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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:37 pm

Ooooh, ooooh, can't forget High Society, either.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:40 pm

Tiffany wrote:I forgot Cats, saw that too, but as it was here I don't think anyone famous was in it. It wasn't am-dram, though I really can't remember who the cast were now, but it was very good.

Thing with Cats is that it really doesn't matter too much who's in it really as they're all so well made up and in some ways the singing's less important than the dancing (I love the observation of the choreography and some of the dancers stay 'in character' even when they're just sitting around :) ). It would have been really great if Wayne Sleep could have been in it when it was touring at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth wouldn't it? :lol: But then I think that his brother was the longest serving dancer in the New London show (Mister Mistofolees) and he may have done the touring version too - not sure of that though :D
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Postby Tiffany » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:42 pm

I also enjoyed Stop The World I Want To Get Off, with Anthony Newley & Pickwick with Harry Secombe, nearly forgot, Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele. Guess those do date me somewhat. :D All seen in Londons West End.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:42 pm

I've just seen what you wrote about Oliver Tobias, you old trollop!
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Postby Tiffany » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:45 pm

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Tiffany wrote:I forgot Cats, saw that too, but as it was here I don't think anyone famous was in it. It wasn't am-dram, though I really can't remember who the cast were now, but it was very good.

Thing with Cats is that it really doesn't matter too much who's in it really as they're all so well made up and in some ways the singing's less important than the dancing (I love the observation of the choreography and some of the dancers stay 'in character' even when they're just sitting around :) ). It would have been really great if Wayne Sleep could have been in it when it was touring at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth wouldn't it? :lol: But then I think that his brother was the longest serving dancer in the New London show (Mister Mistofolees) and he may have done the touring version too - not sure of that though :D


Did you see it there as well, Jan? We sometimes see cast members of whatever show is on in Plymouth too, but if I had seen any of the Cats cast, I certainly wouldn't have recognised them. :D
Brian Blessed was in it for a time too, but I don't think he was in the Plymouth showings, though I could be wrong.
We did see Brian Conley's car, he has a very distinct personal number plate, :D but he wasn't in it.
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:02 pm

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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:19 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:I've just seen what you wrote about Oliver Tobias, you old trollop!

I can't help it - he's really gorgeous and pouty! :lol:

Tiffany wrote:Did you see it there as well, Jan? We sometimes see cast members of whatever show is on in Plymouth too, but if I had seen any of the Cats cast, I certainly wouldn't have recognised them. :D

Sadly I was in the middle of an appeal with the Benefits agency when that was playing in Plymouth so I didn't go. Brian Blessed was in it when it first opened and played Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones - he's another actor with a fantastic voice, but sadly I've only heard recordings which isn't quite the same. :D
Marti Webb singing Memory was the first time I had the hair standing out on the back of my neck with the passion she sang that - truly superb. I cried buckets! :oops: :lol:
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Postby princeknight11 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:47 pm

I do enjoy musicals, but these are the type of movie musicals. I always wanted to experience a live musical comedy because I think it would be an experience I want. I found myself drawn to all types of musicals in the film industry because of my daughter and when I was a child my mother would watch them.
films such as:
Mary Poppins
Oklahoma
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Postby raisindot » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:52 am

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Stephen Sondheim's deepest, darkest, most subversive work.

Even Tim Burton's horrible, vacuous, blood-spattered film version couldn't wreck the beauty of the music, although it totally dumbed-down the meaning of the work itself. Look for the 1990s video version with George Hearn and Angela Landsbury if you want to see how it should be staged.

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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:05 am

Oh dear lord. How could I have possibly forgotten Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

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Postby BatrickPatrick » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:58 pm

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Postby WannabeAngua » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:08 pm

I quite like musicals, the tunes usually sticks in my head :) I've seen Phantom of the opera and Jesus christ superstar in London. Also seen Sweeney Todd, Chess and Oklahoma in Oslo. Of these my favorite is Phantom of the opera, but if I include the ones I've seen on tv my number one is Chicago.
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Postby Draywoman » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:15 pm

Chicago/Caberet - Kander & Ebb with Bob Fosse choreography is just brilliant, also La Cage Aux Folles, saw that in London & loved it.

That said, I also love the old-style musicals of stage and screen; Fred & Ginger movies, High Society, Kismet, etc., and G&S.

I used to do a bit of am-dram musicals and even got to reprise the same role in The Boyfriend after ten years (that's when i decided it was probably time to quit!) and at the time I listened to/watched a ton of musicals and liked everything from Offenbach to Lloyd-Webber & Cameron Macintosh.


But please, please, never make me go near Carousel or South Pathetic...yeugggghhh!
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Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:45 pm

It has to be Chess, I bought the album when it first came out well before the musical was ever staged and it's coming to Birmingham soon :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:01 pm

I forgot An American in Paris. The story is pants, but the music by Gerswin is fab! 8)
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