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  • #26
    This, by far (and second only to Patti singing Ďladies Who Lunchí in the same show) is why itís my favourite Sondheim song. I believe every single world, and what a voice for a 85 year old!)

    [youtube:3htd1nwo]CFzmVYNItjU[/youtube:3htd1nwo]
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    • #27
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      Apparently Elaine was alright diva in the original Broadway production but a cracking voice. Thatís the concert I was on about with Audra McDonald. I think the rendition of Sunday that you mentioned was also in that concert. Other highlights are Donna Murphy singing Could I Leave You from Follies, Chip Zein and Joanna Gleason singing It Takes Two and Patti LuPoneís A Little Priest.

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      • #28
        Originally posted by Spartan
        Apparently Elaine was alright diva in the original Broadway production but a cracking voice. Thatís the concert I was on about with Audra McDonald. I think the rendition of Sunday that you mentioned was also in that concert. Other highlights are Donna Murphy singing Could I Leave You from Follies, Chip Zein and Joanna Gleason singing It Takes Two and Patti LuPoneís A Little Priest.
        She did a documentary about herself just before she died and she was still an absolutely fabulous diva

        She was an alcoholic, but in her documentary boldly claims at her time of life sheís going to enjoy a drink a day. Such an odd NYC eccentric, but still holding it (almost) together at the end. She performed in the White House ĎIím Still Hereí with the Obamas front and centre, and just forgets her words completely - but she stumbles on in all kinds of amazingness. If Iím old and alone and rich at her age, I wanna be like her
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        • #29
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          And Iím totally YouTubing Sondheim now - I just watched the full Sunday performance at the Proms... when they get to the whole ĎSun-DAYí bit I swear I melt inside every time.
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          • #30
            Originally posted by menime123
            And Iím totally YouTubing Sondheim now - I just watched the full Sunday performance at the Proms... when they get to the whole ĎSun-DAYí bit I swear I melt inside every time.
            Itís the looks of sheer elation on the composer as well, as if heís just had an orgasm.

            A musical Iíve never seen which I need to is Les Mis. One Day More is sheer epic.

            I feel like I should see more non-musicals though. I saw Apologia last month with Stockard Channing and Freema Agyeman and completely loved it.

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            • #31
              Originally posted by menime123
              This, by far (and second only to Patti singing Ďladies Who Lunchí in the same show) is why itís my favourite Sondheim song. I believe every single world, and what a voice for a 85 year old!)

              [youtube:27mcitpa]CFzmVYNItjU[/youtube:27mcitpa]
              Loved this! And the Patti song as well, completely engaging.

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              • #32
                Originally posted by Spartan
                Originally posted by menime123
                And Iím totally YouTubing Sondheim now - I just watched the full Sunday performance at the Proms... when they get to the whole ĎSun-DAYí bit I swear I melt inside every time.
                Itís the looks of sheer elation on the composer as well, as if heís just had an orgasm.

                A musical Iíve never seen which I need to is Les Mis. One Day More is sheer epic.
                You guys are lucky to have a possibility to enjoy the musicals, which our theatres prefer not to stage (for obvious reasons)
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                • #33
                  My 3rd favourite Sondheim song is ĎSend In The Clownsí from A Little Night Music.

                  This performance of the song is a masterclass in acting - Judi Dench is just sat on a chair surrounded by an orchestra in front of a crowd of thousands (and broadcast live on TV to thousands more). She never moves, never once takes her hands out of her lap, but performs the song with only her face and her voice:

                  [youtube:1fug9ugd]yvZex3Qf7QQ[/youtube:1fug9ugd]

                  Watch her face at the end - sheís absolute headtbroken, but you actually see the moment she stops acting and you realise just how amazing she truly is. Our absolute finest actress.
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                  • #34
                    One of my all time favourite musical is My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn was wonderful in the movie version, but Julie Andrews originated the role on stage. Julie wasnít famous enough to be in the movie (this was before Mary Poppins). Anyway, decades later some shady doctors destroyed her vocal cords during a botched operation in the 1990s, and Julie as been unable to sing live ever since.

                    A few years ago, this happened:

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                    The audience reaction is everything. They first applaud her for reciting a line from the role, then they realise what theyíre hearing, then they hear it again and they all turn into fan girls. Iíd be exactly the same

                    During the pause in the song, you can see Michael Crawford is actually crying because of how amazing a moment it is. Iíve seen him interviewed about it and he calls it the best stage experience of his life.
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                    • #35
                      Originally posted by menime123
                      My 3rd favourite Sondheim song is ĎSend In The Clownsí from A Little Night Music.
                      "Send In The Clowns" is my absolute fave from "A Little Night Music"
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                      • #36
                        Beautiful rendition by Dame Dench there. Iíd happily argue with someone that Sondheim is the greatest lyricist of all-time.

                        One of my personal favourites:

                        ďJust remembering you've had an "and" when you're back to "orĒ, makes the "or" mean more than it did before.

