From jazz hands and high kicks to Sondheim magic

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showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 20:05:24

Welcome to the Mumsnet Musical Theatre thread.

Pull up a sequinned pouffe, get cosy with a porn star martini, kick off those character shoes, take off the wig and let out your inner Bernadette Peters.

This is a thread for lovers of musical theatre, whether watching or participating in it. Anything Goes here so to speak...

I'll kick off by saying that in the last week I saw The Book of Mormon and sob, Merrily We Roll Along. Both excellent in completely different ways.

Anyone else? smile

I have spent my afternoon tap dancing in preparation for my audition in a couple of weeks for the part of Reno in Anything Goes!!!

I just adore musicals, have been involved in local musical theatre groups since i was a child & have been lucky to do some awesome roles!

I can't imagine my life without singing, dancing, watching & living musical theatre.

Last musical I saw was Rocky Horror's 40th birthday tour this February.

I know I am involved in Am Dram & people sneer, but honestly this is as close as I get to living the dreamsmile
(Cheesy I know, but I do have a flare for the dramatic)

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 20:40:19

Have you seen this? It blows your mind!

Yes!!! I've watched loads of the clips from 2011 Broadway show. It's brilliant. Sutton Foster is incredible.

Do you go on stage?

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 20:54:30

Without outing myself, I used to do a lot of musical theatre and it will always be my first love but career wise, it's been more straight acting based and also some directing.

Musical theatre went on the back burner but I'm now having lessons again as recently I've been up for some heavy weight shows and have been surprised that I've been up for them.

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 14-Jun-13 20:56:24

I shall say it first...I stay in on a Sunday to listen To Elaine Paige.
Not for her (oh the laugh) but the music.

I am going to see Book of Mormon in the summer....last went a few weeks ago to see Evita.
One of my faves is Witches of Eastwick.

squashedbanana Fri 14-Jun-13 20:58:36

Oooooohmigod! Thanks for starting this thread!

I love musicals music, it's my guilty secret. Makes up the bulk of the contents of my iPod but is considered so uncool, people give me funny 'eh?' looks when I tell them what my favourite music is

showtunes I love that clip and is that JOEL GRAY???!!!!

EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 14-Jun-13 21:01:06

I'm a jazz dancer.......can I join in? I attend a ladies jazz class, we do street dance then work on musicals for fun!!!!!!!! Chicago, hairspray, kiss me kate.......grin

jazz hands are obligatory grin

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 21:01:24

Oh yes, Sunday afternoon with EP. I love that show just because of how big her ego is. I love it when she plays herself and mocks other people who have "covered" one of her songs. grin My new singing teacher worked with her and apparently she was a complete cow. I have heard this from several people.

Yes, it's Joel Gray, he's still going!

Wow Show that's very cool!! You ARE living the dream.

I haven't tap danced in years, so am having to put some time into it.

I realise that my MN name, musicals & what i'm auditioning for will out me, but i'm not known at all smile

Greenandcabbagelooking Fri 14-Jun-13 21:25:02

I love musicals. I went to see Wicked this week, it was excellent.

redexpat Fri 14-Jun-13 21:26:24

I have a playlist on my ipod called musical singalong. I have 45 minutes each way when I go to college, and I'm one year into my course. My breath control has improved immensely during this time.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 21:32:12

Ha, it's hardly a dream! I'm currently really trying to find my mojo as motherhood has really knocked the ambition out of me so I'm trying to do baby steps back into things. And you'd be hard pressed to find me in the MT world as that's not how things have gone for me.

I just found out though that the community centre on my road are starting to do tap and modern classes after DD goes to bed. I guess it's time to dust off my old tap / jazz shoes. grin

However, I have been in this business long enough to very rarely pay for theatre tickets as I usually get them for free or failing that I can get cheaper tickets.

What course are you doing redexpat?

Have you seen Neil Patrick Harris's BIG opening number at the 2013 Tony awards yet? Well worth a Youtube, very funny if you like musical theatre.

My iPhone playlist is currently mostly Chicago, City of Angels (neglected gem), Guys and Dolls, Curtains (lesser known Kander & Ebb) and the best of Fred Astaire. I feel better for saying that.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 21:45:55

Yes but they keep pulling it off youtube. envy

DH is getting annoyed with me, I've put Les Mis on the TV and I keep doing the Ruthie Henshall version over Anne Hathaway. grin

I love Lost and Found from City of Angels. Mmm, probably one I should dust off, I have the sheet music somewhere.

I have never quite understood exactly why MT is a guilty pleasure. Lots of people know more MT than they think they do. For example, Liverpool fans are all bloody singing Carousel!

Allthingspretty Fri 14-Jun-13 21:47:42

me me.

although i have not seen many and dont really like Andre Lloys Webber musicals.

MooncupGoddess Fri 14-Jun-13 21:48:35

I went to see an amateur production of Anything Goes last night! It was fab. Reno is a brilliant character.

My all-time favourite musical is Sweeney Todd. Unbeatable.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 21:53:27

Allthingspretty, his lesser known ones are strangely enough his better ones! I quite like By Jeeves and some bits of Sunset Boulevard are great.

I went up for a production of Sweeney a few weeks ago. I didn't get it though. I think that one's going to be a great show though. It's going to be on at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Manchester Royal Exchange.

Allthingspretty Fri 14-Jun-13 22:05:52

Maybe I would like them. I was so dissapointed with Cats when I watchwd it on TV.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 22:15:50

No, I'm not keen on Cats either! Try the 25th Anniversary DVD of Phantom, that's a pretty good recording. Ramin is sooooooooo sexy as the Phantom and Sierra playing Christine is also marvellous.

Allthingspretty Fri 14-Jun-13 22:19:18

show ihave pmd you

not a big fan of phantom

Greenandcabbagelooking Fri 14-Jun-13 22:21:22

I love CATS! I'm not a huge Sondhiem fan, but Into the Woods is good.

Another big mt lover here. Last show i saw was Matilda, but I am enjoying new musicals recently; Loserville was amazing but has closed now, I think.

showtunesgirl was it the Nikolai Foster revival of Merrily? He directed a production of Annie my dd was in and I think he's fantastic. Saw his production of Beautiful Thing with Suranne Jones last weekend and it was lovely.

joanofarchitrave Fri 14-Jun-13 22:23:44

I WANT TO SEE MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Very envy of anyone who has seen it.

All together now - In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now heaven knows....

Oooooh are you northern, then?

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 22:24:46

No, it's the Maria Friedman directed one. It's her directorial debut and bloody hell, she's done herself proud!

BooksandaCuppa Fri 14-Jun-13 22:27:27

Also envy of seeing Merrily...

RubySparks Fri 14-Jun-13 22:30:04

Very excited here... Going to see Flashdance the Musical tomorrow. Last one before that was Wicked, loved it.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:35:56

Dh is a musical theatre vocal coach. He's got ex students all over the West End.

Really want to go see Mormon but difficult to get away without the kids.

Got Wicked tour booked but now that Wilemijn is coming to London (dh saw her in Holland) might have to see it again in London.

Dd is off to vocational school soon.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:37:06

And my username is a song from a little known Musicsl that played in Luverpool and a few other North West towns. Dd was in one of them.

DramaQueenofHighCs Fri 14-Jun-13 22:37:50

Ooo major thanks for starting this thread!! Musical theatre is the love of my life!! (Now gonna 'out' myself but I've recently name changed so dont really care!)

I love everything, especially ALW, Sondheim, and Les Miz, though not too keen on Rogers and Hammerstein though. (don't mind being in them, but not so much to watch.)

My big love is Gilbert and Sullivan though - I go to the international G&S festival every year and perform there in the chorus, with an international amateur company - I've even had a minor role with them in a show and a major role in a singalong!

I've been doing amateur musical theatre since I can remember and really love it - my current 2 shows are Yeomen of the Guard at the festival (where I will be in the chorus) and '70 Girls 70' - a little known show by Kander and Ebb (who wrote Chicago and Cabaret.) in which I will be aging myself up by about 40 years for chorus, a minor solo role, and some tap dancing.

I would love to go pro, but a history of anxiety disorder and depression says otherwise so I stick to the amateur.

My musical theatre hero is Ruthie Henshall, who I was lucky enough to meet when I saw her in concert a while back - She's so lovely and supportive and gives the best hugs!! I'm also lucky to have lots of friends who are 'in the business' either in musical theatre or opera. One of my friends played Christine in Phantom in the westend a few years ago, another friend has played various parts in 'Joseph' when it toured a couple of years back, many of my friends are well known in the 'inner circle' of people who are in to their particular specialist niche in musical theatre and a 'friend of a friend' who I know to nod to had a solo line to sing in the Les Mis film.

