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BodyGuard The Musical Reviews – What did we think? Tickets on Sale Here!

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Last week I was in London so I had to go to the West End and see a show.  Oddly enough we went planning on seeing one thing, but ended up going to see The BodyGuard the Musical in the West End instead.  So what is our opinion or what are our thoughts on this show?  The BodyGuard the musical reviews are that it is 100% worth going to, but only for the second act.  Here’s why we hated the first act, thought the lead fell short for part of the performance and why it is still a must see show!

The Body Guard the Musical stays almost exactly accurate to the movie they took it from.  You have the same characters, I think the songs were out of order though and you have all of the major scenes.  You have the lead Diva Rachel whose sister Nicki is the real star, but is always in her shadows.  You have the really hot, but creepy stalker and killer, Rachel’s son, her Publicist, the rest of her group and of course, her BodyGuard Frank.  Here’s what my friend and I thought character by character.

Rachel Marron – Heather Headly – She is always freaking amazing.  Unfortunately she tried to take the songs and make them her own and sort of killed all but two or three of them.  She finished the first act by blowing us away with her incredible voice, but the rest of the act was spent watching the person who played her sister, Nicki.  Heather did an awesome job, but she needs to work on adding emotion and acting back into the songs and also not let the other cast members trump her incredible voice.  Heather, we love you!!!!, however we want to hear you belt out some amazing music like you can do.  Don’t try to make it your own, redo it, add in your ability to act and then add in your own voice and we’ll all still love it!  Don’t stop on notes and sing through your teeth…you are better than that!

Frank Farmer – Lloyd Owen – I thought he did great.  My friends thought he was trying to hard to be a 1920’s cop.  His voice and accent weren’t very good and although he did pretend to be a 1920’s cop, he did his part well, the acting was great and he kept in character during the entire show.  Good for him!

Nicki Marron – Debbie Kurup – You were f*cking amazing!  You took some of the hardest songs to sing, trumped the lead and then also added in your own acting, facial expresions and made them your own.  You stole the show and everyone was commenting about you.  Holy sh*t…you are incredible.  I will happily go to any other show you star in!

The rest of the cast had a couple of good actors.  The creepy stalker – Mark Letheren – Your acting scared the crap out of us, you got us on pins and needles and we were all scared to death of you!  Amazing!   I don’t know who played Fletcher the night we went, but that kid is amazing as well.  He could sing, dance and keep up with everyone else!

Unfortunately the first act will put you to sleep, but in the second act you will be going crazy.  When the cabin turns around and you expect the Stalker to be in there, you won’t be able to stop gripping your chair.  When Rachel sings I will always love you, you’ll be tearing.  When Frank gets shot, you’re mouth will drop.  The show takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and one that you will want to ride again.  I have never been in a theatre where I felt like I was watching a movie that makes you jump out of your chair, scream, sing, dance and have fun.  This show was amazing in the second half and one that you need to see.  The BodyGuard the Musical Reviews are amazing and I highly recommend seeing the show.  You can buy tickets to bodyguard the musical on sale by going through any of the banners to the right of this post.  The Bodyguard the Musical reviews gets 4 out of 5 stars because of the second act.  If the second act was like the first one, the show would have gotten 1 out of 5 at best.

Everyone’s a Little Bit Racisct from Avenue Q in London Live

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So I needed a quick pick me up today and when I was walking home from brunch, well taking a cab with my mom who was visiting, we came across this seriously uptight person.  I live in Washington DC and everyone who is new here is extremely PC.  The problem is that DC is probably one of the most un-PC towns there is.  Sure when you have to deal with government contractors and government employees and government HR departments they are extremely strict but when you get them outside work or with a few drinks in them people’s real colors show.

