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Location: Barbados
Occupation: Artist
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Profile: Artist in Barbados, into set design.

Favorite Show(s): Aida
Cats
Chess
Miss Saigon
The Lion King
Wicked

Favorite Performer(s): Julia Murney
Drew Sarich

Most Recent Message Board Posts:
  • Josh Groban as Jean Valjean  Apr 10 2015, 12:43:34 PM

    He sounds great there, is that in the same key as the original though? because he didnt do well in Music of the NIght that one time. (remember when he was rumoured to play Phantom at what I think was to be the 20th anniversary RAH concert that ever happened)


    I'm just sure I like the look of a tall skinny Valjean, saw Drew Sarich and as much as I love him, I just not sure long and lean is a good look for Valjean

  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Mar 20 2015, 11:31:49 AM
    Vandalism is a good point that I have not thought about, both in vandalizing the photos on the marquis and using the electronic photos to make some nasty memes. Some people when they get a bee in their bonnet just don;t stop.
  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Mar 19 2015, 11:17:23 AM
    I'm always on the fence about the catch.

    On one hand it is a nice touch, but when seen (usually in London) because of the nature of knowing that you have to catch someone in 3,2,1. It almost always looks as though the actor starts to 'catch' before christine even starts to faint.

    On the other hand, I have seen Phantoms not do the catch but react quite nicely to her fainting, reaching out to her, trying to catch her and not getting there in time, etc. Howard even use to do this
  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Mar 18 2015, 12:43:25 PM
    Would someone that is in NYC be so kind and when next passing the theatre snap a photo of the production photo of James used in front the theatre? I am sure there is one up, and post here, thanks.

    also, glad to see his mask fits and suits him well with not an over enlarged forehead as often happens with this new kind of mask
  • Best Les Miserables Cast Recording?  Mar 18 2015, 12:37:59 PM
    I can;t settle on one because there are performers in all that really irk my ears. I do like the 10th but it is not complete and the audio levels are way low. I just take out the songs from each I like and put them together to make my own mash-up recording.
  • Minskoff Theatre: Bad Seats?  Mar 13 2015, 10:17:40 AM
    Usually I don;t mind back row seats since most shows I go to I have seen already, so I am just going more to hear new voices and such, and have sat in the back of the mez for Lion King and it was really far back.

    The thing about Lion King in particular (my opinion anyways)is that since tie costume/puppets are so important, if you are not close enough to appreciate the intricacies of them, then the show can get a bit, um, boreing (and this is from a huge fan of the show). This is somethi
  • Minskoff Theatre: Bad Seats?  Mar 12 2015, 02:27:53 PM
    The website also has some seat view shots that might help you choose.

    My issue as a fan of the show (probably the only one on here) is that they never have any cheap-o tickets like alot of other shows, even Wicked has cheaper tickets sometimes.
  • Love Never Dies (Phantom 2) - Broadway  Mar 12 2015, 02:25:30 PM
    No part three, yea, but then ALW will decide to make a prequel to part 1, lol
  • Love Never Dies (Phantom 2) - Broadway  Mar 10 2015, 03:52:34 PM
    also, people do tend to forget that he has a christine-bot in the first one too, well sort of, and no that is not a dig at Sarah Brightman's acting skills but reference to the mirror bride.

    But I just don;t get alot of the decisions in the London version, it really is like fan fiction (robot included) and the London set design was so one dimensional and don;t get me started on that bubble gum lighting that plaques so many shows today. I recently did a show using LED and I was easily abl
  • Wicked Question  Mar 10 2015, 01:54:12 PM
    another minor difference that I sort of prefer on tour is the broom flying in from the wings before defying gravity rather that being passed up wiggling from the orchestra pit. Although, Elphaba and Glinda coming in from the pit is also a nice touch on Broadway rather than just walking on, so its a tit for tat for me, I just think the broomstick in the pit looks kinda silly.

    Another nice little touch on Broadway are the poppies popping up from the stage deck.
  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Mar 10 2015, 01:46:38 PM
    Again, I really wish I could see him in this role. He sounds great so far and I can only imagine he will sound even better as he settles into the role.

    I am pretty sure that thing about the cast passing around a petition is fake, they seem to be rather supportive especially after hearing his side of the incident. But who knows.

    BTW, I was told that he is there for a year by someone working in the show.

    Please hurry up with the production photos (I was under the impress
  • Love Never Dies (Phantom 2) - Broadway  Mar 10 2015, 01:32:42 PM
    Woman in White as a chamber musical? I think I would like that, especially if they cut out the annoying chorus numbers and just have the main characters in an intimate setting.

    But back to Love Never Dies

    I have had mixed views on this for ever, but finally I think I have settled my mind on it just not working because the story is simply not plausible. If it were a modern day situation it might be, but back then, for a woman to have sex out of wedlock especially someone from Ch
  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Feb 27 2015, 03:30:16 PM
    Was told he has year long contract, I hope I might be able to catch him before he leaves, but does not seem likely I'll make it stateside before then.
  • How did James Barbour Do as the New Phantom?  Feb 12 2015, 09:53:40 AM
    can someone pm me a link to some sound clips (beside his youtube MOTN)
  • Moulin Rouge as a Broadway Musical?  Jan 23 2015, 01:47:51 PM
    but why should licensing of the music be any harder than say 'rock of ages'?
    they had multiple songs from multiple artists. And wouldn't they have already have to have gone through something similar with the movie in the first place?

    I for one would love this to happen, maybe if the Aussie version goes well.
  • New Amsterdam  Jan 8 2015, 01:39:58 PM
    Does anyone know if they have made any plans to fix up and re-open the rooftop space?
  • Norm Lewis Replacement?  Jan 8 2015, 01:34:23 PM
    lol at that Cooper comment,

    but recently 'watching' the new tour, I thought Mr. Jacoby should look to follow his father's footsetps, he sounds like he would 'sound' alot like Howard McGillin. Not too thrilled about Gary Mauer either tbh, much prefer someone new, since my all time favourite Phantom is way too old now to come back
  • Has anyone been in the Marquis Theatre yet??  Nov 28 2014, 03:10:30 PM
    last time I was in there, there were some sketchy looking ceiling boards, short of a total revamp, not sure what much they can do with that auditorium, maybe if they ever do they should just strip out those ceiling boards and just put in some black acoustic paneling so it becomes more of a 'dark space' like Gershwin and Minskoff
  • HUNCHBACK La Jolla Previews  Nov 10 2014, 07:11:43 PM
    But I have been wondering the same thing, can you have a choir in a broadway show?
    like a choir that is a choir, not of broadway actors/singers

    and how would that work? most people in choirs have 'regular' 9-5 jobs, to be at the theatre 8 times a week?

    Has anything similar been done before?

    I assume you can get the same sound by having it made up of ensemble. would they allow some pre-recording?
  • HUNCHBACK La Jolla Previews  Nov 10 2014, 02:41:16 PM
    Good points about the Berlin version, I also found the photos looked better than the videos, but that usually is the case. But Yes today it would be a very expensive production to replicate and not the best way to go. Dont forget, anything over technical when it comes to sub stage is very expensive, and that whole stage moved up and down aswell as tilted. Sometimes, something may look simple but is rather technical underneath.
    That being said, I wonder how the projections would look nowadays