15 comments on “Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins Delight in Carousel

  1. I saw a review on the WOS site that was not as kind to Alfie or Katherine. They said that Alfie was “rigid” in his acting. WE know he can act (I thought he did a wonderful job on “Mr. Selfridge”), so I’m not sure what WOS saw, but it’s hard to see that and then a glowing review from a fan. I don’t doubt your view. Is there any video out there that we could see for ourselves? I won’t be able to see the show myself.

    • Mine isn’t the only good review for Alfie but every critic brings a different perspective to a performance – we don’t all see the same thing! I would doubt there will be any recorded performances – there haven’t been with the two previous “semi staged” productions by the same company.

  2. excelllent review Jane …thank you !! I know the show very well… having been a 9 year old Snow child in 1961 .. and been in 3 amateur productions since… and currently rehearsing for the 4th in June with my local group !! Its tradionally set in the 1890’s so I’ll be interested in the time change……and the dampening down of the Hollywood film version
    I’m so looking forward to be seeing this show on the 26th, travelling up from South Wales ….

    Excited to see Alfie again, and our Welsh star !!

  3. Thanks for your honest review.
    I went to see this yesterday afternoon and have to say I thought it was amazing. (I may be a a little biased but Alfie was brilliant! The rapport between Alfie and Katharine was palpable. Not generally a Katharine fan I thought she acted brilliantly and her voice was beautiful.
    Having my photo with Alfie at stage door was of course an added bonus, he is such a sweetie and so gracious.
    Finally the whole production I thought was totally believable and I cried buckets.
    Loved it!!!

  4. Thank you Jane for a fabulous review! you described everything to perfection! Like Jo was there on Friday and would love to be able to go again .Alfie is Billy !!! luv carole n xx

  5. Thank you Jane for such a very detailed and well written review, the two lead roles you have described to perfection, thank you for sharing……..pleased you had such an enjoyable experience at the theatre

    Gillian xx

  6. Lovely review, Jane. I did see the film back in high school and I think they must have sanitized the abuse quite a bit. I am not surprised that Alfie’s singing of “If I loved you” is better than on the Bring Him Home album. I think he has become a much better interpreter of songs since then. When he recorded that album, he was still in his classical mode, which is technically wonderful but short on emotion as you have stated. It’s wonderful to see him still evolving.

  7. Excellent review, Jane! I was lucky enough to see the show on Friday and you described it perfectly. I thought that Alfie’s interpretation of the outsider who doesn’t fit in to Julie’s world was spot on. When he lost his job as Carousel barker he also lost his identity leading to his beautifully played frustration and wrong decisions.
    Only problem is that I’m desperate to see the show again!

  8. Super review! So glad you were deservedly there on press night! And your live comments after were an unexpected treat I have a feeling you’ll love it even more next time. And be surprised by all the little details you’ve missed first time. It deserves a repeat performance — or two! xxx

  9. Well done Jane, having seen the show on Monday evening I was right in there with you. Beautifully written, considered and honest. I only hope Alfie and Katherine get to read it too.

    Carole xx

  10. Fabulous review Jane, you summed up the essence of the show and described the two leads to perfection, thank you xx

  11. Thank you for this review. Unlike you, I have seen the film of Carousel many times and I can’t wait for this evening to see my favourite performer In the role of Billy Bigelow alongside Katherine Jenkins as Julie. I’m always interested in reviews but still don’t know how the show will affect me and of course that’s part of the excitement. Thank you once again for your comprehensive review xxx

  12. Great review Jane, glad you had such an exciting night! Really looking forward to seeing it next week…………and the week after! X

  13. Thanks Jane for such a comprehensive review of Carousel. My mother used to watch it on the TV all the time and I still think I have the old “album” of the songs. Great memories.


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