I guess when you have to deal with some seriously annoying bureaucratic bullcrap all day long and follow every instruction to the dot on each sentence you eventually go crazy and need a break from all of the regulations and politically correct bullsh*t.  The problem is that when people first move here and only want to talk about politics and get scared to death to hear someone referred to as black or asian or white or fat or anorexic or other adjectives they go crazy.  Not only do they come with high hopes and beliefs about their own cause or political agenda but they love to try and force it down everyone they meet’s throats.  The problem is that those of us who have been living here for more than a few years or even more than 5 or ten years cannot stand these people.  It’s like they seriously need to get over it and just because they are in Washington DC it doesn’t mean they can bring up politics or causes because guess what, you never know where people stand on issues.

Every election people lose their jobs and more people move in.  Just because you are in a bar and believe in or are fighting for one cause doesn’t mean the person sitting next to you isn’t your opposition.  The people that last here and are able to make friends here learn to separate their emotions and work from their friendships and personal lives.  Not everyone wants to hear about what you think is wrong with the world and how you are here to fix it and not many people care to hear about it after work is over…unless they are new here.  When it comes to describing someone guess what, terms like black, tall, white, bad hair, ugly sweater sort of work because they help you figure out who it is.  Just because you say African American doesn’t mean they are from Africa.  You may offend that person especially if they are from the Virgin Islands and actually just a black American.  Anyways, the point of this rant is that this stupid person got bent out of shape and upset that I described someone as the black guy who was tall and wearing a certain colored shirt.  She went off the handle and butted into my conversation and really had no business to.

Although I didn’t mean it as being racist, she apparently thought it was so I sort of told her to F off and mind her own business.  At a certain point you just need to stop and she was more than at that point.  It also got me thinking about one of my favorite songs from Avenue Q, Everyone’s a little bit racist.  It is a song describing sort of what I am talking about but a little more extreme.

I’m not a complete racist and really don’t hate many people, especially not because of the color of their skin and I think that Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q does a great job at telling people to just get over it if it isn’t meant in a negative way.  Sure Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q goes a bit above and beyond what they should do, but it is all in good fun.  Here is the live performance by the London cast of Everyone’s a little bit racist from Avenue Q.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

Priscilla Queen of The Desert The Musical

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

Since Friday is coming up in a couple of minutes and we are closing out on gay week and drag week I was thinking of what gets gayer than the three bears performing Say a Little Prayer from Glee.  The only thing that is going to top that which we used to top A Little More Mascara and I am What I am from La Cage Au Follies is Priscilla Queen of the Desert and instead of just showing you a fabulous video and clip from this fabulous new hit Musical in London I would also review the show and the basic main story line.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert was one of the original Drag Queen and Gay Movies to ever hit the main stream media.  Much like Hairspray it dealt with taboo issues and also went from a cult movie to a musical production.  Now we’ll have to see if they end up doing another version of the movie and changing it again to be more appropriate for even more audiences in a new movie form with new music like the Musical version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the story of three drag queens who are doing what every Drag Queen wants to do.  Put on a show and perform for a fabulous audience and crowd, not to mention star in Austrailia’s version of a Las Vegas (The goal stage of every Drag Queen in the USA) casino which turns out to be owned and operated by one of the Queen’s exs who also turns out to be an actual female.  They sort of traded each other in for a new pair of shoes and an argument over whose gown looked better.  I vote for the chandelier gown worn by the more feminine of the two, the Guy.

The story progresses as the three queens work their way through the desert and get stranded.  While they are stuck in the middle of the Austrailian outback they begin to talk about their past and different things they have overcome.  After you get through all of the boring emotional stuff they begin to give you what you actually came to see in the show. a bunch of Drag Divas in ridiculous costumes lipsinking the lyrics to other people’s songs.

The not only perform for a group of Australian Aborigines but they also end up in a small town and the one almost gets gay

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Queens Theatre

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Queens Theatre

bashed, they get to perform in another small town but get shown up by an ex Asian prostitute (who then loses her husband to one of the queens) in one of the movies most memorable moments, the ping pong ball trick which you see referenced to this day in spoofs.

