I’m not sure whether I absolutely love this or want to burst out in hysterical laughter. Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon sound pretty good (albeit with some muted production on this version of the track), but the bit where they try to merge the Ghost storyline with a betrayed-ex-themed pop song is a bit funny.
Anyway, good on them for doing a bit of out-of-the-box promotion. As I was saying about Wicked, I think West End shows could stand to do some fresher and more innovative multimedia marketing – stuff like this is a great way to get attention. I haven’t been back to see Ghost since my visit in previews, but I hope to soon. A great day for musical geekery!
November 29, 2011
When I reviewed Ghost after it came to London back in June, I wrote that I couldn’t imagine a new cast post-Levy/Fleeshman. Well, it’s happened; a press release today announced that Wicked‘s Mark Evans and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? finalist Siobhan Dillon will replace Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy as doomed couple Sam and Molly. Thankfully, my favourite member of the cast, Sharon D. Clarke, stays on as loveably batty medium Oda Mae Brown. Having seen Evans command the stage in last year’s Oklahoma! tour and Dillon shine most recently in the Soho Theatre’s EX, I’m actually quite excited about this casting choice. While both are a little more glossy than Levy and the Fleesh, I’m sure they can be roughed up a bit to fit in with this gritty, New York-y production.
As the year draws to a close, I would like to applaud Ghost for bringing a little magic into the West End in a time of tired concepts and cartoonish musicals. It has been slated by some for reproducing Bruce Joel Rubin’s 80s screenplay on the stage, but the illusions are innovative, the music interesting in its rock-pop quality and the emotion of the narrative perhaps even more raw than in the movie. Yes there’s a chorus that didn’t entirely agree with me and a few rogue musical numbers which didn’t enhance the story, but the central plot is mesmerising and Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman’s chemistry explosive.
The new cast will appear from 13 January 2012, with performances now booking until next October. It could be that Ghost is just commercial enough to stay afloat, despite its new score and ambitious staging – and I hope to be back there to see it succeed.
Ghost is at the Piccadilly Theatre (ghostthemusical.com)
February 1, 2011
The theatrical among us are often likely to be fairly romantic, waffley and write in a constant stream of thoughts. There are ample theatre bloggers out there; some, like me, have tried to keep to a more magazine-y format of reviews, interviews and theatre features. Others are bold enough just to offer their thoughts on life, art and love. Here is my pick of the theatrical blogosphere…
Gavin Creel Click on the little thought-bubble logo at the top and you’ll read the Hair star’s well-documented thoughts and opinions. One of the chattier, more off-the-cuff blogs on this list, as the actor/bloggers tend to be. But be warned: Gav never met a capitalised word that he didn’t like.
Alexandra Silber This post caught my eye a while ago, for being very frank and cathartic-sounding. Actress and singer Silber blogs about people in her life, her work, and even charming little lists of her favourite things.
Jason Robert Brown On the other side of the piano, but as much of an artiste as the actor types, JRB’s blog is great reading. He uses it to post setlists from his gigs, answer fan questions and set the record straight about pretty much anything. An essential for the hardcore admirer [that would sound less creepy if they had a 'Renthead'-style name. JRBrains? Answers on a postcard.]
Mark Evans Time for a Brit. Our brand spanking new Fiyero has been blogging about the build-up to taking on the role. He also uses the space to answer fan questions and give an insight into his work. I loved him in Oklahoma last year and really hope to catch him in Wicked soon.
West End Whingers Absolutely, 100% reviewing Marmite. I’ve heard seething accounts and raucous praise for these gents, but I’ve always found it to be a witty read, and a fab alternative to the mainstream, greying purist critics’ drivel that Michael Coveney keeps banging on about.
Love Theatre A young, fresh, British perspective on the theatre world. As well as reviews and interviews, check out the most recent post for Catherine’s guide to getting your thespian fix on a shoestring budget.
Kooman & Dimond This writing duo (and winners of the 2010 Larson Award) blog from New York blog about people singing their songs, preparations for their musical Dani Girl, and recently & passionately, on the closure of Broadway show The Scottsboro Boys.
Ought to Be Clowns For reviews with a pulse, (see again Coveney’s flatlining efforts), this blog opens reviews with a meaningful quote, and deconstructs a production in a chatty, accessible way.
Life & Musicals Looking for someone who blogs with their heart on their sleeve, but remains articulate (and punctuated)? That’s Ava. My only criticism would be that she doesn’t blog enough!
So to summarize, Michael Coveney can kiss my West End butt; bloggers and online reviews enrich my cultural experience, send me off on different creative paths and often offer the most stripped-down, honest opinions on the industry.
If you’d like to add your blog to my list, just comment below with a link and a quick summary of your site.