Posts Tagged ‘musical’
Honestly, my first thought as I sit down to write this is why, oh why, have I never seen this hilarious musical before??? Seriously, if you haven’t seen a production of Little Shop of Horrors then you really must get yourself a ticket sharpish. Quirky and silly, with big musical numbers that make you want to hop on stage to join the chorus, it’s a great night out
Generally I’m pretty critical when it comes to theatre. I believe it’s very difficult to correctly cast and direct a play so it translates well to an audience, there are a lot of lines to learn and people to coordinate and no ‘do-overs’ if something goes wrong on stage. It’s probably thanks to my previous forays into amateur dramatics that I’m so aware of how one badly played character or one poorly choreographed dance number can drag a whole production down but this was one of the best theatre group productions of a musical I’ve seen in a long time. The St Mary’s Musical Society cast were on point in every number, the choreography was practically flawless and the way the character of Audrey 2 was played was spot on. She had a huge personality in spite of not even having eyes to utilise in facial expressions!
Last week I decided to take a break from hitting the comedy clubs around Dublin to get my giggle fix and headed into the Abbey Theatre. I’ve often walked by this pretty unassuming building but up until last Thursday hadn’t ventured inside. On entering the building I was struck with how modern the foyer looks and feels, but was thrilled to find the bar upstairs still retains the charm of an older theatre. But I wasn’t there to admire the decor! I was lucky enough to be attending the premier run of the first musical produced at the Abbey in over 20 years and the atmosphere in the audience before the show was reflective of my own excited anticipation of what we were going to experience!
Now you should probably know I’m an avid musical goer and I adore the genre for it’s creativity and wit. (That’s not to say some musicals aren’t awful but I haven’t encountered too many I didn’t enjoy at least part of!) Alice in Funderland has bucketloads of both! Before the musical even begins you are introduced to a cheeky, rhyming world thanks to one of the stories characters hijacking the safety announcements. A clever move which got everyone smiling and ready for a fun time from the start. And the smiles soon gave way to raucous laughter thanks to the hilarious song lyrics and over the top characters that Alice encounters along her journey! Read the rest of this entry »