So many otherwise intelligent people so totally wrong about Wicked - blinded by its success. It is, in fact, one of the smartest and most innovative shows of this young century, casting a long shadow and much influence on a myriad of shows that have followed it. It is Stephen Schwartz's masterwork, far more musically sophisticated than anything else he has done. It also has a brilliant book, full of genuine surprises and inventive solutions to the problems set up by The Wizard of Oz.
I think this way, I believe, because I saw it with its original cast a couple of weeks after it opened in New York in 2003 - knowing nothing about it! - and was absolutely blown away by it. That memory lingers on. If everyone could have had that experience no one would be dumping on it now.
Disney shows. Only one should be allowed in the West End at any one time. And there should be scheduled kids free shows. (That's not where kids come free, like in some "restaurants", but where there are NO KIDS AT ALL ALLOWED in the audience.)
Yes! I totally agree. Don't get me started on Kids "Week" which lasts a whole month. If I have to put up with that every year I want a non-kids week in compensation!
My heart sinks whenever Rory Kinnear shows up in a play I wanted to see. Hated his Hamlet, cringed at his Measure, detested his whiny Iago and don't even get me started on The Trial. The only thing I ever liked him in was 'The Man of Mode'.
Ooooh I love this thread! Saying what you think with no comeback!
I don't like Phantom. I found it very boring, quite tired and bland. I really cannot believe people sit through this tens of times.
I've seen a performance given by the genie in Aladdin in the US, James Monroe Iglehart, I found him lacking energy and flash and I was very unimpressed with how he ran out of breath at the end. I know he is larger, to me it doesn't matter, whatever size you are, you have to be up to the job of singing and dancing.
The soundtrack to Hamilton does nothing for me, neither does the subject matter. I don't understand the hype.
Harry Potter, well, I think it's just another way to milk that cash cow. I'm a fan of the books, but everything else is too much for me and the films are awful. To further milk that cow they have split it into two separate days, so the fans have to pay twice for the privileged. I sometimes feel quite sorry for die-hard Potter fans who feel they have to lap up every single morsel. To me they are being taken for a bit of a ride. A pet peeve of mine with this is people not giving the actual credit to the people who actually wrote the play, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. This is their work with some input from JK Rowing. She didn't write it at all, but her name is put to it. She gave a freedom to the actual writers to do what they wanted within her world. They seem to have been pushed aside by most fans.
1. One Man Two G'uveners was the most painful evening I've ever spent in a theatre. Cringe-worthy and not funny. 2. I spent Act 1 of Cats trying to work out what the holy hell was happening and the second wondering when it would be over. 3. Wicked is a decent show but it isn't the second coming of musical theatre. 4. I've yet to be really excited/engaged by a show at the Globe, I prefer the RSC And some shaking up of the place under the new AD will do it the world of good. (and some of the Globe hardcore fans are such idiots I've been put off wanting to set foot in the place ever again)
Phew. I'm sure there's more...excellent stress relief that was!