Post by Phantom of London on Nov 12, 2016 4:58:41 GMT
Bit of pointless trivia for you, that I stumbled upon.
Wind in the Willows has already been done as a musical with Music by William Perry and Lyrics by Roger MCGough, it played the Nederlander Theatre back in 1985 and only lasted 4 performances. It had a very young Nathan Lane in it as Toad.
I like how Julian Fellowes captured the charm of the book. The first 30 minutes goes as long at a leisurely pace, and I couldn't ask for anything more following Ratty and Moley up the riverbank and on the caravan
Some people may take issue with the pace here but the chemistry between the adorable Fra Free and the stalwart Thomas Howes keeps this going, along with some fantastic songs like Spring and Messing around on the river
David Birrell excels as badger.
There were some obvious songs about friendship and hiome. Thankfully they are kept to a minimum
I'm in two minds about the songs given to the minor characters. On the one hand it's nice to see the other riverbank dwellers get some attention. On the other hand the subject songs do break up the pacing a bit. You could have easily gone straight from the caravan crash into "Here comes mr toad"
Still I liked to manage to fit them in. I half wondered if they had included the Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but oh well. It did mean though that mr toads adventures on the train and barge were a tad rushed.
And we don't get the whole toad becoming a sensible animal at the end. He's just the same as he was from the start
Sophia Nomvette is pretty wasted here. Trying to take a semi-minor character from the book, change gender, and add her to the gang didn't add up to much. She was just a token character
I was a tad disappointed by Rufus Hound. I thought Toad would be perfect role for him but he doesn't take it by the horns. With so many interpretations from Rik Mayall, David Jason, Hugh Laurie, Terry Jones and Desmond Barritt he could have done so much more. He's pretty much playing himself, with passable singing. Even Matt Lucas being Matt Lucas did better
If you want to know who was really enjoying their role it would be Neil McDermott as the Chief Weasel. Very animated and led some dance numbers with aplomb.
I wander having him and the weasels as the jury in Toads trial was a call out to the terry jones movie (just realised Antony Sher was the chief weasel in that)
There is still lots to like here especially the colourful sets and costumes.
Not perfect but a good time nonetheless. Was received very well by the families that packed the audience
I may even give it another go at the Palladiun if there's day seats
Post by danieljohnson14 on May 12, 2017 12:06:04 GMT
Looks like it won't be extending, as Beverley Knight's tour date at Drury Lane has been rescheduled for The London Palladium on October 13th (Friday) due to illness. So they seem to be going back to one night only shows until panto.