Sorry this has taken me so long. Easily distracted ;)
Too long, didn’t read version - I have three main problems with Chris Key’s direction:
He has, at worst, encouraged or, at best, failed to correct lazy or selfish performances
He has consistently hired the absolute wrong understudies
The show as a whole has become even more of a melodrama under his direction
All of this makes me wonder where he is as a resident director. I mean, literally, where is he? It’s really not hard to tell the Chris Holland is a poor Valjean understudy. I’ve heard from multiple people that the poor man has apologized for his performance to people at stage door. It definitely wasn’t hard to see that Liam Tamne was bored with the show and should not have stayed on for an extra year.
Is Chris Key not watching his show? Does he not care? Does he not give notes after each performance like a resident director should? Idol watchers have noticed these things so why isn’t the person who has the power to stop them doing anything about it?
My Les Mis Thoughts 9th June 2012 (or I have a James Charlton problem)
So I basically just sent a review to Maz in her askbox, therefore, I thought I’d start my first writeup. I would have audio for you but I was such a dumbass and left my iPhone on Clare’s bed. So mad at myself, so instead you just get my incoherent ramblings. Congratulations! They’re under the cut though for those of you who don’t care.