Am I the only one excited about Merrily????? Oct 25
2013, 12:30:49 PM
Obsessed with the song that was offered at the intermission on the screen - its this cast doing Old Friends. I don't know when they'll take down the free song page, but it is still up for me at merrilyonscreen.com ... It took a while for the email to come through after I'd put my details in though. There's a lot of background noise at the start of it which makes me think maybe it's from the cinema recording. Does anyone know if they're releasing a soundtrack recording?
KING AND I Revival a possibility Feb 16
2011, 09:25:38 PM
Daniel Dae Kim was the King in the 2009 Royal Albert Hall Production, and he was pretty bad. Frequently off-tune, out of time and breath and just a whole lotta posing with his six-pack out. Great to look at, but not to listen to.
Warlow injured - tonight's Dr Zhivago cancelled Feb 12
2011, 01:35:09 AM
The matinee just finished ... and woah!! Big tunes, big emotions and big voices. No stops and curtain came down just over 3 hours from the top. Act I drags, but after interval the show trundles along for a good 75 minutes of honest lyracism and heart. Anton Berezin was in for Warlow, and boy did he do a good job. A standing ovation which was only cut off by the curtain and exit music. Go see this show!!
I saw A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with a 54 piece orchestra and a turntable. Jul 16
2010, 02:51:58 AM
Sorry to unfloat your boat, but there were not 54 musicians playing in that pit. Yes the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra has 54 players on contract, but not all play at every performance. If you had ever been in the pit of the Opera House, you would realise that there is barely room in there for 30 players.
I saw this production twice, and didn't like it either time. Yes it was gorgeous to hear the full orchestration and to see Roger Kirk's extravagant designs, but there was no th
Christine-bot in LOVE NEVER DIES... Jan 25
2010, 02:09:00 AM
The concept album has Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess and Scarlett Strallen as the Phantom, Christine, and Meg respectively. John Barrowman sung Raoul on the disc, and Sally Dexter sung Madame Giry.
I really think there's a bit of an overload on comparing the '09 and the '98 productions in this review.
re: Quick-Change Shows/Actors Playing Many Roles Nov 15
2009, 09:55:11 AM
My school did Les Mis with a smaller than usual ensemble, and in the first act alone I had 8 changes - convict, farmer, inn guest, beggar, factory worker, sailor, imposter Valjean, inn guest again, student. Some of these were underdressed of course, but others involved very fast full changes of costume.
re: Mary Poppins tour changes? Nov 9
2009, 06:44:14 PM
Bob Crowley had originally planned for the house to be a single four-storey scenic piece, with the kitchen in the cellar rising up from below the deck and the house lowering into the deck for the nursery scenes. However, no theatre in London or New York has the basement space to store the full house for the nursery scenes, and so the idea of the single house unit was abandoned.
The basic house set in New York consists of 4 sections - three vertical pieces that form the foyer/sitting roo
re: Sunset Blvd Glenn Close Nov 9
2009, 11:46:52 AM
I've heard many rumours about the Watermill production, which played the Comedy Theatre in London earlier this year, coming to Broadway.
It was an actor-musician production, completely barebones, and utterly enchanting. The production definitely demonstrated how strong the score is - without all the trappings of flying staircases and Glenn Close, the show became much darker and brooding.
Norma was played by Kathryn Evans, definitely not an A-list star, and she was magical
re: The next Mary Poppins on Broadway will be...anyone?? Sep 4
2009, 05:48:44 AM
LMK was only in the first version of the show in London, before all the changes were implemented. The show as performed currently in New York (and, even more so, on tour) is very different to what opened in London five years ago.
Every new production seems to have something different about it, whether it would be new dialogue, new designs, new songs, entire new sections, etc., and in my opinion, the original London production was superior to everything seen since.
re: The next Mary Poppins on Broadway will be...anyone?? Aug 21
2009, 12:22:30 PM
When the cast changes in October, with or without LMK, all the changes that were implemented for the US tour, including some different dialogue as well as Playing The Game, will be put into the Broadway production.
Hilarious Comments... Aug 21
2009, 06:37:07 AM
Schmerg - wouldn't it just be easier to say that Phantom's score is the only good thing about the show?