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So glad so many of you are so thrilled about the show!!

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rockfenris2005 06:35 am MST 02/19/17

Wanted this to work so badly.
Remember the disappointment with "Dance of the Vampires" and "Bat out of Hell 3".
And the pressure, with this, because it was "Neverland" and also just Jim getting another musical produced in general, something I really wanted to see him succeed at.
Pre-production on this one I think has been going on for about twelve years, but of course goes back about nearly 50 years, which they've said. Jim would have started working on "Dream Engine" I imagine in 1968 which is 50 years next year. A big bonus for all this working out btw would--at last--be a nice big box set for "Bat out of Hell" like one of the Pink Floyd Immersion releases but we'll see. I haven't got my hopes up.

I deliberately didn't have my hopes up about this but I was secretly crossing my fingers. I still am. You just never, never know. And now the next thing is what the reviews are going to be like. "Les Mis" is the longest running musical in West End history, but that got some shocking reviews back in the day, and I can just imagine saying the usual stuff about over the top and bombastic. As if these are bad things, btw. I don't understand how over the top and bombastic is a negative thing!! Explore those emotions to the fullest degree. Jim like Wagner Verdi and Puccini before him is the embodiment for that for me.

I also always thought that "For crying out loud" and "I'd do anything for love" in a musical is like Rodgers and Hammerstein having "If I loved you" and "You'll never walk alone" in "Carousel". "If I loved you" btw was also a twelve minute long scene.

I haven't seen the show. I don't know when I'm going to. But I can also tell you, from down here, I could feel the buzz. All the way over here. So that's really cool. I fell asleep right around the same time Act One would have been blasting away in the theatre. But were people going to hate or love it?

Again, so relieved & thrilled with what I'm hearing so far. I have a feeling that none of us can ever quite explain the feelings we get listening to Jim's music, and experiencing those worlds, but I've tried to. For instance, the chorus for "Braver than we are" is like morning sunshine in Venice I imagine, and "Original sin" is like mist in Transylvania and a wolf about to cry out.

As crazy as this is going to sound, I fell in love as I would with a person to "It just won't quit" and "Not allowed to love". The opening of "It just won't quit" just... can't explain that. I can only imagine what it would have been like sitting in the theatre hearing that, and "Not allowed to love" which I can't stress enough how immense that song is to me. It's one of the finest songs I've ever heard in my life and always wanted it to be out there and stuff.

Well, I'm really glad. And thanks for all the photos and posts that have been forthcoming. I think I'm just more relieved than anything else.


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