I'll stop rambling now, but look forward to joining in discussion on this thread. smile

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:39:09

Showtunesgirl. Yes EP is a right cow. She held up a live recording broadcast on radio 2 as part of music live 95 due to bring a diva.

KatyMac Fri 14-Jun-13 22:39:39

We had free tickets to see Viva Forever! last weekend; it was OK

DD wants to see Lion King again - but we can't afford it sad

DD wants to be in musicals so we live them........I won't let her go to Rocky Horror as I feel she is too young - but she has seen a Chorus Line & I hate her

For us it is mainly the dancing.....let's be honest it's just the whole thing really blush

ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 14-Jun-13 22:59:36

I saw Merrily last week- what an amazing production. I haven't been able to get it out of my head since....the quality that comes out of the Menier is just remarkable. Maria Friedman is also doing a night at Cadogan Hall in August (as is Ruthie H)- I may try to go to that. I saw her in Passion years back- she is so talented.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 23:19:44

Did you see Passion at the Donmar? That was also a great production!

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 23:21:29

No, I'm not Northern, the Royal Exchange were casting their net wide for this productions were auditioning in London as well.

showtunesgirl Fri 14-Jun-13 23:22:55

Does anyone have a favourite terrible musical? I love, love, love Notre Dame De Paris.

From nowhere came the age of the Cathedraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll. This song has about ninety keychanges. grin

DramaQueenofHighCs Fri 14-Jun-13 23:31:11

Bad Girls The musical is my favourite 'terrible' musical. It was a complete flop in the west end, but is (apparently) pretty popular as an amateur piece.
I loved the tv series - I think the musical as a show is utter rubbish: Too many story lines written in to a couple of hours, and none of the character situations are examined enough to add any depth to the story. However I think the soundtrack is bloody fantastic! (And now I have really 'outed' myself)

70 Girls 70 isnt a 'bad' musical, its flipping fab and hilariously funny, but it's nowhere near as well known as Chicago or Cabaret - probably down to the fact that basically the whole cast are in their 60's+ lol. That's one of my fave 'not well known' musicals. I'd never heard of it until it came up on our show choice list and now, after a month of rehearsals, I'm flipping loving it as its such a giggle.
Amateur theatre is my medicine for my depression - even my doctor to me point blank not to give it up as he could see that it makes me so happy.

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:34:04

Ah my thread!

Along with bras, MT is my big passion. I trained in MT but just participate as an amateur. I've just finished a run as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and other past roles include Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Erma and Virtue (two differnt productions of Anything Goes), Maisie (The boyfriend, twice!), Gertie (Oklahoma!) and Fruma Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof). Lots of panto too mostly as principal boy!

The best things I've ever seen on stage are (in no particular order):

Anything goes at the National 2003/4
Oklahoma! At the National (Hugh, swoon...)
The Drowsy Chaperone

I went to see merrily in May and absolutely loved it. I'm a big fan of Josephina Gabrielle. She was amazing in Oklahoma! and more recently in Sweet Charity.

RazzleDazzleEm Fri 14-Jun-13 23:34:16

Another Huge Musical Fan here.

Love Sweet Charity but wish it wasn't quite sooo sad

Think lyrics in Oliver are amazing, shame that Lionel went broke sad

Am always playing songs to the DC's to indoctrinate educate them.

RazzleDazzleEm Fri 14-Jun-13 23:35:07

Love Guys and dolls, went to brilliant production in west end when i was v young, empty matinee sat front row...brilliant.

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:35:59

Ooh forgot to say that I have a friend who has just finished in Kiss me Kate. Before that he was in Half A Sixpence, Spamakot and Crazy for You. All fab shows.

Colourarc Fri 14-Jun-13 23:36:07

hey all, MT techie here currently working on one of the shows mentioned! Can't say which one though wink

DH worked with EP and she was fine, not a bad word to be said about her.

Ruthie sang to my pregnant belly (many years ago), hadn't seen her for years but she was soooo lovely that evening!

best 'bad' musical has to be Hunting of the Snark, I loved it grin

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:39:56

My mum still raves about the NT prod of Guys and Dolls especially about the multiple encores of Sit Down and Imelda Staunton's performance.

I saw a later revival of the NT Guys and Dolls. No Imelda Staunton unfortunately, but Clive Rowe as Nicely Nicely Johnson was brilliant (and he's still the best pantomime dame I've ever seen).

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:49:02

I think my DM saw Clive Rowe (maybe before a cast change?).

The more recent revival with Ewan McGregor was v good but, according to DM, not in the same league grin

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:50:01

Has anyone else ever seen Divorce me Darling, the sequel to The Boyfr

SorrelForbes Fri 14-Jun-13 23:50:19

Sorry, The Boyfriend?

Oh actually I need to correct myself - it was the Imelda Staunton run I saw (Julia McKenzie was in the earlier production with Bob Hoskins). She did a spellbinding reprise of Adelaide's Lament - real goosebumps moment.

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:02:37

Yes, I have a recording of Julia M. My DM saw both but always raves about Imelda Staunton. I saw B

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:03:54

Agggg, bloody phone!

I saw Bonnie Langford on tour a few years ago and she was amazing in the role. Her 'I Promise You This'... Was superb

KatyMac Sat 15-Jun-13 00:04:35

I saw the origional version of Blood Brothers & loved it

DD is a bit fixated on 'Tell me on a Sunday' & loves trying to sing 'Capped teeth & Ceasar Salad'

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Jun-13 00:07:22

Ah Imelda Staunton! Yes I saw that NT production, it was fantastic! I got a glimpse of her backstage at Sweeney when I went to see it last year as I worked with Peter Polycarpou on a show ages ago and he was in it too.

I was front row at the Lyceum when Oklahoma! transferred so I got a big eyeful of Hugh Jackman sans shirt. grin

I never saw Divorce Me Darling but I did play Maisie in a production of it a long, long time ago. It was a very small affair that one, not the Ruthie Chichester one! I wish!

One of my fave musical theatre moments was seeing Ruthie sing I Dreamed A Dream at an Open Air concert of Les Mis. It was shortly after the Tenth Annniversary Concert and it was amazing. Thousands of people stood up and sang Do You Hear the People Sing? in a field in Essex! Of course, I went all fan girl and got her autograph afterwards.

Actually, a funny thing happened to me on that day. Before the show, a guy came up to me and said: Are you showtunesgirl? I said yes and he looked vaguely familiar. Turns out he was a guy from my old school choir, but he'd then transferred to another school after a year or so. We're still in touch now and he went to actually play Marius after he graduated from Guildford School of Acting.

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:26:42

I saw Sweeney at Chichester. Brilliant production. I'm a fan of Peter P. He was excellent in Oklahoma! and very good in Imagine This (Plymouth TR).

I loved Divorce me Darling at Chichester. Such a strong cast. Ruthie, Jack Trip, Martie Webb, Rosemary Ford and of course, Tim Flavin. I met him a while back after a production of White Christmas. My friend arranged it with the director as it was my birthday and she knew I had a huge crush in Tim since seeing him in Crazy for You many moons ago. He is a perfect Texan hunk of gorgeousness.

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Jun-13 00:27:19

I'm STILL annoyed though that they didn't record that NT production of Guys & Dolls. angry

I was a student in London during the late 90s and saw so many great things. <wistful>

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:27:24

I've got a pic of me on my profile in rehearsal for Oklahoma! Upside down!

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Jun-13 00:28:54

Love it, O Bra Guru!

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:30:20

Thank god they recorded Oklahoma!

SorrelForbes Sat 15-Jun-13 00:30:41

And god did I need a good bra for that!

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Jun-13 00:33:15

I think I'm going to have to do some DIY on my new bras. Everything is ride on them apart from the fact that the straps are too wide set at the front for me. I think I'm going to have to unpick them and re-sew them a bit closer in. Maybe just half a cm but I think it will make all the difference. At the mo, they are sitting in my armpits.

I bought them anyway as they tick all the other boxes and were only £7 each! Rather good value I thought for a 32G!

showtunesgirl Sat 15-Jun-13 00:33:31

right, not ride!

ofcoursethisisanamechange Mon 17-Jun-13 12:54:47

(rushes back in after few days) Maria Friedman in Passion was actually the UK premier in 1996- not the Donmar. I did see John Barrowman and Philip Quast in The Fix at the Donmar many moons ago. Was in a complete tizzy about seeing Philip- John Barrowman was pretty much unknown at the time!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 13:01:36

John Barrowman was excellent in AG (both times!). I'm sure I read somewhere that Stephen Sondheim said that JB gave the definitive performance of Bobby in Company.

