Post by danieljohnson14 on Mar 24, 2017 21:39:52 GMT
Had only heard of this when I saw Jodie in Shirley Valentine. Seems like it will be a tough sell, I can see it being a middle-aged woman crowd (similar to The Girls in London). I'd go just to see Jodie personally, as I have yet to see her in a musical and she is a great performer.
Hardly original..a similar musical called Gigantic was tried out in 2015 in the States:
Getting shipped off to weight-loss camp is hardly Robert’s idea of the perfect summer, but even he isn’t prepared for what can be lost or gained at Camp Overton, the No. 3 weight-loss camp in Southern Pennsylvania. With biting humor and irreverence, GIGANTIC tackles the growing pains of adolescence through the experiences of a bunch of misfit teens forced to find solace in one another as they look — inside and out — for acceptance, a hot make-out session, and the last contraband Butterfinger. A coming-of-age musical comedy fed by an infectious pop/rock score, GIGANTIC is created by Randy Blair, Tim Drucker, and Matthew roi Berger and is directed by Scott Schwartz (BAT BOY, TICK TICK BOOM).
Post by theatremadness on Mar 25, 2017 11:39:41 GMT
^I guess, but the musical is based on the TV series (written & directed by the same person) which was on TV from 2000-2005 so it wasn't original anyway haha. It regularly received 5-10 million viewers, so there may be some appetite for it (pardon the pun), though of course there was much less to watch on TV 17 years ago, hence the high viewing numbers!
Freddie Flintoff! He cant even speak his native language of English clearly. He's doing Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool. So not round here, thankfully.
That's either the most genius piece of casting ever or far more likely this is going to be a complete omnishambles of a show. I know that shows need a hook to get in the punters but a sizzled cricketer isn't really my idea of someone I want to see in a musical. What next Wayne Rooney as the new Phantom, Tiger Woods as Javert, Nigel Mansell in Cats?
Post by theatremadness on Jun 22, 2017 10:56:16 GMT
I *think*......this is the most ridiculous casting I've heard in quite a while?? So glad I've been doing this since I was 8, trained formally for 3 years, auditioned for this and didn't get it. I know no one asked me to be an actor....but I thought maybe I might have more of a chance than a CRICKETER. Oy vey.
I can see it looks odd casting because of what he used to do but is casting a cricketer (who can sing according to the article) any different from casting Sam Bailey, Alexandra Burke, Beverley Knight, Kimberley Walsh, Philip Schofield, Graham Norton etc in leading roles in shows?
Yes. All the people you've described are either singers or full time performers/entertainers. This is especially true for the singers, who already tick half of the box for being able to sing. Huge difference.