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re: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella Closes in the West End
Posted by: Live_From_London 08:55 am EDT 07/20/21
In reply to: re: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella Closes in the West End - GavinLogan1 12:01 am EDT 07/20/21

I look forward to hearing about the first time one of your daughters say, 'you're a knob!' lol

There have been a few changes to the score since it was recorded. Some of the big numbers and orchestral pieces were recorded at Abbey Road studios, so some of it does sound lush, but there are 7 people in the band at the theatre.

The well/bird bit has been cut, there is no longer a 'phallus' on the statue, Charming's only song about the 3 headed sea witch has been cut, which basically makes him a walk on part with a few lines. Unfortunately the Queen still sings about how well equipped her son is.......the Godmother role goes no where, Cinderella was meant to be 'modern take' but she spends what little time she is on stage in Act 2 trying to get her man. Some of it was amusing, but that was when when someone called someone a bitch, or similar basic humour. The Stepmother is very funny onstage, but i'm not sure that comes across on the recording. For some reason, the role of Cinderella has an 'alternate' for certain performances. It's hardly Evita!

Lawrence Connor has no experience of shaping a new show from scratch and it needs someone who can say, no, this isnt working and needs to be changed. I wonder if he can do that with ALW. Emerald Fennel is a great writer, but this is her first book for a stage show and It needs some shaping. If only it had some of the dark wit of Killing Eve!
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