Saw the London production as well, happy I got to see it on stage, but it really is an awful bitter play. Was never a fan of the movie. I think my big issue was by the time I came out ( 1984 ) I'd never met anyone that was portrayed in the play that way in real life. Not to say they didn't exist.
Mr. Nowack said: "What is far more interesting (and easier on the ear) is making Sally a GREAT singer, but one who is stuck working in a dive because she sabotages her career just as she sabotages her relationships.
This is really the way Andrea Gross played her on the recent national tour. And it was amazing!
muscle23ftl said: "Thanks so much for posting, with that said. Glenn owns this role. I got to see Betty, I heard Patti's recording, watched Elaine doing it and they were all not my cup of tea. I think Glenn is the best, followed by Debra Byrne perhaps. Nancy is a great actress and singer, but all wrong for Norma Desmond.
Muscle did you see Ms Byrne do the show, she was a mess and not in a good way, her understudy Maria Mercedes on the other
Not all Australian productions are cheap or awful this Aladdin is the same as whats on stage in the USA, The Bodyguard on the West End was also a cheap looking musical save for the cabin setpiece.
As for The Lion King, the opening eight or so minutes purely stunning, sadly what follows is a start stop show that doesn't flow, annoying characters some who you want to slap off the stage and nothing that matches the incredible opening