OT - Casting of "Billy Elliot" documentary

Rachel
Rachel

November 20th, 2008, 8:22 pm #1

Thought this might be of interest to some here:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/123543.html

Rachel
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November 20th, 2008, 10:53 pm #2

And it's truly wonderful. Most of the audience, including me, got teary multiple times during the show. The movie is one of my favorites, and I was very pleased that the show is absolutely true to the original movie. I saw Kiril as Billy and really liked him. His dancing is absolutely incredible, and his singing was totally fine, not standout, but certainly good enough. I was in the last row of the top balcony, so I couldn't see faces, but the view of the stage was just great. I think the mezzanine and balcony is a better view than the orchestra seats, because the stage is so deep, from the higher levels you can see from above, all the way back in three dimensions, while from the orchestra section you would just see from below.

My only complaints were Grandma's Song, which doesn't need to be in the show. People were complaining about the long run time (nearly 3 hrs), and of course I can't complain about spending MORE time watching a Broadway show, but that song was completely unnecessary. I didn't think it was funny or cute, and Grandma isn't really a big enough role to warrant a solo number. I wondered if Elton John thought there were just too many songs just with Billy, Mrs. Wilkinson, and Dad, and wanted to bring a different character into the vocal mix ... but I didn't find it entertaining at all.

I loved the little boy who played Michael, but I didn't love how he was directed. I prefer the movie Michael, who was sort of winsome and almost morose, whereas the Broadway Michael is really flashy and hammy. I'm sure the director wanted this effect to offset Billy's own winsome moroseness, and it was great contrast, but I'm just partial to the movie character. I think he is more real and less "kitsch."

Last complaint ... the man sitting behind me kept opening and checking his (silent) cellphone during the performance! The second time he did it, I held up my program as a barrier to block the very bright and distracting light. He got the point, and tried to open his phone from then on inside his coat, but I kept putting my program up because it was so annoying. Strangely enough, he was still into the show enough that he was crying, yet checking his phone about every 20 minutes!

Didn't mean for this to go on so long, but I HIGHLY recommend this show. Tickets are selling fast! I came home and bought myself another ticket for January ... that's how much I loved it!
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Elizabeth
Elizabeth

November 21st, 2008, 1:15 pm #3

Arrrggghh!! That happened to me at a movie recently but it was a woman in FRONT of me. She was texting for at least 20 minutes. Here I am staring at a huge movie screen but my eyes kept going to the light from her phone. I had to put my foot up on her seat to block the light (after I had already told my kids to keep their feet off the seats!!) I was hoping she'd turn around and tell me to put my foot down so I could tell her to put her phone down. She wasn't making noise and probably didn't realize she was distracting anyone, but I wish people would wait to go to shows when they can turn their phones OFF!!

A couple years ago I saw Billy Crystal on David Letterman and Billy said he left the stage in the middle of his one man show (forgot the name if it, sorry!) after the THIRD cell phone rang during the show. He told the audience he was going to go back stage to get his thoughts together and give the audience time to check their phones.
He said at the end of the show he thanked the audience and expressed some choice words for the cell phone offenders. Wouldn't it be great if the theatres could write citations for these offenders? What would be a reasonable charge?

To Grief, I really enjoyed your thoughts on the difference between the characters in the boradway show and the movie. I think you would make a great critic!

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November 21st, 2008, 2:36 pm #4

This whole culture is cell phone obsessed. Sure, they are handy, but not while driving, socializing, in school, or at public events such as you two described. Chances are, when a driver is weaving between lanes or driving too slowly, it is someone on the phone....aaaaargh!
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JB
JB

November 21st, 2008, 7:04 pm #5

Isn't there some kind of story about Nathan Lane in a Broadway show (was it the Producers?)actually stopping the show and telling a guy in the orchestra to turn off his cell phone?
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