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#300247 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted Titan on 12 April 2014 - 02:05 PM

This is a prime example of overproducing

#298513 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted danieldabell on 28 March 2014 - 09:49 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 28 March 2014 - 05:29 PM, said:

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the critics were 'encouraged' to give good reviews. It's a shambolic embarrassing show so something suspicious is clearly going on. It won't save it though.

You really do have an ego problem. You seem to think like a toddler, that no one exists outside of your inner world and everyone must think the same as you. Something suspicious must be going on because other people think something different to you?! That's almost sociopathic. To be honest I'm not sure why I'm even writing this as you won't be able to accept it or incorporate it into your thinking as it differs from your opinion. Any negative comments I've read about this show all have a very snobbish slant to them about a certain class of theatre which I think is a ridiculous way to view theatre.

#294175 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted Jim on 24 February 2014 - 11:42 PM

I've enjoyed some of Sondheim's work - Passion especially - but you are correct, his music sounds very similar - has it's trademark dissonant sounds amidst some nice melodic motifs.  For some, that's considered more "intelligent" or edgy, artistic.  Because ALW has more mass-appeal and attempts to write for more commercial purposes, and people claim he's "borrowed" musical phrases from others like Puccini, his work is dismissed   I've always found the arguments to be pretty snobbish and insulting.  For ALW to find inspiration in different stories, try to come up with music to capture the story/moods/feelings etc even if it is derivative of something else, and make it accessible/enjoyable to theatregoers is not easy by any stretch of the imagination.  Ask Sondheim - who's Into the Woods is probably the most successful of his ventures which opened the same year Phantom did and has been revived in NY three times while Phantom's original production is entering it's 26th year

#294182 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted KevinUK on 25 February 2014 - 12:07 AM

I think ALW gets a rough deal. Personally I think it comes down to their approaches to the musical genre: ALW arguably embraces the commercial aspect of composing and producing a new musical, whereas Sondheim is a bit more reserved in the ambitions he has for any new work.

ALW and his POTO are fundamentally the blueprint for most new musicals: everyone seems to be after the next long running musical. Sondheim doesn't. His work doesn't always start off on broadway, or play in large capacity theatres. He doesn't personally hype them up.

So to some this may mean they feel Sondheim and his work has some form of integrity ALW's don't.

#274844 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

Posted bickypeg on 10 August 2013 - 01:22 PM

Must say I agree with theatremole.It's Channel 4.It's not going to be a fly-on-the-wall look at the general loveliness of musical theatre,sadly.

#256400 A Chorus Line

Posted popcultureboy on 27 February 2013 - 05:26 PM


Well, I hope to god you guys are wrong because if it's all about spectacle and getting what you pay for then what's the future of the theatre? I don't mean to get all apocalyptic but that is the tail wagging the dog.

Oh I hope I'm wrong too, and hugely anticipated big spectacles can still fail (I'm looking at you, Love Never Dies). But with prices constantly going up (Book of Mormon has pushed the top price to £69.50, before fees) and ever more premium seats being added, shows like A Chorus Line don't stand a chance. Not only are they on the back foot with the lack of names and lack of spectacle people want for the small fortune their night is costing them, but it's also squeezing out the very people it's aimed at.

#256388 A Chorus Line

Posted mallardo on 27 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

Lester, you don't seem to get how this or any show works.  You want a scene in the rehearsal hall downstairs where the cast are learning the lyrics to the song???  How exciting is that!  Does that give you more bang for your buck ( or pound)?  And would that be instead of or in addition to the Zack-Cassie scene and Paul's monologue which now occupy that spot onstage?  Do you want all of it or just the cast stuff BECAUSE IT'S ANOTHER SET?

Do you really not get that the bare stage with the white line is the essence of the show?  Do you really equate ticket prices with the opulence or otherwise of the set?  Honestly, it's a very odd and rather disturbing consumerist esthetic you are proposing.

#253387 Oliver Thornton Donning The Fishnets Again...........new Frank N Furter?

Posted Jamiem on 31 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

View Posttommo2k, on 31 January 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

Fair point! I think Oliver would be underused as Rocky!?
But he's overused as frank

#253844 A Chorus Line

Posted dannyboyjohnson on 05 February 2013 - 11:45 PM

So how was the first preview? Anyone know?

#250330 Favourite Lyrics In Les Mis

Posted Deal J on 29 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

"You're on your own...

Often used in the playground when I was growing up :D

#219582 The Bodyguard

Posted Distant_Cousin on 02 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

VERY cheeky billing it as a "new musical" - HARDLY!

Not when it's very much a jukebox musical, featuring songs from a soundtrack album plus an artist's back catalogue.