Post by Phantom of London on Jan 21, 2016 0:36:05 GMT
Saw this, this afternoon.
Overall very disappointing, although it did get better and definitely funnier in the second half. Songs verged on the bland side and the musical being really about the emotive subject of cancer, couldn't find an emotional pull you in.
I really enjoyed The Girls. Second Act was undoubtedly better than the first, but I thought there was a relevance in musical style for the story and setting. Some great performances, the photo shoot scene was handled with great comic timing and I thought there were some great songs too. Lovely idea for the set too and the end result of what happens with that is pretty stunning while simple (in a lovely and symbolic way).
Thinking back it probably was a thinner sound than ideal for the orchestra, but nothing too jarring considering the style of music. First time at the Lowry and really liked the theatre and the whole area really.
Has it closed early? TBH it doesn't appeal to me. Is it going anywhere next?
Finishes next week I believe (as planned). The hope is London but nothing is confirmed yet, I think they are going to use the popularity of the Manchester run as a measure for how well received it might be in London.
Saw this last night and really enjoyed it. I was expecting a rehash of Tim Firth's play with songs added, but they have rewritten the whole show. I like the way it now centres on the creation of the calender and the stories around it, rather than(as in the film) focussing on some of the negative outcomes. My one complaint would be the relentless references to Yorkshire in the first act. I know it's set there, but all the clichéd Northerner stuff got a bit tiring. The songs are typically Gary Barlow which, as a fan, I have no complaint about. My favourite was 'Dare', though the staging of this gave me something I'd never thought I'd see (Claire Moore's breasts). I loved the staging of the reprise of this song which included some clever lighting to give the illusion of the journey to London. The other song which stood out for me was the Christmas one which was very funny. Inevitably there was a standing ovation- which bizarrely was started by Sue Pollard who was sat next to us! It does deserve a West End transfer and I'd love a cast recording.