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The Phantom of New York

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Posted: 3/27/10 at 5:19pm
Well I am here, aint I, for the fifth time and still trying to find the big apple.

Been out and about with Bob (bob8rich) and a planned bump into HotJohn, you will definitely know HotJohn, don't know why though.

Anyway the shows

A Little Night Music****

I saw this show again after seeing it twice in London last year, I wonder why I saw this again? Oh yeah a certain actress and she is sublime and she goes by the name of Angela Lansbury, gave a stunning performance, Catherine Zeta Jones gave a very good performance, but not as good as Hannah Waddingham, Alexander Hanson proved just why he is a leading man.

My only gripe is the theatre (Walter kerr), I was sitting in the balcony and hardly any leg room (less than 8 inches), for the second half I stood at the back of the orchestra. The worst house I have been into in Broadway and the West End, I do a separate thread when back home.

American Idiot****

I am not familiar with Green Day, but if you love Spring Awakening, Rent and Hair you are going to love this, in fact it makes Hair seem like Rainbow, that awful kids TV show. Dantes you are going to love this one.

As I said I do not know Green Day and what I could work out from the thin plot not much going of a book, but the performance delivered was electric which was infused by some great acting, superb set, lighting and choreography this show had Tony stamped all over it.

Still trying to figure why I loved this show so much.

Coming up.

Memphis (later)
Fela/Sondheim on Sondheim
Next to Normal
Promises, Promises
The Addams Family
In The Heights

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Posted: 3/28/10 at 12:29pm
POL, hope you're enjoying a fine time taking a bite out of the elusive big apple.

Who were the standouts for you in American Idiot? I've heard some great things about Tony Vincent in this, slightly less so about John Gallagher Jr.

Looking forward to reading your reports about Promises Promises and The Addams Family.
Seen some shows in my time....
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Posted: 3/28/10 at 3:16pm
"it makes Hair seem like Rainbow"

LOL. I don't remember Zippy and Bungle getting their kit off at half-time.

Really looking forward to reading what you make of Promises Promises.
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Posted: 3/28/10 at 7:35pm
When did you see AI? I saw the matinee yesterday, and I loved it!

Tony Vincent is fantastic...as is John. He is a superb actor and I think he deserves a little more attention. I found the cast as a whole great too.
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Posted: 3/29/10 at 12:25am
SQV I was at the same show as you, would of been cool to hook up.

Thanks Tiggs and Scripps for your kind words, I post more when I am in the UK, expensive computer $1 = 5min.
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Posted: 3/29/10 at 12:43am
Memphis***

Went on Mamas and Mark's recommendation glad I did, thank you, I hate Blues and Jazz but for some reason enjoyed this show, loved the all important book and a handful of songs. If it was good enough for Ms Obama and kids in the week then it is good enough for me.

Could be a couple of Tony's for this one, maybe for set and choreography or leading actress?

Sondheim on Sondheim N/A

I was not grounded in Sondheim and do not know his music except for A Little Night Music and West Side Story, but hope to change this. Theatre connoisseur hold Sondheim in great esteem which I full respect that.

As I do not know his material, it would be remiss of me to critique the show, that is why I posted a N/A, but what I would say it is a show really well put together and I enjoyed more songs than I expected. I hope this show comes to London, not for me but for Scripps and other Sondheim fans, as I know they will love this one, oh I could easily see this show again though, but need to do more groundwork first.

Next to Normal*****

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love this show, I still do.

When I was in New York in June 2009, I saw Hair, 9-5, Shrek, South Pacific, West Side Story, Rock of ages, Little Mermaid and this one. also saw Mary Poppins and Billy Elliot

Next to Normal and South Pacific would of been my choices of shows to come to the West End, very little has of changed in that respect.
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Posted: 3/30/10 at 12:34am
What a night; I met Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson and Alice Ripley.

Promises, Promises****

I found out tonight alchemy is possible, after a slow start the showed turned to gold, but only needs a light polish to make it shine.

I loved the book and music and a very funny show, Kristin Chenoweth was faultless, Sean Hayes great actor a very funny guy, but not noted for his singing, but got by, he delivered the title song very well in fact.

In the song 'Basketball' you will see one of the best choreography you will ever witness on stage.

Updated On: 4/1/10 at 12:34 AM
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Posted: 3/31/10 at 12:39am
The Addams Family*****

How many superlatives can I use for a show, 1,2,3,4 or even 5, alright here goes; Super, Brilliant, Excellent, Great, Pink Candyfloss, whoops made a mistake there, better have another go; toffee apples, a bit of food for thought there.

Broadway has been crying out for a great mega musical for a long while now, they have finally found one, the best new show since another musical which I cannot think of its name right now..........but I do remember it starred Nathan Lane and was in the next block. I could get carried away and talk of how good Nathan lane is, but in truth the cast are stellar from top to bottom.

I had to stop off in Duane Reade's to get something for my aching ribs, I laughed myself silly, or more like delirious.

I understand that The Palladium and Dury Lane are booked up for their next show, but it is must be time to serve a eviction notice on 'We Will Rock You' and bring this great show over. a gold chariot should be provided to carry Nathan from Heathrow to Oxford Circus, hell I would be willing to be one of the bearers, I would even do this in November with bare feet.

Now time to eat my candyfloss and toffee apple.
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Posted: 3/31/10 at 4:41am
You wernt fussed then!
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Posted: 3/31/10 at 6:21am
Great news on Addams Family! And glad you enjoyed Memphis, it's top of my list to see in August.