Eventually the queens make it to Alice Springs to put on their final show and during the trip you will not only want to get up and sing to some of the most fun disco music but the bright costumes, the lively acting, the high energy of everything and the LED tour bus will not only leave a positive memory and leave you singing for days but you will walk out in an amazing mood.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert isn’t one of those shows that is deep or makes you want to cry but it is like Jersey Boys where it is a fun loving funny and feel good musical.  It is currently playing at the Queen’s Theatre (Ironic isn’t it) in London England’s West End and tickets are definitely worth the price if you want something fun and different to do than the normal hum drum or classic theatre show.  It may not be the best show for kids but is definitely one that you will be able to take almost anyone to for a fun and feel good time out.  I actually loved Priscilla Queen of the Desert even though this normally isn’t my type of show and because I left singing the songs and loving the show I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars rating.

If you have seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical please feel free to share your pictures and leave a message below in the comments section.

Here is a clip from the shows trailer that I found to share with you all. You’ll see the insane costumes, the amazing set and see how fabulous the show actually is.

Les Miserables London England

Les Miserables Reviewed – Les Mis in London

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Les Miserables London England

Les Miserables London England

You can almost never go wrong with a classic show.  Les Miserables or Les Mis as most people call it is exactly one of those classic shows that you just cannot go wrong with.

I was recently in London England, pretty much home to Europe’s version of Broadway where they have everything playing from Avenue Q to Wicked in their dedicated theatres to touring casts like the newer show Dreamboats and Petticoats (which isn’t really in the west end, but then again it isn’t a dedicated theatre show).

One of things I love most about going to see Broadway styled shows in London England is that just like in New York City, you can go to the half price broadway tickets stand inside the Leicster (spelled wrong) Station in the Metro or just above it in Soho (The West End) and pick up a ticket last minute for just about any show and only have to pay around half price.

I went there to get a ticket for Les Mis in London, like I said you cannot go wrong with a classic show and since it is now the longest running show in London’s broadway history I had to go see it in London and with the new London cast.  When I got there it was disappointing to find out that the show was sold out and even if she did have a ticket it wouldn’t have been able to be sold for half price.   The girl at the counter did offer to call the Queen’s Theatre in London to double check and instead of being polite and saying no that’s ok I said that would be great.

She happily called the theatre and as she was talking to them someone canceled their seat in the front section and she

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

quickly had them put it on hold, offered it to me about 10 pounds above theatre price and since you really cannot get a better seat or ticket for Les Miserable in London, I couldn’t refuse, even with the markup. I got my ticket and was even more surprised to learn that you could pay in either US dollars or in British Pounds.  It was awesome!

So I got my ticket to Les Mis and went on to go do to the touristy thing for the day.

So Les Miserables Reviewed.  Is Les Mis a good show or should you spend a ton of money to see a show that has been running and around for 20 years?

Some people think that just because a show is old it may not be good.  It probably won’t have the special effects like Wicked or Hairspray, it won’t have the modern music like Rent or Spring Awakening or modern themes like Avenue Q but in reality, even though it may not have the modern special effects, when you combine beautiful ballads, amazing acting, great dance and a really well thought out story, not to mention a show that has lasted 20 years, you cannot go wrong.

Sure Les Mis doesn’t have flying witches, but it does have a love story, a talented cast, gorgeous overdone costumes, singing dancing, comedy and acting.  It has everything that all of us can relate to and even though we cannot relate to the time period the characters live in, if you actually think about it times haven’t changed that much, just the way we look at them and the new technology we have to help cope with them.

les miserables set

les miserables set

Les Miserables is the story of the French Revolution.  How people could start to rise up and overpower the government or monarchy if they truely believe in their cause.  Sure virtually the entire cast dies but if you read history, the French Revolution had to start somewhere and the brave characters and cast of Les Miserables helped to start that revolution and fight the French Monarchy.

The show starts with men who are imprisoned for doing things like stealing a loaf of bread to save their sisters baby’s life.  One of these men (who stole the loaf of bread) is Jean Valjean.