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 13:05:06

Northumberlandlass When's your audition? If you're interested I'll pm you a link to some pics from our production last year grin

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 13:06:37

I know the Donmar wasn't the first one! Wish I could've seen Maria Friedman but Elena Roger was pretty damned good. The bit where she got on the train to follow him was brilliant. The entire theatre gasped in horror that she had so crossed that line into stalker territory!

I was a bit too young to see Company at the Donmar but saw the BBC2 broadcast of it which I still have on VHS. I loved Adrian Lester in it and for Sondheim's 30th birthday, they did a concert version with pretty much all of the Donmar cast. It was for one day only, with a matinee and evening show. I was so, so desperate to get tickets for this and ended up going to both shows. His Bobby is so charismatic. Not the best sung one but for me he's still my Bobby.

John Barrowman is classic Bobby though isn't he? I was disappointed not to catch his Joe Gillis in Sunset as well. I had Glyn Kerslake instead who was good but I really wanted to see JB!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 13:09:53

I wish John Barrowman would stop arsing around on TV and do another big musical. I had hoped he be cast in Barnum.

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 13:15:54

He needs to lay off the Botox though. His forehead is getting too tight and shiny!

And I meant 80th birthday of course for Sondheim. Doh!

Sorrel - pics would be lovely!
I did Anything Goes 15 years ago and had the part of Erma. So pleased we are doing it again so I can go for Reno.

I'm going up to MD's house tonight to sing through audition pieces. I assumed my audition piece would be "I'd get a kick out of you", but they have chosen "You're the Top" and "Blow Gabriel".

Auditions are on 30 June smile

Agree with Barrowman, incredibly talented man. I haven't seen him in a musical but have seen him on tour. I luff him blush

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 13:32:45

I played Erma in 2005 and went for Reno last year purely at the suggestion of others! I was mightily relieved not to get it. Blow Gabriel would have been OK but I would have slaughtered I Get No Kick. I'm a belter me grin. I was an Angel instead and had a ball (blonde one in 2012 version pics on the website).

Oh, just re-read your post. My audition piece was I Get No Kick. Apparently the panel were surprised at how restrained I was whilst singing it. I prefer to call it 'inwardly crapping myself'.

Wow - Sorrel. You are stunning !!!

The list is out for those auditioning, there are a couple of names down for all parts, but there are about 20 names down for the Angels. Everyone wants to be one.

Plus loads of interest in Moonface from the men.

Do you struggle getting young men into the society? We do sad

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 14:01:54

Pah, I can rock a blonde 30s wig but that's about it. But thank you anyway grin.

Hmmm, we struggle for men full stop! We have had a recent influx from our Youth Group and some guys from the Uni but they move on too soon. We had a fair number for Oklahoma! which was fortunate. I think we are also lucky in that we ones we do have can all sing and dance!

I didn't audition for an Angel last year but when I didn't get Erma again (Director decided, wisely I agree, not to re-cast anyone in the same role they played in 2005), I was asked to be an Angel. I was a bit hesitant as the other three were 20 years younger than me (stealth boast). I used a good foundation!

If I was a guy, I'd want to play Moonface. It's a brilliant part.

What did you play in G&D?

Adelaide. I loved it.
Just love being on stage really. I've bought new ridiculously expensive tap shoes. So I hope I get it !!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 14:17:30

Oh, there's nothing like a pair of new dance shoes. When I played Erma I bought a brand new pair of 3" tan leather T-bars and fitted toe and heel taps. Then I got one of the guys to paint them so that they looked like those 30s two-tone shoes. I passed them on to the girl who played Erma last year!

Your G&D pics are great. What a lovely set. We were very cheeky when we did G&D and did a full strip down to frilly knickers during Take Back Your Mink (like the recent London production). Kept our backs to the audience of course but I think some of the lads on stage saw more of me than they would ever have wished to have seen!

Oh i don't think a small market town in Northumberland is ready for just frilly knickers!!!! Good on you though.

Hahaha - can imagine the wings were full of men wanting a toot. That's brilliant grin

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 14:34:53

I inadvertently flashed the band when playing Mazeppa in Gypsy (lots of traumatised am-dram men down this way!)

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 15:51:42

When I was 15, I played Anita in West Side Story. I won a special company award for flashing the most suspenders. grin

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 16:29:40

Ha ha, kudos to you showtunesgirl, brave at 15 wink.

Anita, another part I'll never play (told old, too non-Puerto Rican!)

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 17:23:41

That was at school and a turning point for me as up to that point, I'd always sung soprano. Anita helped me find my alto, mezzo and belt all at the sane time!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 17:36:38

Hums, A boy like that will bring you trouble, la, la, spins, high kicks and exits.

Livnatmum Mon 17-Jun-13 17:57:14

Ooh just found this! I love musical theatre, i saw Michael Ball in Pirates of Penzance in Manchester nearly 30 years ago and told everyone I knew that he would be famous! My DS is going to be in a youth version of Miss Saigon and I am FAR more excited than he is!

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 18:59:07

Ooh is Peter Polycarpou doing it? I know he personally takes the rehearsals sometimes. He did one last week.

Livnatmum Mon 17-Jun-13 19:26:49

I don't think so but will check! Might have to take something he has 'forgotten' if he is!!

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 19:39:37

PP is a lovely, lovely man. I learnt a lot from him. He has an amazing eye for detail and really picks the script apart to find out what it means.

I don't think anyone can beat his version of Bui Doi.

Shakey1500 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:41:52

YE BLOODY GADS! <screeches into thread>

How have I missed this???

Starts reading....

Apologies for being fashionably late wink

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 19:45:26

Tsk shakey1500, the curtain went up on Friday!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 19:56:01

<tap springs back into thread>. Peter Polycarpou is fab. I saw him in Imagine This in Plymouth and more recently in Sweeney Todd. The best Ali Hakim ever IMHO.

I'm disappointed that no one has joined me in lusting over Tim Flavin.

Shakey1500 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:59:15

Sigh. So glad to see this thread. I think we may have crossed paths before showtunes on various threads grin

I adore, adore, adore MT. Another listener to EP here (just for the content you understand)

I think Sondheim is a genius. My all time favourite musical is Sunday In The Park With George. Especially with Mandy and Bernadette. I saw it at the Menier with Daniel Craig and Jenna Russell but couldn't get the originals sublime vocals out of my head (I'm a bit of a stickler for originals blush )

I've played Philia in Forum which was a blast. Mainly do am dram now (but quality wink )

Sweeney, Company, Little Night Music, Follies, Into The Woods, can't get enough of him!

I do like ALW et al but I would wash Sondheims feet in an instant grin

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 20:29:13

Daniel Craig?! shock I think you mean Daniel Evans, but ooooh wouldn't that have been something.

I don't know why I didn't see the Menier one. sad

I saw Daniel Evans years ago in Candide at the National with Simon Russell Beale. They were great together and I was so glad to see them performing together again at the Sondheim Proms. If you missed that, a lot of it is on youtube.

Shakey, go see Merrily before it closes next month. It's brilliant.

Shakey1500 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:37:10

Oops! Yes Daniel Evans blush

I wish I could see Merrily but it's not to be <wail> We moved from London 6 years ago and are now 280 odd miles away. Full time work and a 6 year old means weekends away are at a premium!

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 20:38:41

Noooooooo. sad

Watch the trailer. It's so, so good.

The nearest i've got to EP's show on Sunday is doing the 'break a leg' recordings!!! grin

NewGirlInTown Mon 17-Jun-13 20:59:49

I saw this production of "Merrily We Roll Along" for the FIFTH time on Saturday, and I have booked again for the last day.
It is the finest Sondheim production I have ever seen, and it finishes at the end of July. Don't hesitate. It is magnificent and heartbreaking and there MUST be a cast album.

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 21:05:58

I agree NewGirlInTown, there MUST be a cast album.

A friend of mine is in the show, she's the Newsreader and she sometimes goes on as KT.

I was in bits by the end of the show. It really hit home to me how I used to be like the three at the end of the show, all hopeful, broke and creative and now I have lost my way. sad

NewGirlInTown Mon 17-Jun-13 21:13:04

Me too, showtunesgirl. That's why it gets you. It is a show for those filled with regrets but remembering that youthful hope and promise.
Thank you for starting this thread, I was thrilled to read so many other fans of Merrily, and Sondheim in general.
I keep tweeting asking about the cast album but no joy yet.

KittyTwatknicker Mon 17-Jun-13 21:43:14

Hi, great thread! Also want want want to see 'Merrily' (for the gorgeous Mark Umbers, mmmmm) but having just had second baby, unlikely.
Have been doing amdram since I was 13 and I love it! Highlights, last year I played Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, which was amazing fun and also loved playing Miss Hannigan in Annie. I'm not a dancer, so I have to wait for the 'singing' shows to come round.

