The next Menier musical confirmed...shame about the cast

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Cant stand Connie Fisher myself, but sure her fans will be pleased

http://london.broadway.com/story/id/3010283
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Oh good, I can skip this one and not feel bad about it. It's nice to save money here and there. ^_^
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A large contributing factor of the success of the original production was the all sliding, gliding revolving sets of Douglas. W, Schmidt. Take that away and, for me, you have ' just a show".
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Oh God!
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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I wonder if this is an attempt to stop Connie Fisher from being stereotyped!
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Her work has so dried up that she's now working for 250 a week! That aint typecasting - thats desperation.
What on earth possessed the Menier to take her.
'They're Playing Our Song' is a great little show (not so little at the Shaftesbury!) but its all down to the casting. Its basically a two hander and it hangs on who plays Vernon and Sonia. Who's the male lead I'm wondering???
What Alterego mentions about the wonderful screens and sliding sets of the original Broadway Australian and London productions is very true. BUT lets remember that some of the Meniers greatest shows have been designed with award winning projections and they can only slide sets in its limited space!
BUT WHY CONNIE FISHER!
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Well, if you follow the link, it tells you.

Alistair McGowan, anyone? I think I'll pass.
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DUDE sorry i didn't read the link (i rarely do!)
PASS PASS PASS !!! My memories of the Shaftesbury production are too great!
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Really looking forward to this. Love the show and I think it will work beautifully in the Menier space.

What totally bafles me is the apparent "Connie hate" that seems to be around. She was outstanding in The Sound Of Music, totally carrying the show. And my recollectons of her go back well beyond the "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria" show. I saw her back in 2005 at the Bridewell in Mountview's production of "Carousel" and she was (and still is) the best Julie Jordan I've ever seen. And in March 2006 I saw her performance when she won the Young Welsh Musical Theatre Singer Of the Year contest at the Swansea Grand Theatre. It was obvious that night she was destined to be a star - she owned the stage and was vocally magnificent. Amongst her programme was an electric performance of Kander and Ebb's "City Lights" (from "The Act") and she blew the roof off the house with "Back To Before" (from "Ragtime"). She is an incredible actress and a truly versatile musical theatre performer.

Also, the jibe about her being "desperate" for work is innaccurate too. She has recently finished filming a TV film which will be on the air soon.

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Updated On: 6/22/08 at 04:55 PM
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I agree with bob8rich in saying
that Connie is amazing, and deserves
to do something different, as you
can tell from watching her as Maria
she can do almost anything, as she did
that so well, which is quite a difficult
role to pull off flawlessly, which i think
she entirely achieved. As for McGowan,
what a versatile performer! After seeing
him in Little Shop, I thought casting him
as the Emcee was a big mistake, however
I think he was the best thing about Cabaret,
definitely capable of playing any part in anything,
two very contrasting roles, both achieved brilliantly
I also saw him after the show, he's very friendly hehe!
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And her concert tour was cancelled due to sales being that some theatres sold less than 200 seats 3 or 4 weeks after bookings opened.
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And her concert tour was cancelled due to sales being that some theatres sold less than 200 seats 3 or 4 weeks after bookings opened. She sold 'The Sound Of Music' very wel until the reviews came out and then she started playing the diva and missing performances resulting in a schedule change and an alternative performer contracted for 2 performances a week.
I'm not bashing her its just she is not, and wont be, the star that the UK expected her to be!
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"and then she started playing the diva and missing performances resulting in a schedule change and an alternative performer contracted for 2 performances a week."

She at no time "played the diva" - that is not in her nature. She was forced to cut back to 6 shows a week on medical advice after she became ill. In fact, it was she who insisted on doing 8 shows a week from the start - it was originally intended that she should only do 6 shows a week. I just can't understand why people seem to delight in knocking someone who is so talented and such a genuinely nice person as Connie.
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WickedBoy2, yes you are right in regard to the Menier and projections and such. Could be interesting.
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I will certainly be going along to see it. Knowing the love of this show we both have it will be interesting to see how London takes to its first ever revival of 'Song'!
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I'm another who saw and loved the original London production and would agree that a lot of its charm came from the great sets and the witty ways the alteregos would appear.

I could imagine Connie in this more easily than I could imagine Alistair McGowan but good luck to them both.

It will be interesting to see if the book and score have stood the test of time.
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I was listening to the London recording today, one of my favorite musicals, and was thinking that yes it is a little 80s in its style of music but i certainly hope they just leave and present it as written. I wonder what number of musicians they will use? -the orchestra is pretty big on all recordings and may sound strange to anyone who knows the show if done downsized!

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"She at no time "played the diva" - that is not in her nature. She was forced to cut back to 6 shows a week on medical advice after she became ill. In fact, it was she who insisted on doing 8 shows a week from the start"

You contradicted yourself there. Firstly you said that she wasn't a diva, thn you claimed that she insisted on doing 8 shows a week. Now you are not telling me that was because she didn't want them to have to look for, cast and pay another actress.

I've heard many reports about her behaviour and the majority are not positive. However, I can't comment because I was not actively involved in the production.
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AngusN - how does insisting she did 8 shows a week because she did not want to let down the public who wanted to see her make her a diva? And why do people keep trying to slander someone they don't even know?
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I actually think Alistair Mc Gowan is a good choice. WickedBoy2, did you know that Neil Simon actually refused to have anything to do with the original London production when Tom Conti took it upon himself to re-write some lines in the final scene? (I bet he still took his royalty though!).
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Interesting comment about Tom Conti.

Didn't the London production get a second lease of life when Martin Shaw took over because a) he could sing better and b) he was better looking?
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Martin Shaw was fab and his costar was a young lady plucked from the chorus of 'The Best Little Whorehouse In texas' at Drury Lane called Gayle Ralff (not sure if i've spelt her name correctly?). It was a great production right thru its run, as I've said, its one of top favs- the London CD is great for its orchestrations. I think I saw it about 8 or 9 times.
I don't know about the Tom Conti episode- maybe when Australia awakes Alterego will enlighten us!
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"I don't know about the Tom Conti episode- maybe when Australia awakes Alterego will enlighten us!"

That would be good. Do you think if we shout loudly enough we could waken him now?
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SHHHHHH! its 3.50 in the morning down there! Bless him, he needs his beauty sleep!
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How rude!!!

Anyway, the story goes that Tom Conti changed a few lines in the final scene in Sonia's apartment where he mentions that he and Leon (Sonia's ex) met up to discuss Sonia. Simon wasn't at all happy and at one point threatened to have his name removed from the London show.

I find the London Cast album almost unlistenable because of Conti's singing. Wasn't there another girl who worked with Martin Shaw at some point? I have a programme here which I need to unearth - the name you give wickedboy doesn't ring any bells.