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July 12, 2006

And Eve Was Weak


Whatever the Mirvish spin machine says do not believe the hype and blame the critics. The recently announced closure of the "Lord of the Rings" musical was no surprise to the Flea partially because I had heard reliable rumours to the effect weeks in advance and partially because I have now seen it. And it is bad. Shockingly bad. And that is saying something considering I walked in expecting dancing Hobbits.*

But the thing to keep in mind is there is bad and then there is bad. Carrie: The Musical bad (via Modern Fabulosity).

Behold! I have unleashed some of my guilty pleasure videos onto an unsuspecting world! Prepare to be dazzled and appalled, shocked and awed, laughing and crying at the madness that is... CARRIE! I AM THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER, THE COLOR OF FLAME! I'M CARRIE! I AM THE SONG OF ENDLESS WONDER THAT NO ONE WILL CLAIM!

Kill the pig!

*Not that this will stop me from seeing the Queen musical set to replace it.

Absolutely fabulous Update: Or we could just have an X-Men musical instead.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 12, 2006 11:23 AM


That was a bizarre link to YouTube, but you knew that already.

Have you noticed much Gwenyth Paltrow's look over the past few years? Very Carrie.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 11:57 AM

We Will Rock You - quite liked it.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2006 08:52 PM

Yeah the Queen musical is supposed to be rather good. I havent seen it as I rather hate musicals but if you like that sort of thing it is suppose to be very good.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 06:08 AM

Oh, that is awesome. I've got a friend whom I've always envied for seeing the Broadway production of Carrie. Now I've had a chance to experience some of what he sat through.

Incidentally, I suspect the reason there are no surviving videos from the second act of the Broadway production is because the show closed before it got that far.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 10:08 AM

I always figured the Lard of the Rings musical would suck not for obvious inanities (singing/dancing hobbits -- and possibly, horribly, a singing and dancing Sauron + Ringwraiths), but because it was coming at the end of a pretty fantastic three-movie series which gave us seven and a half hours of acting and CGI effect spectacles no mere stage production could ever hope to recapture.

I think you need to dish more on the specifics of the suckitude -- unless, of course, you got the tickets free and intermission drinks free from the promoter as some kind of blogvertising deal.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 11:23 AM

Of the many ways in which the show sucked perhaps the greatest was the inexplicable choice to mimic the films' vision of some costumes and characters while ineffectually trying to put blue water between the show and the films for others. In the case of the latter there were cowboy hats and chaps for some Prancing Pony denizens and the suspiciously late '60s flower-child ents on stilts. In the case of the former it was movie props and armour - most notably the smoking pipes - that looked as though they had been bought up the street at The Silver Snail.

Though the Sister of the Flea, source of our comp tickets, thought the main problem was the lighting direction; costumes that she assured me were actually vibrant and distinctive all assumed the same muddy brown look. She is the expert so I imagine she is spot on with this point.

So, no blogvertising deal here but you are correct to infer I would not have plunked down $150 or whatever to sit through the thing. And thank heavens I didn't. I have enjoyed some crap musical theatre in my day but this was the first I was ever tempted to abandon at the intermission. I walked out four songs into The Birthday Massacre's set at the Opera House last Saturday so it is not like I never pull the trigger on bad shows.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 11:53 AM

And another thing... before the show started there was a wonderful vignette with Hobbits on stage and moving through the audience with butterfly nets as people were finding their seats. There was a hint of childlike wonder in the air and the whole thing was impressively set off with a dappled pre-show lighting effect suggesting a faerie woodland.

Then the show started and we are presented with a weedy Gandalf and no fewer than four accents in Hobbiton. If this was the flawless evocation of class and region pulled off by the American Frodo and Sam of the film I would have been pleased. But the show's Frodo could not decide if he was in a Monty Python sketch or trying to pick up chicks with a fake Dublin accent. I was ready to throttle all of them before Bilbo's party got underway.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 11:58 AM

You are a born theatre critic. Someone at the Globe or Post needs to get fired and replaced ASAP.

I was tempted to pull the trigger 15 minutes into Miss Saigon but never did. That show killed my young illusion of Toronto theatre's infallibility.

I appreciate the look behind the curtain, as I am not at all tempted to shell out 150 bucks, but I do enjoy the occasional "so bad it's good" show or movie.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 13, 2006 12:52 PM