30th anniversary, not a joke

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30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Alouette » Wed May 21, 2014 11:29 pm

I wish it were.

"In the long-term, Mackintosh thinks it’s Les Misérables that will outlive us all. “It’s as potent in a class-room as it is on a Broadway stage.” Its revamped 25th anniversary version is being staged in 10 countries and it looks set to supplant the originating London incarnation when the 30th anniversary comes round next year."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/thea ... reams.html

At least:
1. It's not a direct Cammack quote, just Dominic Cavendish saying it "looks set" to happen, which could entirely be a lazy assumption on the basis of all the hype around the new version or an attempt to start a rumour.
2. If it is true, we have a year and a half to do something about it.
3. This directly excludes the possibility of the show (in whatever form) closing in the near future.

I can't be anti-the 25th anniversary tour simply because I haven't seen it, but I think a lot of people have read about its problems and, regardless, this is just so worrying.

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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Acaila » Wed May 21, 2014 11:41 pm

I'm grabbing my red flag just in case.

The thing is, would it not lose its longest running musical thing if they replace it with a different production?

Also it doesn't need a revamp in terms of business sense. The original production is still selling out frequently and doing great business all the time. And the reason for the 25th anniversary is basically to go "Hey, we know everyone in the world has seen Les Mis but it's all different now and therefore worth spending money to see again!"

Also, factor in that you'd need to completely redo the theatre for it, which would involve the show closing for a while (at least in the Palace -> Queens move obviously they could be getting the new theatre ready while it was still running, so it was only a week, but I doubt that could happen if they are staying at the Queens)

So basically, Cammack thinking about this = Cammack being not just an idiot in the artistic sense by going anywhere near the Connor/Powell shitfest, but being an idiot in the financial sense as well.

Just give us a nice wee concert (maybe an outdoor one a la Chelmsford or Australia Day) with Thacko and Killers and co and all the actual fan favourites rather than stunt castings. That's how to do the anniversary. Not by ruining it beyond all recognition so it won't live to see 40.
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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Alouette » Thu May 22, 2014 12:22 am

The thing is, would it not lose its longest running musical thing if they replace it with a different production?


If it's still advertised as such, I can't see it leading to crowds of theatregoers asking for refunds or anything, but I highly doubt they'd try to get away with it. More likely, it could just be advertised as "The world's most successful musical" or something like that and there'd be a few bits of data to back that up. Who would notice the difference? Hey, then Phantom would be the longest-running musical ever after a year and a bit! *conspiracy*

A petition's already been started on tumblr but we can do more. It'll just take one sympathetic person with a bit of clout making a negative comment publicly for something to get going, at least some controversy. Not that the Mackintosh-Nunn public spat in 2010 changed a damn thing but this time nothing might even have been signed yet.

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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Rachelle » Thu May 22, 2014 12:41 am

Alouette wrote: Hey, then Phantom would be the longest-running musical ever after a year and a bit! *conspiracy*



Let's blame ALW!! :lol:
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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby MmeBahorel » Thu May 22, 2014 3:21 am

Way to completely kill it for me, Cammack.
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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Acaila » Thu May 22, 2014 8:21 pm

Got a link to the petition?

And hey, I am apparently important enough getting embargoed press releases from Cammack's PR lot, so maybe I can kick up a more influential stink if I hide my fan hat! :twisted:
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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

Postby Rachelle » Thu May 22, 2014 9:09 pm

http://www.cameronmackintosh.com/contact

Leaving this here in case anyone wants it.

(I'm reminded of the time we wanted to barricade Tom Hooper's house to demand an extended dvd, those were the days)
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Re: 30th anniversary, not a joke

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