No wonder you lot are a bit rude about the grey-haired brigade on here!Just babies!Mine on the West End was as a student in 68/69 to see Hair.I think we only went for the nudity but as we were up in the gods we couldn't see much.I wasn't really a live musical theatre fan until my youngest got involved although I always loved films like Singing in the Rain and Top Hat.I remember being taken at 17 to see West Side Story and wishing we'd seen a Hammer horror instead..
I have to say-reluctantly,as it's great to see a new musical without big names in the cast-I found the plot slight and the music samey.I didn't warm to Guy as a character at all so I felt no pangs (spoiler) at their parting.Huge talent amongst the cast.But I thought the show over-long and repetitive.I can't see it lasting long at current prices on the West End.
To many of us however it was the political aspects of the scandal that were most fascinating.Profumo sharing a teenage call-girl with the Soviet naval attache at the height of the Cold War and then lying to the House about it.It was the lying that cost him his job and his reputation.To leave him out of the story and focus on a whitewash job of Ward seems to miss a real opportunity for a very meaty musical.
"The plot centred on the infamous affair between a government minister, John Profumo, and a beautiful good-time girl, Christine Keeler, which ultimately resulted in Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s resignation in 1963.
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."
Yes indeed.But ALW claims he only mentions Profumo in one line.So obviously quite different...And even the talented Emma Williams couldn't save A Model Girl.
O.K.then.I saw Marti Pellow for the first time ever in Jekyll and Hyde on tour.I have seldom seen such a poor performance given on the professional stage.He couldn't sing;his acting was wooden;he moved round the stage in a strange jerky movement.His first entrance at the deathbed of his father was greeted by the screams of women of a certain age (younger than me!)I too felt like screaming.I laughed quite a lot.The whole sorry show was fortunately saved by the 2 female leads and an excellent ensemble.He was worse than Paul Nicholas in the same role.
I had been looking forward to this for a long time and I wasn't disappointed.I would echo most of the previous reviews;I expected John Partridge to be good and he was;Scarlett Strallen was outstanding;great dancing and acting all round although some of the singing was a bit mixed.I would only disagree about Victoria Hamilton-Barritt who didn't move me at all.What was really rewarding was the reaction of son's girlfriend who had never seen it before.She was totally overwhelmed and it put her back on track as far as her acting career and ambitions are concerned!It's wondeful when musicals can touch you like that-something I tend to forget as a hardened old cynic...
I thought it was brilliant!and I really hadn't expected to from seeing the trailers.A great spectacle with some great acting.Flaws of course-and mostly the ones everyone has mentioned:Russell Crowe;panto Thenardiers;and irritating close-ups when they should have panned out more-especially with those wonderful sets.I found myself counting Marius' freckles and wondering if they were real tears rather than listening to the song...But I have to take exception re Aaron Tveit whom I loved as Enjolras.I was slightly annoyed that Marius seemed to be stealing his thunder rather-which may have made Enjolras seem less of a pivotal role.But minor points-I did enjoy it.
I've always slightly despised those people who descend on London for a couple of days and haven't booked any shows-but in this case it seems to be me!I have tickets for Jekyll and Hyde at the Union but otherwise I'm stumped.I've seen all the good stuff several times over;I'm not a huge fan of juke box musicals unless you count Jersey Boys;I don't like Elton John;won't see panto shows like WoZ and Shrek.There are some excellent shows touring (Phantom,Carousel,Sister Act,Wonderful Town)which I've seen and have spoiled me for lesser stuff.In Feb and March we took in Crazy For You,Ladykillers,Ramin's Les Mis,Sweeney Todd and Floyd Collins-all of which I loved.I'm seeing Richard 111 and Matilda in July.Wondered about Ragtime but the reviews are poor.Curtains would be great but it's not on for a while.Edwin Drood might be fun but not just after Jekyll.Top Hat's a possibility but I couldn't be bothered to see it when it came to Leeds;considered Singing in the Rain but it toured a few years ago and it's never going to improve on one of my favourite films.It's also very expensive.A nice concert would be OK but I haven't seen anything advertised.Help!