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Topic: What have you seen lately at the theatre?
Posted By: MargiABC
Subject: What have you seen lately at the theatre?
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 13:59
I saw the Australian production of Guys and Dolls today in Sydney. Always love this show. This is the second professional production I have seen (last time it was 20 years ago). Its good to see new musicals as well as the revivals of classical Broadway musicals like Guys and Dolls.

This weekend its Red Shield appeal for the Salvation Army in Australia, where volunteers door knock to raise funds for the Salvos, so at the end of the show, the actor who played Sky Masterton made an announcement that, "you all paid for a ticket to see the show this afternoon, thinking, the Salvos won't catch me at home - well you are wrong, the Salvation Army are waiting outside for your donation as you leave the theatre". I think they would have collected several thousands of dollars as most patrons were pulling out $10 or $20 notes.
He and the leading lady are also in a TV show called Sea Patrol. He also made a plug for the TV show, saying "if you want to catch Lisa and me again, watch Sea patrol, Monday nights on channel 9".

For those who like Kath and Kim, Magda Subanzski who plays Sharon in the series was also in Guys and Dolls. She did a bit of cross dressing and played Big Jule, male gangster.




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Posted By: Laura
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 14:38
Sounds great, Sharon's brilliant...

I went to see "Can Any Mother Help Me?" this week at Warwick Arts Centre.

It's based on a book about the Cooperative Correspondence Club, started in the 30s. A woman wrote to a mother&baby mag complaining of loneliness. This led to a group of women across the country circulating a collection of letters on a regular basis - sharing their lives, secrets, pleasures and troubles.

It was an interesting - pretty physical - production, with live music as part of the play. It's very emotionally charged but with some lighter funny moments.


Posted By: Jonnyboy
Date Posted: 26 May 2009 at 09:09
I saw Hairspray 2 weekends ago, bloody amazing. Badly wanted to see it whilst Michael Ball was still in the show an it was very worth it

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Oct 2009 at 15:09
I just came home from an Andre Rieu concert. What a showman. He didn't have his castle backdrop that he brought to Australia last year, but it didn't matter to me. The actual program didn't look very long with the first half finishing after 1 hour. The second part was jam packed as he puts in additional pieces of music such as pieces that relates to the country he is visiting. His orchestra and the singers - he has 3 tenors and 3 sopranos who do operatic as well as modern pieces were fantastic. They did the theme from Neighbours, Waltzing Matilda and what a way to get a standing ovation - he played our national athem as the second last piece - Advance Australia Fair. He acted like the show was over and did several encores, then he brought out the most famous Australian 'woman' as a surprise guest for the last segment...................................



(Spoiler in case any Aussie are reading this and are going to his concert)






Dame Edna who sang "I Still Call Australia Home" and did her own little act - it was like seeing 2 shows in one.


Posted By: Jonnyboy
Date Posted: 15 Oct 2009 at 15:21
goig to see John Barrownman in La Cage in a few weeks. 

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 18 Oct 2009 at 14:19
I have tickets to see the stage production of Mama Mia in 3 weeks and Wicked before Christmas. Looking forward to them both.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 07 Nov 2009 at 09:18
I saw Mama Mia today. Fantastic. I liked it better than the movie - it wasn't so drawn out. People in the audience got up and danced at the end. It was so much fun.


Posted By: Force Ten
Date Posted: 07 Nov 2009 at 11:15
Originally posted by Jonnyboy

goig to see John Barrownman in La Cage in a few weeks. 
So am I - on November 17th.  Can't wait!nod


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2009 at 07:24
I finally got to see Wicked today. A great show. Love the green complexion.


Posted By: PintOfPartridge
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2010 at 12:42
I go to the theatre a lot so I've saw quite a few recently. Wicked & The Lion King in the West End were amazing! Equally, I saw Hot Flush recently with Sam Kane & it was the funniest performance I've ever watched. Unfortunately, Sam isn't in it anymore; his character is replaced by an actor called Matt Slack, but I'm sure he brilliant as well. I saw West Side Story for the first time, and also classical performances such as Measure for Measure by Shakespeare. Technically though, the last performance I watched was one I was in myself LOL
I'm amazed to have the opportunity to perform in the West End in August too. Only for one night but still, it will be a fantastic experience.


