Man of La Mancha is a curious beast. Often dubbed as one of the classic “lost” musicals, it was last seen in the West End in the 1960s but is currently being revived at the London Coliseum.
The novelty of the casting and brightness of the music in Man of La Mancha make a big impression, though be warned that the show is not without its darker elements, some intended and others not.
Despite the best efforts of Kelsey Grammer in the lead role, this leaden and often down right confusing revival of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum is unlikely to give the show new impetus on this side of the pond.
Man of La Mancha is considered a ‘rare’ revival and from this production it’s pretty clear why. The story is highly dated and it’s evidently a very hard piece to stage.
It has been 50 years since Man Of La Mancha last played in London’s West End and based upon this year’s offering from the ENO and co-producers Grade-Linnitt it is easy to see why.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the revival of the musical Man of La Mancha, playing a limited season at the London Coliseum.
One wonders which came first for the Grade/Linnit company – the misguided desire to mount an epic scale production of Man of La Mancha, a musical which hasn’t been.produced in London since 1968 for very good reasons, or the need to find a project for Kelsey Grammer?
Full details of presenters, performances and special appearances have been announced for the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard, which takes place on Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.
Renowned stage, film and TV performer Peter Polycarpou will play Don Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza in Man of the Mancha at the London Coliseum; the first West End production of this multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical for 50 years.
Alfie Boe’s As Time Goes By makes for a hugely enjoyable listen, infused with passion and a thrilling musicality that should see it stuffed into many a stocking come 25 December.
Frasier’s Kelsey Grammer stars in Nigel Harman’s UK premiere of Broadway musical Big Fish, based on the Tim Burton film. The production continues at The Other Palace in London until 30 December 2017. What have critics been saying about it?
Kelsey Grammer brings gravitas and empathy to this largely bed-bound role. His decent singing voice does its best to wrest emotion from Edward’s gruff Southern accent but on boisterous songs like Red, White And True, it veers between baritone and barking seal.
I saw, and rather liked, the musical of Finding Neverland when it premiered in Leicester back in 2012 but given the extreme redevelopment it underwent thanks to Harvey Weinstein’s involvement, the show that opened on Broadway in 2015 was substantially different.