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We have both sets of parentals coming over later this year for holiday, and want to take them out to the theatre (well, technically only Matt's as they're sticking around longer). But there's always so much going on in London that I can't decide what they should go see.

Last two times Matt's folks were here, they saw 'Kiss Me Kate', and 'We Will Rock You', so I'm thinking along the lines of lighter theatrical entertainment compared to something Shakespearean or like 'War Horse' or opera.

So help me out - vote in the poll! Or make a suggestion!

Poll #1423726 Parentals' visit - theatrical options

What musical/play/theatrical masterpiece do you reckon would be good?

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Jersey Boys
Mamma Mia!
The 39 Steps
Something better! (suggestion below)

What else would you recommend?



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Jul. 1st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Most parentals like Abba, don't they? ;) Mine do!
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Scarily they do! And our high school chaplain use to try and indoctrinate us into ABBA by playing all his records whenever we were invited over to his and his wife's (who was our Boarding School headmistress!) place. *blocks ears*

I'm thinking they probably would love 'Mamma Mia!'. 'Priscilla' was also a front-runner as it uses some of the songs of that era, and for it's Ockerness!
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I kind of like Abba because my parents used to play it in the car on long road trips and it was either learn to like it or go crazy! I chose to learn to like it ;)
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
LOL, yes you really had no choice! I can probably sing the chorus verses of most of the ABBA songs.

Although a mate and I once got up to sing 'Money, Money Money' on karaoke and totally failed! We figured out that we never properly knew the rest of the lyrics! Soooo embarrassing.
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
HA! I hate that! That's why I generally don't sing karoake as well..I hate getting up there and then realizing you only actually know the chorus to the song, so the rest of it is kind of a combination of awkward pauses (while you're thinking - fuck? those are really the words??) and some mumbling while you sing what you think are the words! Hee. Much prefer car singing as the car never cares if you get the words wrong! :)
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
That's it exactly! Awkward pauses, strangled mumbling, and a deer-in-headlights look as everyone stares at you (with laughing and finger pointing iminent!) I think the only thing I've been able to karaoke is 'Day-o', and that's mainly as a back-up singer to my brother, who used to love getting up to do that one!

Acoustically, car singing has got to be the best venue for unselfconscious warbling! Preferably when the windows are closed and the car is on the move. Strange looks from the driver in the other lane can be offputting! XD
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
I voted for Priscilla, because I want to see it LOL
I think the best choice is Mamma Mia?!
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
'Priscilla' ROCKS!!! You remember my post right?

You should come over to London one weekend and come see it!

'Mamma Mia' probably is the best choice for them. All that retro ABBA vibe!
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember & totally wanna see it.
One more reason to buy me an oyster card ;)

ABBA is fun! :)
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oystercard is definitely the way to go! Nic is all excited about hers XD

We'll have to arrange another London trip for you soon \o/
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
YES I know she is :)

Let´s talk about it this weekend ;)
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
My vote is for "Mamma mia ". I love ABBA . But Oliver ! could be another good one ( I watched de movie and enjoyed it . I don´t know how good can be the musical )
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking it might be 'Mamma Mia!'! It seems to be the popular option so far in the comments.

The musical and non-musical 'Oliver' are both really good - tho' I've only seen the movie versions. Haven't seen it on stage but have been wanting to. Rowan Atkinson has been Fagin, which made us doubly want to go but tickets sold out pretty quick and he finishes soon. The comedian Omid Djalili takes over after Rowan. He's awesome so I still want to go see it although I can't imagine him as Fagin as well as I can picture Rowan!

Edited at 2009-07-01 03:20 pm (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm with the rest on "Mamma Mia!" The safest choice and guaranteed to please. Plus, you'll have fun, too, just singing along. :) I am almost tempted to suggest "Priscilla," just to ask you for their reaction to the subject matter. lol. But it might not be their cup of tea. Or it might! :)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
As rowanceleste and I agreed, singing along with made-up words! lol!

"Priscilla" is awesome. I think they'd enjoy it, as both of them have a very irreverent sense of humour, and from kinda-rural Australia. Matt's uncle (mum's brother) is gay, tho' not of the camp nor cross-dressing type.

But I'm pretty sure they would love "Mamma Mia!" and it seems to be a crowd-pleaser.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Then "Priscilla" sounds like something that would be fun for everyone. And you can sit back and observe reactions. It's a theater in an of itself. lol.

You could do both shows, right? :)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
This is true, we could do both shows! Really amp up their 'cultural' intake for the year! I don't think they get even the travelling shows put on near them.
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I knda went for Priscilla cos I wanna see it too!! didn't know you'd seen it - I'm hoping tickets will come cheaper cos a few of us want to see it, but are poor LOL!

Mamma Mia would be fun too - I kinda want to see Oliver!

I quite like the look of Dreamboats and Petticoats too - that has some cool old music in it!

Is Ave Q a bit rude for them? I know my Mum wouldn't be impresed but I think Neil's Mum would find it hilarious!!

Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Awww, icon love! jodean!!!

I'll keep an eye out for cheaper deals to 'Priscilla' for you, as you definitely have to see it. It's brilliantly done.

I wanted to see Rowan's run during 'Oliver!' but he sold out really quick. So still want to go see it with Omid Djalili.

OMG, how funny is 'Ave Q'! I love the puppets! And the songs! You can't lose with "The internet is for porn" now can you?! LOL
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
I love Jo - Alona rocks my world!!!

That'd be cool! I look at the tkts site now and again and it never seems to be ok.... it's so bloody expensive!! Annoys me how they double the prices for London - the Take That Musical was £20ish in Manchester, in London it was more like £50!!

I loved Ave Q! It was like watching sesame street but with rude puppets LOL! I was like 'OMG they can't do that with puppets'!!! they should get Smile Time Angel and Spike on there for a guest appearance ;)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd kept Jo on as a character on Spn. There was a story to be intertwined there! I remember reading some great Jo fanfic way back. Wish I'd tagged them!

PuppetAngel was the cutest thing ever!!!

like watching sesame street but with rude puppets
I know! I didn't know whether to cover my eyes and spare my memories of Sesame St. But it was too funny not to!

Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I got so annoyed with all the bitching that went on with the 'fans' over Jo! she could have been an awesome character, by far the best female on the show! I remember Alona being announced for Asylum, everyone was whinging cos they hated Jo, then after the con everyone suddenly loved her... grrrr!!

I'm glad I didn't go watch it with my parents LOL!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad in a way that I don't watch any Spn communities or am on any boards/forums. I love the show, and the boys, but have been keeping myself away from that, which is just as well as all the audience criticism and negativy can really annoy me.

I think Jo was a great character and have much Alona-love!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't bother with the fandom at all, other than going to SPN conventions! The bitching about poor Alona was on the convention forum and that's how I found out about it, I was so annoyed!!
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
i am so torn between mamma mia and jersey boys! both are what i desperately want to see...if it's any help, my parents ADORED mamma mia!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
I've heard 'Jersey Boys' is really good! But I think the parentals will definitely appreciate 'Mamma Mia' more!
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm a little late, but I don't think you can go wrong with Mamma Mia. But oh man this poll makes me want to go be a theatre whore and check out all these shows! LoL
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
I love going to theatre! We're pretty spoilt in London for the range and duration of the shows that run here.

I think you're pretty busy already with the tvwhoredom! I have no idea how you keep up with it all. Ah, to be a student again (without the assignments, exams, class time, and studying of course! oh, and lack of income... Okay maybe I just need to be privately wealthy, not a student! lol)

I think Matt's folks will love "Mamma Mia!".
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