On Saturday I went to see everyone's mate Dave in Seussical with Lovely Lucy, Nice Nicky and Happy Hannah. Along the way we discovered that Daring Danni was also coming along and that was great because I haven't seen her for a couple of years. It was great to catch up and have a good cuddle. A while ago Danni decided she was going to get fit and healthy and she did incredibly well. Lost a load of weight and look at the current result - stunning. Really proud of her!
It was the last day but one, of Seussical's run and it's definately a musical for the kids. I think apart from parents and older siblings, we were the only over 10s there out of choice. Our kid Dave was playing the part of Horton the elephant and mid way through we all got the giggles ridiculously hard when he was crouched on stage right in front of us.
The theatre wasn't massive and I don't think the play had the biggest of budgets either but the cast were really enthusiastic and energetic, which more than made up for it. There was some audience participation in the middle section of the play. Great for the kids but I thought it should've gone right through the play instead of being restricted to just one part. Got trampled on by a couple of monkeys but thankfully we avoided the water pistol and snowstorm.
Joe Morrow was excellent as The Cat In The Hat. Definately well cast and his performance actually reminded me of Roger Rabbit (Who Framed). That's a good thing by the way Joe, if you're reading this! A lot of the actors and actresses have to double up as different characters throughout the play but they've obviously rehearsed it really well and it's genuinely seamless how they bounce from being birds to mayoresses and back again.
Overall I really enjoyed it. I will stress again, that it is one for the kids, but if you're dragged along as a parent, you'll probably come out with a big smile on your face!
Here are photos of me, Dave and the gang :)
When we came out of Seussical, our coaches/trains back home weren't for hours so we decided that we were going to go and see Loserville the musical. I originally saw it on its opening night in Leeds, so I was curious as to how it would be different down in London. Plus it was the last night of the show's run. First things first, bigger stage, bigger budget (hello pyros - where did you come from?) and a few cast changes.
Most of the main cast remains the same with Aaron Sidwell and Eliza Hope Bennett heading the show up as Michael and Holly. Gareth Gates has now been replaced with Stewart Clarke, who is a lot better for the role. It's not that Gareth was a bad performer, I just found it really hard to believe that he was playing a schoolkid, especially a jock. I think it was just a badly suited role and probably my only gripe when I saw the musical originally. Lil Chris was also replaced by Ashley Luke Lloyd. I heard that was possibly to do with a falling out amongst cast members so I'll quickly move on from that, for obvious reasons! Daniel Buckley Richard Lowe and Witney White are just pure lovable. And Charlotte Harwood powerhouses it as Leia.
One of the reasons I loved Loserville so much, is because as a Son Of Dork fan, I knew most of the songs (despite lyric changes to fit the storyline) from their album. They translate really well to the stage, just basically because they're such good pop songs. Even the songs that were written just for the show are easy to pick up on lyrically. Catchy just ain't the word. I may not be a fan of James Bourne as a person but I'll be the first to admit he can knock out a tune and a half. He and Elliot Davis can be so proud of the numbers they crafted.
The set design is great. The dancing is great. I especially love how there's a proper 'band' playing the music and not just a few session musicians following a director down at the front or side. It feels like a gig combined with a theatre performance and it adds to the atmosphere. It makes it more 'live' and as any concert go-er will known, live is always better than studio.
I'm really hoping that there will be a Loserville cast album released although I haven't heard anything about that. Maybe it was because they were so busy with the performances. Now that the show's ended we may get an album.
But are you ready for my gripe? My one and only gripe with the show.
Now, I don't really understand why Aaron and Richard switched over who wore glasses but as a speccy myself, it genuinely freaked me out. Guys, WHY?! It was like Holmes and Watson switching places! Don't! Do! That! ERGH!
Loserville is up for an award via What's On Stage. If you go here and scroll down to Best New Musical, you can place a vote for them. You can only vote ONCE per computer so don't spend forever on your laptop at home placing votes because they aren't registered. Those of you that are at college or university or that have access to multiple terminals are the only ones who can vote repeatedly. You'll also need to use different email addresses when you confirm your votes too.
Apologies. I did OD on the word 'really'. Like, really.