I've just gone back from the musical "Woman in White" at Marquis theatre in New York City on November 30,2005 (not the premiere opening,I was engaged with tons of work at that time), and decide to share my own brief review in a very different aspect from most critics here in New York. Personally, I am fond of Michael's voice and his acting talent and, still, he did performed in the very best same quality as ever, with a completely different role from the past.
Stage design: in this show looks like a renovation because the use white screen and projectors that make the stages very dynamic while they are playing.(But one of my friend told me that this was not the first time they used this technique.) The only draw back is that it cannot completely create an illusion of realistic scenes especially when it moves.
Songs:The reason that so many people said the songs from Lloyd Webber are less memorable than previous ones might be because of the novel's theme that is not as dramatic as Phantom of the Opera(just give you an example), moreover, it sounds like sorts of crime, suspension, and detective tones. However, I could even sing pieces of the song" I believe my heart" after the show, and I think it may be one of Andrew's hightlights for this album.
Storyline: I have to say that it is a very condensed version of my Wilkie Collins's favorite novel. Yet, all performers are splendid, especially Maria Friedman. She delivered Marian's role in a flawless fashion, and I also respect her in the spirit of the artist that she has. I can understand how stressful, and terror she must felt when she know that she has breast cancer (it is a part of my job to tell them these kinds of bad news). Not to mention anything about Michael. You know what I would say.Of course you do!
For me, on the scale of 1 to 10, I would give this show 9. One point is taken from the director's decision to let Michael be a Fat, evil Count Fosco(why not Walter Hartright,huh?).