Post by Phantom of London on Dec 8, 2017 4:01:20 GMT
The Partisian Women** ($96 TKTs) A play about politics set in Washington DC, add a bit of sex and sprinkle in a few clever one liners and you have just another Broadway play, that is also quite forgettable. I wasn’t blown away by Uma Thurman either.
Come From Away***** ($300 ouch) I saw this last year in Toronto and I loved it, review posted earlier in this thread. Well you can change your opinion on a show, cant you? Well now it has landed on Broadway - I loved it even more!!! This show set would make Chicago’s look state f the art glamorous, all what there is are fake trees either side of the stage, 3 neon signs a few tables and chairs, that houses 12 actors, every role is ensemble, no lead roles here and 8 musicians, it is that simple and a musical that has the audacity to tell a story about 9/11, nerves maybe still a bit raw, Well New York has kind of moved on, especially when a story is told beautifully about a small community in Nova Scotia and how their altruism makes a pleasant heart warming musical, not of people’s grieving but human love and endeavour and makes you feel good to be part of the human race.
This will be playing Broadway for a long time and then it could easily switch to off Broadway, as Avenue Q, Rent and Jersey Boys have, that why I think it will be in the West End sooner than later and will do very well.
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 8, 2017 4:20:08 GMT
Annie**** ($30 Papermill Playhouse) Led by 2 very fine Broadway actors in Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber. Annie is what it is - a simple, but enjoyable musical, with several great songs, that’s why it is such a worldwide smash.
Spongebob** ($30 Rush) Wasn’t really looked forward to seeing this show, seeing the show didn’t improve this, a musical that featured a squid, more like a damp squib. This musical had all the hallmarks of a co-oporate stamp all over it and had the feel of a show designed in a meeting room over lattes and donuts, just chuck a mega insane amount of money at it and we can tick a few more boxes, as long as it is recorded on that spreadsheet. The leads Ethan and Gavin were enjoyable and the set was quite elaborate, but didn’t blow me away, enjoyed the part either side of the stage, that was reminiscent of the game mousetrap. At the finale they had to send the audience out on the sidewalk, with bubble machines, streamers, confetti canons and giant beach balls being kicked in the audience, that shows you how twee and ostentatious this show is. However the song by Aerosmith rocked, so did the skateboarding rocked.
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 10, 2017 5:02:39 GMT
Madame Butterfly**** ($30 Rush) If you were going to catagorise this play, you would pop it into the box labelled strange, it was a weird one alright, but also insanely very enjoyable.
Kinky Boots***** ($75 TKTs) Saw this again after originally seeing this when it first hit Broadway, unforunately Stark Sands was out, fortunately he was in today and very good, so was Billy Porter who blew me away a few years back and thought his performance was tremendous, I was saying on social media that we needed to have Billy reprise his role in the West End, who new we had the brilliant and exceptional Matt Henry!!! Great show with a thumping score by Cyndi Lauper.
Book of Mormon***** ($69) Surprised late substitute, as Time and the Conway has completed its Broadway run. Lost the lottery but the box office offered me a good deal on a box seat, not the best view, but who is complaining for 69 bucks. Show same as the West End including the 3 leads: Nic Rouleau, Brian Sears and Stephen Ashfield, still one of the best shows ever, that puts a guilty smile on my face, Stephen Ashfield was tremendous and got the biggest cheer at the curtai. Call, the Midtown crowd know their actors, the other 2 leads not the best I have seen, by a long chalk.
Tomorrow a 3 Show day with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Rush), Miss Saigon (Rush) and Waitress (Rush).
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 12, 2017 19:10:59 GMT
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** ($98 Discount Code) So version 2, which has been stripped back considerably for Broadway, never thought I would say that, isn’t always the other way round? Like Version 1 didn’t blow me away, but I did enjoy several elements, even though the second show of composing, didn’t improve on the first attempt, which was lacklustre then. Christian Borle looks like Gene Wilder from the 1971.The Broadway production has been designed to tour.
Miss Saigon***** ($40 Rush) Now the full cast are back except for John, this was a lot better, I always thought that Eva and Jon Jon are excellent, when they were in th West End company, thought Katie Rose Clarke who played Ellen was brilliant and convincing.
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 14, 2017 7:43:17 GMT
Waitress***** ($110 Discount Code) Second time seeing this and still love this, for no other reason than Sara Bareilles’ excellent score, could see this coming to the West End and doing well.
Spamilton**** ($30 Rush) You cannot take this musical too seriously, rule 1 commands you not to, just a light hearted send up of your favourite shows, I expect this to be the next musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where the team behind this have had good success before.
A Christmas Carol**** ($60) Seeing this as Aladdin have decided not to do a midweek matinee this week, so saw this instead at the American Consevatory Theatre, which turned out to be a pleasant afternoon, of a story we are all too familiar with, but still love regardless.
