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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:42 am

ImageA review of the week past’s Belfast gig linked to below - nothing new critique-wise but Damien Murray of the Belfast Times does indicate a possible overhaul of the show: “I am led to believe that on-going changes are being made to improve on its weak points”. Of course after this week’s Wycombe gig Son of a Preacher Man is going on hiatus til mid-January and with two new lead performers coming on-board next year - it seems likely Ian Reddington is staying on - there would logically have to be some rehearsal planned for the show’s downtime and so the ‘breaking in” of a revised script would be entirely feasible.
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Re: Musical

Postby thc@c » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:54 pm

Re the above review - I think this was a very fair critique of the show which my wife and I attended with a couple of friends in our beautiful Grand Opera House. The review roughly mirrors my own views. I felt the story and dialogue were not the greatest but the performers were talented, enthusiastic and energetic. Miss Vickers was particularly strong vocally and showed a good balance of comic timing and pathos where needed. I'm sure this show will improve with some tightening up. Obviously, we loved all the music which I thought fitted well and was nicely played in the main by the young musicians on the stage. They got a standing ovation from the Belfast audience! I enjoyed it!
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:58 pm

More or less what we thought of it in Birmingham Henry.

Will catch up with you one day at Todber!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:06 am

ImageThank you for your feedback Henry - I believe you're the last board member who's planned to see the show. I do hope the show does get some degree of buffing up before the 2018 dates: not sure if a West End tenure is feasible but with some stronger notices there's at least hope of some future "provincial" engagements. And it's great that besides Diana Vickers other cast members have earned good notices specifically the three understudies who've gone on in the leading roles and also Ellie-Jane Goddard for whom Son of a Preacher Man is only her second acting job and first tour since graduating drama school earlier this year.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:32 pm

ImageThe final day of the 2017 leg of the Son of a Preacher Man tour is upon us - and altho the official site now indicates that Ian Reddington is done as Simon no recast is indicated despite the new female leads for the 2018 leg of the tour having been announced as long ago as October 4. Since Ian's role was oft cited by the critics as underusing him it's possible Craig RH & co have elected to proceed with just the two female leads played by "names" with the role of Simon defaulting to Gary Mitchinson who understudied Ian for the 2017 gigs: Gary covered for Ian at least twice at the Regent in Stoke, and - perhaps significantly - at Wycombe Swan this week Gary played Simon at both the matinee and evening performances on Wednesday and has been announced as again playing the role at both performances on this, the final day.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:20 pm

ImageWell a Christmas gift you probably don't especially want - the name of the actor taking over from Ian Reddington as Simon is Nigel Richards, and he's apparently not being touted as a "name" star with the home page of the musical's site now showing Alice Barlow and Debra Stephenson as the stars - Michelle Gayle will take over from Debra in March.

Richards will be a somewhat younger Simon being 51 or 52 and altho not a "star" in the sense of having appeared to a significant degree on British television he has over the past thirty years amassed an impressive theatrical CV featuring a number of West End appearances: he also appeared in the Tom Waits musical The Black Rider during a 2004 San Francisco run fronted by Marianne Faithfull - whose role Richards covered at matinées! (If interested in the details click here: http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/art ... 722584.php)

A classically trained baritone Richards will with the SOAPM musical be making a rare foray into lighter stage musical fare - perhaps for the first time since co-starring in a student production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Guildhall in 1988.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:15 pm

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Hopefully the above link works, they're only just running auditions for dancers for the new musical. I can't help noticing that they need female dancers to be 5'8 or above and male 5'10. I think it might have been simpler to have cast a smaller lady as Dusty! I'm sure Katherine Kingsley is well equipped for the part, it's just that her legs are too long :roll: Still no mention of a West End theatre, just the four tour dates.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:15 am

ImageThe 2018 leg of the SOAPM musical tour kicks off next Tuesday at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. The musical director Brady Mould has tweeted regarding the score getting an overhaul which is somewhat surprising as the music was one element of the show which consistently found critical favour. Hopefully the script - which consistently didn't - is also getting a touch-up (altho there's nothing to indicate it is).
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:53 pm

ImageThe premiere of the 2018 tour of the SOAPM musical last night at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend has actually generated a good review: I'm hoping this is due to some streamlining being done over the show's downtime. Critic Lauren Oldershaw of the Essex newspaper The Echo reacts so positively to the play that I imagine its leading ladies wouldn't be too fussed over being cited as Debra Stevenson and Alice Marlow. And Ms Oldershaw does present an interesting perspective on Dusty's music. To read the review click here: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/NEWS/1584701 ... _Pavilion/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:21 am

ImageAnother review of Son of a Preacher Man at Southend: this one's more in-depth and does at least mention Nigel Richards and get the leading ladies' surnames right. Overall also a good review which portends that Alice Barlow like her forerunner Diana Vickers will be a constant critical fave. BTW I suspect a large factor in Alice inheriting Diana's part was a physical resemblance as evinced below - altho Alice obviously has a distinct pair o'peepers!
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However if any rewriting was done it failed to make the anonymous critic for SouthendTheatreScene.com love the script any more than most critics of the show's 2017 engagements. Click here for the review:
http://www.southendtheatrescene.com/son ... eview.html
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