Originally Posted by frazod
Keep in mind, Macintosh was involved in this, and he still makes a ton of money off the play touring and probably didn't want to **** that up. (These things become so clear when you're completely cynical.
The last time I saw it on stage I was also a bit disappointed. I probably saw the same one you did - definitely seemed like the JV cast, but I certainly didn't pay JV prices to watch them. One thing I noticed was that they sped up the tempo on some of the songs - it was almost like listening to an album on the 45 setting. And there were a few other tweaks I didn't care for.
The show was here a couple of months ago, and between my thoughts on the last performance I saw and anticipation of the film, I didn't go see it. Found out too late to get tickets that the production was much better than the last one. Oh well.
I'm not sure how much Cameron McIntosh was involved or if he just was given a credit because he produced the stage version... could be either. I guess I'm not as inclined to think there's some overarching conspiracy here.
The one we saw in B'ham was also really "up tempo." We figured the musical director had a hot date and needed to get out at a certain time.
We might give the stage show one more shot, but if it's as disappointing as the last time we saw it, I doubt we'll drop the coin again. Which is a major bummer, because between the two of us we've seen it 15 times on stage (me nine, her six).