Sunday, 27 July 2014

What’s on my wishlist - 27.07.14

In a similar way to how some of my favourite fashion and beauty bloggers make wishlists of clothes and products they are loving, I wanted to give it a go with the books, films, plays and albums that have gotten me excited.

I was hoping I would think up of an amazingly witty title for these recurring posts, but sadly that never happened so I’m just going to have to put up with this for now, as I really want to crack on with all of these finds!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Review: Miss Saigon

For any theatregoer, there’s always that one show that you’re impatient to be revived/ come to the West End/ go on tour/ whatever it may be, and for me that show has always been Miss Saigon. Having worshipped the soundtrack for years and even performed a couple of numbers in showcases I was beyond ecstatic when it was announced that Cameron Mackintosh was to bring Miss Saigon back to the West End.

As I was only six at the time the original West End production closed (1999) I didn’t discover the musical until much later on, after establishing my obsession with Les Misérables and tracing Schönberg and Boublil’s career forwards to their success with Miss Saigon. As with Les Misérables, the show is entirely sung and so it is easy to follow he storyline and become emotionally connected to characters, just by listening to the soundtrack. The music and lyrics convey a powerful message alone and I’ve often found myself welling up at the desperation in Lea Salonga’s voice during ‘Room 316’ (most embarrassingly in the office), without need for the visual aspect of the show.

As if my expectations of this show needed boosting, Cameron Mackintosh’s stamp on the whole project raised them impossibly higher, particularly following on from his successes with producing Les Misérables and his involvement in the 2012 film. The marketing game for this revival has also been noticeably strong, with the infamous helicopter-shaped logo dominating billboards, newspapers and social media for months beforehand.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

West End Live 2014

I've been seeing and hearing things about West End Live for years now, so when my equally musical-loving friend suggested going I was keen to see what it was all about. West End Live is now into its 10th year, moving from its original location of Leicester Square to the grander venue of Trafalgar Square in 2011. The free event spans across the whole weekend and encourages performances from the majority of the best musicals that the West End has to offer.

Although we preferred the line-up for Saturday, other commitments meant we could only make the Sunday performances, so we headed up on the train in the morning armed with necessary quantities of water and sun cream. We arrived around half an hour early and it was fairly busy by this point so we made our way to about halfway towards the front. It was near impossible to see the stage from this standing area, but if you got there early enough a position on the steps would give you a perfect view of the stage. Luckily for the rest of us there were two large screens either side of the stage that gave you an insight into the action.

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