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Posted By: Alex
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2010 at 12:45
Originally posted by PintOfPartridge


I'm amazed to have the opportunity to perform in the West End in August too. Only for one night but still, it will be a fantastic experience.


Oooer! Tell us more!

I need to say hello and welcome to The Blue Room. Wave

I saw your earlier post re EEnders but I haven't a clue about the programme, storyline sounds interesting though!


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Posted By: PintOfPartridge
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2010 at 17:31
Well, I've been auditioning a lot lately and I auditioned for the lead in the West End revival of The Wizard Of Oz. I was unfortunate in that attempt but got told about a company that helps performers get to the west end and perform for one night only. Casting agents/directors will be in the audience so it's aimed to try and kick-start people's career. 

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Love the JP!


Posted By: Jonnyboy
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2010 at 18:03
went to see Blood Brothers last week, getting a bit tired now, and Mel C wasnt all that. Going to see Wicked as well soon. 

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Posted By: Fairy_Tale_Rocker
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2010 at 19:26
I went to see We Will Rock You last month for the second time with my family. Loved it! I think we also found at least one musical my brother liked.


Posted By: Alex
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2010 at 12:46
Got tix for Dirty Dancing

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Posted By: Jonnyboy
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2010 at 13:40
Being taken to see Wicked by the Fox Glee crew ace times!

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 02 May 2010 at 16:03
My niece has seen Wicked 3 times now, twice in Sydney and once in London when she was on her school excursion recently. I think she likes this musical a lot!!!

In the Sydney production, the current actress who plays the sister in the wheelchair, is a friend of the boy who played my niece's father, Emile de Becque, in their school prodcution in South Pacific 5 years ago, hence one of the reasons she really likes this show.

She also saw Chicago whe she was on her extended stay in London due to the volcano. She enjoyed that to.


Posted By: Laura
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 10:59
*NEED* to see Wicked!

Okay, recently I've seen "comedy of Errors" at Manchester's beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre. It was excellent, a real comic romp at only an hour and a half with no interval. Fast-paced, excellent ensemble cast and well worth going tos ee. Especially as we got tickets via a twitter offer of £5 :)

And then when I was in New York in March I saw " A View from the Bridge" on Broadway (love saying that!). Really superb lead performance from Liev Schreiber. Scarlett Johansson was his niece he started to fall for in a very dangerous way. Great play by Arthur Miller. Johansson was okay but it didn't feel convincing, her autn, Schreiber's wife, was very very good though.

One thing that struck me was the standing ovations it got. I mean it was good, but not that amazing. So I wondered if maybe that's just a Broadway/American thing. I found it quite uncomfrotable. I'm so British

coming up I'm hoping to get down to Stratford for at least 2 of the 3 new season: King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra (will be studying both of these in the future) and romeo & Juliet.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 31 May 2010 at 15:53
I revisited Cats on Saturday. I first saw it in the mid 1980s. Loved it both times. The whole production was superb.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 26 July 2010 at 15:51
I saw West Side Story yesterday. Its the first time I have seen it as a live production. I saw the movie with Natalie Woods years ago, but the live production was fantastic.


Posted By: James
Date Posted: 26 July 2010 at 20:18
This has put me in the mood for going to the theatre again. The last time I went was in January to see the Chinese State Circus, which was breathtaking. It was only in the King's though; I'd love to see them do a full-scale show in a bigger venue. In the meantime I'll have to check to see what's on around here.

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Posted By: Ollie
Date Posted: 27 July 2010 at 20:03
i went to the opening night of peter kay when he was at manchester, late april i think. does that count lol


Posted By: James
Date Posted: 27 July 2010 at 22:30
Why yes, yes it does. If it was in a theatre then it counts. My bezzie wants to go too so we'll have to get something arranged quite soon.

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Posted By: Catwoman
Date Posted: 28 July 2010 at 17:53
HAIRSPRAY!!!! Last week it was amazing Michael Ball was hilarious.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2010 at 05:01
I saw Mary Poppins last week. It was fantastic. I only saw it because I was flying to Melbourne for a week's holiday and booked tickets to see it as it is playing down there. I don't know when it will come to Sydney.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 28 Nov 2010 at 13:43
A big weekend for me this weekend. I saw the NSW School's Spectacular yesterday with over 3500 students involved on and off stage.
Today I saw Fame. It was interesting, but I did have a couple of microsleeps in it. Just too tired.


