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#276137 Russell Watson Musical???!

Posted johartuk on 25 August 2013 - 09:32 AM

DANCIN' THROUGH THE DARK - A film that was based on a play by Willy Russell called Stags & Hens.  Girl on her hen night bumps into her ex and is forced to re-evaluate her life.  It puzzles me that no-one thought to make a stage musical of it.

PERKIN WARBECK - The young man who claimed to be one of the 'Princes In The Tower'.  An interesting story, because his claim could actually have been true (and Henry VII was genuinely unsettled by him).  There was an excellent Channel 4 docu-drama a couple of years ago, which basically recreated (with a lot of dramatic licence) Perkin's interrogation in the Tower of London.  I think a musical along those lines could work.

LETTER TO BRESHNEV - I loved this film when it was first released.  It was the story of a girl from Liverpool who fell in love with a Russian sailor.  Another film that I'm surprised no-one thought of adapting into a musical.

#276084 Marti Pellow

Posted Mrs Lovett's Meat Pie on 24 August 2013 - 12:00 PM

View Postbickypeg, on 24 August 2013 - 11:55 AM, said:

Sunset Boulevard? Love Never Dies? Both rumoured elsewhere as having possible roles for him...

Sunset? He's far too old to play Joe but Norma? I wud actually play to see that!

#275937 The Pride (Trafalgar)

Posted Ian on 22 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

What I find reprehensible - *IF* it is true – is the paragraph from the Sunday Telegraph:-
Shooting schedules are prone to run over and Miss Atwell announced yesterday that she was going to have to absent herself from the play for the night, possibly two. Trouper that she is, she made it all work out at the eleventh hour, even though the play’s publicist had initially said it would be impossible. Why? The Sunday Telegraph was in to review it.” The paying audience don't matter but Hey! A Critic? Get me to the theatre! Why could the Sunday Telegraph not have reviewed Nicolas performance?

I agree that there are times that advertised cast cannot appear, but it is my opinion that publicity has gone into overdrive over performers recently whereby, and this does not necessarily involve The Pride, the “star” IS the attraction, not the piece (Connie Fisher in SoM, or Elena Rodger (Roger?) in Evita). In these cases why cannot the named regular understudy undertake some of the major publicity appearances? Or have a double press night so each get reviewed.

Also Jamie Lloyd (and kudos to him for replying in a sensible and informative manner) seems to inadvertently inflamed the situation. By stating “I have wanted to do The Pride with Hayley Atwell since we worked on The Faith Machine together. The role of Sylvia has been promised to her since then.” and “I wouldn’t normally agree to something like this, but I didn’t want to do the play without her” he is implicitly implying that there is something unique which she – and she alone – is bringing to the role.
I have seen many understudies over the years – some I am certain gave a better performance than the actor cast, but in these circumstances I think I would feel a little cheated if I did not see Hayley.
Perhaps Trafalgar Studios should make all performances where Hayley is detained by the pre-arranged filming schedule, £10 nights like Mondays ….

#275903 The Pride (Trafalgar)

Posted popcultureboy on 22 August 2013 - 12:52 PM


We did all moan when Branagh buggered off to do a film instead of directing Jude law in hamlet.

Did we? I don't remember being even slightly fussed. He showed up for the performance of Ivanov I went to, that was enough for me.

#275863 Evita Uk Tour 2013

Posted sam22 on 22 August 2013 - 09:08 AM

Is this the same tour that has been touring on and off for a few years? I saw a tour in Leicester in 2009 and Birmingham in 2011, I love the show but just thought the tour was quite disappointing with a cheap set. I much preferred the 2006 Adelphi production

#275833 Martin Guerre Is Transformed Again

Posted Monteverdi on 21 August 2013 - 09:01 PM

I would suggest that one of the major flaws of the show was that we knew whether he was Martin Guerre or not straight away.....not much tension there. Great score though.

#275703 The Commitments (West End)

Posted canadian_turtle on 20 August 2013 - 12:43 PM

First cast photo:

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#275589 The Commitments (West End)

Posted FireFingers on 18 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

It's not like they are doing it to deliberately annoy you, guys. They wanted to announce, them something happened that meant the announcement was pulled. Maybe someone dropped out, maybe they realised they had miscast someone, maybe the social media people thought it would be fine but director/producer etc said they didn't want it announced just yet.

#275150 Barnum?

Posted Horton on 13 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

This production's fate was sealed in previews when Cameron failed to fall in love with it.

With The Magistrate and Barnum under-achieving, perhaps people will think twice before taking on Tim Sheader.  His talent is limited.

#274407 Strictly Ballroom

Posted Monteverdi on 05 August 2013 - 10:53 PM

Opening Sydney march 2014 - oh joy. Here's to the Pan Pacific Championships. Shame Paul Mercurio is unlikely to be in it. Hallo to Tina Sparkle. This I want to see......

#272177 Next NT Director

Posted armadillo on 12 July 2013 - 12:29 PM

I heard they were all going to have to do a live rendition of I Am What I Am in front of Cilla Black and John Barrowman.

#272167 Next NT Director

Posted xanderl on 12 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

As I understand it they are down to the final 2, and Lord Sugar will be selecting the winner on live TV next week. Or am I getting confused?

#267691 Next NT Director

Posted Lynette on 04 June 2013 - 11:18 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 03 June 2013 - 10:05 AM, said:

And in each case there have already been articles saying the candidate should be from a minority (Asian, Black) or a majority (female) demographic. John Barton is a bit old but would once have been suitable for both the NT director and Dr Who jobs.
Dr Who is going to be black and a woman. No?

#274091 The Witches Of Eastwick- 2013 Revival

Posted Reich on 01 August 2013 - 07:32 PM


#273461 The Amen Corner - Olivier Theatre

Posted Lady Nijo on 27 July 2013 - 08:14 AM

One of the best productions I've seen this year. Marianne Jean Baptiste blew me away. The final scene between her and Lucian Msamati - so intense. Had to go and watch Secrets and Lies afterwards. And the actress playing Sister Moore. What a comedienne!!