- Michael Bennett's Attempt to Fix Nov 22
2015, 03:47:26 PM
The vid of Elaine Paige singing I'm Still Here to her boys made me glad I didn't waste money on a plane ticket to see that production. It seemed inappropriate enough when Dolores Gray sang it to her fellow party guests.
Stephen Daldry needs to the next director as he demonstrated he can handle multiple time levels, ghosts, surrealism and stunning visual metaphors in An Inspector Calls.
- Happy 50th Anniversary to MAN OF LA MANCHA Nov 22
2015, 03:37:46 PM
I've never understood why noses get turned up at this show. My father saw the short-lived London production twice and found it overwhelming. The boxed set of the two-lp London cast was a treasured possession for him and remains so for me.
- HONK! vs. Lion King/Mamma Mia at the Olivers Nov 16
2015, 03:15:38 PM
Mr Bean was always far more successful and popular in non-English speaking countries than the UK.
The vote for Honk may well have been a vote for the musical theatre writing course that Sondheim lead at Oxford University a few years earlier, which I believe Styles and Drewe were on.
- Remembering SKYSCRAPER on its 50th Anniversary Nov 16
2015, 03:10:03 PM
JayG 2 said: "Love the production shots with Victor Spinetti (I believe hot off Oh! What a Lovely War) who was replaced out of town by Charles Nelson Reilly."
Thanks for confirming!
I was looking at the photos and thought I saw Victor Spinetti. Then I looked at the poster, couldn't see his name, and assumed he had a doppelgänger.
- KING CHARLES III Previews Nov 8
2015, 01:06:20 PM
Maybe I was being over-generous when I said that King Charles III is derivative. Its basic construct is not derivative of To Play The King nor is it similar; it is identical, namely that Prince Charles, when he becomes king, will not in good conscience be able to remain apolitical but will intervene in the affairs of government forcing the then Prime Minister to insist on his abdication and see the crown pass to William. Everything else is peripheral.
- KING CHARLES III Previews Nov 6
2015, 02:13:02 PM
Roscoe said: "So the ending of KING CHARLES III is rather similar to the BBC series TO PLAY THE KING, it seems."
Which the playwright would have seen as an impressionable teenager.
Don't hold back Roscoe, take this derivative, over-rated and pretentious work apart; my attempts to expose the similarities with the vastly-superior-and-much-more-fun To Play the King have largely been ignored.
King Charles III is
- KING CHARLES III Previews Oct 14
2015, 02:30:07 PM
"Now you've done it, Scripps2"
You may well say that, Wonkit. I couldn't possibly comment.
- KING CHARLES III Previews Oct 13
2015, 05:52:42 PM
"I could also easily see it was a BBC Miniseries."
- Who saw the original THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG? Oct 4
2015, 07:28:36 AM
I saw the original London production with Tom Conti (trying to sing) and Gemma Craven twice. I was a child, sat next to my parents, and asked them what the joke about fetching the pistachio nuts for afterwards meant.
I didn't get a satisfactory answer.
- Musicals based in Asia Sep 23
2015, 02:34:17 PM
- Patricia Routledge - Climb Ev'ry Mountain Sep 20
2015, 05:35:32 PM
One of the greatest calamities of my theatregoing career was missing her performance in The Corn is Green, twenty-odd years ago, due to car problems whilst driving to the theatre.
- OFFICAL: Michael Mayer to Helm West End Revival of FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith Sep 20
2015, 05:08:38 PM
Another double-Olivier award winner, Samantha Spiro, did Funny Girl at Chichester about five years ago. Samantha is a great talent and both her Oliviers, unlike Sheridan, are for Best Actress in a Musical.
But, unlike goodness-knows-how-many recent Chichetser productions, it didn't transfer.
So Sheridan is undoubtedly the draw here. I knew tickets would evaporate but even I didn't anticipate how fast; I completely failed to secure any.
- Question about CATS and the song Memory Sep 10
2015, 03:24:41 PM
I too am pretty sure that Judi Dench was also scheduled to play the Gumbie Cat as well as Grizabella.
I had no idea about Geraldine Gardner's tragic and untimely end; I had just assumed she was one of those amazing performers who disappeared from public view. I can remember seeing her as Sheila in A Chorus Line as a child and my father was keen to see her in anything after that. I'm pretty sure there's some video footage around of her as Dick Whittington in the
- BBC Proms season 2015 Aug 7
2015, 06:39:43 PM
Whoops - Jamie Parker seemed to steal that!
I thought he just about got away with the singing in Assassins earlier this year; I certainly wasn't expecting him to sound so polished and suave tonight.
- Sondheim on Broadway: When? Aug 6
2015, 02:13:49 PM
I saw the same production as Kad and agree entirely: it worked very well.
I'd seen two previous productions of Whistle, one of which was terrible (directed by a pre-zeitgeist John Doyle) and a passable interpretation at London's Bridewell Theatre. I've certainly seen worse musicals than Anyone can Whistle.
- Why is London getting Funny Girl and we aren't? Aug 3
2015, 06:49:37 PM
Is it true that they're relocating it to 1930's Lancashire and making it about a Gracie Fields type of character?
- BBC Proms season 2015 Jul 28
2015, 03:54:43 PM
And, yes, as you say Mr Nowack, all the concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
But not all are televised, and those that are are not necessarily televised live.
- BBC Proms season 2015 Jul 28
2015, 03:50:46 PM
I thought Bryn did surprisingly well as Tevye, particularly during the talking parts. Yes, he sounded like Topol but he was a lot more engaging than the rest of the cast who were very much opera singers trying to act. And he think his Tevye was better acted than his Sweeney at the concert performance I saw.
I understood, from the introduction, that the orchestral intention was to recreate the sound of the score in the original Broadway production as much as possible, removing
- BBC Proms season 2015 Jul 24
2015, 05:57:23 PM
I know there's a growing interest here in this annual summer season of concerts as American show and film music appears increasingly on the agenda. Looking thro' the season the things likely to be of interest are:
Prom 11, Fiddler on the Roof: broadcast tomorrow (25th July 2015) on BBC Radio 3 at 19:00GMT
Bryn Terfel as Tevye (!) but remember this concert season is always focussed on the music and is not about replicating a Broadway standard perform
- Why is London getting Funny Girl and we aren't? Jun 14
2015, 05:54:37 PM
"Just remember she's trying to mimic Cilla Black, so she had to make some vocal choices she might not make in playing Fanny."
But, as I and the television critics thought, in that bio-pic she made better vocal choices than Cilla Black ever did.