffs too, maybe down to re-writes, but not very professional.
Overall it had a bit of a Bill Kenwright touring production vibe about it...
And the end was so sudden - nothing happened! The four girls re-united (with hardly any discussion), sang Wannabe & then the whole cast started dancing & grinning like maniacs; it wasn't until some of them took a bow that the audience realised it was over! Then there's an 'everybody on your feet' song medly that was quite jolly - with more costume changes than the rest of the show.
OK for a bit of a lightweight night out but not great. The supporting characters & the ensemble dance numbers are the best part. And this is the improved version?
Was in the stalls and it wasn't full (tho a Monday).

#258914 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted ptwest on 18 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

I kind of think of Lloyd Webber now in the same way as an ageing rock group - new albums come every so often, the fan base buy them to get a good initial sale, but then the sales drop quickly, rather than the mega sales of earlier in their career. It's become the same with ALW musicals now. Perhaps if he stops trying to go for the blockbuster this might make his work more interesting.

#258915 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted djp on 18 March 2013 - 07:39 PM

View Postbickypeg, on 17 March 2013 - 09:01 PM, said:

There was sadly no upside to the end, as most major participants on the scandal either died or ended up with their careers on the compost heap."

You would think that trying that sort of ending again might be a little shortsighted after trying it with LND?

Its a very odd story to pick. Evita came with massive historic popularity and personal tragedy within the character, Cats are popular. Steam Trains and stories  about them are popular,  Phantom is based on a really successful story. Does anyone under about 65 actually even know there was a Profumo scandal?

#258864 ALW ITV Specials

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 18 March 2013 - 01:28 PM

Right. Darn it. And there I was thinking I was breaking some hot news!

New musical 'Believe' based on Cher's back catalogue to be opening later this year at the palace.  Follows a band of gypsies, tramps and thieves in Dundee. The Krankies to star.

After Peter and Alice has finish Judi Dench will take over the role of corgi #2 in The Audience.

Dana International will be making her professional west end debut as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray this Summer when it returns to play Drury Lane after Charlie and the Chocolate Sex Toy closes after the cast melt on opening night.

You heard it here first

#258849 ALW ITV Specials

Posted paplazaroo on 18 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

Lol I just heard Ball singing 'The Perfect Song' I do t think it's intended for a show but it's pretty funny, really reminded me of 'The Song That Goes Like This'

#258857 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted canadian_turtle on 18 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

I was cautiously optimistic about this show after hearing the positive reports from the workshop, but that summary sounds rubbish.

#258801 Andrew Lloyd Webbers New Musical Stephen Ward

Posted paplazaroo on 17 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

http://www.yvonnefon...ephen-ward.html here's another one but nothing is original under the sun!

#258736 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Titan on 17 March 2013 - 10:25 AM

Personally I don't jump up and down about new British musicals, I couldnt care less what nationality they are as long as they are good.

For me i dont like X Factor, dont like Harry Hill, therefore it holds no interest. And with the dwindling interest in Xfactor with the general public, and also Simon Cowell (and his shows) slowly falling in popularity (his latest cooking show on itv is a bit of a flop) I wonder if the public are now too savvy to his manipulation of media and the public. I cant help think this should have been done a few years ago

#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.