Rose In Misery wrote:Back to the subject of Sondheim, I absolutely adored Company! I'd say it was better than both the Donmar and Broadway revival productions (judging from what I have seen of them on youtube).
Eppie Sue wrote:Rose In Misery wrote:Ooh, I forgot about that - I actually went to see that, too! Still not quite sure what to think of it. I really, really enjoyed it, but the ending lacked this certain spark of... intensity. It probably didn't help that I wasn't impressed by Rupert Young..., I know that Sondheim rather writes for actors who can sing than singers who can act and all that, but his solos were too obviously weak to just get lost in the music. I liked his Bobby towards the end, but there just not enough vulnerability to him and I didn't really understand why they all wanted to be friends with him and cared about him so much, see...?
I didn't mind Rupert Young so much. He obviously wasn't a singer or anything, but I was surprised at how much I liked his portrayal. I got the feeling that his friends sort of put up with him because they felt a bit sorry for him. He didn't have Raul Esparza's intensity, but I quite enjoyed seeing the character played differently.I adored the female ensemble, though, especially Cassidy Janson Katie Brayben and Michelle Bishop, and the chorus bits sounded lovely, as did the band.
Oh, and did you spot ex-Mizzer Greg Castiglioni as the most strong-voiced Paul - in particular in "Not Getting Married Today"? Former swing and first cover Thénardier and Bishop...
“I Guess This Is Goodbye Old Friend” ”Maybe They’re Really Magic” “Ever After” “Act II Opening” “Agony (Reprise) and “No More” have been cut. The only cut that hurts is the latter, but it is replaced with a dialogue scene between The Baker and his father.
-Speaking of which, there is no Narrator or Mysterious Man. The Baker narrates the opening song and the father, who appears during the Witch’s Rap, reappears after “Last Midnight”
Rapunzel no longer is crushed by the Giant, she runs away from her Prince and the Witch instead.
“I Know Things Now” and “Giants in the Sky” are both sung to The Baker by Red and Jack, respectively.
Many of the songs are literally interpreted through flashbacks. For example, we actually see Red in the Wolf’s stomach coming upon Granny.
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