I’m going to London in the Summer and I have to pick 4 shows. One’s going to be Matilda. Then a second viewing of Book of Mormon. And then I have to pick 2 more. So…
How’s the current London cast of Les Mis? And what else can you recommend (except Lion King, Wicked and Billy Elliot as I’ve seen those and feel no need to revisit)?
Love is what you earn and return
When you care for another
So much that the other’s set free.
I’m watching Catch Me If You Can for the first time and it’s crap (and this comes from a big fan of the movie), but it makes me eager for the inevitable 2018 stage musical adaptation of Wolf of Wall Street starring Aaron Tveit.
I went and watched another video of Spring Awakening from my apparently endless collection of Spring Awakening videos. Because, you know, teenage angst, abuse and suicide is what you want for cheering up.
Anyway, it was my first Kyle Riabko.
Kyle Riabko, who emotes like a Dreamworks character.
Now that I’ve seen 5 I think it’s time to play “Rank that Melchior!”
1-Jonathan Groff, obviously. Perfection. Equal parts mean and lovable, juvenile and wise, reckless and oppressed. One of the great performances of musical theater.
2-Matt Doyle, very different take, very soulful, emotional, fragile, almost a different character when played by Matt, and still engrossing. Best The Mirror-Blue Night ever.
3-Federico Marignetti (Italian production), similar to Groff, but plays the awkwardness of a blossoming first love much more sweetly and with much more irony (just like the Italian Wendla). A great performance that is even better during the scenes with Wendla.
4-Kyle Riabko, nice overall, but I felt the acting was a little forced and overdone and he delivered a weak Left Behind. He’s the only Melchior who actually looks like a child though which is a plus. The Bee Movie eyebrows though.
5-Hunter Parrish LOL no. Not a bad actor, but very weak in the vocal department.