Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Musical Theatre Tag

What was the first musical you ever saw? I went to see Cats and Starlight Express in the West End when I was in year 5 (so 9 maybe). I'm not sure which I actually saw first but I fell in love with musical theatre there and then. I have to admit that I think I preferred Starlight Express as I quickly persuaded my dad to take me to see it again and got told off by the girl next to me for singing along loudly. When I say told off, she actually asked me nicely but I didn't even realise I was doing it. Whoops!
2. What was your favourite musical growing up? I'm honestly not sure. I've always been a theatre fangirl so it's hard to pinpoint my favourite. Probably Les Miserables. I loved that from the moment that I bought the 10th Anniversary Concert, although I didn't actually go to see it until I was 21. It might have been Mamma Mia though because I saw that one a few times throughout my early teens.
3. Were you ever in a musical? Nope. I have none of the talent required for musical theatre. I can't sing, dance or act - never mind the combination. I often pretend I'm a one woman musical when I'm alone in my room, though. That's between me and my mirror.
4. What was the first musical you saw on Broadway? Sadly, I’ve never been to New York so I'll have to wait to cross Broadway off my bucket list.
5. If you could be any female character in any musical who would you be and why? Elphaba. Isn't she the dream? She gets to Defy Gravity. But Galinda sings my favourite Wicked song so that's a tricky one. I'd love to be Molly in Ghost, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot, Kim in Miss Saigon, Scaramouche in WWRY....The list is literally so long we could be here forever. In case you haven't cottoned on yet, I just really love musical theatre and could not be more envious of those who have the talent to bring these magical characters to life on stage. I'm going to stick with Elphaba though, as my ultimate.
6. Which male character? Tony in Billy Elliot or Javert in Les Mis.
7. Favourite musical song to sing in the shower? Probably anything Legally Blonde. 
8. Who is your favourite theatre actress? Kerry Ellis. Hands down. I actually sobbed when I got to see her Elphaba. Like, I'm talking for the whole of the second act. I got through a whole pack of tissues. I just really love her, ok?!
9. Actor? Oliver Tompsett. He's absolutely incredible. He was the first Fiyero I saw (...I think I've seen 5) and he's remained my favourite. I've also been lucky enough to see him in Rock of Ages and We Will Rock You a few times and he never faulters.
10. Favorite film adaptation of a musical? I'm not a massive fan of film adaptations of musicals because I don't think there's anything better than the atmosphere of watching the story play out live. It's different everytime you watch it, especially if you get a different cast, so it's like a a whole new show. That being said, I do think some musicals adapt better to film than others. Mamma Mia is a a good example of one I think adapted to the screen well. I think a major factor with film adaptations is choosing a great cast and that's not something everyone will agree on.
11. What do you think is most underrated musical? I've seen a couple which didn't survive very long in the West End. I'm going to cheat here because I've got two which I think are ridiculously underrated. 
The first is Viva Forever. I saw this with a couple of my girl friends for Valentines day a couple of years ago and we had a bloody good night. The show was so good! We were even up dancing at the end. I know different people have different ideas of theatre etiquette but I think it depends on the show. Viva Forever had a solid storyline, relevant in that it was about a talent contest and it left the audience in a good mood at the end. I hope it tours. 
The second show I don't think gets the love it deserves is Ghost. I saw this with the original London cast so I got to see Caissie Levy, which crossed seeing her off my theatre bucket list. The technical aspect of this show was magnificent. Seeing people touch things without moving them and moving things through 'doors' etc blew my mind. Not to mention I love a good cry so the emotional rollercoaster Sam and Molly took us on was incredible. It is such a brilliant show that I recommend anyone go and see it if they get the chance. 
12. Overrated musical? This is killing me. I literally can't think of one. There are so many which aren't appreciated as much as they should be but I can't think of one which I think doesn't deserve every bit of its success. 
13. What musical made you cry? Oh my god! You should have asked what musical doesn't make me cry. The last time I went to Billy Elliot I cried at the opening score. It was cast change. I was emotional, ok?
14. What musical made you laugh? I probably laugh as often as I cry to be fair. I think Galinda should be able to make me laugh, I laugh at the Hula Song in Dirty Dancing, Express Yourself in Billy Elliot but the most I've ever laughed in a theatre would have to be The Book Of Mormon. That show is literally hilarious! Like, the stitches hurt.
15. Are there any musicals you saw and hated? None that I can think of. I can generally find aspects I love even if it isn't the whole thing. Like, even if a story is weak I'll latch to a character or vice versa. Sometimes I'll dislike a performers interpretation of a character but that won't ruin the whole show for me. A good example of this for me would be Wicked. I've seen five different Fiyeros so obviously there's a comparison there and some weren't my cup of tea. That doesn't mean they weren't good, just that it's human nature to compare and maybe I didn't like their Fiyero as much as anothers.
16. What musical do you want to see as a film? I would much prefer to have recordings of stage versions such as Love Never Dies and the recent Billy Elliot. I haven't got a dream adaptation but I'd really love Wicked to be filmed on stage.
17. Which musicals are you dying to see? I've got a bucket list of musicals and musical performers. From musicals that are currently in the West End, I really want to see Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Phantom and Miss Saigon. There are so many more that just aren't over here though.
18. Any movie or book you think should be turned into a musical? There's literally nothing I can think of. For a feel good, probably limited run I'd go Mean Girls but I can't think of anything with longevity.
19. What is your all-time favourite musical? Usually whichever I've seen most recently. I always leave the theatre and I'm like 'oh my god! That was the best thing I've ever seen'.
I'd probably have to go Wicked because it's the one I choose to go and see regardless of cast. I tend to go and see musicals based on which shows my favourite performers are in when I get to London but I'll always go to see Wicked regardless of who is in it.
Are you a musical theatre fan? What's your favourite show?
Nikki x
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