Bright Star***** ($90 Tix) The real reason I came to San Francisco, I was already very familiar with the scojre, from being on constant loop on Spotify, but unfamiliar with the book, which just blew me away, it was awesome, added to that you had Carmen Cusack who is a real force of nature and who also blew me away and some more. You know when you have seen something special, when as you about to leave, you make eye contact with a guy in the next row, no words are exchanged, but you both subliminally know you ha e seen something special. Hope this also ends up in the West End.
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 18, 2017 21:03:08 GMT
Back to Los Angeles.
Something Rotten*** ($80) Seen this twice on Broadway already, if I had a choice of shows, like I did in New York, I could easily skip this, as it is mildly enjoyable, even though the humour, can easily switch been highbrow to childish.
Hamilton**** ($250) Loved Lin-Manuel’s score, the book is very interesting as it is a history lesson how America was found and how the British managed to lose this part of the empire, the cast was amazing and had so much energy, that Red Bull could sponsor this, but I didn’t leave the theatre emotionally challenged and exhausted like I did for Bright Star.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum*** ($45) Up in Burbank, where I guess the Americans wold label this as regional theatre, again mildly enjoyed this musical that I have never seen before.
Come From Away***** ($300 ouch) This show set would make Chicago’s look state f the art glamorous, all what there is are fake trees either side of the stage, 3 neon signs a few tables and chairs, that houses 12 actors, every role is ensemble, no lead roles here and 8 musicians, it is that simple and a musical that has the audacity to tell a story about 9/11, nerves maybe still a bit raw, Well New York has kind of moved on, especially when a story is told beautifully about a small community in Nova Scotia and how their altruism makes a pleasant heart warming musical, not of people’s grieving but human love and endeavour and makes you feel good to be part of the human race.
Love love love the 5 stars and so envious of all your experiences, but as a Newf I must point out that Come From Away is set in Newfoundland, not Nova Scotia. We get so little praise, let us have this one! (Nova Scotia helped out on 9/11 as well, but they didn't have the same town/arrival disparity that Gander did).
Post by Phantom of London on Dec 21, 2017 1:44:58 GMT
I bought zero tickets in the UK, so therefore bought every ticket in the US. Cheaper if you wait until the last minute a good example of this is Hello Dolly, where if I bought in advance they would’ve charged me $600 a ticket, waitied until Friday evening and bagged a ticket for $243.
Post by Phantom of London on Jun 26, 2018 18:15:07 GMT
Landed back from New York yesterday.
This season, seems the season for the revival and jukebox, only 1 new musical seen on Broadway. Also the year for the Dame with Ms Glenda Jackson and Ms Diana Rigg on the Great White Way.
The Iceman Cometh*** Not the best show to see on the day I landed, it is long and convoluted and required full attention, but attracted by the 50% off on TKTs I enjoyed it though. Another star vehicle for Denzel Washington who was fine, but for me the stage was a better landscape with Colm Meaney there.
My Fair Lady*** A very expensive ticket for a production of My Fair Lady that was not as good as Cameron Mackintosh's and Sheffield Theatres' productions. Diana Rigg was great for as little she was in it, Lauren Ambrose was pleasant without being superb, could think of better Broadway actresses who would have done better, meanwhile Harry Hadden-Paton acted to the best of his ability.
Carousel**** Preferred this than My Fair Lady, where I snagged a rush ticket. Still not a superlative production of a superlative musical. Joshua Henry was brilliant in this, as was Renee Flemming. Jessie Mueller was alright but not a stand out.
Half Time** Took a trip to the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn for a Thursday matinee to see a Broadway aimed musical, that doesn't belong on Broadway, the book was unexciting but predictable and the music was pedestrian.
Angels in America***** Saw both parts Thursday/Friday evening, a great play that is now a legitimate classic, the production wasn't as good as the National's run as it seemed to miss Russell Tovey and Amanda Lawrence. Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield deserved their Tonys, as did the play for best revival.
Three Tall Ladies*** Glenda Jackson was great, though I thought Laura Metcalfe was better, in a play that did exactly nothing for me.
Hello Dolly**** Bernadette Peter's surprised me in this, as never really rated her before, she was mesmerizing in this, but didn't have Bette Midler's star quality. Nice to see Charlie Stemp on Broadway.
Mean Girls**** Hardest ticket for me to get. Legally Blonde part 2 but with Tina Frey's very smart book, as did Legally Blonder, this one raises the bar further.
A show like Anastasia and Dear Evan Hansen where 75% of the show is on a USB stick, so for that reason and that it is selling well, will see it come over to the West End, would say this is a perfect fit for the Piccadilly