Hoping we'll do Sweeney in 2015, fingers crossed! Would love to do that one!

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 21:51:49

Quite a few Sweeney fans on here! smile

NewGirlInTown Mon 17-Jun-13 21:56:28

Kitty, Mr Umbers is indeed dreamy in Merrily. Got a bit of a crush now, in fact!
Oddly, Sweeney is the only Sondheim I can't get on with,maybe it's the gore?

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 22:00:54

It's funny though, I previously saw Glyn Kerslake, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley in other shows and didn't like them in any of those shows but in this, they are just perfect.

I saw Damian Humbley as Jamie in The Last Five Years and thought he was really blah but his Franklin Shepard, Inc was just amazing.

Lara Pulver however was amazing in TLFYs and totally outshone him. I think she has an affinity with Jason Robert Brown though as she was also fantastic in Parade and I believe JRB chose her for that show.

deste Mon 17-Jun-13 22:07:42

Went to see Ruthie Henshall in a small theatre last week. We even got two for the price of one. It was the most brilliant show ever and she was just so down to earth and lovely.

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 22:09:36

I know what you mean show. I saw Claire Foster in Crazy for You but much preferred her in MWRA.

NewGirlInTown Mon 17-Jun-13 22:13:41

I think I saw Jenna in Sunday In The Park and loved it. Had not seen Damien before, but you are right, Franklin Shepherd Inc is a tour de force!
I keep finding new favourite songs in the score!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 22:16:36

Got to love Ruthie. I saw her in Marguerite. Great performance.

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 23:34:05

Ooh just remembered where I'd seen Clare Foster before! She was Mrs T in Avenue Q and she was great in that.

God, her Not A Day Goes By was just heartbreaking!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 23:47:41

Yes it gave me a lump in my throat. Beautiful.

showtunesgirl Mon 17-Jun-13 23:52:24

And the Reprise of that later on. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH. <sniff> Jenna Russell was heartbreaking there too!

SorrelForbes Mon 17-Jun-13 23:53:47

It's quite a draining show if truth be told. I keep thinking about the sadness of it over a month after seeing it.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 00:00:11

Yes, it's really lingering this one.

The concert version of Company really stayed with me too as now that I'm about the age of the characters in the show, it gave me a lot more to think about.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 08:13:05

I would love to do Company alhought I can never decide which character I'd like to play!

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 08:18:18

Amy for me! She's so neurotic, tense and unintentionally funny.

Actually, I have a corporate casting today where I have to be intense. I'll channel her.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 08:26:34

I know is get (type) cast as Amy. I guess Joanne would be fun when I'm a bit older.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 08:28:32

Just realised I've never seen the 2011 recording with Neil Patrick Harris. Is it worth getting?

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 08:32:56

Not keen on Lloyd Webber. Adore Sondheim. Also Jerry Herman.

Generally, I tend to prefer lesser-known or flop musicals. They often have better scores than some big hits , having were let down by the script. Bock & Harnick's biggest hit was Fidder on the Roof which I find dull. I'd much rather listen to their She Loves Me or Fiorello.

Favourite musical has to be Follies. Sweeney Todd second. Have been lucky enough to have been in both. Of the last 15 years, think the best scores have been Titanic, Hairspray and Light in the Piazza.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 08:44:54

I love Titanic! "From every age mankind attempts..."

Actually, the Overture from Nine is my alarm clock music. Love Maury Yeston, shame the film was dire.

I have watched a lot of the NPH Company on youtube.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 08:51:53

I tried to watch Nine about a week ago and managed ten minutes. Yawn.

Yes I like some smaller/less well known shows too. I've already mentioned Divorce Me Darling and The Drowsy Chaperone. I'm not to too au fait with some of the really niche stuff!

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 08:58:35

Have just seen that colm wilkinson is at the lyceum theatre in london on monday night- not sure if tickets still available. 2011 company is interesting- patti lupone's joanne is as you would expect- knock you down amazing. Strangely I think neil p-h is the weak spot- a bit cliched. As it has lots of non-mt celebrities it has a lot of novelty value. I think stephen colbert does a great job. Daniel evans did a production of company at sheffield where he is the artistic director and he played bobby- that is a version of being alive I would love to see!

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:02:11

It's such a shame that the film was so bad. I am one of the few of my friends that was also very disappointed by Chicago as well as the direcor just didn't know how to do the musical numbers. Almost all of them are "on stage". And he did the SAME thing in Nine!

Also he made Roxie into being a victim! The whole point is that Roxie and Velma are as bad as each other!

I also like Lippa's The Wild Party. Try that one. Some good songs Sorrel seeing as you're a belter.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 09:29:35

Sorrel - the show is so unlike the film of Nine, it's hard to believe. Yes, the basic plot and characters are there but that's about it. The show has something like 30 musical numbers, unlike the 10 or so in the film and a couple of the songs were written just for the film.

Nine, the stage show, would be fourth on my list of most favourite scores in the whole world and Unusual Way is my favourite theatre song of all time.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 09:36:23

Showtunes - to be fair to Rob Marshall on Chicago, the whole stage show (at least originally) was subtitled A Musical Vaudeville and was never played as 'realistic'. The numbers were staged as if being presented in a theatre (for example, the whole puppet/ventriloquist business in Reached for the Gun). And of course the two women go off into the theatre at the end. So perfectly valid approach for the film. Doesn't mean you have to like it, though!

I agree, however, that repeating that trick with Nine was a total cock-up.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 09:43:57

I have mixed feelings about the film version of Chicago. On one hand it did showcase some good performers especially CZJ (who I thought was great but had her part almost made into a supporting role to Roxie!). On the other hand, Renee Zellwegger? WTF? Bloody atrocious.

Ok, have added The Wild Party to my list.

Just remembered The Rink. Everybody's Girl. That's a good comedy song. grin

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:49:49

I just felt that the staging was still rather contrived in Chicago. Yes, that works absolutely fine for Cabaret which he choreographed for Sam Mendes but felt it was still rather forced for Chicago. And then he was at a total loss as to what to do in Nine. Every single number it was like: Ooh, is he going to be brave enough to do this? Oh no, it's a bloody stage. Again!

I do think that Rob Marshall is a great choreographer though!

It's a shame Chicago was stuck in production hell for decades. I would've loved to have seen Goldie Hawn do Roxie.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:51:44
JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 09:52:26

Re: Merrily. Oddly enough, while I adore a couple of the songs, it is one of my least favourite Sondheim musicals along with Passion (the least favourite being Pacific Overtures) as an actual whole. I'd much rather listen to Anyone Can Whistle or Assassins.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:56:26

I'm not really sure if Passion is the kind of musical that you could really say is your favourite? It's too intense and a bit twisted to like?

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 10:00:35

OK, I'll put it another way. I really don't like Passion! In fact, there is only one number I would want to listen to ever again. Oddly enough, I think Into The Woods is more fun to be in than to watch also. I don't listen to it very often. Mind you, Sondheim often has to grow on you. Only Follies, Sweeney, Assassins and Anyone Can Whistle grabbed me from the start. Company and Night Music had to grow on me.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 10:01:54

Fair enough Jessica!

I find that every now and again, I have revisit his shows and then suddenly I find myself liking it.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 10:02:55

agree about Passion...would be a little worried if it was your absolute favourite!

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 10:07:33

Showtunes - do you know Light in the Piazza? If you like Sondheim, I would expect you to love it.

PS, thanks for this fab thread.

OK, putting it out there. Jerry Herman. Love Mame. Love Mack & Mabel. Love La Cage Aux Folles. Adore Dear World - odd show, fabulous score. But Hello Dolly leaves me stone cold. Don't get why people love it so.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 10:18:27

It's on my list to listen to!

The show I have never got is Rocky Horror. I know I should like it but again it leaves me cold.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 10:19:39

I cannot abide Hello Dolly. I wish I could articulate exactly why but it's just not my cup of tea not enough sequins probably

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 10:28:14

Sorrel - thank god, I was beginning to think it was just me.

I'm also going to put it out there that while Rodgers & Hammerstein could write some good songs, I wouldn't sit through any of their shows. Sound of Muesli is saccharine. In Carousel everyone thinks a wife beater is a real swell guy. King & I just goes on and on. And don't mention those dream ballet type things.

MooncupGoddess Tue 18-Jun-13 10:30:29

Hello Dolly is very silly... lame plot and has to have an amazingly charismatic Dolly to be even watchable.

