Going to London...recommendations needed!

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Going to London...recommendations needed!#0
Posted: 7/26/06 at 10:41am
Hey, guys! I'm going to London in August and plan to see six or seven shows. I've already booked tickets to Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Fool For Love and Hay Fever. I have three more slots available. If anybody has any recommendations, I'd really appreciate it!
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oh god dont tell them to go and watch seven brides.
That show is awfull on tour .
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The Last Five Years at the Menier. Not seen it yet, but their productions are always worth catching.

I can't honestly recommend Seven Brides either - even if you like the show, it's just a rather underpowered and cheap tour...

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Disagree about Seven Brides. Its not worth its full ticket price however it will be at tkts half price, I saw the tour and its great fun - light hearted old fashioned style musical. Great music and brilliant cast. Set is a little ropey but if you get it at half price it is definately worth a look.

If you have never seen it then Woman in Black. And Avenue Q and Billy Elliot are two of the best shows in town. Mamma Mia is great if you want an evening of pure fun.
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Avenue Q for sure. Was incredibly disappointed with "Evita"-sorry!!!!! Chicago is good fun too if you can get a cheap ticket-it is now at the Cambridge Theatre which is relatively small so upper circle would be fine. I hear Phantom is good at the moment but haven't seen it. If you are into Frank Sinatra there is a show at the London Palladium called "Sinatra@ funnily enough tht is meant to be pretty good but again not seen it
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I highly reccomend Blood Brothers. Ive seen it twice already and is probably the best show I have ever seen.
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Thanks a lot, guys. I've seen Billy Elliott already, and I've seen Avenue Q and Mamma Mia here in New York.

I think I'll attempt to see The Last Five Years, as it is one of my favorite shows.

Anybody seen Eh Joe with Michael Gambon? It looks intriguing.
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Oh how I love London!!!!

I strongly raccomend The Phantom(Earl Carpenter is absolutely amazing!!), Mary Poppins one of my very faves, also Blood Brothers with an excellent Maureen Nolan!
Hope you enjoy!!!

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and footloose yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah let ur hair down and throw a party in ur pants hehehehe
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Yeh Mary Poppins for defo, i dunno how many threads i have said this on! I enjoyed Phantom and i do agree that Earl Carpenter is brilliant and i also liked Rachel Barrell as Christine but Annette Yeo as Madame Giry i didnt like at all. I think she got the characterisation a bit wrong and attacked the role too much. I saw David Erik, understudy for David Shannon, as Raoul and i thought the role was way too big for him and he seemed pretty uncomfortable - however, his voice is gorgeous!
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I didn't like Rachel Barrel when I saw Phantom but Earl was really good.
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I can understand why you didn't like her. I couldn't quite distinguish whether she was a bit hesitant in parts or whether it was just part of her characterisation - i wasn't completely sure. However, i thought she captured the innocence and naivity of Christine and her voice was gorgeous!
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Saw Phantom last week, I loved Barrell as Christine, such an amazing voice. Loved Carpenter as the Phantom and Shannon as Raoul, too. Definitely recommend seeing it.

Hayfever is good, but I don't think it'd be worth the full priced 60 (or whatever they are) tickets.

I'd definitely recommend Beautiful Thing at the Sound.
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Sunday in the park with George was amazing and Guys and Dolls was excellent.

I've included a link to some video previews which will help you.
Video Previews of London West End Performances
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I saw Evita on Saturday and was suprisingly impressed. Philip Quast is very good and while her accent's a little think sometimes so is Rodgers.

See Last 5 Years too just because it's a brilliant show and Blood Brother's is worth a go even if it's just a matinee. Les Mis too, I know it's been there forever but I still love it.
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I would avoid Seven Brides - the Haymarket prices are D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G. BOYCOTT THE HAYMARKET.

Really wanted to see Hayfever as I love JD, but I know that there is b*gger all she is going to do for me that would ever be worth that price for admission! Unless JD, you happen to be online and have suggestions!!!

I'd go to the Globe for the experience - Titus is revolting and great! I'd have a look at the Menier, Footloose (on the off chance the cast complain I didn't say it!), Mary Poppins, Sinatra if you can get it cheap at the Leicter Square Box office.






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"I can understand why you didn't like her. I couldn't quite distinguish whether she was a bit hesitant in parts or whether it was just part of her characterisation"

Yeah thats exactly what i mean. Instead of singing she would sing the words really quick and gasp alot. And in Wishing you were somehow here again she was screaming abit near the end.
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Mark_E, i completely understand where you're coming from. I did think she was a good Christine and i enjoyed watching her for most of the time but i do agree that there were some moments which were a bit awkward as it were. I think she was ok singing 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' but i thought she was really edgy in 'Il Muto'. Looking at the show as a whole though, i do think some of the cast members need a re-think to be honest - like Annette Yeo as Madame Giry and the woman who played Meg as well (thought she was quite irritating). I just think Phantom needs the once over to bring the standards back up again because i do think they have dropped somewhat. Also the sets need replacing because it all looks very aged in my opinion.
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Yeah, most of my favourites are up there already, Mary, Billy, and there's no point in the others I like (Wicked is in New York and is there anyone who hasn't seen Les Mis?)

However, I'm going to New York in December. I've only seen one show in New York, and that was Wicked. I saw Hairspray in Vegas (watered-down version, didn't really do much for me). Anyway, Iwas thinking of going to Tarzan. Any suggestions? Anything I can't see in London?
The rain we knew is a thing of the past -
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like racehorses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no one.


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Dont see tarzan it's awfull ,great set etc but a very slow show with very average songs.
Wedding singer is a lot of fun(not hamlet)but amazing cast and the audience loved it.And of course the chorus line revival should be amazing(that show IS broadway)

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I second (more like "third" or "fourth") BLOOD BROTHERS. It was fantastic when I saw it about 3 years ago.
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Isn't Blood Brothers more of a 'play with some music' than an all-out musical?
The rain we knew is a thing of the past -
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like racehorses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no one.


Derek Mahon

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Arthur Miller
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Hmmmm no not really, the book is really engaging but songs are used to drive things across and moce the story along. 'Maralyn Monroe' 'My Child' and 'Bright New Day' are all typical musical songs. Also there's no way anyone cannot leave with a dry eye 'Tell Me It's Not True' is such a moving song especially sung in context.
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Its a full on musical, singing all the way through apart from a few book scenes (but even these usually have musical accompaniment or underscoring).
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Have to say, I do love Tell me it's not true. Lovely number.
The rain we knew is a thing of the past -
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like racehorses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no one.


Derek Mahon

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Arthur Miller