Here we go again, with Mr Steve Steinman and the cast and crew who we know and love so well. From The Meatloaf Story, to Vampires Rock, To VR: Ghost Train and now Iconic. A fantastic show, bringing to life the rock classics as seen through the eyes of the film verse. Teasers already on the website show Cat Woman, The Joker and Kill Bill, as well as Bond. FB Live snippets recently showed the lovely ladies filming for the amazing track Addicted to Love.
Do we know what to expect yet? Not really, Steve and the gang are keeping the exact track list close to their chest. Which you can’t blame them for, you can’t risk someone stealing your copyrighted act before it even breaks curtain on the first performance. What do we know about the past performances? Amazing pyrotechnics, fire dancers, ribbon walkers, fantastic dance numbers, silk screen backdrops to die for (Trust me I have wanted to steal a few of them over the years!!) and a band that is out of this undead world. As well as a stunning track list, well known enough to get you up and dancing. A script that never takes itself too seriously. Is original, fresh, exciting and always downright funny. With its series of rehearsed and off the cuff adlibs.
Performed by a cast and crew who constantly deliver night after night, tour after tour. I have NEVER seen a bad or even a slightly lack luster performance by this team. Even the night when they admitted they were full of cold meds and not at all well, they still gave it 110%. Some of the big show touring companies could take lessons from them! I have seen some extremely poor performances from big shows this year, and a cast who just don’t really care to the point you wonder why you have bothered coming out. Not here, not now. This team makes you feel like you never want the night to be over, wanting to rebook before you have even left your seats!
I see so many people talking about the show, but then just ‘oh I don’t know what to expect so I’m not going to bother’. People have become obsessed with staying in their comfort zones. Tribute acts, karaoke shows, re-watching the same musical every single visit to the West End of Broadway just because it’s familiar to them. Never taking a chance, or stepping outside of the norm to try something new. Hell, I have to admit I can be just as guilty of this as everyone else. I always go to the local bar for tribute act night. I have seen Wicked so many times I think if their Elphaba fell ill I could walk straight into the role with zero rehearsal! But you know what? The fact we don’t know much about this production is what is exciting me so much. Watching the little snippets leak out on Steve’s FB now and then. Teasing, tempting people into tickets. If we don’t support new shows, then we will always be stuck with the same tired old ones and the art of theatre will die out.
What do you think people felt when Wicked came out?
Eww, what is this production ruining A Wizard of Oz? How dare they say that the wicked witch wasn’t really wicked? OMG seriously? They say Dorothy was in the wrong for taking those shoes?
Wicked is now the West End’s longest running musical.
Or when Rocky Horror Picture Show came out?
A man dressed as a woman?! A den of sex and easy living? How disgusting! Those poor young people, tempted into darkness.
Rocky Horror has now spawned a film, a sequel film/stage show in Shock Treatment, is almost permanently on tour somewhere and has just been rebooted by Fox TV.
Are you starting to get my point yet?
Do you want to be late to the party in ten/twenty years time when Iconic is one of the longest running touring productions, with rave reviews to the eyeballs, and showing in the West End nightly?
Or do you want to be there in ten/twenty years and say I saw the very first tour!! And I have been going every year since! With the memories to match?
I know which I would rather be doing...... Roll on front row Birmingham 25th March 2017!
See you all there, keep on rocking
Sarah Beth James
Iconic Tour Dates:
Fri 24th March – Mansfield Palace Theatre Tel: 01623 633133 ON SALE
Sat 25th March – New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham Tel: 0844 871 3011 ON SALE SOON
Sun 26th March – Blackpool Grand Theatre Tel: 01253 290190 ON SALE
Fri 31st March – Sunderland Empire Tel: 0844 871 3022 ON SALE SOON
Sat 1st April – Buxton Opera House Theatre Tel: 0845 127 2190 ON SALE
Thur 6th April – Roses Theatre Tewksbury Tel: 01684 295074 ON SALE
Fri 7th April – Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare Tel: 01934 645544 ON SALE
Sat 8th April – Queens Theatre Barnstaple Tel: 01271 324242 ON SALE
Wed 12th April – Perth Concert Hall Tel: 01738 621031 ON SALE
Thur 13th Apri – The Alhambra, Dunfermline Tel: 01383 740384 ON SALE
Sat 15th April – Eden Court, Inverness Tel: 01463 234234 ON SALE
Wed 19th April – Manchester Palace Theatre Tel: 0844 871 3019 ON SALE
Thur 20th April – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend Tel: 01702 351135 ON SALE SOON
Fri 21st April – Kings Lynn Corn Exchange Tel: 01553 764864 ON SALE
Sat 22nd April – Skegness Embassy Theatre Tel: 01507 613100 ON SALE
Fri 28th April – Hall for Cornwall, Truro Tel: 01872 262466 ON SALE SOON
Fri 5th May – Victoria Theatre, Halifax Tel: 01422 351158 ON SALE SOON
Sat 6th May – Palace Redditch Theatre Tel: 01527 65203 ON SALE
Thur 11th May – City Hall, Hull Tel: 01482 300 300 ON SALE SOON
Fri 12th May – Ipswich Regent Tel: 01473 433100 ON SALE
Sat 13th May – Newark Palace Theatre Tel: 01636 655755 ON SALE
Fri 19th May – Grand Opera House, York Tel: 0844 871 3024 ON SALE SOON
Sat 3rd June – Derngate Theatre, Northampton Tel: 01604 624811 ON SALE SOON
Fri 16th June – Sands Centre, Carlisle Tel: 01228 633766 ON SALE SOON
Tue 27th June – Coventry Belgrade Theatre Tel: 024 7655 3055 ON SALE SOON
MORE DATES COMING SOON!