Sometimes it's a useful litmus for audiences as well as the show. Me, for example, I won't travel to Newcastle to see it, but if it gets its West End transfer, I'll take that as a sign that it worked well in Newcastle and therefore book it in London. If it were going straight into London, odds would be significantly lower that I'd book it.
I saw it in NY on a cheap ticket whim and remember enjoying it at the time, likewise I wouldn't go out of my way (and Newcastle is really out of my way) but if it does well there and comes to London, then I'd be more inclined to see it.
I saw the US tour. Roger Bart and Andrea McArdle were still in it. It was by far better than I expected, and hilarious. But I wouldn't have gone if my ticket weren't dirt cheap. And I see no reason why this, out of all shows, should occupy a West End theatre, which are scarce to begin with.
What do they mean streamlined anyway? It's not like it has a plot that was hard to understand? This is not a show that needs rewrites. The story is basic and the jokes either land or don't.
Post by Phantom of London on Oct 28, 2016 11:47:42 GMT
A while back when this was first linked to the West End, it was muted to go into a smaller house. Of which the West End has succeeded in and that is taking bloated Broadway musicals and scaling them back, which makes the book and score stand out if it's good, thinking Legally Blonde, Shrek, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and La Cage Aux Folles.