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Choreographer-from-hell and the badly-lit Dreamcoat

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Jun. 23rd, 2005 | 02:00 pm
mood: indescribable
music: Close Every Door - Joseph

Am I the only person who doesn’t think all that much of Bill Kenwright? Why does he keep getting work? I saw Joseph yesterday, (first time I’ve seen it directed by Kenwright, and first time at the West-End), and was a little disappointed. All right, so the material itself isn’t particularly strong; but there’s no need to drag it down to such a level. The set was wonderfully camp, as were many of the actors, but I felt the need to shoot the lighting operators, and for a show that concentrates on spectacle and camp over storyline, it’s beyond me why they chose actors over dancers for the chorus. No one was in time and I blame the choreographer for providing the most unoriginal routines I’ve seen. There’s only so much ‘acting-out-the-words-through-dance’ I can take…(pet hate). So, the words say ‘shoots rose out of the ground’ – you don’t need to clasp your arms above your head and stretch up to the ceiling. It just happened so many times.

Saying that, I hope they had chosen actors over dancers…otherwise it’s a sorry outlook for the majority of the cast if they’re looking to pursue a career in theatre.

The talent was so-so (for a West-End production I wasn’t impressed by many of them – albeit it was a small theatre, they were still West-End prices) and although it couldn’t have been helped, I can’t forgive the theatre designers for placing the orchestra in the stage so for the whole performance, I could see the conductor’s head bobbing up and down onstage. Unacceptable considering the price of the tickets, although I understand that there was little the production company could do.

I couldn’t understand why the irritating American (the whole place was filled with Americans by the way) felt the need to shush people (who happened to be kids from her country anyway) through the performance. Joseph is a Mickey Mouse musical, it’s not the height of theatre…what do you expect? The way she was carrying on you’d have thought she’d got tickets to see Faust. And judging by her Southern drawl, she’ll probably be glad she didn’t.

All in all, I had a laugh, both with and at the company. And please please stop, Mr Kenwright.

Nancy
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from: lady_zorro
date: Jun. 23rd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I saw Joseph here in the US out in California, and believe you me, it was just as disappointing. I particularly had to laugh when all the dancers came running through the aisles at the end routine...very hokey. The lighting staff needed to be shot for that production, too.

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from: fasti
date: Jun. 24th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Pff, that's what they did in this performance. I felt like they were going to start singing Agadoo and give us all straw hats...

Ah well. Perhaps it's just that Joseph is essentially a useless production!

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from: lady_zorro
date: Jun. 24th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Also, nice quiz score. I scored Hartigan on mine, so maybe I need to stop being so nice to my boss, dammit...

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from: fasti
date: Jun. 24th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, shite, I wanted Clive Owen. Or any nice big male picture I can drool over (men look so much better in black and white). Alba just doesn't cut it ;)

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