I've never seen Assassins or Anyone Can Whistle, they're now on my list. I loved Into the Woods when I saw it at Regent's Park a few years ago, though. Such a clever subverting of the original fairy tales.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 10:43:13

But I love Run Eliza, run! Run from Simon! grin

I think it's what our ears are used to listening to though. I went to A Night Of Musicals at my local church recently. In my part of London, there are A LOT of performers / musicians so everyone who sang on that night was a pro. They went through musicals chronologically and my ear just wasn't interested in the R & H stuff.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 10:46:11

Mooncup - you could probably accuse at least a third of the musicals ever written of being very silly or having lame plots. I think I just find Dolly a total PITA. Assassins is fabulous and thought provoking theatre when done well. Anyone Can Whistle is almost never staged and doesn't actually work on stage (think Sondheim himself admits this) but as a score just to listen to, it's brilliant.

Of course, I am totally biased, as Anyone Can Whistle was Angela Lansbury's first musical.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 11:02:53

I don't think you can discount R&H musicals- they were written in a very different era. They marked a huge change in the way musicals were written (songs moved the plot along) and they did have some strong messages for their time. Some have become dated but some are still relevant- I saw South Pacific again recently and was really moved by it. "You've got to be carefully taught" is as relevant today as it was then.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 11:09:26

Ofcourse - I don't discount the songs, they wrote lots of good ones. As much as I hate Carousel, If I Loved You is just stunning. But When I Marry Mr Snow makes me want to puke!

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 11:11:23

I'm not a 'ballad' person and therefore can discount quite a few R&H numbers from my play list. I can't abide Carousel and I'm not keen on The Sound of Music (I've said that if my group ever do it I'd rather play a Nazi than a nun!). My view on Oklahoma! however was forever changed by the NT version and having just done a run as Ado I won't have a word said against it. wink. The dream ballet is problematic and we nearly cut it altogether but with some judicious pruning and some quirky touches I think we pulled it off! I've got some rehearsal footage of anyone's bored interested.

I'm not averse to South Pacific actually. Some interesting themes.

Uggghh, Rocky Horror. Overhyped and basically a pile of poo.

I think I've got fairly wide range of musical tastes. I like a real mix of shows. I'm a dancer really so anything with great choreography really gets me going. Shows like A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Anything Goes, Crazy For You etc. when done well, make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I cried at the end of Anything Goes Act 1 at Drury Lane when the funnel revolved during the title number blush.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 11:11:58

and so does the clambake song!! still am amazed at their body of work- so many classics in there- is quite a challenge to stay 'relevant' 70 years on.

MooncupGoddess Tue 18-Jun-13 11:12:48

Oh I know Jessica, but a good musical can make you suspend your disbelief (most Cole Porter plots are totally ridiculous, but who cares?), whereas Hello Dolly never quite achieves that.

I absolutely love the song Anyone Can Whistle... might have to buy the whole soundtrack now.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 11:24:04

Mooncup - Anyone Can Whistle is another of my most favourite songs. There's a lot of good stuff in that show - some of it very odd, but very catchy. The Act I finale lasts over 12 minutes and is barking mad (a lot of the show is actually about madness) but fabulous. In fact, am listening to it now at work!

OK, putting this out there too..... stands by for flaming.... I don't like Les Mis or Miss Saigon either.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 11:31:41

I'm indifferent to Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Cats and Phantom!

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 11:39:25

For me, Les Mis and Phantom, it depends on who is in it.

Saigon, I love apart from the REALLY long endings of songs.

Cats, no. grin

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:11:32

I haven't listened to Miss Saigon or Phantom in years- but wouldn't say I don't like them- will just get a show in my head, listen to it for a few weeks or months (currently Godspell!) until something else takes it place.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:14:29

so thinking of R&H and shows that are still around after so many years- what ever happened to Camelot? that was a classic that came around every decade- but haven't seen it mentioned in ages.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:15:47

hit send too soon- has great songs- and not like Lerner and Loewe are no longer in fashion...

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 12:19:00

In my head I always rhyme Camelot with Spamalot and push the pram a lot blush

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 12:28:50

I think precisely because of Spamalot, it would now be hard to revive Camelot!

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 12:33:55

BTW, off to NY tomorrow grin so suggestions for a show would be welcomed. I think we'd like to see something that isn't on/hasn't been on over here. Newsies? Pippin?

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 12:44:41

Yes, I would have suggested both of those.

Patina Miller won for Pippin. I saw her over here when she was on Sister Act. She was great in it, shame about the show though. I loved the film but the show was all Disco!

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:44:51

Parents just saw 'nice work if you can get it' - all Gershwin - Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara- they loved it. You can probably get half price tickets for it in Times Square. Have heard some less than glowing Newsies reviews from friends. Think Pippin would be my own first choice.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:46:03

forget that last one- Nice Work closed last week!

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 12:51:06

Yep, closed on the 12th. Bloody shame as I love a bit of Gershwin.

I really fancy Pippin. Such an unusual show and I'd like to see Patina Miller. I've just noticed that Charlotte D'Amboise is in it too as Fastrada. She was on that documentary about the making of the most recent Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. I think she played Cassie. Her dad was lovely in SBFSB.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 12:51:19

Sorrel Newsies is coming over here soon too. The call has been put out in the last week for dancers for it.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 12:56:32

Do you think it'll sell here? Who knows.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 12:57:16

speaking of which- anyone seen Chorus Line in latest revival?

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 13:00:41

Yes, saw it in Feb. It was a preview and there were about three understudies on. I didn't see Scarlett which was as shame but it was a very strong cast overall I thought. John Partridge was very good which I was pleased about as I hadn't seen him in anything since The Drowsy Chaperone (roller skating blindfold anyone?).

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 13:06:16

Blimey, cheapest Pippin tickets I can find for Sat eve are $196 each! Gulp.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 13:07:47

NY shows are extortionate-- half price booth is your friend

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 13:09:45

they had Newsies tickets available yesterday-- only 20% discount though

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 13:12:12

I'd put money on Camelot never ever being seen again. To be honest, it is not a good score. It is all about spectacle and to mount it properly you'd need to spend an absolute fortune - we're talking Charlie & The Chocolate Factory money - and you'd never get your money back.

Pippin is a strange thing. Always popular in the US but doesn't travel well. Bit like The Fantasticks.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 13:13:34

I saw A Chorus Line in previews too. I did get Scarlett though and she was very good.

I was however annoyed that Connie was played by a non South East Asian understudy. So they just dropped the "Always Wong and never right" line.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 13:16:31

Just watched the montage video. It looks amazing but I don't know if I can justify that amount of cash. On the other hand, when will there be a production of it on that scale over here? On the other hand.. (channels Tevye).

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 18-Jun-13 13:38:20

strange- I really never think of Camelot as a spectacle show- in my opinion it was one of the first 'name' shows- so they would absolutely wheel out Richard Harris or Robert Goulet for a tour- and all the attraction would be off of seeing them. Similar to what they used to do with Ted Neeley and Superstar. But- my perpsective is very different- I'm from the US and Camelot really was massive there and was a huge amount of nostaglia attached to it. That generation is dying out though-as is the R&H generation.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Tue 18-Jun-13 15:07:05

ofcourse - ah, didn't appreciate you were in the States. Camelot has never been as popular here in the UK as it was there. In the US, it was all the time of Kennedy and that added to it (certainly the newspapers and books suggest that helped). Last time they tried to do it here, on a modest scale and with a B-list name, it died a death and the critics were merciless about the piece itself. Over here, the only Lerner & Loewe show you ever see now is My Fair Lady. Brigadoon etc never seen.

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 15:49:44

Brigadoon. Listen, village, don't bother coming back every 100 years, honestly it's fine, really, we just don't care.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 16:31:09

Ha so true! grin

Tomorrow I'm going to a sort of Musical Theatre conference. Should be interesting. There'll be performers, writers, directors and producers there. I'm going along with my director's hat on and DH is coming in his capacity as a writer.

I will get to talk about MT ALL DAY! grin

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 16:31:39

Ha so true! grin

Tomorrow I'm going to a sort of Musical Theatre conference. Should be interesting. There'll be performers, writers, directors and producers there. I'm going along with my director's hat on and DH is coming in his capacity as a writer.

I will get to talk about MT ALL DAY! grin

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 16:32:37

Bloody mobile!

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 17:05:06

Oh that sounds like a wonderful day. I'm very sad, I like nothing better than an all day Sunday rehearsal (even when the sun is shining)!.

OrchidFlakes Tue 18-Jun-13 19:33:49

Can I join in? Big MT fan but currently not am dramming due to BFing DS which rules out evenings.

Wicked is probably my favourite musical elphaba wannabe but I also adore les mis and Miss Saigon.

I'm desperate to get on stage again soon envy

Shakey1500 Tue 18-Jun-13 19:46:17

Oh I'm so glad about Passion. As much as I would darn Sondheims socks (can you tell I love him ardently?) when I listened to Passion I wanted to shoot the female lead (didn't even bother to find out more about it!)

