This came to our actual town (not a nearby city) a few weeks ago and I still couldn't muster the interest to go. I remember being underwhelmed by the first tour years ago with Cassidy Jansen & Rachel Wooding amongst others, and couldn't see it getting better as a result of one of 911 being in it! Had I known that it was actor/musician I may have gone for a laugh. How on earth can you add energy to a piece if, as Richey above says, someone stops to pull out an instrument! If the state of touring theatre is such that it can't be afforded without this, I'd either rather they didn't bother, or just have to charge more making it more elitist or doing half week stops? Such a shame.
I saw this yesterday and really enjoyed it. I've seen it quite a few times over the years. The actors also playing instruments took a bit of getting used to, but I thought they did extremely well, as they took it in turns to play keyboards at the side of the stage and were often in most scenes - if their character wasn't needed, they were playing an instrument. I though the Willard character was a bit strange, especially in the first half. I don't think this was anything to do with Gareth Gates, I think it was more the direction. I liked him better in the second half. I would have also liked to see Lee Brennan, but he didn't seem to be in any places near me. It felt very modern, not like it was an 80s show. I fact, I don't think they mentioned when it was set. I liked the sign that said "Welcome to Bomont, West Virginia" - I'd always wondered where Bomont was!
Someday, someone will say, "All the world's a stage". But my world has always been a stage. And fate has left me lonesome tonight, and every night. I need to find true love, or they can bring the curtain down.
Saw this in Blackpool this evening. Gareth Gates was unwell so an understudy Willard was on and was very good. The venue was probably about 50% full and there were a fair number disappointed at the lack of Gareth. As a show it was a very inoffensive evening at the theatre and very well performed by a young enthusiastic cast. The staff at the theatre made no efforts at all to stop people wandering around the theatre or chattering amongst themselves though which made it a struggle to hear at times.
Post by stevejohnson678 on Jan 19, 2017 13:21:20 GMT
It's a shame that Maureen Nolan and her dire vocals are back. Along with Nigel Lister playing Reverend Shaw Moore, the two of them sucked the life out of an otherwise very enjoyable production (with an excellent young cast of actor musicians).
Went to the first night of the new tour in Wimbledon tonight - it's got its flaws for sure but I actually really enjoyed it.
There's been some changes since last year's tour, which pleasantly surprised me. Some scenes have been re-staged, there's a new revolving set piece which they use for the shouting at the train, "Almost Paradise" scene in Act II. They've got a new show front cloth, and the clothing rail has gone. There were bits of new choreography and vocal arrangements, generally positive.
The cast I feel were generally improvements on the previous tour. I did miss the previous Ren and (cover) Willard, but the new Reverend and Ren's Mom were improvements. Maureen Nolan is just Maureen
The only thing that let's this show down is the cheap production. It does work as actor-musician (just about) but some of the part doubling up is dubious, and with a few more musicians and performers it could really have an extra oomph.
Still, I had a good time. For me it's a three star production of a four star show.
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Saw this about two weeks ago. Wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nice story, fun score and very talented performers/musicians. Very impressive how they all play multiple instruments in the show on top of their acting duties.
Post by danieljohnson14 on Sept 9, 2017 22:54:00 GMT
I'm seeing the show for the first time on Thursday. I have no prior knowlage of the actual show, I've never seen the movie or anything, so I'm excited to see it! And a cheap deal with lastminute.com! Obviously some of the songs are iconic so I know what kind of music to expect, and I love me some Gareth Gates so this will be fun.
I thought this was coming to Sunderland this week but turns out that is Flashdance. I keep getting the two confused, especially as both contain a 00's male pop star as the lead. Flashdance "starring" Ben from A1. Even though I loved A1 and him specifically, and tickets can be got for fifteen quid with an ATG for opening night, I still cannot muster the enthusiasm to go and no doubt that's the same for Footloose.
Saw it this evening at the Peacock. Utterly daft but quite entertaining. Make sure you check in your expectations and brains along with your coat.
Gareth Gates was actually the highlight and stole every scene he was in. I was willing so hard for every ensemble number to just power up. The eagerly awaited crowd pleasers like Let's Hear It For the Boy and I Need A Hero could have been so much more effective if they had used a backing track to beef them up. As it is, the songs sounded thin and lacking.
The cast worked their butts off. Ms Nolan was fine. I'm used to this actor-musician malarkey now so it didn't even register as incongruous. What I did find jarring was the lighting. It was random and off-putting with spotlights all over the place.