In November 2016 The John Wilson Orchestra will undertake a major UK tour with their brand new show Music From The Movies. These concerts will celebrate Oscar-winning songs and movie scores from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Tickets are now on sale. 2016 has been a vintage year for the perennially popular John Wilson Orchestra. The release of their first live album, Gershwin in Hollywood: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, a coveted win at the Echo Klassik awards in Germany for the Cole Porter In Hollywood recording, and an annual return to the BBC Proms which sold out in record time. In September 2016 the John Wilson Orchestra made its debut at the Musikfest Berlin in a concert celebrating the MGM film musicals at Berlin’s iconic Philharmonie concert hall. The orchestra was invited to the festival on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle who came and played timpani with … Read more
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.
What is most admirable about Gary Lloyd’s directorial vision here is that no attempt is made to recreate the film, the book or even the way this musical has been produced before. He does not seek to make a musical horror story – rather, he makes a dramatic musical which has horrific elements. Kim Criswell is magnificent as Carrie’s mother. Her voice is in remarkable form and she sings the difficult score with bravura ease.
Of course, the show has no hope without a tremendous Carrie and in Evelyn Hoskins, Lloyd has a true star. Hoskins is perfect.
Casting has been announced for the London premiere of the musical Carrie which will play at the Southwark Playhouse from May 1 to 30, 2015. Evelyn Hoskins (Spring Awakening, Cool Rider, The Secret Garden) will play Carrie White with Kim Criswell ( Nine, Cats, Follies, Annie Get Your Gun) will take on the role of Margaret White. The cast of Carrie also features Sarah McNicholas as Sue, Greg Miller Burns as Tommy, Gabriella Williams as Chris, Dex Lee as Billy, Jodie Jacobs as Miss Gardner, David Habbin as Mr Stephens, Molly McGuire as Norma, Bobbie Little as Frieda, Emily McGougan as Helen, Patrick Sullivan as George, Olly Dobson as Freddy and Eddie Myles as Stokes. Adapted from Stephen King’s classic horror novel Carrie has music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Laurence D. Cohen. The show ill be directed by Gary Lloyd with musical direction by … Read more