Jean Valjean is a good man at heart.  He was trying to save his Nephews life but instead got caught stealing to feed him and imprisoned for 16 years.  When his parol finally came up, we was released but also still had to report to his thickheaded parol officer regularly or he would have to go back to prison and work in the fields again.

Jean Valjean tried to go forward and make something of himself but whenever he would get a job, people would pay him half the money because he was a con, they would refuse to hire him or they would throw him out on the street and not even let him rent a room.  Not only was Jean Valjean at his lowest point, but he was also on the verge of death until a Bishop took him in.  Unfortunately while the Bishop went to bed, Jean Valjean robbed his silver and everything he could find.  He then ran out of the house to go into hiding and started to realize, what had he done?

Of course he ended up getting caught and when he was about to be sent back to prison for stealing from the Bishop, the

Les Miserables Queens Theatre London England

Les Miserables Queens Theatre London England

Bishop lied and said he gave all the silver to Jean Valjean (even though the Bishop was poor and had very little).  He also said that Jean had forgotten the candlesticks that he was given as well and handed them to him.  Even though Jean Valjean felt guilty about stealing the Bishop’s silver, he took the Candlesticks and when he was about to leave the Bishop told him to use them to start a new life and a good life and with that Jean Valjean left.

You then get to start to move into the slum of France just before the revolution.  There are prostitutes everywhere, women in factories and everyone stuggling.  A young woman named Fantine.

Fantine is a young woman struggling to not only keep herself alive, but everything she does and earns is all for one purpose, to save her daughter who is staying with the Inn Keeper and his wife, Cosette.

Fantine does eventually pass away in the show but if you know your French History or watch the History channel, ghosts to come back and appear, especially during hard times and times of war.  Ghosts are a huge part of this show, whether it is about dreams and songs like Castle on a Cloud which you hear Cosette sing while she is a little girl or the ghosts of Marius’s Friend’s all singing after they die in the fight against the french revolution.

After Fantine passes away, Jean Valjean makes her last request his life’s work.

He goes to the Inn that Cosette is living in with the comedy relief characters and goes to not only rescue Cosette but also raise her as his own daughter.

The story continues on from there and goes through what life was like back in France and eventually ends in Paris where the French Revolution took place.  There are side stories about surviving, falling in love, robbing your customers and even not to underestimate the power of people who go unseen because they are small, short or different.

The show has funny punchlines, amazing ballads and you will laugh and you may even cry during certain songs and parts.  One of my favorite songs from Les Miserable “On My Own” is a great example.

The first half of Les Miserables is very emotional and until you hear this song in the second half of the show you don’t think you will be able to cry again.

The Actress who played Eponine was amazing.  She not only had one of the strongest voices in the cast, but her acting was incredible.  She did mess up and miss a couple notes in my favorite song from the show, but her overall performance was nothing short of incredible.  She has a huge career built out for her if she learns how to control the rest of her voice and not overdo the last bit of the high notes.

The two kids who star in the show, (the one who plays Cosette as a little girl and the Boy who sings the Little People song) stole the show.  The understudy who played Jean Valjean that night started out fairly weak but between these four actors there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  All four of them surprised and shocked me with their talents.

Marius and the rest of the cast were ok, nothing special nothing amazing, but these four were absolutely show stoppers.  I even actually ran into a couple of them randomly after show on my way into Soho and what was even more suprising was that even though they just got off work and were worn out, they all had time to stop and chat for a bit.

Jean Valjean Les Miserables

Jean Valjean Les Miserables

They thanked me for coming out, were amazingly friendly and were happy to talk about the show and their careers.  Here is a picture of the guy who played Jean Valjean the night I was at the show.

Overall you cannot go wrong with Les Miserables in London at the Queen’s Theatre in the West End.  The show makes you laugh and cry, has great songs, fun characters and amazing costumes.  Les Mis at the Queens Theatre in the West End of London gets 4 and a half stars from me.  It is definitely worth watching and going back to see again.

If you have seen Les Miserables in London or if you have seen it or want to go see it, feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you like it, what you loved about it and when you are going to see it again.