Jeremy Chapman previews From West End to Broadway, a trio of concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall.
The glorious voice of Kim Criswell launches an August series of Thursday treats for musical theatre aficionados at the Cadogan Hall, London, on 1 August.
An honorary Brit after marrying one and settling here shortly after playing the title role in the 1992 London revival of Annie Get Your Gun, Virginia-born Criswell is followed by two true Brits in Ruthie Henshall (8 August) and Maria Friedman (15) in a diva trilogy of the very highest quality.
Criswell will be offering A Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter in a programme which includes ‘Anything Goes’, ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’, ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’, ‘It’s De-Lovely’, ‘Love For Sale’ and ‘Begin the Beguine’.
An Intimate Evening With Ruthie Henshall will feature plenty of the Great American Songbook as well as showstoppers such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables and ‘Electricity’, which is just about the only song from Billy Elliot the Musical to have made it on to the cabaret circuit. As a special treat, Henshall will have Wicked star Kerry Ellis in support.
Maria Friedman in Concert will see the actress, singer and now director (Merrily We Roll Along, her West End debut as director, will have closed by then on July 27) reprising her Lenny and Steve show, celebrating the songs of Bernstein and Sondheim, that she has previously performed in London at the Matcham Room and then The Pheasantry. The ‘New York, New York’ from Bernstein’s On the Town will be one of two from that 1944 musical, while the Sondheim selection will include the haunting ‘Losing My Mind’, ‘Being Alive’ and ‘Send in the Clowns’.
Needless to say, the pair’s enduring collaboration and masterpiece West Side Story – a much-awaited revival of which, incidentally, will have opened at Sadler’s Wells the previous week – will also be celebrated.