"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
ELTON JOHN'S AIDA
at the Brentwood Theatre
Jones, Miss Saigon, Rent, they've all been pinched from the Met and
bastardised for Broadway. None, perhaps, as shamelessly as this
reworking by Elton John and Tim Rice, a long way after Giuseppe
melodies are not especially memorable, so it was lucky they were so
well served by these young singers, leading ladies especially. Chloe
Rickenbach was strong in the title role, with Rosie Tooze-East on
superb vocal form as her shallow, fashion-plate rival, the Princess
ensemble numbers worked best dramatically, with some fine duets and
an eloquent quartet ["Not Me"] for the two girls and
Radames [a confident James Durowse – better
in his many numbers than in the dialogue] and Mereb, given a
promising performance by Jonathan O'Neill, who brought out the simple
sincerity of the Nubian slave-boy.
dialogue was sometimes hard to catch, and the chorus had few
opportunities to shine, though the bathrobe number was amusing, and I
think Verdi might have approved of the rousing nationalistic chorale
which is the climax to Act I.
design was striking, though the scene changes sometimes seemed
awkward, and there were some magnificent costumes – I liked the
subdued russet tones for the captives.
was directed for BOSSY by Gaynor Wilson; Andy Prideaux was the