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I saw Chicago for the first time a few days and have to say i was very impressed . It is currently playing at the Cambridge theatre, after downsizing from the Adelphi theatre but this does not seem to make any difference.
The story lines its self keeps you drawn in through out the whole show so that you cant believe its over in the short time of 2 hours 20 minutes which includes a 20 minute interval. for those that have seen the film, there is little difference except for a few extra songs which nobody is going to complain about, seeing as the show did come first. the actors and actresses were extremely convincing with fantastic dancing.
On a Friday there are 2 performances of the show, one at 5.00 and one at 8.00. after seeing the 5.00 matinee its always a wonder how they have so much energy to do another show just 30 minutes after the last one. The fact that it was a matinee had absolutely no effect on their performance. The only thing is the 5.00 does not give you very much time to get to the theatre so its best to be avoided and can tend to be emptier than the evening performances.
The set in the show is completely non existent except for the use of a few props such as chairs which adds to the minimalistic atmosphere created. another thing adding to this atmosphere was the complete lack of costume changes apart from one of the main characters. well that if you could call them costumes as there was very little of them. The orchestra are also on-stage which is nice as its not often that orchestras are noted for playing a large part in the running of a musical as they are usually below the stage. Another thing is that the whole of the cast were always on-stage sitting alongside throughout the performance which i'm not sure was a good or bad thing.
The theatre itself was quite small which added to the whole atmosphere. I sat in row c of the stall which gave a pretty good view. It wasn't too far forward and enabled you to see the actors faces rather than just a blur in the distance. the only thing is it would have been better to sit one or two rows back so that your could actually see the floor of the stage. The seat weren't the comfiest I have ever experienced at a theatre but gave plenty of leg room.
Two names. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Guaranteed to make any film hilarious. This is definitely one of my all time favourite films. Nothing was going to top Shaun of the Dead but this seems to have done it brilliantly. Nicholas angel is a police man who get transferred to the countryside a little earlier than he was expecting. However, what seems to the quietest village in England soon reveals its hidden secrets. With comedy around every corner I'd be surprised if you could keep your eyes dry from laughter with witty remarks and jokes. The 15 age certificate is rightly placed though with particular gory moments and some tense scenes that are defiantly not suitable for younger audiences. The plot of the film is enough to keep you engaged, with twists and turns all the way through without being terribly complexed so that it is difficult to follow. Go and see it now!
This finishing creme is useful for anyone with crazy frizzy hair. I only say useful as it can leave hair feeling greasy and often takes alot to smooth down all hair, running out quickly. This means that your hair also has to be washed more frequently. It also comes at a large price, as does any John Frieda product. It is also easily washed out in the rain and needs constantly topping up through out the day if you want your hair to remain how you left it. this means that your hands can be left greasy with no where to wash them. Its worth noting it says step 5 on the bottle, suggesting it works best when previous frizz ease products have been used, again a pricey way to treat your hair. I often find that shampoo such as treseme solves the problem of frizzy hair with out having to plaster it in other treatments.
Yum yum yum yum yum yum...... these have to be one of my favourite puddings ever. so rich and chocolatey, they come with their own little glass bowl. they are so easy to cook, just stick them in the oven for 15mins and you get the perfect mix between a small amount of sponge and a large amount of souffle. However, for being that good they do come at a very large price, so they are only bought when on special offer! You can also have a go at making your own, a bit more time but alot more fun and a large sense of achievement when they come out tasting good!. You can also try supermarkets own versions, they may not taste as good as the branded gu ones but many of these are extremley simular but alot cheaper, giving the same chocolate taste. definatly give these a try!
I have to say i'm pretty hooked on lost. when it first came out i watched it by chance and since then i've never missed an episode. the only annnoying part was when sky started broadcasting it instead of channel four, and for thoses of us who don't have sky this was a bit annoying. i now have to watch the american broadcasted version online, not great as i have to watch it on my computer but worth it to keep up with the series. as much as i am a lost fanatic, the plot line does get a bit silly and confusing. I easily forget what has happened in the last series so there is no way you could just come in at season 6 without watching the rest of them aswell. however, it does become addictive, who dosn't want to know the secret of the programme, revealed at the end of this season. for most of us i think that is waht has been keeping us going. when you've been watching lost for so long your now just watching it to find out the ending.
I snapped up some cheap tickets to go and see Dirty Dancing and ended up paying £20 for top price stalls by buying from ebay, bit of a palava on the day as the postman took his time to come but we got there eventually. I was purswaded to see this after seeing a snippet of the show from west end live in June last year and I have to say it was a bit of a dissapointment. Having never seen the film I was able to look at it with a fresh eye. It definatly wasn't one of the WOW shows but failed to hit the spot that shows such as blood brothers did. The acting wasn't great and there was actually little singing in it, most just tracks and 'baby' looked young enough to be 'johnnys' daughter which made the whole concept hard to believe. The set was a bit basic but on the other hand the dancing was pretty fabulous, about the only thing that was in the show. the only thing that keeps the show going must be the thoudsands of 'dirty dancing' fans out there.
