Well quite. A friend's Mum is 100% against her coming to London because she's convinced she'll be attacked by terrorists- in exactly this manner. That said Mum lives in New York and said Daughter lives in Chicago where you're far more likely to get shot is by the by I guess.
BUT if I were reflecting on/being scared of what terrorists may or may not do, it's being run down by a car/van that is frankly more scary a thought. We can go some ways to preventing bombs, but with car incidents but there's virtually no way to prevent that.
Even way back in the late 80s/early 90s when I first got interested in musicals, I heard Germans say "I won't be travelling to London while there's danger of an IRA attack"
I think it's a particular mindset of people who are glad for excuses why they shouldn't venture out of their comfort zones. Other various arguments I hear are "I'm not going to the USA because of their obnoxious border/immigration procedures" (without ever having experienced them) or "I'm not going to any country whose language I don't speak" (which rules out about 99% of the world).
ALW said the thing about not recognising the score in Bochum. Odd as that production is managed to the n'th degree! Also the CD that came out for the 25th anniversary RUG took over a year to approve and Bochum has sounded identical (to me) since then. It's the orchestrations from the last UK tour. Strange!
I wonder if he was referring to the orchestra. When I revisited the show early this year after a long absence, I did notice the somewhat tinny noisy sound. I was a bit shocked to count only 12 or 13 orchestra members coming out onto the stage at the end of the performance to take their bows - back in the old days they were twice as many. The difference may not be as glaring as for shows that rely more on a classical sound (Phantom for example suffered very badly from cutting down the orchestra in Germany) but it's still an audible difference.
Maybe not..."Nie Genug" already exists in English as "Whole Lotta Locomotion". It replaced "A Lotta Locomotion" in the 2003 US tour before being adopted in Bochum in 2013. tbfl also mentioned Buffy and Ashley aren't named, but they are in "Whole Lotta Locomotion" and the lyrics themselves are...far from feminist. It does sound like a lousy Icona Pop ripoff though! You can listen to it in English here.
Pretty sure "I Got Me" is something totally new!
Ah thanks for that - yea, that's the awful Nie Genug. It's even worse when filmed in close up like this.
So who knows, maybe I Got Me is an improvement, but I doubt it. They just have to accept that it's not a feminist show and no tweaks in the world can change that. It would need a bigger overhaul, like having Electra be female or something. But I don't really see the necessity either. It's a silly fairy tale, it doesn't try to be anything serious.
I can't tear myself away from Twitter this morning. About 20,000 fans from Cologne are on the way to London or have arrived already, posting photos from airports and the ferry port in Calais and are generally completely nuts. I hope they will behave!
If you run into some, just tell them they have a nice church in town, their beer is great and there's nothing wrong with having a living billy goat for a mascot and you'll make friends for life.
Haha, okay, I will And don't worry about hijacking the thread, it looks like there are several of us in town around that time and that's always lovely even if I'll be missing both you and Emily this time by a hair!
You might also luck out with the days between Christmas and New Year being less busy- people travelling/generally hibernating. Generally shows that aren't the big 'family' ones as well will be quieter. It's also a lovely time of year in London generally so not a bad time (also I'll be there from the 29th-31st so what's not to love )
Aww, dang, I'll be departing 29th in the morning! Will be hibernating at home over NYE/New Year, then off to Salzburg on 5th January. Why yes, we'll be doing the Sound of Music Tour, do you need to ask? If my mother makes me stand in the cold for four hours for the ski jumping, she owes me that one.
Anyway, based on the advise I have now booked School of Rock ahead for the Tuesday as I think it's probably one of those popular family shows. So Wednesday morning will be spent in the Kinky Boots queue and everything else is booked ahead anyway. There's that little new show called Hamilton....
Okay, so going that week was a bad idea I might look into booking cheapish seats for SoR ahead then for 26th and try my luck with the Kinky Boots dayseat queue on Wednesday morning. It will be good training for the following week when we'll be at the ski jumping in Salzburg and I'll be standing out in the cold for 3-4 hours
Sorry to open a new thread, but I have a rather specific question/problem.
For the first time ever I'll be in London the week after christmas, arriving on Boxing Day and departing before NYE and its crowds. As I had hoped, I could get a great price on a fairly upmarket hotel because (I assume) the business suits are not in town during that week. On the downside I've also noted that Eurostar is bleeding me dry for the tickets on Boxing Day, presumably because people are on the move to visit family and friends for christmas.
Anyway! Thought was to take my mother along and get her to see some of the shows I enjoyed most in recent years which we either don't get in Germany at all or at twice the price for half the quality. Since Kinky Boots and School of Rock are discounting most of the time, I thought it would be easy to get half price tickets or other deals but I took a look at the seating plan for Kinky Boots on 26th December and it looks very well sold.
So I wanted to check with those who know better than me: Is it a busy week for the theatres as people go on family outings and such after christmas? Should I book ahead full price after all? I can go for dayseats to either show on the day after (27th), but as we're only arriving in the afternoon of 26th, I doubt I'd still get dayseats for the same day.
To be honest, I don't see Hamilton being a huge problem in the next year because it's sold out anyway.
I think different audiences will embrace different things. Hamilton will be selling out for a while (not least thanks to US-American tourists) but I doubt it will be anywhere near the hype in the USA, simply due to the subject.
Groundhog Day opened amid the biggest surge of show openings in a while, so a few shows undeservedly lost out simply because even on Broadway there's a limited audience for all the new shows and last season it was Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away that stole the thunder. But the market in London is different and Tim Minchin is a much better-known name.
Everyone I know loves the cast recording. I was sceptic when GHD opened at the Old Vic because it felt like "yet another lame movie adaptation" and missed it due to bad travel planning. But the cast recording won me over completely and now I can't wait to see it.