Tuesday, 24 June 2008

"maguerite" (w ruthie henshall) @ haymarket

tuesday 24th june 2008


music by michel legrand

book by alain boublil and claude-michel schonberg and jonathan kent

lyrics by herbert ktretzmer
designer ~ paul brown
directed by jonathan kent

with ruthie henshall
julian ovenden
alexander hanson
simon thomas as lucien
annalene beechey as annette
matt cross as pierrot
andrew c wadsworth as georges
gay soper as chanteuse
kieron crook as hermann

ok. good to see a west end musical again. and this is a pretty worthy one. directed with great truth and trust in the actors by jonathan kent - letting them stand still to sing their biggest moments and often letting them play into the scene rather than out front to us. and the leads are all pretty good.

problem is the music i think - it just never quite lifts you in the air.

or perhaps it is the problem that it is very difficult to like and feel for these characters in a world where jews are being branded and hauled away to prison camps.
or perhaps it is that it falls between two stools - not a ra ra ra broadway spectacular and not really an epic journey of les miserables or a sondheim.
still - a nice birthday treat.

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