@Coolboy - thanks for this! I did not know these were happenning - will follow for coming weeks. :-)
Very sorry I missed Jesus christ superstar last week - especially with Tim Minchin. :-(
How about Cats?
IMHO that is the essence of live performance. A performer is figuratively naked with his raw talent on display - or literally naked in the case of Oh Calcutta! A performer either has the goods or not. No second take. No editing room tricks. No help from your publicist or agent. No social media spin. When the performer is on his game and the source material is strong, it is indeed fucking magic.Original Post Deleted
On the flip side, if any of the element is off, it can be a sad affair. i.e. Saw the musical adaptation of AmÃ©lie in LA a few years ago. Phillipa Soo (original cast member of Hamilton as Eliza Hamilton) starred as the title character. Her voice talent is undeniable. Her cast members were not up to her standards and the stage show itself was flat. Lighting was wrong. Spacing was off. After it's tune-up run in L.A. it was retooled for Broadway and closed after about five months.
This is a live stage show not a film, Also I believe itâ€™s Andrew Lloyd Webber allowing them to show for free. The other shows are not his.