Well, damn, I was hoping someone would say "Against all odds, this is brilliant". If it's dreadful, it'll be the last time I book for anything Selladoor does. I'm not sure the look of disgust has faded from my face over Flashdance.
Has anyone seen this yet? I'm supposed to be going next month, only I stupidly booked before I realised it was Selladoor. After how much I hated Flashdance, I'm a bit concerned as I'm supposed to be taking a friend with me this time.
Nearly booked to see this, but I saw a production at the Theatre Royal years ago which I loved so much I'm a bit reluctant to see another one so different. And after the disappointment of 'Sister Act' last year, I'm over the actor-musician shows. Glad I didn't book it now.
I saw this on Broadway a few months ago and I'd have gone back the next day to see it again if I could. Easily one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had at the theatre for a long time - I saw Hamilton a couple of days later and while I enjoyed that, it didn't come close. Groundhog Day was just so much fun - something as simple as the miniature van getting snow dumped on it by a giant groundhog had everyone cheering. If it opened again in London I'd be back quite a few times.
I saw this in Sunderland yesterday. It was terrible. I almost didn't go back in for the second act, and part way through I wished I'd followed my first instinct.
The dancing felt like most people were 'marking', with a few notable exceptions from the ensemble. In a couple of group numbers, they weren't even in sync. Joanne Clifton seemed incredibly pleased with herself, but was barely understandable during most songs and horribly, horribly nasal. She seemed to have two settings - quiet and shouting. Her voice was actually really pretty when she sang quietly, but the loud version was borderline unbearable from the circle. I'm not quite sure what she was doing with her acting, either - it was just horribly amateur, as though each line was disconnected from the others somehow. I wasn't even all that impressed with her dancing, which seemed almost formulaic - like "Now it's this move from the film...okay, next well known move from the film".
Perhaps some of it - the overall lack of energy, which they seemed to be trying to force, the apparent discomfort some of them showed onstage, the sound issues - was due to it being the first night in the venue. But this show was just so damn BORING.