Would love to see A Chorus Line (anyone see the poster?? Ye Gads I'd kill to do a high kick like that)

I do love Les Mis, Phantom and Saigon. And here's the funny thing, pre having DS I thought "I'd give my life for you" was great but didn't really feel a connection. FFW to having DS? I wailed like a banshee.

Saw Will Young in Cabaret last year, he really was very good but Michelle left me cold. Nowhere near enough oomph in the two key songs (Maybe/Cabaret)

Got hooked on Sondheim when someone lent me Into the Woods and SITPWG on DVD. I must have watched them hundreds of times and would have played Cinderella yonks ago when my voice was good, now I would be either the Witch or the Bakers wife grin

OrchidFlakes Tue 18-Jun-13 20:41:04

I hear you Shakey about 'I'd give my life for you'. I always thought it was an ok number but since having DS I can't make it through the song, listening or singing without choking up.

I love Miss Saigon, I'd love a west end revival <stares out the window dreamily>

Itching to see a chorus line - might have to enlist the grandparents and hit a matinee smug Londoner

Anyone have a dream role to play? The kid in me would love to play Pearl in Starlight Express, I would love a stab at Mimi in Rent, Cosette in Les Mis even if she is wet and Elphaba... Not sure I'd love being green for 8 shows a week though! I'd love to play Kim in Miss Saigon too, but the older I get the more I Identify with Ellen and feel for her and the awful position she is in.

Shakey1500 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:53:14

Oh Ellen's a great part! "It's her or me" is a great song to sing, lovely key changes.

Ooh let me see- dream roles would be

Sally Bowles
Fanny Brice blush
Mme Thenadier
The witch (have you seen my nectarines <snort>)
Bakers wife
Mrs Lovett

More I'm sure!

Meant to add that I saw Cats when I was in Hamburg many moons ago. I don't speak German and I's have a gallon of wine. I snored.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:01:18

But there IS going to be a revival of Saigon! They are casting for it right now!

And it's not "Her Or Me" anymore, not since they changed it as they thought that Ellen was too combative. They changed it to "Now That I've Seen Her".

I hope they do what they did over in New York where Ellen was also sometimes played by another South East Asian actress. It gave the whole show another level of meaning, like Chris went home and found himself a replacement Kim!

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:10:55

If you've never seen the Making of Miss Saigon, have a look at this clip: which is Lea's audition. You can just tell that she is special.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:11:34
SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 21:14:30

I've been really lucky and played a few of the roles I've always hankered after:

Maisie (The Boyfriend)
Miss Adelaide
Ado Annie
Erma (AG)

But still on my list:

Sally Bowles
Lois Lane
Irene Roth
Mrs Lovett
Velma Kelly

Alas time has run is running out for me for some of those sad

SorrelForbes Tue 18-Jun-13 21:16:08

I used to have a video copy of the Making of... Very interesting, especially the audition process for Kim. IIRC, Ruthie Henshall was the cast member being run over by the moving set during the tech!

Shakey1500 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:16:34

showtunes I was just going to post that! <spooky> Agree, the rest are dirge until Lea comes along though I was always a bit hmm about her mate...

Mrsrobertduvall Tue 18-Jun-13 21:23:06

Saw a Chorus Line...enjoyed it but felt it was quite dated.
And Cabaret...Will Young was ill but the understudy was amazing. I agree that Michelle do dah was not good...too restrained. I loved the whole staging of it. Dd knows the son of the director, so enjoyed seeing what he did.

She is singing "I hate men" and "you can count on me " at the moment in preparation for exam.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:25:26

Yup, Ruthie was the one that got run over by the stage. "Breathe Ruthie, breathe!"

Anyone seen Book of Mormon yet? It's really good fun in an as expected South Park kind of way. If you know your MT stuff, you can spot all the spoofs in the music.

cardibach Tue 18-Jun-13 21:34:24

Haven't read the thread, sorry, as too excited at the prospect! I have always done (amateur) Musical Theatre and currently produce shows with young people (school mainly). I like to do really big show - have done Les Mis Schools Edition, West Side Story, Sound of Music etc. I am currently trying to work out a way to produce Miss Saigon Schools Edition.
DD has an excellent musical theatre belt and recently played Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (she isn't black, but we live in a very mono-cultural area and she sounds black if you close your eyes...). Here she is singing a Jason RObert Brown song (love him) - you'll notice he has commented on her performance smile
Her dad (ex-H) has written a musical which is in the semi finals of Search for a Twitter Composer in London in July.
We went to Book of Mormon on its first Saturday night in London - fab! My face hurt from laughing.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:42:45

Welcome cardibach! I love how excited people have got about posting on here. grin

Shakey1500 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:45:00

I love Bernadette Peter's singing absolutely anything "Not a Day goes By"

OrchidFlakes Tue 18-Jun-13 21:46:25

Ooo will have to watch that link :-) I've seen Lea's audition before and she really was special - still is!

I love the idea of an SE Asian Ellen, fab dynamic.

What's Book of Mormon about?

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:52:58

The thing is though, I said before I had DD that if Bernadette ever came back to town to do a one woman show, I would sell my first born to get a ticket. Poor DD... grin

I have however seen her sing live before. I saw her at the Hey, Mr Producer! concert. She was bloody amazing.

The Book of Mormon is about two guys who get sent to Uganda to try and convert people there to Mormonism. Uganda is erm, not that receptive a place for this kind of conversion. The show is rude, dirty and nothing is off limits. But at the heart of it, it is quite an old fashioned show in many ways. It has strong numbers and tells a good story with humour.

I love the opening number and they did it for the Tony Awards last year: It reminds me of Fugue for Tinhorns from Guys and Dolls.

cardibach Tue 18-Jun-13 22:02:38

I just wrote a huge post and MN ate it angry
I loved Bernadette Peters in 'Into the Woods'.
I'm not sure I like the idea of them changing 'It's Her or Me' in Miss Saigon - surely Ellen's combativeness is the point? I hate it when Boublil and Schoenberg cave to pressure - they did the same with 'Martin Guerre'. I saw it in the previews and loved it, then they changed it because of mixed reviews (they were better than the ones for Les Mis first night though smile ). I saw it a couple of months later and it was nowhere near as good.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 22:09:59

It changed from Her Or Me to Now That I've Seen Her fairly early on. Just as they cut The Sacred Bird fairly early on and replaced it with the newer finale "Now Tam, my brave boy".

She still sings "it's her or me" at one point but it does serve the purpose in rounding out Ellen and making her more likable by not making it the crux of the song.

Did you see Martin Guerre after the previews or after the recast and the extensive rewrite? I was sad when they cut Sleeping On Our Own. And I don't even want to think about the West Yorkshire Playhouse rewrite which was just awful.

OrchidFlakes Tue 18-Jun-13 22:13:22

It's her or me sums up exactly how Ellen would feel. Hell if yell its her or me at the top of my lungs too! It's such a powerful story.

Book if Mormon sounds good! I loved Ave Q too speaking of un PC MT!

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 22:23:09

Well if you liked Avenue Q, you'll like The Book of Mormon as it's the same composer!

cardibach Tue 18-Jun-13 22:23:10

Both, showtunesgirl - well, I saw one of the previews then after the rewrite. The rewrite wasn't a patch on the original sad I agree about 'Sleeping on Our Own'.
And re: Ellen, I don't think 'It's Her or Me' makes her unlikeable at all! I like her passion and can understand how she feels.

showtunesgirl Tue 18-Jun-13 22:28:31

Re: Martin Guerre, I really preferred When Will Someone Hear to How Many Tears.

WhatNow2013 Wed 19-Jun-13 01:13:37

I'm loving this thread, I too work in theatre but not saying what I do or it will totally out me!! Lol.

Last thing I went to see was Once, at the Phoenix. Lovely show.

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 01:18:27

I wonder if we know each other WhatNow? grin

I haven't seen Once yet. I'm hoping Arthur Darvill will come back and do it here as I'm also a Doctor Who fan.

cardibach Wed 19-Jun-13 10:21:14

Me too, showtunesgirl! I love 'When will someone hear' and have sung it in concerts- it goes down very well.

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 20:18:27

Christ alive, I'm tired. I've been talking MT ALL DAY and DD was an overtired nightmare to put to bed.

BREAKING MT NEWS Tomorrow, they will be annoucing Open Calls for the new West End Production of Miss Saigon.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 19-Jun-13 20:45:29

In The Stage? I saw it years ago when I was 16 at Drury Lane.