Posted By: johnbrown
Date Posted: 29 Nov 2010 at 12:12
I am going to watch mama mia and Can Any Mother Help Me? next weekend 

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Posted By: Thess
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2010 at 00:40
Went to see 'Lennon' at Liverpool ROyal Court a few weeks ago. Saw it twice when it was first staged during the 80's. Once with Paul Schofield then again with MArk McGann. Schofield was performing in the lead role this time but he was ill the night we went, so the writer, Bob Eaton, stood in. 

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 03 Jan 2011 at 00:22
I saw Jersey Boys yesterday. Wow was it fantastic.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 20:02
Originally posted by Catwoman

HAIRSPRAY!!!! Last week it was amazing Michael Ball was hilarious.
OH , i'm going to see Hairspray, and i hope he's not in it!!!
I'm not homophobic in any way (doesn't bother me what he is) but i just can't stand the man!!
just far to lovey dovey for me.
|Was hoping it would be the other man' Brian Conley , actor from london.
Really like him,
as for the rest of the cast, don't mind who's in it, last i heard Mickey Dolenz was in it too??
 


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 05:32
Mickey Dolenz as in the 'The Monkees' Deborah?


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2011 at 20:48
Yep Mickey Dolenz 'Monkey's
forgot i posted this!!
 
Think he lived in England for about 10 years at some point after the Monkey's.
Infact could still be here.
 
Going next week.


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Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 10 Feb 2011 at 21:30
Hairspray was very good, Mickey Dolenz, and Michael Starke (heard he was from Brookside- don't watch Soaps, so no idea) both very good
Had a 'corpsing' moment, where neither could stop laughing in a tight clinch, on their loved up number, very funny.
Black singers, and dancers were the best imo.
The lady who played Pearl (i think was her name ) the 'mother type ' characters of the black dancers, - Great voice.
Tracy Turnblad's freind who falls for Seaweed good too.
 
Very enjoyable night, and not bad for £40.00 each per ticket (took our teenage daughter too)- didn't take my 10 year old son, as he wasn't interested when i booked, more a teens, or chick play i think.
 
The nasty white mother and daughter characters very well played, perfect castings.
 
aLL IN All, great night, glad it came up here from London.


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: SkatingSam22
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2011 at 21:07
Phantom of the Opera -- I adore it, and I have the film .. a very good night, fantastic acting and loved being able to join in with all the singing!! :)


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2011 at 11:17
I went to a Chinese acrobatic show today based on the story of Mulan. The strength and agility of the acrobats was incredible. I took my niece and she was like "whoa" and "ooh" as each feat seemed more difficult than the previous one.


Posted By: Catwoman
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2011 at 09:17
I am going to be seeing Ghost and Mamma Mia in May. 
Joseph in August and I am seeing Dirty Dancing in December so excited Bounce


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Posted By: SkatingSam22
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2011 at 18:12
Mamma Mia is amazing .. I've seen it twice now; once in London and once in Manchester .. blew me away!

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2011 at 03:09
Casting agents/directors will be in the audience so it's aimed to try and kick-start people's career.   Angel 

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Posted By: Catwoman
Date Posted: 04 May 2011 at 13:26
I am off to see Ghost tonight I am so excited and I have good seats as well woop woop

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 May 2011 at 15:57
Catwoman, is Ghost done as a drama as in the movie or musical?


Posted By: Catwoman
Date Posted: 05 May 2011 at 11:41
Margi it was done as a musical, it was amazing the special effects the songs and the acting.  I loved it.  Shame there weren't a CD as I would of bought it although they are making a CD when they go to London.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 14 May 2011 at 02:38
I hope Ghost will come to Australia. I will be looking forward to seeing it when it does.

I saw Andre Rieu and his orchestra last night. I did see him 18 months ago and his special guest then was Dame Edna.

