Posts Tagged ‘Bill T. Jones’

Review – Fela!, National Theatre

Friday 12 November 2010

There’s nothing like quite like a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music that explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of an Afrobeat legend to get the Whingers nonplussed.

“If you could sum it up in one word,” enquired Andrew as the Whingers departed the National Theatre at what was for most of the audience the interval, “what would that word be?”

Fela-ure!” trumpeted Phil, delighted to have been asked.

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Review – Spring Awakening, Lyric Hammersmith

Tuesday 3 February 2009

spring_awakeningWhen was the last time you fondled the pearl of your distant dreams? Thought so.

Anyway….

How typically perverse of the Whingers to go to see Spring Awakening on the very day that the rest of London was having a Winter Awakening.

Andrew spent Monday eagerly tracking the West End theatre cancellations and praying for the Lyric Hammersmith to make the announcement which would get him off the hook.

The Stage tantalisingly reported cancellations of Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Oliver!, Avenue Q, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Complicit, Grease, Carousel, Be Near Me, Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wicked, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot – The Musical, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, Gethsemane, On The Waterfront, The Phantom Of The Opera, Private Lives, Twelfth Night, Stomp, The Mousetrap and We Will Rock You.*

The Guardian clarified that Gethsemane would be cancelled “because a cast member is stuck in Brighton and there are no understudies for Cottesloe productions”.

But it was very all exciting: by early afternoon the Lyric was telling phone callers that the cast and crew were “struggling to get in” but they didn’t know if enough would get in for the performance to go ahead. Andrew asked the theatre to assure the cast and crew not to go to any trouble on his account. After all, this was another one of Phil’s bright ideas. Read the rest of this entry »