Now I know this isn't a book post but it's something I really want to shout about so I just had to write a post about this!
Last night I went to see Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre with Imelda Staunton. I didn't know what to expect but I love the film so I couldn't wait to go and see it on stage. The Savoy Theatre is a great theatre and I love to go and see things there, its really comfortable and just gorgeous to look at as well! We had great seats and a great view...
From the moment the curtain went up I was just spellbound. It was loud and brash and fun and I could hear every word of what was going on on stage. The set was fabulous with lots of moving bits and countless scene changes which were just seamless! There was one moment where the scene went from young children to older youths and that transition was just phenomenal (I won't spoil it for you as to how they did it!)
Of course the story is a great one, as any of you that have seen the film, but it was done so well in this production. The singing was just amazing and we definitely all found ourselves swept up in the music, swaying along with the rhythm.
The most powerful thing about the show though, was Imelda! She had such power and such presence, whether she was belting out Everything's Coming up Roses or shouting at someone on the stage because they weren't helping her babies to become stars, she had us in the palm of her hand. The was one powerful, emotional scene where Rose, played by Staunton, was alone of the stage and there was a moment of silence where you literally could not hear a breath in the theatre! That is a serious talent to be able to achieve that!
Overall I was left rather emotional by the power of the whole thing. I didn't once check my watch to see when it was going to finish and there was no shuffling in the seat because I was kept on the edge of it the entire time by what was going on on the stage! I'm already trying to find a time in the diary when I can return and I definitely think that you should too!