Can't wait to see what you make of In The Heights!!!
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Posted: 3/31/10 at 2:13pm
You'll have to post more about meeting Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson and Alice Ripley when you get back. I'd love to hear about it.
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Posted: 4/1/10 at 2:34pm
In The Heights***

Well I am writing this review from 'terra firma' in Bexleyheath your old British mate is very tired sitting at my laptop in his dressing gown. I feel devoid of imagination right now, both physically and mentally tired.

In The Heights had some great music and movement, this show gave Broadway a great latin feel, I enjoyed myself.
I was surrounded by kids, I think I was the only adult over 18 in my section, all wanting a piece of Corbin Bleu from 'High School Musical' fame, didn't mean anything to me though, put on a great performance with the rest of the cast.
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Posted: 4/1/10 at 3:51pm
Hey
Sounds like your having fun

Ive seen American Idiot on DVD from its out of town try out and as weak as the book is i still loved it, the music is sublime, the performances brilliant, i LOVED the set and lighting and i hope this does well, we are booked to see this on our trip this year

Addams Family is another ive seen on DVD and i have to say i was not impressed, the music was forgetable and the story a mess, however this was the Out of Town so i will probably see it when we go (though we have not booked it for yet)

Saw N2N and In The Heights live and loved them both, N2N still rates as one of my all time faves.

Glad your having a blast x
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Posted: 4/1/10 at 4:38pm
Had a blast, back home now, knackered.

The Addams Family was really impressive, a lot different from Chicago, I would check it out.
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Posted: 4/2/10 at 12:02pm
"You'll have to post more about meeting Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson and Alice Ripley when you get back. I'd love to hear about it."

I did something in New York I never do, I staged door Next to Normal, had a little chat with Alice, told her, her performance was brilliant, well done on recouping, how deserved The Tony was and time to put a Olivier next to it, she said "London will happen, but a long time off". A great actress.

I was chatting to Bob at the interval, just in the doorway, where I come in from a smoke, suddenly Bob jaw nearly hit the floor, he said to me "do you know who is behind you", I jokingly said "Trevor Nunn", he then went on to tell me "that it is Alexander Hanson", then his jaw did hit the floor when he realised Angela Lansbury was with him.

I went over to congratulated them both on there stunning performance in A little Night Music, we had a brief chat, I said to Angela, I hope you nail another Tony, also told Alex a thought he was excellent in Marguerite, also said that "I saw him twice in London", but I was so excited I could not remember the Garrick name.

If I was not sitting in the mezz, I would of asked if I could escort Angela back to her seat. Morale of the story is, if you want to meet the stars, hang out with a smoker.
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Posted: 4/2/10 at 12:11pm
""London will happen, but a long time off"."

Well at least its gonna happen The Phantom of New York
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Posted: 4/2/10 at 12:25pm
New York Round Up

If anyone wants to go to New York, I can easy suggest eight good reasons to go, what a great trip, I did not see a bad show.

I was with Bob on the last night in Times Square, mine and Bob's favourite place on earth, I thought now I have been there five times it would be easier to walk away, let me tell you it aint, it is heart wrenching to walk away for the last time and doesn't get easier.

Took Sam's suggestion and went to the place where he suggested to get cheesecake, never knew about that place, seen it, but did not realise what it sold, went in there twice it was that good. cheers Sam.

In the daytime I went to my favourite places, The Met, MoMA, The Frick and Central Park, I went to the Met while it was raining, the only problem, everyone else did who was in New York, so wasn't enjoyable as I hoped, as massive queues. Central Park is great while it is starting to bloom. Checked out Macy's where I always go while in New York to get my Calvin Kline socks, also bought CK jeans for $17.50 a bargain. I spent a lot of time looking for a new suitcase, went into both Macy,s and Bloomindales, but did not have the one I was looking for, so asked the man who attended me in Bloomindales where I could go, he obliged and suggested a shop, where I found the case I want for a lot cheaper than the UK for a Samonite case.

Someday I have to go to The Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty!

I met Hotjohn and his partner which was great, I had the pleasure of the company of a real theatre aficionado Bob (Bob8rich), who has a immense knowledge of theatre, Bob was great company and introduced me to the delights of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream American style.

Back to the shows, here is my Tony list;

Best Musical The Addams Family
Best Book of a Musical Joe Dipietro - Memphis
Best Original Score Andrew Lippa - The Addams Family
Best Revival of a Musical La Cage Aux Folles
Best Special Theatrical Event Sondheim on Sondheim
Best Leading Male in a Musical Douglas Hodge La Cage Aux Folles
Best Leading Female in a Musical Montego Glover - Memphis
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Zachary James The Addams Family
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music
Best Direction of a Musical Terry Johnson - La Cage Aux Folles
Best Orchestrations Larry Hochman- The Addams Family
Best Scenic Design of a Musical David Gallio - Memphis
Best Costumes Design of a Musical Bruce Pask Promises, Promises
Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams - American Idiot
Best Sound Design of a Musical Acme Sound Partners - The Addams Family
Best Choreography Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises

La Cage Aux Folles 3
A Little Night Music 1
The Addams Family 5
Memphis 3
Promises, Promises 2
American Idiot 1

My two shows I would suggest to come over would be, The Addams Family and Promises, Promises.

I would also love to see Sondheim on Sondheim for the Sondheim fans on here, they would love it.




Updated On: 4/3/10 at 12:25 PM