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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

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

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