|Unbranded||Blood Brothers Phoenix Theatre - London||Blood brother is an exciting, intersting and Extremely sad.|
The basic tale is that of twin brothers and their mother who is forced through poverty to give away one of the sons. We see the growth of the boys and how their paths cross, all the time shrouded in superstition and fear. From the moment she gives up Edward, Mrs Johnstone regrets it but realises, too late, that she has sealed an undesirable fate for the boys when she is told:
`You do know what they say about twins, separated at birth? They say that if either twin ever learns he was once one of a pair they shall both immediately die.` As time passes by the boys meet each other and call them self blood brothers but they dont know that they are blood brothers for real.
In opposition to this cast of sympathetic characters stands the Narrator, a dark figure with harsh words that echo over and over the bad decision the boys` mother made. Some of the most dramatic pieces belong to the Narrator, a shadowy bogeyman or devil who stands on the outskirts stepping into view as the bearer of bad news time and again.
These themes are made powerful by a wonderful soundtrack, score and lyrics also by Willy Russell. The words alone are quite flat and it`s only with the music that the story will really begin to come to life. There are several versions of the soundtrack publicly available and I`d recommend reading the text in conjunction with one of the recordings (my own preference is for the 1988 cast version). The tunes reappear and give non textual clues to the atmosphere and what is coming next. The brothers go through bad Experiences throw out the story and then later on one of them find happiness and one of them DONT , who will it be Mickey or Edward?
|NEDA DJ||17/11/2006 17:37:23|
|Unbranded||Dancing in the Streets Cambridge Theatre - London||All i can say is that if you like Mowtown, you will love Dancing in the Streets. Although, be prepared for your feet to want to move on their own..... The performers were FANTASTIC, song choices great, and a thoroughly enjoyable night. I will definately go back.||Lorraine||10/04/2006 15:01:29|
|Unbranded||Sinatra at the London Palladium London Palladium - London||Dazzling, spectacular and superb entertainment. The concept of using all the latest multi nedia technology in this production has more than paid off. The show proceeds with seamless continuity. Sinatra portrayed on a variety of moving screens and singing to a live 24 piece orchestra take you into the atmosphere of `the reaL thing`. Throughout the show, a troupe of dancers seem to draw you into a `reality` feeling of the show. The restoration of film including footage seen for the first time has been brilliantly restored..Presented as a glitzy, slick and nostalgic look at the life of Sinatra, this is an evening most people will remember for some time. The evidence of delight came at the end, when the audience gave a standing ovation to a memory. .......... ||David Turner (London 10/3/06||13/03/2006 10:02:36|
|Unbranded||Sinatra at the London Palladium London Palladium - London||we went on the first night of the preview , last night, February 17th. It was wonderful & if you grew up in the 50`s & 60`s , I could thoroughly recommend it. You felt as if he was singing just to you. The band was a real `Big` band & a joy to listen to. ||Golden Oldies from||21/02/2006 12:38:37|
|Unbranded||Discovering London tickets - Evan Evans Tours - London|| Evan Evans are very unprofessional. We booked a full day sightseeing trip of London number 67. We got picked up 15 minutes late and transferred to Victoria coach park and put onto another coach. The guide Cozette detailed the day`s events, which sounded different to the tour I had booked. During our first stop I asked her about this and she brushed me off, seemingly unwilling to discuss this. During the second stop she told me we had been transferred to a tour 4, and said it was a more expensive tour and it was worth our while. I informed her I did not want a tour 4 because it included a river cruise and I didn`t want that. She told me to take it up with the office at lunchtime and that her time was too busy with other customers` needs. Her manner was very inappropriate and dismissive, especially with other guests whom she ushered off the coach and refused to let back on to discuss other problems. If they were to say to me, have a free trip of your choice, I would refuse. Nothing could make me travel with this firm. ||Christopher Graham||27/08/2008 17:45:14|
|Unbranded||Mary Poppins Prince Edward Theatre - London||As a child I grew up on watching the magical film Mary Poppins, singing along to all the song and knowing the script word for word. It was therefore the ideal the birthday present for my mother. My sister, mother and I all went to London yesterday (Saturday 12th August 2006) with tickets in hand to watch the highly rated west show of Mary Poppins.|
I can honestly say I have never been so disappointed by a west end show and walked away feeling completely unsatisfied. Why was it decided to cut vital scenes and replace them with others? Why did they not tidy the nursery? Why were vital lines such as `I know that Silhouette anywhere!` rushed and therefore lost? Why were the songs `Vote for women` and `Stay awake` cut? Development and changes to characters personalities did not work at all. When did Mrs Banks become so weak and feeble? Why was Bert only a narrator and not a full character? And most of all why was Mary Poppins portrayed as being so harsh and firm?
Aside from the story line being ruin, the choreography was minimal and sloppy which could only pass as GCSE drama standards.
I would not recommend anyone to pay £60 to watch this show and would advise you spent you money more wisely on another production in the west end.
|Theatre goer||17/08/2006 21:02:32|
|Unbranded||Smaller Lyric Theatre - London||This was the worst play that I have ever seen. Don`t waste your money. ||Absolutely terrible||05/06/2006 12:07:05|
|Unbranded||Sinatra at the London Palladium London Palladium - London||Be warned, if you`ve got seats towards the rear of the stalls then you will find Sinatra`s head is often obscured by the Dress Circle Balcony. For a large part of the show it might as well have been Frank Spencer on screen for what I could see. These weren`t the `cheap seats` these were £40+ seats.|
Really Useful Theatre`s response has been `In our opinion the seats you occupied are appropriate to the ticket price paid and does not warrant a restricted view classification`
|Mr Angry from Pudsey||10/04/2006 15:27:27|