This site is under reconstruction and updating in the summer of 2021
This site is under reconstruction and updating in the summer of 2021

Tag: Musicals

On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide – A review

  On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide By Ethan Mordden Oxford University Press, New York; xiii, 186 (pp216) ISBN 978-0199394814 Published January 21st 2016 Stephen Sondheim has been the mover and shaker of the modern musical for the past half-century. Widely honoured and celebrated, his work flags how the musical has evolved and become celebrated as…

Hey Old Friend! An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim

I have long been a  fan of Stephen Sondheim. I first encountered him back in the 1960’s, but my love affair was sealed with Merrily We Roll Along in the early 80’s.  And so we roll on….. And last Sunday I found myself at a rally of Sondheimites at the Drury Lane Theatre Royal to celebrate…

Two New British Musicals: Union, Southwark and Mercury, Colchester.

And now: for my 160th blog, something completely different……. The White Feather     and       The Smallest Show on Earth Last week I had the joy of seeing not one but two brand new British musicals.  One was at the tiny Union Theatre in Southwark – a dramatic tale of the First World…

Candide: From Voltaire to Bernstein and Sondheim

I first encountered Voltaire’s witty and scatty satire Candide when I was at school ( it was a set text for A level); and it has stayed with me. Not least because of the glorious musical by Lenny Bernstein ( with lyrics by Sondheim) that he wrote in the 1950’s. Initially a flop, it has…

Titanic: best musical of the summer?

So here comes the big musical hit of the summer! I first saw this grand musical on Broadway in 1997 when it was given a full and spectacular staging  ( the boat tipped and sunk on stage!).  I saw it with much doubt. Titanic hardly seemed a suitable subject for  a musical  – that seemingly…

The Guildhall Musical: Rags

RAGS This is a ‘long lost’ musical – lost partly because when it opened in 1986, it was a big flop on Broadway and run all of four nights. But like so many musicals it comes back fighting – and this tidied up version is now very strong and made me cry a few times!…

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