See it if You like men in uniform and a small intimate theatre
Don't see it if Are expecting a big production
See it if A well written musical in a good staging.
Don't see it if Not as good as the original West End production.
See it if you want to see a heavily revised version of a musical with some jaunty tunes and great lyrics, if an incredibly derivative and cliche story
Don't see it if you want a consistent musical- the songs were sonically all over the place which can be quite jarring. Read more
See it if you like bombastic music
Don't see it if you aren't interested in the lives of unsympathetic people or bothered by poor acting (by some of the cast)
See it if you enjoy half naked men singing while doing press ups, you like war stories, you want to listen to Fighting the Fight live again.
Don't see it if you were a super fan of the original. This rewrite makes the show worse and cuts some amazing songs while restructuring where other songs go
See it if You want something different but it’s not as good as the original and it has a very boring slow book
Don't see it if You saw the original
See it if You enjoy excellent acting and singing. It is on a small stage in a small theatre. But you can see every action and feel the emotion. Clever
Don't see it if I loved it. Nothing to dislike
See it if A strong show that works a lot better in a smaller and intimate theatre.
Don't see it if This is a long show and would still really benefit from being cut down further.
"While the romantic aspect is so upfront, it's negligible and inconsequential in meaning. 'From Here to Eternity\ offers a clear, uncompromising stance on the army. "
"Rice’s inventive but mature work helps make a show that is always diverting but never quite snowballs into more than the sum of its parts and never quite convinces you this story makes best sense as musical."
"I'm not convinced 'From Here To Eternity' really needed reviving, but audiences who miss Saigon and fancy a break from Les Mis but still want to be bombastically belted at, may well have a wonderful time."
"Smock’s production itself, with its sinewy choreography and strong sense of soldiers as both brothers and perennial outsiders, does bring out the best in Stuart Brayson’s muscular, if slightly too jolly mash-up of swampy blues, swing and jazz."
" 'From Here to Eternity' never makes up its mind – it’s not an anti-war statement, not a tale of forbidden romances and not an operatic tragedy of epic proportions. It really only finds its feet in a sensational evocation of the tumultuous attack itself – but, by then, it’s all over bar the dying. "
“the butchering of the book aside, From Here to Eternity remains a superb musical with an outstanding score. It is the music and the cast, in particular Jonathon Bentley and Jonny Amies, that make this revival a roaring success.”
"Tim Rice’s lyrics are the most striking aspect of a crisp production which can also feel heavy-handed"
"There’s barely a misstep in Smock’s formidable production: it has the energy of a prizefight, the pathos of doomed romance and the tension of a ticking bomb."