There was a charming mix of reverence and irreverence as well, making the audience feel specially entertained and complicit with the in-jokes. The warm up prelude, People Who Like Sondheim (performed with zing by Kit and McConnel) was good fun and the duo appeared throughout as a kind of Sondheim Statler and Waldorf with witty and barbed repartee. In the second Act though, one of the unarguable surprise sensations of the evening was a five minute romp through 33 Sondheim compositions, “Ladies and gentlemen may we have your attention please…” presented with real style and panache by Martin Milnes and Dominic Ferris. These cabaret contributions provided some much needed innovative content.
The utterly reliable Laura Pitt-Pulford brings strength, warmth and thoughtfulness to Milly – frankly, she outdoes Jane Powell by some distance. Her Milly is completely believable, a realistic contradiction of thoughts and deeds, and a woman unafraid to be driven (and bound) by her lust – for Adam and for life. Vocally, Pitt-Pulford is a dream. Her pure, golden voice masters the music and her delivery is sensuous, wry and whole-hearted, depending on the requirements of the particular tube. Her work in “One Day”, “Goin’ Courtin'” and “Love Never Goes Away” is outstanding; she makes more of the songs than might be reasonably expected.
Sinatra – The Man And His Music at the London Palladium is not your normal West End musical. It is a very different beast indeed. Perhaps best described as a multi-media spectacular, it takes footage of Sinatra’s performances over his entire career, applies a live orchestra and adds twenty dancers to the mix to create something rather special.
Karl Sydow, the award-winning producer behind Our Country’s Good, Dirty Dancing and Backbeat has today announced his cast and creative team for the multimedia presentation Sinatra – The Man And His Music which is to be staged at the London Palladium starting on 10 July 2015. Featuring an on-stage orchestra of 24 and 20 dancers, this extraordinary presentation has led Nancy Sinatra to state that “The Palladium show will be as close as we can get to a live Frank Sinatra concert.” Sinatra The Man & His Music at the London Palladium is a completely unique celebration of the Frank Sinatra’s legacy. The high-tech show features 3D, rotoscoped imagery, rare and never before seen footage from the family’s archives and original masters of Frank Sinatra’s voice, to bring the great man back to the stage of the London Palladium – the first venue Sinatra played anywhere outside of the US. … Read more
“You would be silly to miss seeing their wonderful, world class performances” Stephen Collins – BritishTheatre.com Following its sell-out, highly acclaimed run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Guys and Dolls will undertake a UK tour and a limited engagement and London’s Savoy Theatre. Guys and Dolls follows Chichester’s recent transfers of classic musicals including Singin’ In The Rain, The Pajama Game and most recently Gypsy. Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (Sophie Thompson), whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson (Jamie Parker), a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide … Read more
Casting has been announced for the forthcoming production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers which will run at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 16 July – 29 August 2015. Led by Alex Gaumond as Adam and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly, the full cast of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will include Rosanna Bates, David Burrows, Angela Caesar, Matthew Clark, Leon Cooke, Eammon Cox, Jacob Fisher, Charlene Ford, Steve Fortune, Trevor Michael Georges, Bob Harms, Bethany Huckle, Frankie Jenna, James Leece, Phillip Marriot, Dylan Mason, Natasha Mould, Peter Nash, Sam O’Rourke, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Rhys-Charles, Karli Vale, Annie Wensak, Ed White and Emma Woods. From the Golden Age of the movie musical, this much-loved score includes Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Goin’ Courtin’, Wonderful Wonderful Day, and the dance spectacular, Barn Dance. Based on the 1954 MGM film of the same name, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was adapted for … Read more