Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Monday

Back from the day off for one day of work.  Tomorrow’s is All Saints Day in Italy, the official and original version of Halloween, so the country closes down.  The cast are being very amenable in introducing us to the city – Anto and Simone took us out for dinner to the Navigli area onContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Monday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Saturday

Two weeks down, and we’re up to the Aria, substantially through Act One.  The cast pulled out a terrific run of the work done thus far – they’ve really stepped up their game in terms of going “full out” during runs, while maintaining the tone of each number and giving it vocal heft as wellContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Saturday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Thursday

Started the day with a fairly crisp run of the first 25 minutes of the show.  Everyone did a fairly great job at keeping the flow going, especially stage management.  It felt like the start of Priscilla does, ie, that it goes gangbusters, song by song, moment by moment, joke by joke.  The only realContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Thursday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 2 – Wednesday

It’s really quite the education directing scenes in a foreign language.  Not only do you have to take the time to explore the character and subtext of any scene, you have to check whether that even applies to the culture that you’re in, whether the words are saying exactly what you think they’re saying andContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 2 – Wednesday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 5

Another music call day so not much for me to do today.  And it was glorious outside, so even better!  The room was split from the start, Fabio (our MD) taking the ensemble for clean up of songs learned thus far and Spud with the three principals learning “True Colours” and “Journey”.  They have aContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 5”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 4

The PR machine is already rolling into action on Priscilla with our first event likely to occur in the next few weeks – we started the day talking through the best ways to showcase our musical and what we’ve got in store for the public in the next few months, to really position this showContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 4”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 3

Today we started off with the Funeral – the very first number ever choreographed for Priscilla.  Ross Coleman did a 90 second version that had all the same beats that ended up in the musical and it’s hardly changed at all from the premiere production (unlike tons else in the show).  It’s probably the perfectContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 3”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 2

The rehearsal room is so massive but it’s kind of cool, actually.  There’s  a lot of space.  It feels like a movie, even though there’s no cameras.  We did “Raining Men” all day and Natalie is a genius at reproduction.  It was…awe inspiring.  It’s such a complicated number, traffic-wise, and she knows the ins andContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 2”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 1

Any first day of rehearsals that starts with a ten kilometre run is going to end with a lot being achieved.  Or a hamstring injury that wrecks the day.  But the burst of energy that hit me at 7am this morning after two Demazepan and 24 hours of flying was shared by everyone today asContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 1”