Another musical in Singapore, a good oldie.... lots of fun - and raincoats for those in the front seats! Coming direct from London's West End, it was the start of an international run for 'Singin' in the Rain'. Shockingly, teddy got left at home for this one.... oops!
Another great show passing through Singapore, and anyone who knows us knows we are not going to be able to resist! Unfortunately sound in Singapore is always quite low, so it didn't have the impact the London performance had (and, when we saw it in London, Whoopi was in the lead role - that can't be beaten either)... but it was still lots of fun!
Another show passing through! Not Shanhong's favourite - but actually a good production - maybe I'm biased as it came from the West End - but the cast were great - and the local children also good. So, a good time was had by all! Let's face it - the tunes are very catchy!
One of my favourite shows is Starlight Express. Unfortunately the touring version was not up to the standard of the West End production - staging simply isn't possible in the same way!
Another show passing through on the back of a UK West End run. Very different, as you might expect, but lots of fun - I certainly enjoyed it!
Our last few nights in the UK were back in London and gave us a chance to see a couple more shows. One of the newest, having just opened was "The King and I" - and it lived up to the hype!
We weren't sure about going to this one - a different theatre, and no real idea what it would involve. The three phantoms is essentially a concert performed by three actors who have played the part of the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. In fact, joined by other stars of musicals and a simple piano and cello accompaniment, it was a great night out. Having also won 'meet and greet' tickets, we got to have our photos taken with the full cast after the show!
Desperate to find any musicals in the UK we could see, I found 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' in Bristol - so called in for a night on the way down to Devon. A show we hadn't seen before - it is more 'traditional' in nature with great choreography and tap-dancing - thoroughly enjoyable!
Billed as the Number 1 Greatest Musical in the World - we were excited to have West Side Story passing through Singapore. On an Asian tour direct from Broadway, this had everything going for it - but turned out to be a real disappointment. We didn't go on opening night - so there was no excuse - but sound levels were appalling and the cast and orchestra simply seemed unrehearsed. I am quite sure, with the right cast - and a good sound crew - this could indeed be a great show... but for this tour - our school production 5 years ago was better.
Time for another show in Singapore - Wicked! passing through for the second time. Shanhong, in particular, must have seen this show 5 or 6 times now - but it's still a good one.
Any excuse to see a show, so while on holiday in Dublin - I got tickets to see 'Wonderland' - a modern musical version of the Alice in Wonderland story. A fun night out: there are some catchy tunes and some fun moments!
Vegas is full of shows - although the grand majority now appear to be the Cirque du Solei productions. We found this very traditional 'broadway' style blockbuster with 32 dancers and a 31 piece orchestra - and had a great night!
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