I've been thinking about this for a while, but the Actress in a Musical catagory, am I the only one struggling to think of who makes it in? I can't think of many bar the two leads in Follies who are shoo ins to get nominations, and Audra was considered for Play at the Tonys with Lady Day, so that removes her if they go the same way. I guess Leanne Cope could get nominated for American in Paris but thr strength is really in the dancing with her, not the singing or acting, though she is great in the show. I'm hoping they put Claire Halse in for 42nd Street though, she is the only one I can think of who I would love to see, but thats of course dependant on if they consider Featured or Leading, even though she is really the female lead of that show but Sheena plays the showier, leading lady type role. Its a tough one.
Someone from 'Hamilton' will be in that category won't they?
Christine Ebersole won the Lead Actress Tony for the Sheena Easton part in the revival of '42nd Street'. Peggy is seen as the Featured Actress role.
Dame Sheena Easton is going to win anyway so who cares who else is in the category?
A girl sat next to me at 'Starlight Express' on Saturday who I'm not sure was a Vintner but she certainly reminded my nose of one. Now, I love a drink with a show as much as the next drunk and tend to find that I prefer to be just on the topped up side of sozzled but even I had to gasp. I think she was a friend or fan of Rusty as she bellowed out random whoops and cheers to him like an out of tune fog horn. She also chomped down on a packet of peanuts like a pig hunting for truffles. She definitely seemed like a keeper.
Surely you weren't expecting roller skates for a workshop performance in a tiny theatre?
'Starlight Express' without skates is like 'Cats' without cats. And you have to admit that with that rake at The Other Palace it would have been more fun to have had them on skates for this show hurtling down a sheer drop from the back of the auditorium while trying to wrestle with the score. I'm sending The Lord my feedback so that he can work on the show some more.
Well. Never has such a great cast been wasted on such a rotten show. The Lord came on with Arlene Phillips and talked about the show in Germany. Needless to say he didn't sell it well so I hope he's got someone else in to do the marketing there. Arlene told us to use our imaginations which meant no roller skates. I almost left there and then. How very dare they.
They've updated some of the lyrics to go all modern like but they've kept the 80s music though. So that's nice. There's an embarrassing bit at the beginning of the second half where they make a valiant attempt to go all Hamilton. Suffice to say I don't think Lin Manuel will be making any calls.
Liam Tamne gives us his best Frank N Furter in some fugly shoes for those who like that sort of thing. Rusty and Dusty are so going to run away together and dump poor Pearl. Due to the shocking lack of roller skates and some cost saving on the electricity the races happen in darkness. On the plus side, it allows you to sing 'Holding Out For A Hero' with the score. Bonnie Tyler should sue. Do do do dooooo, aaaaah, aaaaaaaah!
Highlight of the whole show is Mica Paris creeping around the back of the stage looking for a paracetamol. Perhaps she had a migraine. I certainly did.
Oh and Coco didn't even attempt a French accent. All of the other trains had a bash at an accent except her. Very bad form.
Really the whole thing could have done with a tap routine. And some skates. Both would have been more impressive.