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#279844 The Illusionists

Posted Monteverdi on 05 October 2013 - 09:52 AM

Go see these guys - seeing magic live is how it should be seen. It's not quite the epic staging I'd imagine, but then a succession of one night visits probably put paid to tricks that needed longer to set up. still a train appeared out of nowhere, the water cabinet was there and some very impressive sawing in half. A large screen allowed the mind tricks and card tricks to work and it was all warm ad friendly, but nothing new, which is a very dismissive thing to say when I was left with a big grin. No levitation as promised. A couple of tricks involved some startled looking doves, and performers, uncredited performers, with major disabilities, which left me a little queasy. seven major illusionists but at most they got to do two stunts each. Said water cabinet gent cam on and stripped off and in he went. And yes wildly impressive but that is all he did which must lead to a strange existence round the world. Oh there was an opening section when everyone did something so quickly that you didn't know where to look.....there was one amazing quick change that I'd like to have been prepared for. One stunt did amaze me - of the ubiquitous glamorous lady put in a barrel, and as flaming arrows were shoved through it, she ran down the aisle. That's the amazing part, that some usher let her in without a ticket. My mind is now rambling for a scenario where she is left outside the building trying to explain to a jobsworth usher. So a few niggles, but I would sit through it all again tonight.

#278331 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted Epicoene on 16 September 2013 - 02:33 PM

In the book I am reading at the moment, Shakespeare on Stage, Derek Jacobi talks about playing Malvolio for Grandage - he makes the very good point (because it is one that I have made myself) that one of Grandage's greatest talents is casting - if that has deserted him (and this latest cast doesn't look great to me) then it is a problem.

#278464 Sunshine On Leith

Posted MrTumnus on 17 September 2013 - 07:56 PM

The UK premiere of the film was tonight in Edinburgh.  For me, the only Juke-box musical worthy of seeing more than once.

#278514 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Steve10086 on 18 September 2013 - 11:19 AM

Ticket prices do seem to have some kind of critical point for a lot of people.  I intended to book for Miss Saigon, but 69.50 has deterred me.  I could afford it, I just don't think it's "worth it".

#278510 The Book Of Mormon

Posted musicalmadness on 18 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

I remember tweeting something along the lines of, even though "I will most likely pay it and see it, I can't believe the prices for the Merrily We Roll Along cinema screening are £13 when I only paid £15 to see the show in London!". A reply I received from a friend was this:

"The first half of that statement is the reason the 2nd half is so. If you'll pay it, they will charge it".

I presume the same sentiment applies here. There has to be people buying them, therefore they can keep on selling them at that price - and even try risking making the price higher!

#278509 The Book Of Mormon

Posted Steffi on 18 September 2013 - 10:46 AM

I've seen the show twice (once during previews, once through the lottery). I really enjoyed it and two of my favourite performers are in the cast so I'd love to watch it on a regular basis. But those ticket prices both sadden and annoy me. I simply don't want to support a show that charges £150 for a single ticket. On the other hand theatre is a business and obviously there must be enough people willing to pay those prices.

#278225 The Commitments (West End)

Posted musicalmadness on 15 September 2013 - 12:42 PM

Some more pictures have been posted now the that full and completed marquee is up! Looks amazing! Attached File  BUM9dpSCMAAoaRU.jpg   45.24K   70 downloads

Lots more pictures can be found on their twitter account: @thecommitments

#278226 The Commitments (West End)

Posted mrtheatre123 on 15 September 2013 - 12:52 PM

wow looks fantastic, Roddy Doyle was on the Late Late show here in Ireland last week talking about it, i think it will be fantastic really looking forward to it.

#277612 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted Honoured Guest on 10 September 2013 - 02:44 AM

Assuming you are referring to the Mikhail Grand Old Age production - No, I haven't seen it, and I think of it : Yaawwwnnnn.....

#278064 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted Cirque on 13 September 2013 - 11:59 AM

moratorium on Dream for 6 years,please.
Too many,too soon.....too much.

#277268 Twelve Angry Men - Tour And Garrick

Posted wickedgrin on 06 September 2013 - 04:35 PM

The title of the thread amuses me. I wonder if BK has gone through the script and said "can we make do with 10 angry men?" LOL

#268088 Finding Neverland

Posted SteveMc on 08 June 2013 - 12:13 PM

Does Harvey Weinstein really knows what he is doing?  It's a delicate piece about love and loss - and as such doesn't really lend itself to being developed into family focussed blockbuster musical, with pull out pop songs.  At least Diane Paulus is of the art first and commerce later school, let's hope that she can make an impact - though you could say the same about Julie Taymor and Spiderman - and that ended in war and law suits.

#276593 Finding Neverland

Posted Jon on 30 August 2013 - 07:44 PM

Guessing if it goes well in Boston then it'll be in the West End by Autumn 2014. It'll be interesting what theatres they're looking for, I'd guess a midsized theatre like the Shaftesbury or the Victoria Palace should they be available.

#276210 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted danieldabell on 25 August 2013 - 11:21 PM

I wonder if Lord Webber had written this under a pseudonym that expectations would have been more realistic & the piece appreciated for what it will be rather than a relative piece of theatre to other Webber musicals. It's odd to hear/read so much opining on the actual show when we know so little yet.

#276169 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted Titan on 25 August 2013 - 03:56 PM

This is being treated more like a play in terms of a lower key approach to marketing which I think for now is the right thing to do. They dont have an angle, theres no star, no well known songs, no brand recognition.  I suspect they are hoping for a strong opening and word of mouth and kick it into gear then.

I quite like the cool black and white images, its a very different approach from the usual style of mega musical marketing.

As for Evita, reviews mean less and less these days if the public have little interest in the show (look at Merrily).  The mega sung through musicals are not as popular as they once were, especially when they tour extensively.  It will be interesting to see how Miss Saigon fares