Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Jan 12, 2019 10:35:06 GMT
Saw the West End revival in the mid nineties. A collection of songs done by Fats Waller (not all by him), the staging of that was pretty average and the video of the original Broadway cast doesn’t do anything much more exciting, These rarely work anymore unless you’re happy to see a low budget gig. The only one I’ve liked in years was the Bacharach one at the Menier, because the staging and arrangements were superior. A great choreographer like Hoggett can add something useful to it.
Not my favourite style of music (think Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys and Dreamboats and Petticoats... hangs head in embarrassed shame) but couldn't resist a £16 centre front row seat for the Tuesday preview matinee. I like venues where the audience can sit within such close proximity of the performers and the fixed preview prices at Southwark Playhouse are excellent value.
If this is well cast, it could be a stellar experience. I think the TV version made of this is still on You Tube with most of the original Broadway cast; if I recall there's limited attempt made at story and it really is just the songs strung together. But what songs, and Nell Carter! There is/was also a fascinating documentary about Nell Carter on YT which is well worth a watch too.