Musical or Machine? Aug 15, 2017 13:23:41 GMT via mobile
Post by remark on Aug 15, 2017 13:23:41 GMT
I do understand the need for quality control on long running shows - if actors were left to their own devices after a few weeks/months the show would be unrecognisable and the creatives having set the production expect it to be reproduced as they envisioned it. The paying public expect a certain standard. However, this does result in the stultifying of the material after time, I feel. In the case of Les Mis it was clear that the actors had a strict track to follow - not just in the blocking (which is fair enough - they have to hit their marks for lighting and set reasons) but in every gesture. The show is completely annotated and the resident director is paid to ensure this is followed and indeed when it comes to cast change the characterisation and blocking is followed completely.
I recently saw the new cast of Kinky Boots - third cast, and the show and performances are completely the same as the original. The actors may change but the characters do not. So they conform to the template - this may be artistically frustrating but it is work (probably a years contract in a musical) and pays the rent!
Is that a failing on the part of the actors then? If it's obvious they're just going through the motions, hitting the spots, following cues, then they've failed in making their performance genuine and convincing.