The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread

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by Denster » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:48 am

Bryn Terfel is a god to me. Still really driven and passionate about his music as well. Go to that
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by Denster » Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:32 pm

Seeing Phillip Glass in concert tomorrow night.

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by Denster » Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:12 pm

Phillip Glass was stupendous. :wub:
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by Frank » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:17 am

Saw Frantic Assembly's adaptation of Othello last week:



The contrast between the modern (slightly chavvy) setting and the Shakespearean dialogue takes some getting used to, but it's a tremendous show. Gets proper brutal near the end (when Iago glasses Emilia - Blood everywhere)

I appreciated how everyone always refers to Iago as "honest Iago" or variations on a theme. I thought Shakespeare was a little more subtle than that...
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by Frank » Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:30 pm

Got tickets for the Nutcracker the other day. Christmas is here :wub:
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by Frank » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:06 pm

So, what's everyone got lined up for this year so far?

I've got tickets for the Birmingham panto, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Producers, Barnum and Hairspray so far. Hoping I can exploit a few of the flash sales to see a couple of the big London shows at the moment (ones I definitely want to get to: Once, the Book of Mormon and possibly Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

Renewed my ATG Theatrecard and signed up as a friend of the Birmingham Hippodrome for christmas this year, so I'm going to be making the most of both of those :wub:

Desperate to get tickets for City of Angels before it disappears in London:



Samantha Barks' first show since Les Mis. In a 250 seat theatre. Sold out so quickly :dread:

Going to be camping on the Barclays Front Row seats until I manage to get some. This can only end well.
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by Denster » Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:46 pm

Saw Little Shop Of Horrors last week. Fantastic.
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Hyperion » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:51 pm

First musical I saw.
On Broadway :datass:

Would love to see Cats. I think its only on till March though.
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Denster » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:19 pm

Booking Madame Butterfly at the ROH at the end of the month. :wub: :wub:
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by Frank » Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:12 pm

So, Women on the Verge was a lot better than I was expecting. Tamsin Greig doesn't really have the voice for musicals but she still puts on a pretty decent performance. Anna Skellern was phenomenal, though. Can't wait until they get the West End cast recording out :wub:

There's some really dodgy lyrics in places, mind...



You feel it in your eyes -
They start to water like the place between your thighs


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I liked how Willemijn Verkaik (Elpheba and Dutch/German Elsa) sung like, three lines for the entire thing. Guess she's still taking it steady after the back surgery.
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Denster » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:22 pm

Denster wrote:Booking Madame Butterfly at the ROH at the end of the month. :wub: :wub:


Snagged a ticket for £47 for this. It's a matinee performance so im going to go as a day trip. &0 quid fro the train and i might just have a nice meal at the opera house restaurant before. Happy days. :wub: :wub:
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Denster » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:17 am

Off to the Lowry theatre to see La Vida Breve/Gianni Schichi Dual opera tomorrow night. Should be lovely.
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Denster » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:14 pm

That was lovely. Barmy adaptations but very lovely.

Got Britten's adaptation for Opera of Midsummer night's dream this week.

Madame Butterfly in London in April and La Boheme in London in may.

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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Frank » Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:41 pm

Finally got round to watching Once yesterday. Last day of performances :slol:

It was pretty good. The soundtrack is fantastic, and Ronan Keating wasn't anywhere near as annoying as I was expecting (and he's actually got a decent voice. It's raw). The ensemble end up stealing the show for a lot of it, though. The young guy who doesn't do well in his interview and the heavy metal drummer got some genuine irl laughs. Liked how the set was a working bar, too, and you could nip up and buy drinks there before the show/during the interval.

It's another one of those musicals where the second act is weak, though. It's got an amazing first half, but in the second, nothing happens. They spend the whole first act falling in love, and then both still end up going their separate ways at the end and nothing is ever resolved.

As for the theatre; it's awful. Had seats in row H of the Dress Circle, which usually wouldn't be that bad, but it's barely raked and the seats aren't offset, so if you have someone sitting in front of you, regardless of how tall they are, their head's going to block out 50% of the stage.

Pretty innovative on the refreshments front, mind you - They've introduced this Ordertorium scheme that they've had on Broadway for a few months, so there's little menus on the seats you can peruse, then if you want to order anything you can just flag the waiter over and he takes your order/money at your seat and they bring it straight out (or at the interval if you want ice creams). Great for dodging the queues at the ice-cream sellers or the bar :wub:

Was reading up on it a little more on the train home, and I've discovered that before Ronan Keating took over, Guy was played by bloody Rory:



Had no idea he could sing.

And the original Girl (inventive naming, right?) on Broadway was Cristin Milioti :wub:

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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Frank » Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:24 pm

In case anyone's interested:

Kenneth Branagh presents Plays at the Garrick

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre! Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Lily James and Richard Madden.

(Shows:)

The Winter's Tale
Starring Judi Dench & Kenneth Branagh
17 October 2015 - 16 January 2016

Harlequinade
Starring Kenneth Branagh
17 October 2015 - 16 January 2016

The Painkiller
Starring Kenneth Branagh & Rob Brydon
5 March - 30 April 2016

Romeo and Juliet
Starring Lily James & Richard Madden
12 May - 13 August 2016

The Entertainer
Starring Kenneth Branagh
20 August - 12 November 2016


Just got tickets for Romeo and Juliet. Gonna be so good :wub:
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Drumstick » Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:42 pm

Have to say I've never noticed this thread. I'm not an avid theatregoer but I went to see One Man Two Guvnors on Boxing Day at Brighton's Theatre Royal last year and it was absolutely brilliant fun! Gavin Spokes was perfect as the lead character.

This year I've got tickets for And Then There Were None at the same venue. Huge fan of it (and any of Christie's work in general) so I can't wait.
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Denster » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:32 pm

Madame Butterfly was astonishing. Truly mesmerising performance from Kristina Opolais.

Just :wub: :wub: :wub:

Got La Boheme lined up for July.

The new season fro ROH looks damn fine. 8-)
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by Hyperion » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:24 pm

Went and saw Cats on Monday. Loved it, a great spectacle, even had a singalong.
Time to decide what to see next!
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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Frank » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:59 pm

Saw the Producers in Birmingham earlier. Jason Manford can sing (and do an accent other than his own!) :o

Shocking.

Phill Jupitus was disappointing as the German fella (his singing, anyway. The bit with the pigeons was hilarious) and Louie Spence was pretty unintelligible, but David Bedella absolutely stole the show (Springtime for Hitler/Heil Myself is the funniest thing I've seen in the theatre in years :wub: ).

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PostRe: The Musicals/Opera/Live Shows/Whatever Thread
by Frank » Sun May 03, 2015 8:15 am

American Idiot is coming back to the UK! That's another one I can cross off the list :wub:

Got front row circle tickets for one of the "preview" showings. Sounds like the theatre is a bit terrible, but the tickets were only £25 each so if it's awful it's not a complete loss.

It's starring some woman who was on the X-Factor, too. How exciting.
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