I managed to bag top price tickets to this show for £15 and to be honest I don't think it was actually worth much more than this, £30 at the max and i wouldn't pay to go again. the set of the show was pretty amazing, never before have i seen such an intricate design or so much glitz and glamour. but at the end of the day that's all it was. lots of dancing nuns in different sparkly costumes. the music wasn't as convincing as shows such as 'hairspray' or 'wicked. i'm not saying the show lacked energy for it lacked anything but. however it was just a bit samey. if you can get hold of some cheap tickets for this its worth a go but not worth paying full price tickets. i also wouldn't sit in the dress circle as it can feel as if you are looking down at the production rather than actually in it.
this is a definitely must see musical! so far i've seen it twice and plan to go back this summer due to the new fabulous cast including, rachel tucker and lee mead. the sound track is one you will never get sick of or bored. a warning though, once you've bought it that's it. you'll be hooked on the musical for ever! the story line itself is a must for any 'wizard of oz fan', delving deep into how the characters got to where they are in the original film and giving a whole new spin on the story, especially the 'wicked' witch of the west and Glinda the good. once seen there is defiantly a need to go back. the set design is amazing and spectacularly emerald! the costume design is amazing with huge outfits and an spectacular end to act 1 which will leave you mind blown for sure.
This has to be one of the best musicals i've ever seen. so good in fact i saw it twice in 3 months! it defiantly has the wow factor that wicked and hairspray both have. the theatre is huge giving a vibrant atmosphere that all the audience can get involved in, so that by the end there is none left sitting down. i have to say that at the moment there are a lot of half price tickets around on the internet for the show so dont pay full price when you dont have too! the soundtrack itself is brill, only problem is that it leaves a few songs such as 'crazy little thing called love'. its also a live recording rather than studio recorded, giving you the opportunity to relive the show all over again, with short talking sections and audiences clapping. its does include hit tracks such as 'we will rock you' and 'who wants to live forever'
These headphones are great. you can purchase them in many different coulours so they fit your personality or match your mp3 player. the cord is quite long giving extra length to move around and share the mp3 player with a friend. this also means they can ealisy be plugged into a radio when you cant play it out loud. the head phones are relitavily cheap, mine cost just 6.99 but this also means they can break easliy after a while and the sound can break up aswell as the plastic covering wearing away leaving bear wire. it may be worth spending a little more on a pair of heapd phone you can trust if you are going to be using them alot. for the ocassional listener these are great. i would also advise not to get ones with a white cord as this gets very easliy grubby and dirty whicih dosn't look good.
I've had this laptop for just over 6 months and it has its good and bad points. First of all the 15.7 inch screen makes it perfect for watching movies or programmes online. It's quite compact and has a very fast processing speed with a high amount of RAM. When bought from Dell itself, you can personalise the laptop for example putting in a webcam or changing the colour but this all comes at a quite hefty price of around £30 each. There are always some good deals that can be picked up from the website so its worth a look out, possibly adding in some extra RAM or hardrive space. However, the battery only lasts about 2 hours max which isn't really enough if your using the laptop whist on the move but if this isn't a problem, its perfect for the home and basic tasks such as browsing the internet or writing up documents.
the sony ericssom w880i is a good phone if you are not looking for lots of gadgets and gizmos. the phone fits nicely into pockets and small bags making it easily transportable. it also has a slighlty soft back so it can be dropped a number of times without even a scratch. as features go, the camera is of quite poor quality as is the video and sound. it does have bludetooth making ti easy to connect to other phones. the buttons on the phone take some getting used to but after that you have aquired a skill! not advisably for those with big fingers or who get easily annoyed! the mp3 player is also not much to brag about as it can be hard to sort playlists. you will also need a memory card as there is very little internal memory in the phone. it is well worth it
All round player
Screen size is large enough to watch short video clips
resonably good sound quality
has a very large amount of memory, if not a bit too much
is a very reasonable price and large colour choiice to fit your personal preference.
reasonable games to keep yourself amused but they are no differnet fro 2 models before
has a nike pedometer which can be connected to the computer allowing to track your progress
small hold button which keeps the player neat and stops you wasting battery
battery life is very good and sleep button can be used to save battery
Camera is of poor quality and only records videos, not pictures
Shiny gloss coating scratchers easily so has to be watched when in pockets with other items such as keys
definate buy if you are a fan of apple or ipods in general, but not worth the upgrade from 4th gen to 5th