Well this is just outstanding. And how is it Previews? It's so ready. Went tonight with two others who felt the same. Like stepping back in time and getting to hear the most beautiful music and watch the most effortless acting. The whole ensemble excel, with Sheila Atim, Shirley Henderson, Arinze Kene, and Jack Shalloo all standouts. The orchestrator deserves an Olivier for what he has done with Dylan's music. Likewise McPherson for his beautiful tale which, mercifully, creates a story wonderfully original, rather than the biopic road. I think it's going to be a massive hit, and definitely has a future life, if not in the West End, then on Broadway. The vibe is very Once. Which Enda Walsh did the stage story script for I think. These Irish writers...Amazing. Definitely returning later in the run. Wow.
Post by terrylondon79 on Jul 19, 2017 19:50:07 GMT
At the interval of this now... good show but disturbed by the audience laughing at the depictions of mental illness. Why does this seem to happen so much at he theatre nowadays....? Is it because people always seem to assume no mayyrr what they are watching its a comedy, and laugh to make it look like they 'get it'
At the interval of this now... good show but disturbed by the audience laughing at the depictions of mental illness. Why does this seem to happen so much at he theatre nowadays....? Is it because people always seem to assume no matter what they are watching its a comedy, and laugh to make it look like they 'get it'
I wouldn't be too disturbed by it. The laughter you are talking about comes when a dementia sufferer voices her thoughts on a person with learning difficulties's very first line in the play, announcing him as such to us, and in turn voiceing thoughts we MIGHT have in our heads at that moment.
Confusion + a well worded line = laughter.
This show is highlighting mental illness in a quite beautiful way in my opinion, and is one of the many strands it addresses.
Some truly outstanding vocal performances but the book just didn't come close in fact it felt like you were watching two productions a tribute concert to Bob Dylan and a play by Conor McPherson, I preferred the former.
Just come out of a preview of this astonishing production at The Old Vic. I've not experienced a show having so much power over an audience for yonks. It reduced whole rows of people to tears so breathtaking and heart rendering is it and so beautifully crafted. Some people will call it a jukebox musical, others a play with music but it really, really isn't either. Bob Dylan's songs have been rearranged and transformed in to something totally new. They speak volumes. This is a totally new sort of show and I genuinely came away thinking that Musical theatre had just been reinvented. However with a cast and band of around 30 on stage it will be interesting to see who will have the guts to transfer it to the west end. I suspect like Groundhog Day it will head straight to broadway. If you like your theatre to take you out of the everyday and away to some place special then this is for you. Wonderful magical stuff that hasn't been seen in London, at least, for a very long time. I give it 10 stars out of 5
Damn, turns out my sleep-deprived fingers selected the Lillian Bayliss when I thought they'd picked the dress. So not quite the bargain I thought it was. Oh well. Having a quick tea and soup before heading in.
Mixed feelings about this one. It may be just me being jetlaged and over-caffeinated, but, good as the musical performances are, I'm not sure that they hang together with the drama successfully.
It's not that I didn't enjoy it - what's not to like about wonderful renditions of terrific songs? - but I'm just not sure why they were there. Especially as the actors were stepping out of character to sing them.
I am sure I will be in the minority and that it will get rapturous reviews. There were people moved to tears by it near me, and an enthusiastic standing ovation from most of the audience.