I've just booked for this. Was looking on the ATG website, and to my surprise there was one ticket, second row stalls, for £19.50 for next Saturday matinee. Every other day it was on sale for top price. So I grabbed it, and didn't have to pay a booking fee either. V odd. Looking forward to it.
When Sonia Freidman explained why that were bringing over Gavin Creel and Jared Gartner, and not using UK actors she said "it became clear early on during the audition process on London that we needed the real thing". Am therefore assuming that this week she's either eating her words or standing in the foyer offering refunds!
Obviously not - as having seen both Gavin and Ashley Day - there's not much to call between them although they play the part differently - certainly wouldn't consider one the real thing and one not.
Why do producers feel the need to say such ridiculous things in order to justify decisions? I'm sure that she always wanted a long run and therefore a recast - presumably with local actors. Given that the prices are going up and up this means she expects people to pay more for not seeing the real thing!!
An apology to British actors including the majority of the current cast might be in order. How about it Sonia?
When I booked, it was £15 best available (and I got centre of row, near front stalls) if you quoted "FANDAY" online (as I booked) or by 'phone. This was supposed to be valid for the rest of the run and any perf, so try it and see if the website will still accept it.
For those of you who weren't there... at the end of the bows a large screen was flown on to the stage, and the cast stood at the sides. It showed pictures one by one of every cast member who's performed at the Phoenix.... culminating in Robert Locke, Carl Wayne and Stephanie Lawrence, the three who've sadly passed away. Then the cast came forward again and sang the end of Tell Me It's Not True... singing the last verse a capella right at the front of the stage with the house lights up. Then the band and all the behind the scenes people came on stage to join them.
Then Bill Kenwright came up and gave a lengthy speech in which he thanked everyone and highlighted some special people... he also called up Bob Tomson his co-director. And then Blood Brothers left the West End....