Saw this in Bromley... First act dull as takes itself to seriously. But stay for 2nd act as book goes into full 'Too close to the sun' crapness levels. Cast can sing well seperatly, but sounded bad when singing together. Set looked like was going to be good, but they ran out of money halfway through making it. Obigitory megamix at end only got the f&f standing.
Worth a look. Misses Vickers and Stepehenson are very good, the ensemble has some good singers, and there was enough Dusty to keep the fans happy - minus a few who left after act one because they seemed to have expected a jukebox. Act two speeds up, even though it ends in a lets end it now ending. Got a good fesponse at the end.
The story is British PC, meets mystical, meets mIlls and Boon - with all sorts of bizarre inventions - notably the cleaner,and the plumber in a kilt with a big spanner. There's some wierd (CRH? ) choregraphy early on - that dear old Len would have called faffing about. Thankfully, this vanishes early on. The actor musicians play very well - though they are distracting at times - but even Diana, who could sing through the backing, when others failed, couldn't compete with sounding brass, feet away from her.
It goes down some odd avenues though. The third , male, person seeking love role, seems to require a John Owen Jones range to sing it, and is a struggle without one. The ensemble sing well , but there's a reason why musicals are not usually democratic ,and don't give everyone a solo- it takes attention from the main characters. The allocation of songs was odd - also democratic where it needed to go for the wow factor. Anyone who saw Little Voice, knows Diana vickers can sing Dusty well - but they then gave two of the biggest songs, we know she can sing really well, to male characters, who can't make the same impression . And they ended with the tried and tested Viva Forever formula - of having the whole cast singing some of the big songs as an encore at the end. No folks, stick them in the main show - and end act one on a high with one - Les Mis hasn't lasted this long by keeping all its best songs for the encore.
Worth it for the songs, and Miss Vickers, who is also looking like a future natural for SCD - but may be disqualified now ,as CRH taught her . But CRH gets a 6 for direction and sorting out the book. .
Saw it last night. One of the oddest shows I've seen all year. Lots of "meaningful" standing about and then a completely different pace for the last quarter of an hour! Everything brought to a conclusion far too quickly for characters who haven't been given enough depth for the audience to invest in. The actor/musician angle didn't work at all for me with this production and meant the stage was often cluttered and distracted from the action. And whoever did the group choreography for the final numbers needs to take another look at it. Not really awful, just very confusing indeed. Many baffled faces on the way out!
Saw this tonight and was really disappointed. Hearing others talking in the audience many felt the same. Craig Revel Horwood ought to hang his head in shame.Very poor direction and the worst choreography I have seen in some time. You actually felt sorry for the cast as they had so little to work with. The book or should I say sentence was non existent.The songs were sung in most part pretty well, although it is an odd show and does not fit together.When I say a bereavement counsellor does a chicken impression , you get the idea! Well I hope for better on Friday in Follies.