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Monday, February 12

What A Swell Production

It's been a bit of a John Barrowman weekend. I think it was around Friday night that I heard John Barrowman on the radio talking about his appearance in The Producers movie. He was also talking about his stint on Radio 2, Sunday, filling in for Elaine Paige. On Saturday night I happened to catch the bit of The Producers he was in. He was very good. On Sunday, I heard some of his Radio 2 broadcast. That too was good. I like the guy. He's done the whole musical theatre thing and done it well. He's also got the kudos of having been in both Doctor Who AND his own Doctor Who spin-off - Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who). Having said that, I've not seen more than a few seconds of Torchwood, so it might be crap.

I bought the DVD of The Producers movie, despite being fairly disappointed by it when I saw it at the cinema. From the section I saw on Sky this weekend, I was right to be disappointed by some of the movie. A lot of it is still very very good. The big problem has one name - Uma Thurman - she ruined most scenes she was in. The other problem is that the things which made the stage show funny didn't translate very well to the screen. They wisely tried to make some things bigger for the screen, but they don't seem so absurd in the technicolor world of movie musicals, where they seem outrageous when played live in front of you.

Still, I am a big fan of the show and I'll make time to watch the whole DVD through, if only for the frequent facial expressions of Nathan Lane, as he mugs at the invisible audience, through the camera.

If I had my way, I'd be both talented enough and given the opportunity to play Max Bialystock in this musical. It's a dream of a part. Hell, I'd even play Roger De-Bris (I think I could do camp).

I'll just return to my desk and do some more typing, shall I? Ok. Well, I'm already here, but I'll stay here and type something different. Thank you very much. Goodbye.

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