Wonder if dh has any students suitable for that.

spudmasher Wed 19-Jun-13 21:01:04
Here you go ladies!! Might be a bit of a change from EP on Sunday!

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 19-Jun-13 21:18:47


showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 21:38:35

Ooh Ramin! <drool>

Until then there's always: Accuradio Broadway!

OrchidFlakes Wed 19-Jun-13 22:05:28

sigh if only I could audition for Miss Saigon! I watched the making if doco today - thank you for sending me the Lea link from which I found the whole thing grin

Can anyone point me toward vocal coaches/singing teachers in north London? Thinking about picking up some training as I can't commit to anything in the evenings with DS...

What's everyone's least favourite musical? I saw Porgy and Bess on Briadway last summer and hated every moment. It was dreary and blandly staged. The only redeeming feature was a beautiful rendition of Summertime the rest was over sung and painful (in my opinion, the Tony's didn't agree with me!)

OrchidFlakes Wed 19-Jun-13 22:05:45


Shakey1500 Wed 19-Jun-13 22:07:43

Ooh open auditions <channels Ellen>

SorrelForbes Wed 19-Jun-13 22:13:42

Least favourite is probably Hello Dolly or Carousel.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 19-Jun-13 22:15:25

I'm willing to bet the open auditions will be for ensemble/ethnic roles only. Ellen will be via agents I guess.

Dh knows some great vocal coaches in London (he used to teach at Mountview) but not sure if they are North London.

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 22:29:48

You never quite know with Opens. I got down to the last handful to play Maureen in Rent when I was 19 and I came through Opens.

SorrelForbes Wed 19-Jun-13 22:33:53

Oh wow Showgirls. I can only imagine how scarily amazing that must have been!!

SorrelForbes Wed 19-Jun-13 22:34:28

Oops, showtunesgirl

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 22:36:35

AND the girl in FRONT of me at the Opens got the bloody part!

morethanpotatoprints Wed 19-Jun-13 22:49:10

I am lurking but have to say what a lovely thread.
I don't "do" anymore but watch dd, she's not stage school, just local for fun.
I love musical theatre, it was always a fantasy place for me either performing or watching.
I have retired now but was a professional singer and dancer and have done many of the big shows, taken lead roles etc. Nationwide tours not WE.

No, Carousel is just the business, doesn't get much better shock. My first big show and I was one of Mr Snows children, I was 10. Hello Dolly has some lovely numbers, my favourite is Sunday Clothes. It has wonderful harmonies going on there.
Thanks for the memories.

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 22:57:58

Woo hoo! More MN MT people! grin

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 19-Jun-13 23:14:07

One of dhs students has just finished Rent (fab first job from college) but Kerry Ellis was far, far too old for Mimi. Maureen was fab - Nikki Davis-Jones looking forward to seeing her Elphaba on tour.

But I also want to see Willemijn who is coming to London (dh saw her in Holland)

Marking my place and will be back to catch up. This is just my sort of thread!! grin

showtunesgirl Wed 19-Jun-13 23:32:38

Kerry Ellis was Mimi?! confused

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 19-Jun-13 23:47:02

Yes she was. Don't get me wrong - I love her - but her Mimi was just so wrong.

SorrelForbes Thu 20-Jun-13 10:53:07

pictures sounds like you've had an amazing career. Am in awe of all you pro performers. I console myself with the thought that I've played more roles and done more shows as an Am than I would ever have had the chance to do if I'd attempted an actual career in MT. I know my limits wink

I just can't warm to Carousel or Hello Dolly. I know they both contain some absolutely classic songs but meh. Mind you, my taste can be a bit odd! See above on Les Mis etc grin

showtunesgirl Thu 20-Jun-13 11:15:57

Kerry Ellis is SO not a Mimi! Maybe a Maureen at a push!

Did anyone see this: I wonder if Maybe is replacing Now That I've Seen Her / It's Her Or Me?

Finally read through the thread and am loving it!
I'm an MT lover and have performed since I was 11, purely in an amateur capacity though. Been in masses of shows and some plays, mainly in middle ranking/supporting roles, rather than principal, but love it nonetheless. Not really done anything for about 4 years as moved house and then fell pregnant with Dd, so been a bit busy! Most of my good friends are people I met through the local theatre etc, its such a fab hobby!
Very excited about revival of miss Saigon. Going to see Wicked again (third time!) whilst its on tour up north. Saw phantom on tour last year and really enjoyed it, whereas had seen it in Manchester in the mid 90's and was a bit meh about it then, so that was a pleasant surprise. Love cabaret and saw Samantha barks and Anna Maxwell Martin in the fairly recent revival productions (tour and west end productions.)
Love sweet charity and would have loved to have seen the fairly recent run at the Menier Chocolate Factory (I think) but it wasn't to be.
Anyway, better go and make some lunch while DS is having a snooze.
Thanks for this thread! grin

SorrelForbes Thu 20-Jun-13 15:36:26

I saw the recent Mernier production of Sweet Charity web it moved into town. Tamsin Outhwaite was rather good but Josephina Gabrielle stole the show IMHO.

Shakey1500 Thu 20-Jun-13 19:24:11

I'm not keen on Kerry Ellis tbh. I was a bit shruggy about her anyway and then saw her bit on The Voice. I thought she came across a a tad arrogant, that it was a "given" that the judges would turn around. They didn't and quite rightly said that she had already "made it" having had a successful run in the West End etc.

Put me off even more.

showtunesgirl Thu 20-Jun-13 21:28:37

I have to say that Kerry Ellis whupped Idina's arse though in Chess at The Albert Hall. I was quite surprised really but Idina's voice doesn't quite have the range needed for Chess whilst Kerry's Someone Else's Story was great.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 20-Jun-13 21:34:00

She was asked to go on The Voice.

showtunesgirl Thu 20-Jun-13 21:37:04

Yes she was. I think it was to prove a point that you don't just need to be able to sing, you need something "else" to be a pop star.

KatyMac Fri 21-Jun-13 17:36:38

Would any of you nice MT ladies do me an off-line favour? (PM me if you can) it's for D of course & I may have to go out so I'm not ignoring you, honest

KatyMac Fri 21-Jun-13 17:45:54

BTW - should we ask MNHQ to move this somewhere it could be kept?

SorrelForbes Sun 23-Jun-13 04:35:04

Just got back to my hotel after seeing Pippin. I'm quite overwhelmed tbh. What an amazing, brilliant, wonderful show. Only the second time I've given a standing ovation but it so deserved it. Simply incredible.

showtunesgirl Sun 23-Jun-13 08:57:54

Ooh you saw Pippin!

I did contemplate having this moved but to what section?

KatyMac Sun 23-Jun-13 10:53:44

I wondered about Music or 'Look at this?' which was a bit tongue in cheek

KatyMac Sun 23-Jun-13 11:10:25

Or maybe Culture Vultures?

KatyMac Sun 23-Jun-13 11:11:50

Maybe we should have a Musical Theatre Topic or a Performing Arts one might be a bit of a niche market tho

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 23-Jun-13 11:33:33

Hi there

We've moved this to 'Music' now.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 23-Jun-13 12:07:48

A performing arts topic would be good.

I always think when I post in extra curricular activities at what point it stops being EXTRA curricular and becomes the main focus.

yorkshirebound Tue 25-Jun-13 23:07:19

May I join you? Just got home from seeing Book of Mormon which was hilarious. It's not merrily we roll along but it is huge fun. Anyone else seen it?

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Jun-13 23:29:25

Not yet but thinking of taking DH and the DSC.

KatyMac Wed 26-Jun-13 08:18:35

We're saving up to see Lion King.....

SorrelForbes Wed 26-Jun-13 08:47:23

Katy, I'm not ignoring your pm but have only just got back from NY. I'm going to try and read it properly later today!

KatyMac Wed 26-Jun-13 09:46:36

Poor you! you must be exhausted

Don't worry

ofcoursethisisanamechange Wed 26-Jun-13 11:36:07

yes Yorkshire- is a very funny show isn't it? have yet to hear from anyone who hasn't liked it.

yorkshirebound Wed 26-Jun-13 18:55:13

It was hilarious, if a bit close to the edge at times, the line about raping babies was, um, challenging. I did wonder if I'd done the right thing going with my mum but she loved it too. I am a sondheim fan at heart and of course it doesn't have the same kind of wit nor the same intrigue in the music, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking.

cardibach Wed 26-Jun-13 19:05:57

I've seen it - my face actually hurt from laughing by the end. I like that it is funny and irreverent and rude as hell, but it is still a proper musical with good songs and a story arc that makes sense.

SorrelForbes Tue 02-Jul-13 22:58:05

I am now obsesses with Pippin! Is there anyone in the US that could download and send me this video as it's not available over here?

showtunesgirl Tue 02-Jul-13 23:22:21

Sorry folks. I've been busy learning lines. What's going on here?