This time his special guests were the original Seekers. They had not played together for over 7 years, but they reunited to tour with Andre. They must all be in their seventies now or close to it. They sang The Carnival is Over, Georgie Girl, I am Australian and their voices, particularly Judith Durham still sounded the same.

Andre and his orchestra were fantastic too.



Posted By: Alex
Date Posted: 18 May 2011 at 16:42
Can't believe I'm typing this but most.inappropriate.birthday.present.(for me) ever

Kenwood (very nice, been loads of times)

picnic (again, I've had them before from carrluccios and there is loads of food to pick at)

to see...


oh I can barely type this



Liza Minnelli Cry OH THE SHAME!

I DO want to see War Horse though

Actually, I realise now that i only go to the theatre when someone else is paying Whistle






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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 07 July 2011 at 15:44
I saw Hairspray yesterday. Very funny, loved the way the background sets were done for the Aussie version (not sure how they were done for the other versions around the world)- all virual projected sets done in a cartoon-like style. Great singing too.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 13 July 2011 at 15:52
I saw Mary Poppins again, this time in Sydney (last time in Melbourne). Same cast, and just as good as the first time.


Posted By: Jonnyboy
Date Posted: 13 July 2011 at 16:40
Saw Pracilla and Legally Blonde recently, bot brilliant... off to see Pracilla again in a few weeks 

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2012 at 15:47
I saw A Chorus Line last night. It had been in Sydney many years ago, but this is the first production I have seen. It was enjoyable and a little sad. The performance was dedicated to Marvin Hamlish who wrote the score. He passed away on Tuesday.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Dec 2012 at 10:09
I went to the Dr Who symphonic concert at the Sydney Opera House today. Its out here for a short season, using an Australian orchestra and choir. They had Daleks, the vampire women, the Ood, the Silence, Cybermen, the ones that look like a rhino and the Silurians making stage appearances at appropriate moments. The angels did not make an appearance. A former colleague of mine was in the choir and my niece's violin teacher was in the orchestra. Alex Kingston who plays River song and Mark Williams who plays Rory's dad are out here as hosts of the show.

One of the best pieces of music was played to a montage of footage showing the regeneration of every doctor.

They did a similar season in Melbourne earlier this year and I believe the actor who played Rory was one of the hosts.

Quite a few people dressed up. There were a lot of men dressed in tweed jackets and bow ties.


Posted By: James
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 12:57
I went to see The Woman In Black a couple of weeks ago. Quite a few people, including Alex, had told me how good it was. I'd read the book and seen the film so I was quite excited about it. What a letdown. It felt more like a bad rehearsal than an apparently genuinely creepy story, both actors were as hammy as it gets and the older man who played a few characters was rotten at the various accents he attempted.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 15:53
I saw Legally Blonde the musical on Wednesday. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best musical I have seen. My niece raced out to the stage door after the show to get autographs and photos and she wasn't disappointed. The actress who played Elle had a lot of stamina considering she is on stage 95% of the time


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2013 at 05:38
I forgot to mention that we had centre front row seats, right behind the musical director. I had no idea where my seat would be as an acquaintance of ours always does a group / party booking and we just pay her and she gives us the tickets. It was a nice surprise as I have never sat in the front row of any theatre before. We could see her musical score and her conduction of the orchestra. We could see right into the orchestra pit.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2013 at 16:40
I saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang last night. Good seats again, but not that close to the front again this time. The car prop was well done. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as I thought the movie was too drawn out. As a musical on the stage, I thought it was brilliant. The 2 actors who played the Vulgarian spies hammed it up a lot and their jokes went straight over most of the children in the audience. Its the second show I have seen with very cute dogs on the stage.
Two shows in 2 weeks is being really extravagant for me.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2013 at 21:03
I have just booked to see Evita (July) and Jersey Nights (May)
a couple of weeks ago, i went to see Brendan Cole in his show- really enjoyed it.
In April we are all going to see Starlight Express (taking the kids!! Son not thrilled, doesn't really like the theatre/anything not sporty!- trying to broaden his horizons!!)
I'm trying to make an effort this year, and  to see shows touring usually from London to here ( Norwich ) and elsewhere over the UK.
Not much comes here, so when it does it is worth going, usually half the price of say the London Theatres, or Manchester, plus saves the cost of travel and hotel in say London or Manchester..
I've got tickets for my mother-in-law, and sister-in-law too as birthday gifts (Evita)as she /they mentioned last time they would really like to go and see one of the musicals (so a surprise, hope it goes down well now!!)
 