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                        • #37
                          Re: Theatre

                          My tickets arrived for Chess the other day, so thereís one show Iíve booked for but not remembered about

                          My current obsession is the Hamilton cast recording. I wasnít hugely impresse by it in person, but growing to love it by listening to this.
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                          • #38
                            Originally posted by menime123
                            My tickets arrived for Chess the other day, so thereís one show Iíve booked for but not remembered about
                            Chess should be awesome. Have you checked the cast?
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                            • #39
                              Originally posted by heppolo
                              Originally posted by menime123
                              My tickets arrived for Chess the other day, so thereís one show Iíve booked for but not remembered about
                              Chess should be awesome. Have you checked the cast?
                              Casting hasnít been announced?
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                              • #40
                                Originally posted by menime123
                                Originally posted by heppolo
                                Originally posted by menime123
                                My tickets arrived for Chess the other day, so thereís one show Iíve booked for but not remembered about
                                Chess should be awesome. Have you checked the cast?
                                Casting hasnít been announced?
                                I only remember this from Oct 27, 2017 (but currently is Dec 14)
                                Originally posted by broadway.com
                                Casting for the West End revival of Chess will be announced at a later date.
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                                • #41
                                  menime123, who was your favourite Elphaba? Mine was Rachel Tucker, what a voice!

                                  Really wanna go see Wicked again soon as I love Sophie Evans.

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                                  • #42
                                    Originally posted by Spartan
                                    menime123, who was your favourite Elphaba? Mine was Eachek tucker, what a voice!

                                    Really wanna go see Wicked again soon as I love Sophie Evans.

                                    Rachel Tucker, every single time. That woman can sing but boy can she act. I love how angry her Elphaba is at the world. I donít mind the current lead, but I saw her when she was an understudy and thereís very little in the cast at the moment that excites me. Wicked needs new blood.

                                    My original Elphaba was Kerry Ellis, and I was lucky enough to return to see her perform in her return stint a few years ago. She might not be an amazing actress (although seems to be trying to change that at the moment) but thereís no denying the impact of that voice.

                                    I missed seeing Idina in the role by a matter of days. I wasnít a theatre fan back then so it didnít bother me, but it sure as hell is a shame now Iím such a big fan. But, Iíve seen her in concert and she sings most of the big solo songs, and Iíve seen Kristin doing Popular and For Good (with Kerry Ellis no less) so Iím at least content

                                    Iím scared for the movie though, as I think itís going to require a lot of big changes - certain songs like Popular, arenít going to work and will need to become montage scenes, and I donít think it would work without Dorothy featuring - in a movie, the audience shouldnít be left having to fill in the blanks as to what has happened (like ending up under the trap door). The movie need to tell the full story (even from Elphabaís point of view) and that means certain things need adding.

                                    But I look forward to a new song (for the Oscar win) - a song between Defying Gravity and Thank Goodness would be a great spot, as they sort of gloss over the intervening years.
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                                    • #43
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                                      I saw Kristin doing For Good with Rachel Tucker at the Palladium last month - amazing.

                                      Yeah, Iím not 100% certain how a film version would work. The casting needs to be spot on with strong voices. Thank Goodness is so underrated, ďthere are bridges bridges you cross you didnít know you crossed until youíve crossedĒ is a gem of a line.

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                                      • #44
                                        I think I'm finally gonna watch Hamilton on broadway...
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                                        • #45
                                          Originally posted by MusicRecords
                                          I think I'm finally gonna watch Hamilton on broadway...
                                          Iíd go when Iím in the US next year but I donít have a spare $300. I donít think Hamilton will succeed as much in the UK as it has in the US, itís a very ďAmericanĒ show.

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                                          • #46
                                            Dear Evan Hansen is the best musical of recent years. Y'all need to see it asap.

                                            Here is a clip of the former lead actor performing the best song from it on TV:

                                            [youtube:2htinru2]FzQLvS125WE[/youtube:2htinru2]
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                                            • #47
                                              Re: Theatre

                                              He left the show a couple of weeks ago, been taken over by Noah Galvin (The Real OíNeals). Iíve heard a few songs from Dear Evan Hansen and theyíre so lovely (Only us, Waving Through A Window, You Will Be Found).

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                                              • #48
                                                Originally posted by MusicRecords
                                                I think I'm finally gonna watch Hamilton on broadway...
                                                That's a great experience, I hope you'll tell us about it later
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                                                • #49
                                                  Originally posted by Spartan
                                                  Originally posted by MusicRecords
                                                  I think I'm finally gonna watch Hamilton on broadway...
                                                  Iíd go when Iím in the US next year but I donít have a spare $300. I donít think Hamilton will succeed as much in the UK as it has in the US, itís a very ďAmericanĒ show.
                                                  I saw the 3rd London preview and it was like a Little Mix show, with cheering and screaming after every song. Itís sold out itís initial run so extension periods are going to be very popular. But I believe the buzz will die down quickly here.

                                                  Thereís pretty good bootlegs on YouTube too...
                                                  M08T10

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                                                  • #50
                                                    Originally posted by stevyy
                                                    Dear Evan Hansen is the best musical of recent years. Y'all need to see it asap.

                                                    Here is a clip of the former lead actor performing the best song from it on TV:

                                                    [youtube:33p44nfh]FzQLvS125WE[/youtube:33p44nfh]
                                                    I really hope he brings it to the UK after his solo album is done with. My favourite is ĎWaving Through a Windowí. I became obsessed with the album a few weeks ago and watched a bootleg... itís a pretty good show. I cringe and identify with Evan constantly.
                                                    M08T10

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