Archive for the 'John Waters' Category

Review – Hairspray the musical, Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Thursday 18 October 2007

West End Whingers Hairspray logoPhil had been waiting a long time for this. Not because the Whingers are fans of the original John Waters film (although they are), nor because they enjoyed the new film version of the musical (although they did), nor even because the Broadway production with Harvey Fierstein [CLUNK] delighted them so much four years ago.

No, it’s a much longer story than that. Andrew – in a peculiar and rate act of largesse – was very quick off the mark many months ago to do his biggest block booking yet: 19 tickets (which Andrew considers a “round number” but Phil thinks it was intended to be 20 but that Andrew had one of his Russ Conway moments and ran out of fingers to count on).

Whatever. It was undoubtedly the single most complicated feat of Whinger logistics ever.

And Phil, of course, just couldn’t wait for the big night.

So that he could witness Andrew’s efforts go all pear-shaped and end in tears.

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How the Whingers want to go

Monday 20 August 2007

Following on with the John Waters theme: the Pope of Trash has been very busy doing a lot of droll interviews lately, but one of our most favourite bon mots comes from an interview in Scotland on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

John Waters, Hairspray, Edna Turnblad and so on

Saturday 18 August 2007

Andrew has been desperate to know what John Waters thinks of the casting of Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad in the forthcoming London production of Hairspray.

But his phone calls having been ignored he was forced to drop in to the NFT (the Whingers will refuse to called it the BFI Southbank even until their dying days) last night avec entourage to ambush Waters as he took part in an “in conversation” plus a preview of his new film This Filthy World (confusingly billed as part of “The Stanley Kubrick Masterclass series” whatever that is). Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Hairspray the movie musical

Sunday 8 July 2007

Off-topic, kind of. But by a combination of divine mix-up and Badedas bath moment, Andrew found himself in Leicester Square on Thursday at the world premiere of Hairspray – the movie based on the Broadway musical based on the John Waters film.

It may not be theatre but it was in the West End and Andrew is intent on sharing his experience on the blog because (a) the London production opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 11th October and (b) no-one else will listen. Read the rest of this entry »