SorrelForbes Wed 03-Jul-13 08:32:23

Well, I'm currently helping out with a children's group show and listening to the Pippin soundtrack on loop

For which show are you learning lines?

showtunesgirl Wed 03-Jul-13 15:29:48

It's for an internal corporate video for a well known soft drink company.

I'm MNetting whilst at rehearsal. grin

showtunesgirl Fri 05-Jul-13 19:30:33

After a complete cock up on my behalf and managing to book tickets for the wrong date and a massive push on my behalf to get Customers Services to see sense, I have managed to get last night tickets for Merrily We Roll Along. grin

SorrelForbes Fri 05-Jul-13 19:34:33

Yey! Enjoy

thaliablogs Sun 07-Jul-13 16:21:47

Showtunesgirl: we saw it before it transferred. Absolutely awesome!

Sorrelforbes: brilliant name! One of my favourite characters. My favourite bit is where she hears the critics discussing her cousin's performance and saying her acting is better for the part.

SorrelForbes Sun 07-Jul-13 20:12:00

thaliablogs That's one of my favourite parts too! I played Aerial some time ago and I like to think that I channelled a bit of Sorrell!

My other favourite NS character is Winifred from Ballet Shoes.

KatyMac Sun 07-Jul-13 22:35:24

Watching Mamma Mia on ITV - DD has fallen asleep, even tho it's a favourite musical (she has been at a Festival doing dance workshops all weekend) & as she went to bed, she said she's love to be in the show

Earlier in the week we watched The King & I and she whispered to me during Uncle Tom's Cabin "Are they allowed to DO that" & was horribly embarrassed

showtunesgirl Mon 08-Jul-13 11:39:18

I used to do group singing lessons with original Sophie from Mamma Mia. She was a sweet girl, didn't know many people in London so our singing teacher Mary Hammond took her in for a bit.

And Run, Eliza, Run! Run from Simon! grin

SorrelForbes Mon 08-Jul-13 12:16:37

Mary Hammond is your singing teacher? envy grin. Lucky thing.

showtunesgirl Mon 08-Jul-13 13:28:20

No, not anymore. This was a while ago but I've now just started with a new teacher and Mary was her mentor so they teach in the same style.

KatyMac Mon 08-Jul-13 18:09:18

Ladies; is there anyway to get cheap(ish) tickets to see the Lion King over the summer?

DD is desperate to go (she is studying it for her arts award) and she has worked so hard this year I thought I's have a look - but at £65 a ticket, it's more than I spent on our summer holiday

showtunesgirl Mon 08-Jul-13 23:43:14

Sorry KatyMac but Lion King does sell very well during the school holidays! I think it will be very difficult to get cheaper tickets. They are even quite stingy about house seats for cast.

KatyMac Tue 09-Jul-13 07:48:58

I thought so

We are wondering about going to Liverpool to see it next August as their might be cheaper seats there

schilke Sat 13-Jul-13 22:53:11

Just back from my second viewing of Merrily. I coped better this time! I felt so sad the first time round, but enjoyed it more this time if that makes sense.
Dd1 (9) wants to go again, but I don't think there is time as only 2 weeks left.she has developed a crush on Mark Umbers! Dd2 (7) struggled a bit. She was hot and fidgety. Only took her as dh is in the band.

showtunesgirl Sun 14-Jul-13 10:48:14

There are quite a lot of deals on at the mo for Merrily. I am going again on the last night.

And isn't it sad about the Glee news? sad

SorrelForbes Sun 14-Jul-13 11:02:26

Very sad indeed.

showtunesgirl Tue 23-Jul-13 11:09:02

Anyone else singing The Circle of Life this morning and hoping that Wills holds the new baby aloft Simba stylee? grin

LadyBryan Tue 23-Jul-13 11:58:35

I'm so excited to see this thread! I adore Musical Theatre.

I do am dram in a G&S Society at the moment, having come back into it fairly late, but singing solos in the concert I'm producing in Autumn.

I saw my absolute idol in London in May - it was utterly amazing. I was a bit star struck but managed a picture and a chat and he was utterly lovely smile

My favourite film musical is Slipper and the Rose, favourite on stage is either Phantom or Miss Saigon.

My first love is G&S though.

showtunesgirl Tue 23-Jul-13 12:09:22

Who is your idol? And welcome!

LadyBryan Tue 23-Jul-13 12:30:18

He's called Tim Walton. Various West End roles, Phantom in LND.

LadyBryan Tue 23-Jul-13 12:30:43

Ooops, too soon. Thanks for the welcome!

showtunesgirl Sat 27-Jul-13 23:00:58

Just on the train home after watching the last Merrily. What an amazing show.

We were sat towards the back of the stals this time round, last time we were in the front row. It was so interesting to see it from the different perspectives.

There were many tears shed by the cast during their curtain call and much cheering for Maria Friedman who was in the Dress Circle.

The next show I'm seeing is Titanic, on at the Southwark Playhouse. On the night I'm seeing it, Maury Yeston is being interviewed after the show by Mark Shenton. I'm VERY excited!

post Sun 28-Jul-13 00:36:21

Oh, I was wondering if anyone had gone to the last night, that's what I clicked on the thread to see!
How about during the show? Any 'moments' or just in the curtain call?
I LOVED it; saw it 3 times, twice with ds(16) and dd(9) who both insisted they wanted to see it again more than seeing anything else!

KatyMac Sun 28-Jul-13 06:57:58

DD is doing Bugsy Malone next week; if ever there was a musical without a part for her...........She's no Tallulah & she'd never make a Blousey Brown sad

showtunesgirl Sun 28-Jul-13 10:33:26

post, the cast were definitely very emotional during Good Thing Going. I think it's the lyrics: going, going, gone that got them!

KatyMac, just remind your DD that a musical is made up of more than the main parts! smile

KatyMac Sun 28-Jul-13 11:17:12

She has worked out there are bound to be more girls that boys - so she can go for something good, maybe a boxer or a gangster

She doesn't want a lead - but she does want to do something plus she will be one of the oldest

SorrelForbes Sun 28-Jul-13 11:21:48

Ooh yes, there are some good roles in Fat Sam's and Dandy Dan's gangs! Or the Speakeasy dancers? It's. a lovely show, she'll have a blast (and a splurge!)

SorrelForbes Sun 28-Jul-13 11:24:15

Show. Sounds an amazing last night.

Dithering over which show to see next. Was intending to trek down to Chichester with my DM to see Barnum but the online buzz is that it's really not great. I think I'll take DH and the DSC to see Book of Mormon and DM and I can go and see down thing else, maybe a play for a change.

I want to see Pippin again sad

schilke Sun 28-Jul-13 21:26:46

Dh very sad merrily has finished. I'm secretly relieved he's going to be around in the evenings!

bluesky Sun 28-Jul-13 21:43:11

Sorrel, We really enjoyed Barnum last week, I love Chichester productions.

showtunesgirl Sun 28-Jul-13 21:47:30

Aww, I bet you're glad to get him back schilke.

And now that the news is everywhere I guess I can say that Merrily will be available as a digital download.

SorrelForbes Sun 28-Jul-13 22:11:25

Great news, I'll definitely download it.

post Tue 30-Jul-13 21:22:52

Oooh! Fab! Thank you!

KatyMac Tue 30-Jul-13 21:28:49

DD has just taken another steps towards being in Musical Theatre; she just got a place on London Studio Centre's Associate Scheme

I am so proud of her as she auditioned by DVD rather than in person & I think that is harder (of course I might be wrong)

She starts Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Singing there in September........I feel like singing "Follow the yellow brick road"

Embarrassing aren't I?

showtunesgirl Tue 30-Jul-13 23:50:32

Well done KatyMac's DD!

Is the studio still based in King's Cross? I used to go there many moons ago before the Eurostar landed there and all the unsavoury types got scattered. It used to be really dodgy round there but it's all gone posh now!

KatyMac Wed 31-Jul-13 06:56:38

Nope it's in Finchley now

Right by her aunt & uncles

Still so excited

showtunesgirl Wed 31-Jul-13 10:24:33

Aw, she'll have a great time! smile

showtunesgirl Mon 05-Aug-13 00:05:06

Just popping in to say, if you can go see Titanic at Southwark Playhouse, please do. It's a great show, great cast and sharp direction. I can highly recommend it.

I was so pleased it was good as I've been a fan of the show for many years and know the show by heart.

If you don't know the show, then do get the album as it has a great score.

KatyMac Wed 14-Aug-13 22:52:47

We are watching Thoroughly Modern Millie - DD is completely enthralled!

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