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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:
  • 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. 

  • King Charles III  May 30 2015, 06:54:13 AM

    "I don't think you can really compare them though. They are different entities exploring the same person in different ways."


    So during the two-and-a-half hours between your post in this thread and your post in the other you've managed to source and watch all four hours of To Play The King? Or are you guilty of what you tried to accuse me of? Of course they are direc

  • King Charles III  May 27 2015, 05:35:47 PM

    Bumped for Phillypinto.

  • King Charles III  May 27 2015, 05:32:22 PM

    "First of all, we can't see your video."


    Then use your brains and your initiative to source and to see it via another route - try to think of this as a puzzle to be solved.


    "Did you even see King Charles III?"


    Yes. My more detailed opinion is in the other thread with the same title. Your second clue to the puzzle lies therein.

  • King Charles III  May 27 2015, 03:44:43 PM

    It's been done much better before.


  • Forget The Heckler and The Spectator, The Statesman was already there  Apr 24 2015, 05:08:49 PM

    The article about Mr Sondheim by The Heckler in The Spectator that so incensed so many on this board last month is easily overshadowed by this far superior assessment of his career that appeared in The New Statesman in January but has just come to my attention now:


    http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/01/stephen-sondheim-life-s-wo

  • re: 'A Little Night Music' and 'Merrily We Roll Along' Backers?  Apr 20 2015, 02:34:08 PM

    Infamous in our household because it was so difficult to get hold of a copy (c. late 1970s).


    I think my father missed a mortgage repayment when he got word of one being available.


     


     


     

  • Thoughts on MERRILY's original framing device  Apr 20 2015, 02:28:59 PM

    With.


    Definitely with.


    Although I've seen it many times and will see it many more, the rewritten version is twee in comparison to versions with the book-ends.

  • King Charles III  Apr 13 2015, 04:53:24 PM

    "I'll be in London next week and I just couldn't get enthused about this one.  Planning on seeing Curious Incident and perhaps The Play That Goes Wrong or The Nether."


    Haven't seen the last two but Curious Incident is definitely worth seeing.

  • King Charles III  Apr 13 2015, 02:47:19 PM

    A derivative retread of 1990's House-of-Cards sequel To Play The King that doesn't have even a quarter of the mischief of its predecessor, and which is so shallow it doesn't even dare to explore the issue that becomes the central character's Achilles' heel. The verse element of the play is over-stressed in the hype and frequently unnoticeable in the theatre. Diana's ghost is amusing (for five minutes) whilst the portrayal of Prince Harry is of such a fickle standard it would disgrace a Hollyo

  • Terry Gilliam wanted to do a film of CANDIDE  Apr 4 2015, 04:52:14 PM

    As someone who manages to weave breath-taking strands of genius with those that are deeply flawed, this does seem to be a good combination of material and director.

  • Message Board Update!  Apr 3 2015, 04:41:39 PM

    Much easier to read and navigate on my LG G3 - thank you.


    The only odd thing is that when I hold the mobile in portrait position and then move it to landscape, BWW stays in portrait whereas all other sites move to landscape with the mobile. 

  • Betty Buckley To Play Carlotta in Stephen Sondheim's  Apr 2 2015, 02:37:17 PM

    Heave-ho


    Probably the right decision - I don't think EastEnders had problems with its casting.


    And in reverse transitioning, Maria Friedman is now the latest viper behind the bar in EastEnders:


  • Betty Buckley To Play Carlotta in Stephen Sondheim's  Apr 2 2015, 02:20:13 PM

    I very much doubt it. Unless, like Imelda, she's developed a power voice.


    The casting for this concert seems very hit and miss.


    And the food-menu doesn't interest me at all.

  • Betty Buckley To Play Carlotta in Stephen Sondheim's  Apr 2 2015, 02:01:38 PM

    Anita Dobson is well-known here as the original pub landlady (1985-1987) in EastEnders. The episode of this that achieved what are still the highest ratings ever on British television featured her in the central storyline. She also got into the charts at the time singing a cringe-inducing song based on the EastEnders theme music.   


    In terms of musical theatre, she went on to headline in an interesting West End flop called Budgie opposite Adam Faith, a stage adaption of a

  • Who Am I ?  Mar 28 2015, 06:35:25 PM
    Judy Kuhn.
  • Women on the Verge is finally a hit with the critics  Mar 27 2015, 03:26:55 PM
    It was intended to.
  • Women on the Verge is finally a hit with the critics  Mar 27 2015, 02:49:12 PM
    Part of the problem we had is that the understudy was on in place of Jerome. We actually had two understudies on a Saturday evening (second time this has happened to me within a year - theatregoer on the verge of a nervous breakdown). The taxi-driver understudy was great but the Ivan understudy was someone normally given to comedy-sidekick roles (at which he's great). He just didn't have the charisma to convince us that the alpha-female, that was Tamsin's Pepa, could fall for him and be so despo
  • Women on the Verge is finally a hit with the critics  Mar 27 2015, 02:21:40 PM
    On the whole, I think the whole added up to less than the sum of its parts. So I'll review on a piecemeal basis:

    Good things:

    Tamsin - she can do no wrong. The show gets off to a slow start but once the valium goes in the gazpacho, Tamsin gets to do her stuff and she does it, as always, brilliantly. Her voice is, if not beautiful, there, on-the-note and projected with power when necessary.

    Haydn - totally commanding, particularly in her solo number during which I
  • Ethel Merman in ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  Mar 27 2015, 11:14:49 AM
    If her legend is anything to go by, I think she would be plausible taking over from Clarkson in Top Gear.




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