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2013 at 06:58
I saw Starlight Express over 25 years ago 1 & 1/2 times. Most of the cast was brought over from overseas. The first 1/2 time, when we had fantastic seats, was in a marquis at Moore Park. Umfortunately the show was aborted due to heavy rain that was coming down the centre pole and wetting the roller skating surface, making it dangerous for the performers to roller skate. The promoters gave us new tickets for another performance but they were bad seats.

We have tickets to see the stage performance of Driving Miss.Daisy with Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. We are going in a couple of weeks. They are doing a short season in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. I am not sure if they go to other capital cities. To top it off a friend of mine won 2 tickets for an afternoon with Angela Lansbury and Bill Collins (legendary film buff and presenter in Australia) and she asked me to go with her. Of course I said I would go. I think Bill Collins still presents movies for Foxtel. When I was training to be a teacher he was my lecturer for 1 semester for a course called Audio Visual Technology (pre computers) which included how to write on a chalk board without sloping down to the right, how to thread and rewind a 16mm projector, how to use a spirit stencil machine and use an overhead projector and write neatly on overhead transparencies. We also had to learn how to use a video camera (this is several years before you could buy a home video camera - we thought it was wonderful technology at the time)to create videos. The camera and video tape came in a case the size of a medium suitcase. My friends and I had to create a 5 minute edited video on any topic. We never got to edit it, but there lots of expletives every time we made a mistake.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2013 at 20:31
I've seen Starlight Express too , in London, about 25- 30 years ago too!- altho it never rained, as in an indoor theatre of course.
Will be interesting to see how they do it in Norwich - small theatre.
 
We have just bought a video player on e-bay, to play all our own films on , from those first big video recorder we had about 15 years ago, in such a short time, we are recording digitally- how technology has moved on.  When I first worked at Westpac in Sydney, about 18 years ago, our 'mobile phone' was like a brick!!!.  We also have a ton of Disney videos now to get thru again too!!
Reminiscing too, we are trying to get our old stereo working, my kids have never seen vinyls played, sadly i left all mine overseas in Canada, as our moving container wasn't big enough, so left tons of other stuff too, but why my LP's ??? must of had a brain fart, as we say now!!. LOL , should of just put them in the car i shipped!, can't believe i just gave them away!! (all originals from my older sister's mostly from the 60' and 70's, Elvis, Cliff etc .. too, and my LP's from the 70's and 80's!)


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 14:34
My niece loves old LPs on vinyl. In the last 5 years record players have made a comeback. My sister bought one that looks like on an old fashioned one, but it also play CDs and tapes as well as copies onto CD. My niece's grandmother bought her a basic one to use in her room in her residential college at uni. My niece also presents a 30 minute segment she calls the "Vinyl half hour" on the uni radio station once a week. She likes to play music from quirky bands that first recorded on vinyl.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2013 at 14:50
The afternoon with Angela Lansbury was great. The theatre was full and it was being recorded to be shown on Foxtel later this month. Bill Collins interviewed her on her movie career, her costars, her stage career and Murder She Wrote. Angela also spoke about her current role as Miss Daisy and working with Janes Earl Jones who has played the role of the chauffeur in the West End and Broadway. Angela has only played Miss Daisy in the Australian production. The play is also going to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth so the cast will be in Australia for a few months. The Sydney season runs the entire month of March.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2013 at 11:33
Driving Miss Daisy was brilliant. Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones were fantastic. It was a privilege to be in the audience to see 2 legendary actors in this play. Angela Lansbury is actually 87, but she plays Miss Daisy from the ages of 72 to her 90s. Incidently, Angela Lansbury still drives, unlike Miss Daisy who is an insurance risk in the play.
James Earl Jones is also in his 80s, and as his character ages his movement changes to suit the age. I just love hearing his voice.
I should also mention that Boyd Gaines who plays Miss Daisy's sone was also good in his role. It was also very humbling to see the actors move some of the props around in scene changes rather than someome come out to do that and spoil the flow. Larger props were moved mechanically.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 12 May 2013 at 15:14
New Jersey Nights was fantastic, best show i've seen this year.
Most of the audience I think were teenagers in the  early 60's  (when i was born) ! We were on the 3rd row so very close to the singers and dancers.
All the Franki Valli  and 4 Seasons songs from the 60's, plus a couple of Ronnettes, and Doo-wop numbers by the girls (Phil Spector, wall of sound stuff)
I grew up on them and Elvis and Cliff Richard etc... having sisters 17 and 15 years older than I was, so really enjoyed it, but funny/strange  a bit sad too, as took me back in time (parents and 1 sister no longer of this world)so first time I've had a happy great evening that was a bit tearful!!! Still love all the songs tho
We may of been the youngest in the audience!!- but eveyone up dancing by the end!


