Sunday, June 5, 2011

the last saturday.

Seeing as yesterday was our last Saturday in London we felt we needed to milk it for all it was worth.
We woke up early in the morning and walked Hyde Park, it was a blissful way to begin the day!
These old men were swimming in the Serpentine...gross...and changing out of their speedos willy nilly...grosser.
We then continued on a wild goose chase for tickets! We were successful. We saw two shows in one day. Awesome.

We started off with a matinee of "Love Never Dies"-the story of Phantom of the Opera continued 10 years later in Coney Island, New York.

I have to say, I was far more impressed than I thought I'd be. The story was a bit forced, and some of the music was forgettable, but it had many more redeeming qualities. There were a couple gorgeous numbers with some very talented people. Unfortunately, Sierra Boggess (the original cast, also original Ariel in Little Mermaid) has just barely left the cast. The original Phantom was there, and he was incredible. The visuals were jaw-dropping at times. They used stylized projections with scrims for much of the overall environment and some bold and dramatic set pieces that were innovative and beautiful.
Could the writing have been better? Yes.
Were the performances perfect? No.
Did it exceed expectation? Yes!
To see more footage click here.

We finished off the day with "Spamalot"! I've been wanting to see this for ages and it's the perfect show to see in London! We had a blast. It was a LONG way away, but worth it. That type of humor gets a little tiring after a while so it was nice that it was only 2 hours, with a 20 minute interval! Definitely worth it.

That's it for now! We'll be home Friday-crazy.

3 comments:

TyandMar said...

Love reading about your adventures. So jealous of all the shows you've seen! I can't remember what your goal was...how many did you want to try and see over there?! I see you're at 25! Wow. Crazy. We've missed you guys and can't believe you'll be home this weekend!! Live it up!

SamanthaZ said...

Don't come home yet! That went by way to fast and I'm not done Vicariously living through you two. I will send you a Facebook critique of The Little Mermaid this evening. :)

SamanthaZ said...

Shoot, way too fast. Too not to.