However, at this early preview, I just thought it reminded me of an end of term college production or a drama school showcase at times though. The cast "performing" a little too much rather then just being part of the tribe! Hopefully they will relax a little more as the run progresses and loosen up a little.
the nudity is brief, backlit with the cast huddled in a tight group at the far end of the stage. Again the best seats have to be in the red zone which are either side of the stage. Blink and you will miss it!!
I think they handled this really well, it’s still a beautiful part of the show (it actually had me in tears) - the vulnerable honesty of the tribe was definitely portrayed, it wasn’t just a bunch of people getting their kit off.
Went to the first preview last night - didn't actually know that it was the first preview until I got there!
Some thoughts - the wigs and costumes are of really good quality, they didn't blindingly try to save money on production or costumes etc which is good. I think it's clear the budget was big.
Cast are very talented - I adore the voice of Natalie Green who seemed to do all the singing. Shekinah Mcfarlane was a fabulously sassy Dionne who I couldn't take my eyes off. Jessie May as Jeannie was just wonderful, lovely voice and charming characterisation. I liked Andy Coxon but he was a little too light and campy for me, I prefer a messy, more manly Berger but Andy did a great job steering the show.
For me the only real criticism lie in the fact that they didn't abridge ANY of it - unlike the 2009 Bway revival which took a lot out - some of the references don't land with a 2017 audience (even when half of them knew ALL the words and were singing along..very cute). I liked how they made the piece relevant with audio clips of Trump etc, but specific parts could have done with being chopped.
Finally, it would have been SO nice to just see them enjoy it. They were definitely 'acting' and it would have been very nice just to see them think less about the complex choreographed dance routines (not my favourite thing in a show like this....) and just feel the music more. The music is ENERGETIC and infectious - and whilst they certainly had energy, it felt a tad disconnected and forced. These are harsh words from me for a first preview so I look forward to going back in a few weeks and seeing how they've settled into the space.
Post by westernsky17 on Sept 30, 2017 13:31:11 GMT
Oops sorry yes I didn't make that clear, I was asking if anyone knew the last time Carina went on. I can hear my university lecturers in my head telling me to be more specific........ I will never learn!
I'm really curious about what is happening with Jessamy. She initially told people that she was staying on as understudy Elphaba and her sudden departure made us all think she was a shoe in for the tour. I guess she didn't enjoy Wicked all that much!
Am I the only one who was ever so spightly underwhelmed by Bradley? I know alot of people were really bigging him up prior to the cast change, so I was expecting him to be incredible. And whilst he was great, really in my top 3, he wasn't as good as his predecessor in my opinion so I was left slightly underwhelmed by him based on what I had heard prior to seeing him.
I'm with you there danieljohnson14 - don't get why people are swooning over him either. He's a good looking chap but don't think he's the most attractive Fiyero we've had... For me nobody will come close to Oli T. Incredible voice, riffs beyond belief executed perfectly and so very easy on the eye.
Post by westernsky17 on Sept 26, 2017 21:25:15 GMT
The tickets only sold out because they only did one release - so not all seats went on sale initially. It's a basic sales tactic to build buzz and excitement.
I have to say, people that aren't big on theatre that I know have no idea what the show is and are not bothered by the concept if I tell them about it. The whole significance of the show being played by a non-white cast will not resonate with a lot of the audience members. Most of them won't know the story before attending the show so won't understand lots of the references (i.e. "John Adams doesn't have a real job anyway" is the first that springs to mind).
My predication is that the show will be a HUGE hit then a hard sell.
if there's only one understudy who double up for another (e.g. Zoe/Alana), what happens if both leads are out at the same time?
The team do everything in their power for this NOT to happen - I might be wrong but I'm 99% sure Mamma Mia only has one understudy for all 3 dads? It's incredibly rare for two leads to be off at the same time, the producers do everything in their power to prevent this happening. Not sure what happens when it DOES happen though!!!
I'm sorry, but that is a ridiculous thing to say. An opinion is an opinion - whether it's positive or negative is an individual feeling and that's that. And both positive and negative opinions can be and are explained and reasoned. To allege that people who have a negative opinion about something have somehow calculated that as they think it makes them look clever is frankly quite offensive as you're basically calling us all liars.
My opinions, whether positive or negative, are just that - the truth about how I actually feel about something.
I also think you're wrong to generalise about "a generation of fans" - there always have been and still are a small group of obsessives who think anything is "best ever", but they've always been the minority.
Sorry you found my words offensive - it wasn't supposed to be, I was merely saying that judgements are quickly formed here and people like to have an opinion - and they are often negative - the original poster said he trusted opinions on this thread, and my response was essentially saying to take each one with a pinch of salt. It wasn't supposed to be offensive because it was just the way I had interpreted things on this thread. As someone pointed out, your response is quite ironic - as it depicted the way you reacted to me reacting to something. No hard feelings, we are adults, we have opinions and we react & respond differently! :-)
Post by westernsky17 on Sept 18, 2017 19:24:49 GMT
I have to say deej4life - in regards to trusting opinions - in my opinion, it seems that people on this forum are generally very negative and prefer to have a negative opinion on something as it tends to show they have properly analysed something and formed an opinion, through want of not being part of the generation of fans that say "omg best ever" to every show and performer.
Post by westernsky17 on Sept 17, 2017 12:35:17 GMT
Blimey..when I met Idina after the show in 2006, there were barriers then but only because of volume of people. When she came out I was a quivering wreck, burst into tears and could barely string a sentence together. Maybe it was because it was 1am on a cold, rainy December morning....😜