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Member Name: Scripps2
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Birthday: 1 - 22
Gender: Male
Location: Yorkshire
Profile: I go to the theatre to be stimulated, moved and challenged. Sometimes I get all three and occasionally I get my mind jolted as well. Particular thanks to Messrs Chekhov, Ibsen and Sondheim.

Favorite Show(s): A Chorus Line
Company
Follies
Ragtime
Sweeney Todd

Favorite Performer(s): Brent Barrett
Daniel Evans
Julia McKenzie
Emma Williams

Most Recent Message Board Posts:
  • What's with the hatred of Cats?  Jan 27 2016, 02:26:24 PM

    evic said: "My point of it being so British is that..."

     

    So what you're saying is that those who hate Cats do so because it is British?

  • What's with the hatred of Cats?  Jan 23 2016, 06:04:12 AM

      Evic said: "Plus it was based on poems written by a Brit."

    Who was American born and didn't change his citizenship until his late thirties. 

     

    So what was your point?

     

  • EastEnders was brought to you by... Stephen Sondheim  Jan 14 2016, 05:45:50 PM

    Initially I thought it must have been an (early) Maria Friedman recording but you can briefly see the actual vocalist in the wedding scene.

     

    Pink bathrobe because some wedding guests got into a fight beforehand, fell into the lake and he dived in to rescue one of them despite having only learnt to swim this year - hey, it's a soap. There's also mud on the hem of Linda's wedding dress.

     

     The episode seems to rely on the broader interpretatio

  • The play or musical didn't do so well, but the movie adaptation was a hit  Jan 13 2016, 03:55:50 PM

    I saw the Robert Lindsay & Joanna Lumley headed West End revival of The Lion in Winter a couple of years ago. With the gargantuan figures of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart on stage, any one of whose lives could make a thrilling evening in the theatre, and a script written by James Goldman close to his Follies peak, I couldn't understand what made it such a dull evening.

     

    I decided it must have been director Trevor Nunn's f

  • EastEnders was brought to you by... Stephen Sondheim  Jan 13 2016, 03:47:34 PM

    And if the link doesn't work in the US, you'll just have to use your initiative.

  • EastEnders was brought to you by... Stephen Sondheim  Jan 13 2016, 03:46:40 PM
    In its climactic New Year's Day episode, the BBC soap dropped its usual theme music and used a song you may recognise. Since his name doesn't appear in the titles we'll give him some credit here:

     

  • Gypsy Live at the Savoy  Dec 30 2015, 04:55:53 AM

    I was apprehensive when I learnt this was going to be filmed as live performance in the theatre often doesn't withstand the scrutiny of TV cameras and this proved to be no exception.

     

    So what came across extremely well when I saw it at Chichester looked exaggerated and misjudged on television.

     

    What was immediately obvious, however, was that Peter Davision (unrecognisable even though I knew it was him) made an infinitely better Herbie than Kev

  • Gypsy BBC broadcast date!  Dec 23 2015, 12:54:57 PM

    It means the FBI know you watch EastEnders.

  • The Sound of Music LIVE ITV  Dec 20 2015, 06:11:28 PM

    Well, it got me in the end just as it always does. I'm old enough to remember my relatives who saw active service in WWII (one of whom was a prisoner in Stalagluft III) and how Nazism was a very real threat to them. This show will never be saccharine to free Europeans and to suggest otherwise is to trivialise both show and history.

     

    It was good in the end, as Princeton points out, to see an alternative construct to the film and the emphasis this version places on the gro

  • The Sound of Music LIVE ITV  Dec 20 2015, 04:22:33 PM

    The attention to detail in the sets is superb - as evidenced by the way the stonework in the garden has been aged and the moss on the walls. The lighting is also very good, seeming very natural in the outdoor scenes. I thought this production's biggest handicap would be not being filmed on location but I'm not missing that anywhere near as much as I expected.

  • The Sound of Music LIVE ITV  Dec 20 2015, 03:59:48 PM

    Maria Friedman seems very understated, particularly after her very overstated performance in EastEnders this year. Still, she's about to sing...

     

     

  • The Sound of Music LIVE ITV  Dec 20 2015, 03:39:02 PM

    This puts, in cruel perspective, how superior the film script is to the stage show's book.

     

    It seemed wooden until Katherine Kingsley and Alexander Armstrong arrived and took it up several gears. 

  • The Sound of Music LIVE ITV  Dec 20 2015, 03:20:46 PM

    degrassifan said: "I imagine it like Downton Abbey but with singing."

     

    Two members of the Downton cast spotted so far.

     

  • Billy Elliot Closing in London  Dec 12 2015, 05:12:12 PM

    Call_me_jorge said: "It seems weird to me, too. The UK is even smaller than California."

     

    What matters is not just size but population density. Britain is the second most densely populated island on earth after Japan.

     

    Why producers find it worth touring shows in the UK but not, by inference of your comments, California is anyone's guess but an initial conclusion may be that there is a greater interest in t

  • West End's Funny Girl opens tonight  Dec 4 2015, 02:10:24 PM

    Thanks for clarifying Eric, I was struggling to find them too.

  • West End's Funny Girl opens tonight  Dec 2 2015, 01:52:06 PM

    henrikegerman said: "So far the lesson from this thread is:  my man is uncut."

     

    Google "Darius kilt picture", Henrik, and you will see otherwise.

     

  • 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.

     





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