John Napier is an utter genius. I wish people could still afford his work and would beg him to design on the scale of TIME, LES MIS, CATS and STARLIGHT EXPRESS again for the West End (what a CV!)- though I know he still designs, nothing has matched the scale of those landmark shows.
People just dont do things on that scale anymore, which is a huge shame. I wonder what the budget was for the 'Time' set?
Like Time, Lord of The Rings was also amazing set, shame about the rest. I know it has its fans, but it wasnt for me. But the set and the effects? Wow. Even the little fireflies were great.
Been reading Linda Nolan’s bio and she mentions Prisoner Cell Block H-The Musical.Never heard of it.She toured it but it sounds like a three month flop in the WE.Paul O’Grady was in it...wow!
It was quite amusing. Lily Savage, Alison Jiear and the original Freak off of Prisoner on telly. It was at the Queens if I remember rightly...think we were upgraded to the stalls from our rubbish gods seats, so perhaps it didn’t sell so well.
When i was younger i would go and see every show that opened, hence me seeing so many 90's flops, but now i am far more picky about what i see and haven't seen The Girls or Strictly Ballroom. So despite me having more available money now, why am i seeing less??
Part of the issue might be that reviews and comments about shows are far easier to access these days and so it is, perhaps, easier to find a reason not to give a new show a try than it was pre-twitter and social media.
Is social media doing more harm than good in terms of allowing new work the space to find an audience?