Does George EVER cheer up? Answers on a postcard please, because on this evidence there's no way I'm ever sitting through an entire production to find out.
Not really. He finishes his painting eventually, but he's long dead by the second act. The replacement George isn't a lot better but does at least end on a hopeful note that he might be able to do some good art.
(I love the show, but George as a person is not someone I'd ever like to spend time with. Either George.)
I really enjoyed this. Clive Rowe and his Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat - well, I almost peed my pants. When I'm asked, as I often am, my favourite performance ever, this is the one, from the NT 1997 show, that comes top place for me. Nothing has beaten that mid-show standing O from 19 years ago. Seeing it again last night was utter joy.
Michael Ball is a sweetie, can't feel any sort of Phantom menace or Javert fearsomeness, but I loved both songs, extremely well performed. Scarlett Strallen's Vanilla Ice Cream was - delicious!
John Dalgleish I enjoyed. Particularly the Me and My Girl with the little dance act. Maria Friedman - wow, what a stunner she is. Fabulous performance, fabulous performer.
Elaine Paige over-egged the pudding. It was almost uncomfortable to watch.
Sunday in the Park with George. Not my cuppa tea.
Paid £19 for rear stalls, bought back in October not knowing what - or who, apart from David Thaxton (who wasn't on anyway), would be on, so feel I had a bargain evenings entertainment.
Post by couldileaveyou on Jan 26, 2016 13:52:36 GMT
I really enjoyed the concert, Maria hasn't sounded so good in years! I loved her in everything, especially Beauty and Beast. Clive Rowe, Scarlett Strallen and Michael Ball were all amazing as well. I'm a big fan of Daniel Evans - and absolutely love Sunday in the Park with George - but I'm sorry to say he struggled more than a bit vocally, especially in the second part. The higher notes in "Finishing the Hat" were ugly, and he faked amazingly (really, I wish Idina could be as good as Daniel at faking the notes she can't sing) a lot of notes in "You're the Top", but when it came to the notes he couldn't fake anymore he totally missed the note. It must have been a bad night, when he sang "Move on" with Anna Francolini last november he was really glorious. Also, I love Lesley, but she looked a bit uncomfortable... But for 12£ it was really a great concert.
Loved last night. Highlights for me were Clive Rowe's Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat, the Candide Overture (the BBC Concert Orchestra are incredible, right?), Maria Friedman's Beauty and the Beast and Katie Brayben & John Dagleish's Me and My Girl. I thought Jersey Boys seemed off, their sound was bad. I also didn't get why they had five Sondheim performances when there's so much more to choose from the last 40 years. Could have done with a few more different performers too.
Just listened to this, thanks to the heads up from some other posters that it was broadcast on BBC3. Sorry to say I wasn't impressed- choice of songs, the handful of performers who kept being brought back on to do one more, the performances themselves (even from the artists I usually adore... MF, DE, MB, EP), not to mention the poor sound quality, even through headphones which usually helps! Was originally gutted I couldn't make it, but now thinking I'd have been a little bit disappointed if I'd been there...
Sound on Jersey Boys was bad! And there was a lighting issue, wasn't there, when Ms Strallen in Vanilla Ice Cream got off the stool and went to walk across the stage, the light didn't follow her .. And as previously mentioned, the conductor trying to do a mind reading thing with Elaine Paige -
I think a few Ma and Pa's of the Choir were in - I thought they were very good. Still think it was a great evening. £4 programme felt a rip off though.
Elaine Paige sounded awful. She's turned into some drag act parody of a lounge singer. Time for her to retire.
Scarlett was lovely as usual and I liked Me and My Girl the most. Overall the whole thing sounded amateurish and naff though. Plus Lesley Manville was clearly bored to tears and wondering why she was there.
Does anyone else remember David Healy singing Nicely-Nicely the first time they did that production of Guys and Dolls, in the early 80s? At that stage it wasn't expected, as it was when they revived it, that that song would get several encores. But it always did.