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re: Newbie saying hi! (And some thoughts on the show)

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Dave_Wain 09:56 am MST 03/22/17
In reply to: re: Newbie saying hi! (And some thoughts on the show) - ashkent7 02:45 am MST 03/22/17

Thanks everyone! Awesome to be made to feel so welcome.

> Welcome, and it's a great post to start out with. It's
> like it's been building up for years.
> And don't worry I'm sure the length of your post will be
> accepted - I don't think I've written one that hasn't
> turned into something that could be bound and stuck on a
> bookcase and they haven't kicked me out yet. It's my turn
> to be the blubbering wreck tomorrow.
> > If anyone was unfortunate enough to sit by a tall guy in
> > his thirties, wearing ripped skinny jeans and a Todd
> > Rundgren tee last night in the front row of the circle, I
> > apologise now for weeping uncontrollably somewhere during
> > the second act!
> >
> > Newbie alert! Iíve read this messageboard every day for
> > the best part of this century, but Iím just not really a
> > contributor on forums of this ilk. I just donít think Iíve
> > got anything particularly interesting to say. Iím a far
> > better voyeur! Having said that, somewhere in the deep
> > recesses of the M56 on the journey home, I felt I just HAD
> > to finally join the board and offer my thoughts, if only
> > in the hope that laying them down may facilitate some
> > sleep!
> >
> > Letís go back to the emotion of the night, and it IS a
> > deeply emotional piece of work, but thereís no doubt a
> > percentage of that is just sheer relief.
> >
> > Not so much a relief that itís good, just the simple
> > relief that it exists at all. Weíve all been on this
> > (clichť warning) Ďjourneyí, whereby Jimís lifelong vision
> > of a musical has always been mooted, but even despite the
> > teasingly short rehearsal promo clips, there was always a
> > nagging suspicion in my mind that it was some insane
> > self-created fantasy, caused by an over-prescribed dosage
> > of Prozac or somethingÖ
> >
> > Thankfully it appears my doctor wonít be up before the
> > GMC, because it really does live and breathe in one
> > gargantuan, breathtaking, aural and visual spectacle.
> >
> > I found Jimís work through an unusual entry point. One
> > album I obsessed over as a teenager, and still do now is A
> > Wizard, A True Star, so with a hunger for everything that
> > Todd has laid his genius-like paws on, I ventured towards
> > his productions; XTC, The Band, Patti Smith, andÖ well,
> > you know the rest.
> >
> > This fervent hunger to sample an artistís entire body of
> > work soon transferred onto Steinman, and before I knew it
> > Iíd amassed the usual suspects, as well as those early
> > eighties masterpieces for other artists. Needless to say
> > this caused a great deal of concern among my parents and
> > friends; between asking my mother to borrow one of her
> > Barbra Streisand LPís, and insisting that my school
> > friends listen to Barry Manilow between Guns NíRoses CDís,
> > my card was marked early on as a potentially unhinged
> > individual!
> >
> > I digress. We all have our stories, but one thing thatís
> > remained constant since I first found Jimís music, is the
> > fact that first and foremost, Iím a Jim Steinman fan. As
> > everyone will agree, there are times when this carries a
> > degree of frustration, not least (despite the great
> > review) in pieces like the one from The Arts Shelf
> > yesterday which carried the slightly misleading headline
> > ĎIn the Land of the Musical, Meat Loaf is Kingí, because
> > if thereís another aspect that added to the emotion of
> > last night, it was the sight of Jimís name above the
> > title. It felt like a perverse vindication of two decades
> > of strange looks; the record shop guy who smirked as I
> > bought three copies of No Matter What, or the former
> > partner who cited my predilection for relentlessly playing
> > ďsome German opera shitĒ as a reason for breaking up.
> >
> > Iím using it relentlessly too, both in conversation and on
> > social media; JIM STEINMANíS Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical.
> >
> >
> > Prior to going, a high percentage of people I told replied
> > with ďOoh, is Meat Loaf in it?Ē, which was fine, but once
> > I strangled the seventh successive person who said that,
> > the bodies were beginning to pile up. This response will
> > no doubt dwindle as the showís legacy becomes etched into
> > the folklore of Musical Theatre, and to be honest, Iím
> > pretty pumped at the pending reappraisal of Jimís career
> > that BooH: TM should bring, not least for the folks that
> > go out and pick up the Pandoraís Box CD. Oh how envious I
> > am of them being able to listen to that for the first
> > time.
> >
> > Anyhow, Iím droning on so much Iím almost on the verge of
> > curing my own Steinman-induced insomnia, but, as for a few
> > random thoughts on the show, it seems redundant to add
> > another orgasm to the cacophony of heightened squeals over
> > the much talked about sequences that had audience members
> > gasping. A few things that really caught my eyes and ears
> > began with Andrew Polec. Holy cow! I saw him interviewed
> > alongside Meat (post-Q Award), and he really did look like
> > a deer trapped in the headlights of an oncoming car. I
> > really should have had no such concerns though, as he gave
> > a commanding performance of self-assured brilliance. The
> > same goes for Christina Bennington, who manages to embody
> > a naÔve innocence, mixed with an underlying desire to
> > rebel.
> >
> > Jimís script was far more intense than I expected. Naively
> > I thought the narrative would be pretty filmsy in order to
> > facilitate the music, but I was so wrong. Peppered with
> > all the classic Steinmanismís that weíve become accustomed
> > to Ė JUGULAR! Ė Jim visits all the themes that are
> > entwined throughout his songbook. One aspect that I
> > thought worked really well was the character of Tink. To
> > me, thereís a real undercurrent of sexuality that really
> > sparkles on stage between him and Strat, and Aran MacRae
> > manages to deliver that with a subtle perfection.
> >
> > What Part of My Body Hurts the Most was the moment that
> > really broke me, as I sobbed my way to snot-laden
> > embarrassment like some kind of inconsolable fruitloop.
> > The simplicity of the production on this song really
> > heightened the emotion of it, while years of only seeing
> > it on some grainy YouTube clip with Rob Evan singing
> > proved too much to finally see it performed live.
> >
> > Thatís all really. I hope Iím allowed back after a
> > ridiculously long first post! I just had to share this
> > with like-minded people as a means of cathartic release.
> > Yíknow, sometimes when you witness a miracle, you realise
> > that itís not much good just keeping it to yourself.
> >

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