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#289570 Happy Days The Musical

Posted Michael H on 15 January 2014 - 01:32 PM

View PostNicholas, on 15 January 2014 - 11:34 AM, said:

In a month, when Happy Days opens at the Young Vic, this thread is going to confuse me and give me false hope about the prospect of buried-to-the-waist musical numbers.

Maybe there'll be a song called "Sandy".

#288110 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted mallardo on 31 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

Big year for musicals:

Three great ones at the Menier Chocolate Factory alone - Merrily We Roll Along, The Color Purple and Candide.

Titanic a revelation at the Southwark Playhouse.

The Scottsboro Boys overwhelming at the Young Vic.

American Psycho very cool at the Almeida.

Billy a fun rediscovery at the Union.

And, lest we forget the West End, a wonderful and worthy Chorus Line and a heart-stopping Once.

As for the plays, favourites at the NT would be The Amen Corner, Brief Interlude and From Morning to Midnight.

The Almeida had Before the Party and Ghosts.

The Donmar had the sensational Julius Caesar and, yes, The Same Deep Water As Me.

Best for me at the Royal Court was The Low Road but Let The Right One In was up there as well.

The Menier mixed in a terrific Proof with its musicals.

Scenes From a Marriage at the St. James was intensely good.

The Master and Margherita at the Barbican was astonishing but I'm not sure if it was this year.

The Old Vic had a first rate The Winslow Boy and a Sweet Bird of Youth to wallow in.

And, shoot me, but I loved James McAvoy and Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios.

Best Ayckbourn was Relatively Speaking.

Best Pinter was Old Times - sublime!

Best Brecht was The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Best LaBute was The Shape of Things at the Arcola.

Best Theatre Board was and is WOS.  Happy New Year everyone!

#271715 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted Carlos on 07 July 2013 - 06:52 PM

Stephen Sondheim at the matinée of Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre). Quite a thrill for me.

#265823 The Pajama Game

Posted Pharaoh's number 2 on 18 May 2013 - 12:09 PM

May is turning out to be a very good month for me theatre wise. And this just made it even better.

Firstly, I'm amazed that this show is not done more often, or indeed better known. It's hit after hit after hit, and whilst the plot isn't the greatest on earth, it's surprisingly relevant.  And this is an utterly charming production. Tim Hatley's design is one of the most ambitious I've seen in the Minerva, yet manages to make the space feel bigger than it is, and doesn't over clutter or overshadow the piece itself.

It's a big cast, too, which allows Stephen Mear to really show off his choreography. 'Once a Year Day' is simply sensational, as is 'Steam Heat' with its jets of steam firing up from the floor.

This also confirms how underused Joanna RIding was in Lend Me a Tenor. She is surely one of our best musical theatre actresses, and Hadley Fraser, who I'd not seen before, is equally good. And there's great support from Claire Machin and Peter Polycarpou in particular.

I'd love to see it transfer, but will it? I'm not so sure. It's sold out in Chichester, but if you spot a return online, it's well worth the trip. Especially if you're sitting in the front row as I was, where they're dancing over you.

After The Dark Earth and the Light Sky and Quartermaine's Terms, and now this, Richard Eyre is the director of the year for me. I look forward to Liola  and Ghosts later this summer.

#264126 Attracting A Younger Crowd To Theatre

Posted Coated peanut on 02 May 2013 - 06:15 PM

I'm never quite sure why there is an obsession with having a young audience. Most people I know started going to the theatre in their 30s, if you'd asked me to go and sit through an opera when I was 25 I would have laughed, now I can't get enough of it. If you asked me to go to Glastonbury now, I would cry with the memory of mud and other stuff I don't like anymore.

Going a few times as a child with parents of school is a good start, but probably won't lead to teenagers spending their allowance on theatre tickets.

I think theatres need to relax a little and not worry to much about the age group between 16-25. Have some decent and affordable kids shows, tell schools if they are booking something age-inappropriate and hope that people earn enough to afford the odd ticket when they've outgrown clubbing/partying/hyperactivity and the need to constantly hang out in large groups

#263494 The Pajama Game

Posted FrontRowDress on 28 April 2013 - 10:23 AM

Hey Emsworthian, we were there yesterday too. I agree with every word you say. It is a wonderful production of a fantastic show brimming with great songs. Surely a transfer must be an option. Out and out raving on the blog http://www.frontrowd...er-minerva.html