Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Jan 12, 2019 10:35:06 GMT
Saw the West End revival in the mid nineties. A collection of songs done by Fats Waller (not all by him), the staging of that was pretty average and the video of the original Broadway cast doesn’t do anything much more exciting, These rarely work anymore unless you’re happy to see a low budget gig. The only one I’ve liked in years was the Bacharach one at the Menier, because the staging and arrangements were superior. A great choreographer like Hoggett can add something useful to it.
Not my favourite style of music (think Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys and Dreamboats and Petticoats... hangs head in embarrassed shame) but couldn't resist a £16 centre front row seat for the Tuesday preview matinee. I like venues where the audience can sit within such close proximity of the performers and the fixed preview prices at Southwark Playhouse are excellent value.
If this is well cast, it could be a stellar experience. I think the TV version made of this is still on You Tube with most of the original Broadway cast; if I recall there's limited attempt made at story and it really is just the songs strung together. But what songs, and Nell Carter! There is/was also a fascinating documentary about Nell Carter on YT which is well worth a watch too.
Just read an interview with Oti from Strictly about this in the Entertainment and Arts section of the BBC News web-site and it sounds like a lot of fun.I think my dancer daughter might enjoy this.I think a trip to Southwark is in order and a theatre I have never been to before.Sorry for being ignorant but on the BBC site it says that this version has been shortened with less songs than the Broadway version (sounds like from 30 down to 20) and am wondering if this show has been completely re-worked from the original? Any ideas?
Sorry for being ignorant but on the BBC site it says that this version has been shortened with less songs than the Broadway version (sounds like from 30 down to 20) and am wondering if this show has been completely re-worked from the original? Any ideas?
The running time of the original was 2 hours including interval. According to the Southwark Playhouse the running time of this is 2 hours including interval, but the Colchester theatre gives it as 1 hour 50 including interval. So maybe some songs cut but can't be many. I wonder if there are some which have lyrics that would now be viewed as "problematic" (eg "Fat and Greasy" maybe)?