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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars


on 6 January 2016
The Different acts and scenes are colour coded, black and white for starters, followed by greenish blues, or perhaps bluish greens at the Pontevedrian Embassy. Maxims is a bright array of reds. The costumes in all of these are pretty good.
There are some good character interpretations, but unfortunately these are not the two main artistes, I got quite a shock when Yvonne Kenny appears, I imagine her to be a youngish widow of peasant origins, but her Hannah either married late or lived with the deceased Glavary for 20 years.
Still the good news is that Bo Skovhus is a good match for Kenny. So that neither match my expectations. Yvonne Kennys voice is rather thin and metallic in the upper register, and she tends to clip long high notes. Skovhus fairs somewhat better vocally, and is pretty good.
The production is in English, this somewhat detracts from the overall experience as the libretto does not sit too easily with the music.
The dialogue is often stilted and more directed at the audience than at its stage recipient.
Worthy of mention are Angelica Kirchschlager and Gregory Turay who are well cast and sing beautifully.
The character Njegus, who in other productions is played by an older character actor with an inate sense of comic timing, here is a young man played almost straight, with just a few funny lines. A missed opportunity.
In act three the fan ownership sketch is a minor triumph, both Colleen McGrath and Jayne Taini looking good in their comedy routines.
The "Girls Girls Girls" number certainly has not translated well, and the ladies version has been cut.
The dance sequence at Maxims is pretty good, but the ballet section is danced to music which is out of keeping and I suspect has been imported.
Anyway all is well that ends well and the audience seemed to like it.
To compare with other versions, Dagmar Schellenberger and Rodney Gilfrey are far more credible at portraying the leads as young lovers. The supporting cast and scenery are also superior in almost every way.
The Morbisch open air production is in a class of its own, not better but so different that if you do not mind the actors/singers wearing radio mikes, it is not to be missed.
The booklet is pretty good, with the sort of information you would expect, but the synopsis is on the DVD.
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on 11 July 2015
Whilst the singing was very good, and it was glitzy, for me the acting didn't quite pay off. It seemed that some of the performers were paying more attention to the audience than interacting with the other performers
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on 27 March 2015
It was an excellent production in every respect - the singing, the costumes and the stage décor.
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on 4 May 2015
Absolutely wonderful . Loved it
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on 13 February 2016
good
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on 5 May 2015
Excellent sound and pictures.
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on 17 April 2013
I love it. It was bright, well acted and very well sung. The artistes were suitably attractive & I would recommend it to any operetta lover.
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on 10 June 2013
A very good production with clear sound although it is not my kind of music. Will suit all who like Operetta style music.
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on 15 June 2013
Yvonne Kenny is a treat to watch in this performance,
her singing is very good,
this is a must to any collection.
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on 1 August 2014
Great singing. Beautiful lavish costumes and sets. Lovely dancing. The Merry Widow herself ought to look younger.
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