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 28 May 2013 at 15:05
I saw War Horse this evening. Brilliant and powerful. After a while I dudn't notice the puppeteers in the horses. Unfortunately the theatre wasn't even half full. We were meant to be in row Q, but the usher upgraded us to row K to fill up the front of the theatre. We moved back to row Q at intermission as we couldn't see the stage through the taller heads in front of us. In fact people just moved to an empty seat that gave them a better view. Maybe it was a Tuesday night. I hope they bigger audiences for the rest of the shows.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 27 July 2013 at 13:20
I saw "Hot Shoe Shuffle" on Wednesday night. A tap dancing extravaganza. This show was conceived in Australia 21 years ago by dancer / choreographer David Atkins. The current Australian season is its 21st anniversary tour. It played in the West End some years ago with an all Australian cast. Its set around the 1930s with a big band and music from that era.
We had front row seats and the group we went with organised a 15 minute chat with some of the performers at the end of the performance, which was great.



Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 28 July 2013 at 18:02
I just saw Evita on Friday (which was actually 61 years to the date of her death!!)
We were sat 2nd row from the front in the middle, so again the orchestra was in view.
 
Marti Pellow (Wet wet wet- I last saw in Sydney about 18 years ago, in WetX3) was Che, the other's were unknowns (to me) but all great singers
It's not the usual type of musical i go to, usually go to upbeat happy ones, not of this genre which i describe now as an Argentinian sort of Les Miserable!!!
 
I thought Marti 's voice wasn't as good as it used to be, but then he's alot older now, and been thru alot hasn't he? He was still good tho imo.
 
HOw on earth is Angela Lansbury still going??? (just been reading some of the above posts!!)


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 29 July 2013 at 00:13
Angela still is. I think she has gone home now as she was touring 5 capitol cities for a month each for Driving Miss Daisy which started in February. She is related to Malcolm Turnbull, the Aussie politician.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2014 at 02:51
I saw The Lion King a couple of weeks ago. I saw it 10 yeasrs sgo in the same theatre. They staged the entry of the animals differently from the first time we saw it. They walked up from the back of the theatre to the stage so we could get a close up view of them as they walked past.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2014 at 22:16
Wow Margi, you see a lot of stuff!!!
I was going to buy a ticket for a friend last year, but here they were £75 each!!! (lion king)
 
I'm going on Monday to see 'Happy Days'- ie the Fonz show
I think there are a few 'names' in it, Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz, and a couple of others,
Heidi some-one?? not sure will have to re-check
 
Going with my Aqua ladies!!!!
 
I have booked (for the family) Singing in the Rain in June,
and also Vincent and Flavia's show late June (surprise for hubby, as he likes Flavs!)
later that month.
 
My mother-in-law told me recently she loves Pantomines, and I always thought she wasn't bothered, so maybe will book one this year for us all (for Xmas pressies, see what's coming on here)


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Posted By: thengp12
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2014 at 19:36
I saw Starlight Express about 18 months ago at Cliffs-Pavilion with my Nan, Mum, Dad, My sister and I we had 3D glasses for things that would normally be done live in the rink style arena. I thoroughly loved it as it was my first time to a musical obviously i have watched loads of film adaptations.
But my other Nan on my mums side is getting me Vincent and Flavias Midnight Tango DVD I can not wait as the Argentine Tango is my fave dance of them all

