Avenue Q @ Sheffield Lyceum
It’s funny how the Muppets are still relevant to generations that never saw them on television prime time, but that know who they are whether due to repeats, several films of varying quality and the odd tribute (Weezer‘s magnificent video) or flippant parody (Family Guy springs to mind, putting Kermit as a racist or Cookie Monster as a junkie).
Sweeney Todd @ Sheffield Lyceum, March 15th 2011.
Synopsys: London, Victorian times. A happy-go-lucky sailor is wide-eyed about being in London, a place like no other. The grimy tired faces of passers-by and the foggy atmosphere do not deter him from his excitement. Then his travel companion, a man they found adrift at sea and saved, joins in, comparing London to a cesspit. His look is world-weary, his eyes reveal a soul broken by life. He utters to the young man:
“Life has been kind to you. You will learn”.
Spamalot @ The Lyceum, September 7.
King Arthur and his loyal steed, Patsy, ride the lands of Finland England with a pair of coconuts, a bunch of jokey characters and a merciless barrage of jokes, some of them skewering musical sensibilities. Oh, and they are on a mission from God to find a cup.
Can’t they go to Ikea? They can get a dozen for a tenner.
“Some things were perfectly clear / seen with the vision of youth / no doubts and nothing to fear, I claimed the corner on truth / These days it’s harder to say I know what I’m fighting for / My faith is falling away / I’m not sure any more” —Billy Joel, ‘Shades of Grey’.
“Every one of Joel’s important songs, including the happy ones, are ultimately about loneliness. And it’s not ‘clever lonely’ (like Morrissey) or ‘interesting lonely’ (like Radiohead); it’s ‘lonely lonely’, like the way it feels when you’re being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you sadder.” —Chuck Klosterman.
There are artists which puzzle me in respect of why they get so much hate. Brand New, Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Mars Volta, Porter and Billy Joel.
Yes, I’ve just paired Billy Joel with those once loved, now derided musicians. What’s with the hate?