My love for the (musical)theater started with the Dutch production of The Phantom of the Opera, somewhere in 1993. Needless to say, this shows still holds a special place in my heart.
I have seen quite a lot of shows over here in the Netherlands (and Belgium) since then, some truly amazing, others very appalling.
My only two Broadway shows are Beauty and the Beast and RENT.
West End shows I've seen include The Phantom of the Opera (1998 and 2006), Starlight Express (1998), RENT (1999), Whistle Down the Wind (1999), Spamalot (2006), Wicked (2006), Evita (2006) and the Chess concert in the Royal Albert Hall (2008).
Really bummed that I live that far from New York, since the line-up for the rest of the year is great... Oh well, I'll treasure the memories of last Thursday and if they keep going like this, I will be back there someday in the next (couple of) year(s)!
We both had a great night: 54Below is a gorgeous place, the staff is very friendly and Patti, of course, was phenomenal! I almost fell off my seat when I heard the twitter encore would be "Being Alive"... Amazing performance!
My mother didn't really know Patti beforehand, but she too had a wonderful evening and enjoyed every second of it. So, yeah,
I will be in New York next week, my second time ever in the city (heck, in the US, for that matter) and I was gutted that I found out about Patti's show way too late.
But now, I've got 2 bar seats for the show on the 14th. What a great way to spend our last evening in New York!
re: Rent tour; 'two significant changes to the production' Jan 3
2009, 05:12:11 AM
To give a VERY late answer to EVIE's question about the Netherlands production where Mimi did die at the end: yes, it's the same one as on the Dutch cast recording. Some of the cast members were amazing (especially the women (Over the Moon was hilarious on stage) and Collins), but the production as a whole was horrible.
And regarding the screaming etc... in theatre: I think it's respectless to the performers to be screaming throughout the show, regardless of the musical/performance
In the (absolutely horrid) production of RENT over here in the Netherlands Mimi did die at the end.
Ivo van Hove (the guy who directed this bloody mess) had the wonderful idea of having a still frame of Mimi's face (from Mark's camera) on a the TV-screens on stage and projected onto the back wall of the stage, while Mimi herself lay dead on a table. Even though she wasn't moving and the images remained frozen on the screens