Shoot it in an actual old theatre that's ruined. That would be amazing- I mean theres dozens of old vaudeville theatres in the States in a state of ruin, likewise in the UK theres dozens of old music halls sitting around.
Doctor Dolittle had a London run at the Hammersmith Apollo, with animatronic animals including Julie Andrews as a parrot, and it also toured the UK, both with Philip Schofield as Dolittle. It also toured with Tommy Steele.
The Australian and US Tour are better musicals (as in a cohesive whole) - but NOTHING can ever top the Original Original London Production - which had to be seen to be believed. It escalated from one bizarre set piece to another. A hotel balcony shaped as female genitalia, whilst the Phantom and Christine sang about making whoopee in a dark alley. The Robo-Gorilla playing the bongo-synthetiser, whilst robots and a table with human legs walked across the stage at the end of act 1. By act 2, th
You can't really class it as a concert performance, any more than Chicago is a concert performance. Its fully costumed, fully choreographed, there are trucks coming on and off, drops and projections, and several tiers of walkways above the orchestra for characters to move above on. It works very well, and avoids the original production's Napier set.... Whilst impressive, any production that puts a piece of painted machinery at the heart of the performance, as opposed to the performanc
The Chichester production, in a big tent whilst the theatre at Chichester was been rebuilt, was created by Cameron for world-domination. It got poor reviews and flopped, and never made it to the West End. A second production, also by Mackintosh, went on tour around the UK with Brian Conley (TV comedian) and Linzi Hateley (Carrie....) - and did alright.
The score is divine, the STORY is great - but perhaps not a great book. The physical production overtook the show... too many flying projections, and the doors didn't even open properly until the NY production.Too many changes to the show, in London, and in the hop over the pond (including cutting good songs!!!) And any production that requires your lead to wear a fat suit that is known to repeatedly incapacitate the actor is not going to end well.
The actual entr'acte itself is VERY short, and isnt a tune as such, but vamping. Its the lines "practically perfect in every way" and "we need a nanny who is discipled and stern" repeated several times, with Bert talking over the top. On its own on a cast album, it would sound most strange. Remember it was a single CD cast recording from 2004/5 (pre itunes as we know it!!) , and not one of the newer style with linking dialogue and underscore.
Jenna Russell Jan 7
2012, 02:27:48 PM
Last year she starred in 'That Day We Sang' in Manchester, England, a new musical by British comedian Victoria Wood. She played Enid Sutcliffe, a 40 year old single secretary stuck in a boring unfulfilled life, until she is interviewed for TV show reminiscing about when she was part of a children's choir, where she meets a 40-something insurance salesman called Tubby...