Saturday, 27 January 2018

Eugenius live at The Other Palace

Hey Everyone, 

We hope you have all had a great week so far

So this week something very special arrived on stage here in the Westend.

Eugenius opened for its previews at The Other Palace in London and has so far smashed it night after night this week. Its completely everything you want in a show and if the 80's are your favourite era then this show is for you. 
There are so many nods and references there is something for everyone to enjoy. The soundtrack is incredibly catchy and we have had it on repeat since it's full launch a couple of weeks ago.

There are lots of laughs from the start and this show is bought alive from the incredible cast and the energy they give off throughout the whole show never falters.

We won't give too much away but we promise you will leave with a smile on your face and at least a few of the songs stuck in your head for the next few days at least. 

This show gets a 5 out of 5 from us both both stars and lightening bolts. 

Ben and Chris this show is just amazing, we really couldn't be more prouder and can't wait to see this again and what follows 

Its true what the poster says - You really do need to see it again 

Have a great week guys 

Love Holly and Jenni 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Exclusive interview with Ben Adams ahead of the launch of Eugenius the Musical

Hey Guys

Welcome to a very special blog, in a few weeks time Eugenius The Musical opens in London at The Other Palace in London. If you haven't already booked tickets now is the time. The show promises to be incredible and if the rest of the soundtrack is anything like the first few songs that have been released we are in for a treat. " Go Eugenius " has been on my play list for weeks and I can't wait to hear the rest of the album when it arrives very soon. I was lucky to put some questions to Ben Adams who along with Chris Wilkins are the co-creators of the show. 
 How did you come up with the concept for Eugenius
Chris Wilkins and I have been friends for many years and had always talked about writing a musical together, one that brought every element of what we love together into one big melting pot. we both grew up in the 80's and love all the music and pop culture from that era, plus Chris is a massive geek and loves comic books so thats where we started. the problem was we had no idea where to start having never written a musical before-yes i write and produce for other artists, myself a1 etc and Chris had had a hand in writing scripts before but creating our own musical was a different ball game. thankfully, 10 pints at the pub and a very drunken writing session around my piano at home til the early hours of the morning, gave us our opening number 'Tough Man' and then we had lift off!

After listening to the songs already released from the soundtrack Go Eugenius is so incredibly catchy and I cant wait to hear the rest of the songs, What's your favourite song from the soundtrack and why ?

Go Eugenius is pretty special. 'Don't shoot for the stars' is also pretty epic. No Pants Dance is hilarious. Comic Book Kind Of Love is how all power ballads should sound. The Future Is Bright is also one of my faves.........infact this is a very hard question because if i didn't absolutely LOVE each and every song in its entirety then it didn't make the show. I've probably written about 50 songs for the show-having written songs day in day out for years i like to think I'm a pretty good judge of when I've written something amazing or not, and with Chris and an amazing team behind eugenius we worked out exactly what type of song we needed and where-some painful song cuts have been made throughout the process (as in brilliant tracks we decided not to use) but every song in a musical has to drive the plot forward and justify its own existence so anything that stalled the narrative had to least I have a lot of material lying around that i can use on the next show we write! 

How does it feel seeing the show have its own Westend run? 

We are absolutely living the dream right now. to see very clever, serious and well respected actors perform your work is an indescribable feeling. to how they interpret the material is just mind blowing-like christmas every day in the rehearsal room for us. and to think that very soon it will be unleashed to the world is very exciting. its been many years of hard graft but it has all been worth it. its also hilarious to think that even the most ridiculous of ideas, jokes and characters we dreamt up while ploughing through ideas in my studio, are coming to life- hearing THE FISH PEOPLE sing lines like 'Pervert In The bushes' is just hilarious...........  

From the start of the Go Eugenius planning till now what have been your highlights so far? 

There are far too many to mention! seeing the finished  score and script written out and printed and sitting in front of you  is pretty epic. seeing the comic book artists create cartoon versions of what you have in your head. bringing the best creatives imaginable in to help bring the story to life......from choreography, to lighting, to set and costume design, to musicians and actors performing the tracks............its just amazing. and to be there and be so involved in each and every part of the process is a blessing. many writers will do their bit and leave the rest up to others but we really couldn't let that happen-its our baby and its gotta be right! plus, its far too exciting to not get involved on every aspect! 

How was it seeing the posters go up for the show knowing its launch is not far away ? 

scary. but we cannot wait. we hope it brings as much joy to those watching it, as it has brought to the cast, the band, the creatives and all involved in making it! GO EUGENIUS! 

A massive thank you to Ben for being involved in this interview and blog. Don't forget to let me know if you are off to see the show during the run. There are a couple more blogs on the way to do with the show so don't forget to pop back soon and check them out 

Love Holly  

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Planning your visit for Eugenius

Hey Guys

Hope your all having a great week so far
Welcome to the first part of my set of blogs that are coming up featuring Eugenius The Musical. 

Eugenius is opening on Jan 22nd and running through till 3rd March at The Other Palace theatre. 
I thought I'd put together a short blog to help you plan your visit to see the show.

The nearest big train station is Victoria station. If you are coming in to the mainline station via the overground or the tube or coming from the coach station the easiest way I found after having a look yesterday was to take the exit which leads you to Wilton Road ( this is also the exit the comes out to where Wicked is on at the Apollo Victoria) I've included a screen shot with the map which will give you directions. 

The easiest route was to go past Wicked and also Hamilton and follow the road round past where the Little Ben clock is and cross over. There you will find Cardinal Walk which has a nice selection of places to eat and drink if you are planning anything before the show. There is also a new tube exit here to get back to the station.

Once you are here the theatre is a very short walk up Cathedral Walk. I would recommend making your way by public transport to the theatre.

Previews will be running from Jan 22nd till Jan 30th and the main run will be from Jan 31st till 3rd March.

I am really looking forward to seeing the show in a few weeks time. 
Let me know if you are going and also what you think 
Have a great week 

Love Holly 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella - Sadlers Wells

Hey Everyone, 

Firstly Happy 2018 I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years Celebration. 

Apologies in the slight delay on this blog but here is my review on my trip to see Matthew Bourne's new show Cinderella at the Sadlers Wells in London. This is an annual family trip out at Christmas and every year we all leave in awe of the show. 

Every year is something different and this year it was exactly that. 
This years story was Cinderella, for those of you who are going to see the show I won't add any spoilers but there are some very clever spins on the story which make it incredible to watch. 
I loved the idea of the second interval it worked so well where it slotted into the story and the scene changes.

The show and cast deserve 5 stars if not more an amazing performance. The scenery and costumes also deserve a mention, normally I can choose a favourite bit of the show but this time it was just outstanding. If you are going the second act stood out a lot for me and was very cleverly done.

The show is running until Jan 27th and is one if you are a fan of dance and ballet that needs to be added to your list.

The Sadlers Wells is a short walk from Angel station with a number of places to grab food nearby as well. There is limited parking in the streets around the theatre as well.

I can't wait to book in for next years show
Have a great week guys 

Love Holly