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2014 at 15:29
Strictly Ballroom the musical debuted in Sydney last week. We just saw it this evening. It was great fun with lots of audience participation. Baz Luhrmann has created another masterpiece and of course had the red curtain (as in his movies in the beginning). Catherine Martin designed the costumes and sets and they were brilliant. The ballroom gowns were based on the styles in the 1980s -lots of fullness and feathers on the hems. Its very Australian orientated in its humour, language and colloquialisms (a bit like "Priscilla QOTD") and does follow the movie story line. Lot has several songs especially written for it, but "Love is in the Air" is still part of it.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2014 at 11:33
Originally posted by deborah31

Wow Margi, you see a lot of stuff!!!
I was going to buy a ticket for a friend last year, but here they were £75 each!!! (lion king)



My sister has a friend (her son went to school with my niece) who with her family loves to see musical theatre and she is always arranging at least one group booking for 20 -30 people for every new production that's on (or at least the ones she is interested in). She emails anyone who has been on one of her group bookings before and first in best dressed. That's why we do see a lot of shows.
The tickets in a group booking are usually 40 to 50% off the standard prices and we always get good seats. I think I only paid A$65 for the Lion King which equates to approximately £36.

I saw Singing in the Rain in 2001 in Sydney. It starred Todd McKenny - he is a judge in the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars and he was in Strictly Ballroom the movie. I was amazed about the rain on stage.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2014 at 13:05
I saw the broadcast of Monty Python Live (Mostly) this evening at my local cinema. I putting it here as it was a stage production and it was the only way I would have been able to see it. I thought the cinema would gave been fuller. The die hard Monty Python fans were having a great time, but there were some who didn't seem to get it. The man next yo me, in his 60s told his friends he was going to see Monty Python and his friends said "who are they?".


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2015 at 06:07
I saw Matilda a few weeks ago. I thought it was a great show. Mys older sister wasn't really sold on it though.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 06 May 2016 at 03:38
I finally saw Ghost the musical a couple of weeks ago. I saw a post on it here 2-3 years ago and it got my interest going. Good effects.

We've got tickets to see Singing in the Rain for July, Aladdin and My Fair Lady in October. I have seen My Fair Lady before, but this version is going to be as close to the original Broadway production that starred Julie Andrews. To make sure it is, Julie Andrews is directing this production.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 08 May 2016 at 22:04
haven't seen Ghost, tonight just seen Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, I thought I had booked the Buddy Holly show!!- a bit different. Good musiciaNS tho, my son i'd say was the youngest in the audience average age by 50 years!! they both got thru it, altho daughter had a double vodka at the interval!!! - she only knew one song!! I have also booked The Commitments in December in Norwich.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2016 at 07:15
I went to see a Conversation with Julie Andrews the other day as a lead up to My Fair Lady. She has been in Australia for almost 3 months and at 80 years of age looks fantastic. Her daughter was also part of it, talking about the books they have written together. It started off with a look at her movies and her life, including that she was the youngest performer to have performed at the Royal Command Performance as a child. It mostly focussed on My Fair Lady.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 06 Oct 2016 at 13:44
My Fair Lady and Aladdin were fantastic.
Aladdin - glitz, glamour and all the quick costume changes. The performer who played the genie stole the show, and he was the understudy, or as in the program the alternate for the genie as well as 2 other characters.

Alex Jennings played Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady. He's the actor who played opposite Dame Maggie Smith in 'The Woman in the Van'.
The costumes were extravagant, especially in the Royal Ascot scene. Julie Andrews did a wonderful job as director, working with associates of the musical's original designers, Cecil Beaton and Oliver Smith. Her interpretation to the original Broadway production was great as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the production.

I also saw Singing in the Rain a few months ago, based on the UK production. I had seen Singing in the Rain several years ago, way before the UK or Broadway productions.
A bit of bad luck for the actors who played the lead Don Lockwood. The main actor, Adam Garcia tore his calf muscle towards the end of the Melbourne season of the show and never performed in the Sydney season. He apparently left the role altogether as the injury was worse than he thought, and the show would be on in other Australian capitol cities after the Sydney run finished several weeks ago. There were 2 other alternate actors for the role. One of those also injured himself. The remaining one did a great job and he had played the role in South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand.



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