It really is somewhat telling of the difference in generations. Imelda Staunton can get through 8 shows a week of Mama Rose for several months (missing only 3 shows) and yet some performers today feel they need an alternate to help them get through the week!
I agree with this actually! Imelda Staunton's role was one of the most demanding of last year and she performed them all. Maybe it's celebrities who want to have the day off every week. Maybe it's just to get names out there, who knows? Amber has an alternate in Dreamgirls but I can see why as its a huge role but then again Sheridan doesn't in Funny Girl and that's demanding
I don't get why everyone loves it.. I thought it was tacky and the humour was so basic throughout. Plus a lead who couldn't sing to save her life.
This being said- surely London will be an improvement.
I hate to say it, but I have to agree. I think the problem was I went in with extremely high expectations and then was disappointed. This felt like a panto. It really bugs me how during 'Friend Like Me' (a song that I absolutely adore) he stops mid-song to do sing some "Disney Classics". If I can get really cheap tickets I may go and perhaps the West End production may be a little different.
And I found this genie-us (pun intended) and I wish they had included even more Disney songs in Friend Like Me.
Aladdin will so become my new guilty pleasure.
Just out of curiosity, are you a Disney fan? I think another problem why I didn't enjoy the show was I am not a massive Disney fanatic.
Shrek was my guilty pleasure, need to find a new one now!
Not a crazy Disney fan as many others, but I do enjoy most of the films. However, I'm a HUGE Alan Menken fan, and I guess that's one of the reasons why I love Aladdin that much. Proud of your boy is one of the best (musical theatre) songs ever written, and the songs in the Genie medley in Friend like me are all Alan Menken songs (Beauty and the Beast, Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Colors of the Wind, Belle) - maybe that's why I thought it was such a good idea.
I am trying to book for this the weekend of West End Live. My options seem to be row O of Stalls or row C of Dress Circle. I have sat in the dress circle before for Miss Saigon and thought it was OK but never the stalls, so don't know really which would be the most favourable option here.
Dress Circle, unless you are over about 5ft 10, when stalls will be more comfortable.
I believe i sat in row E of the Circle for Saigon and whilst it was OK i felt too distant from the stage personally and I'm not even someone who likes to be particularly close. But if row O of the stalls feels even further away then the circle it will be.
I will admit to hoping it has more effect on me than Lion King did... I love the Lion King movie but somehow found myself a little bored after an hour or so - I would quite happily sit through two hours of Circle of Life repeats though! I just felt after the opening number the rest felt a little dull....
The problem with Lion King is that Circle of Life is the best song in the show, so everything that comes after is not as good. In Aladdin, much as I love Arabian Nights, there are standout songs later in the show so I suspect (and hope) that this will be better than Lion King.
I disagree, circle of life maybe the biggest wow moment but song wise there are plenty more. He lives in you is beautiful,and all the African music is great too. In fact aside chow down I'd say the whole score is pretty strong
The Lion King has some pacing issues for sure,but I'd never say the score is an issue.