Didn't completely blow me away
I went to see this show with extremely high hopes as the reviews were good and with Tim Rice's lyrics, I thought it would blow me away, but it didn't. Yes, the lyrics were great, but there are no memorable tunes (think Billy Elliot, Wicked, Les Mis etc.) and I certainly can't bring any to mind now. I shan't be dashing out to buy the soundtrack! We were almost at the back of the large dress circle and I occasionally struggled to understand some of the words. The staging, however, was stunning, the cast huge and very highly talented, the sets simple but great and story superb. I gather it's much closer to the book than the film (which I've not seen, so I had no benchmark) and holds nothing back. Some of the scenes are very graphic and I believe there's an age warning attached (not suitable for children under 14). I would certainly recommend this show but it's not on my 'definitely see again and again and again' list! Enjoy!
From Here to Eternity on Saturday, Nov 9th, 2013