I smiled the whole way through the musical version on the weekend too, even though it was only the fourth show since it opened and a piece of the set was missing (having been damaged in an earlier show) and another piece of the set got stuck and squeaked a bit during a poignant part, and the microphone didn’t work a couple of times and the audience mucked up some audience-involvement segments and there were a couple of parts where the singing and dancing weren’t all that strong.
It was clearly very early on in a brand new production that I wholeheartedly recommend, and I’m trying to concoct an excuse to see again. I loved it. It was brilliant.
Baz Luhrmann directs it, and unexpectedly got up on stage to introduce it (*cue fangirling from me*). He apologised for the lack of a damaged set and thanked us for being there and suggested we have fun…
I devour musicals. Mamamia, Priscilla, Legally Blonde, Wicked… anything. This one was clearly being directed by an Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning writer/director. It was ambitious. It tried to do more than lots of the other musicals I’ve seen and it had a couple of early teething issues because of that, but WOW!
I felt like I was one of the privileged people who got to experience something written and directed by someone who isn’t afraid to put things out there – time after time – and improve upon them.
Risking criticism and tempting failure is how successful people in any field rise above dreamers who have a fabulous idea, but aren’t prepared to test it.
If your idea isn’t out there having the rough edges smoothed by experience, it’s not real. Unless you test it, it doesn’t exist. It’s not enough to keep your dreams under wraps, in a state of perpetual potential.
And if it’s not yet perfect – then now is the perfect time to let it go and see what happens.