Closer to Heaven revival in London 2015

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#1 Post by bookshopboy »

Just seen this: http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-thea ... id=rssfeed

A new production of Closer to Heaven will be in London at the Union Theatre from 28th April to 23rd May.

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#2 Post by Sandy Shaw »

Confirmed on Official Site too. I have booked for first preview!
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bookshopboy wrote:Just seen this: http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-thea ... id=rssfeed

A new production of Closer to Heaven will be in London at the Union Theatre from 28th April to 23rd May.
Well, maybe a low cost versión of the original show. Good news anyway.

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Book by...? I can't remember there's a book.

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@Sandy: Where did you get Preview-Tickets?

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leesmapman wrote:Book by...? I can't remember there's a book.
The "book" is the script!
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S-sense wrote:@Sandy: Where did you get Preview-Tickets?
From the link on the Union Theatre website.
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#8 Post by tottenhammattspurs »

Went to the original shows. Still slightly scarred by Louis Spence's crotch gyrating inches from my face! Served me right for sitting front row on the aisle!
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50 seats huh?
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boyjohn wrote:50 seats huh?
It's a super "intimate theatre" with a very high standard of work.
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#11 Post by Grover »

Interesting! I might go...

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booked. can't wait!!

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Bought five tickets for Thursday 14th! For friends, not just leg room, and they haven;t seen it before
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#14 Post by PopArt »

I can't say I saw this coming! I will be really interested to see if the reaction to Closer to heaven, 14 years on, is any different to the first time around. It was quite polorising amongst fans and critics alike. Of course, there was a strong under current of homophobia from sections of the media too. Has the world in changed that much in the last fourteen years for it to receive a fairer hearing? I like to think it has.

Personally, I was massively disappointed with Closer to Heaven when I saw it in 2001. I felt it was a missed opportunity. The story didn't really grab me at all and I found the humour rather forced at best and embarrassing at worst. The music was hit and miss too. From the amazing opening sequence of My night, to Friendly fire and Out of my system there were some great songs. But there were also some really below-par PSB efforts in there too with some pretty clunky lyrics not at all typical of Neil's normal style. It felt like a work-in-progress rather than a finished musical.

Still, I hope it's a success and gets a second chance in the West End as a result of this limited run. Despite my disappointment it was clearly trying to do something no other musical in the West End had ever attempted to do. PSB deserve to be recognised for that. And it was such a shame that a combination of a slump in theatre attendances post 9/11 and a general conservatism towards Closer to Heaven resulted in it closing early.
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#15 Post by wieske »

Just saw all the Closer to Heaven shows at the Union Theatre sold out!

They just can do it, they just can do it (and this in only two days)! How great is that!
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