Tag Archives | Rodgers and Hammerstein

CD Review – Cockeyed Optimist – Jenn Gambatese

COCKEYED OPTIMIST (Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein) – JENN GAMBATESE (Jay Records – CdJAY1447) To my shame I had never heard of Jenn Gambatese before being sent this CD to review. I now know she played Jane in Disney’s stage musical version of Tarzan on the Great White Way, Glinda on a national tour of […]

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Carousel – London Coliseum

Carousel continues at the London Coliseum until 13 May. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ When the Michaels Linnit and Grade collaborated with the ENO and brought Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel) to the London Coliseum in 2015, they appeared to have come up with a pretty successful formula: pick […]

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Carousel at the ENO – first rehearsal images

Rehearsal images have been released of the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between The GradeLinnit Company and English National Opera (ENO). The cast features Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan), Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper), Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Brenda Edwards (Nettie Fowler), […]

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DVD, CD and Book Reviews – Judy Collins, Drake’s Dream, The King and I/Carousel

JUDY COLLINS – A LOVE LETTER TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM DVD (Wildflower – MVD9662D) I have to admit that I love Judy Collins, always have. In fact, it was her who introduced me to Stephen Sondheim’s music in 1973 with her Top 10 hit version of ‘Send in the Clowns’. It made me want to find out […]

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Carousel at the ENO – Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins star

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO)and the GradeLinnit Company. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 41 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum. Beginning on 7 April 2017, with press night on 11 April, the final […]

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State Fair – London Musical Theatre Orchestra – Cadogan Hall

State Fair at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A pre-concert announcement often signals something unfortunate but not in this instance! Conductor Freddie Tapner of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (making its debut) told us that what we were about to hear was a concert version of the much-loved film State […]

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The Sound of Music – New Wimbledon Theatre

The Sound of Music tour continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 29 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Impresario Bill Kenwright was there to cast one last check on his Sound of Music tour which kicked off at Bromley in early 2015 with Danielle Hope as Maria and ends at Wimbledon […]

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A tribute to Charmian Carr – The Sound of Music actress who played Liesl

One Singular Sensation – a tribute to Charmian Carr (27 December 1942 to 17 September 2016). It is rare for a performer to be remembered and loved for a single performance, but this is what happened to Charmian Carr who, at the age of 23, was chosen to play Liesl in Robert Wise’s film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical […]

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Allegro – Southwark Playhouse

Allegro continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 10 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Allegro, written in 1947, falls between Carousel (1945) and South Pacific (1949) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s prolific output. These two shows were staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in succession, but Allegro is only now […]

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Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse – video released

The first video has been released from the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August. Katie Bernstein sings iconic number ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’ from the musical, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento. The show, which was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro – details of full casting and creatives

Details of the casting and creatives for the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August have been revealed. The show, which was the legendary writing duo’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday […]

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Bernadette Peters – Opera House, Manchester

Bernadette Peters performed in concert at the Opera House, Manchester. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Beloved is a much-used word when it comes to describing our top-ranking musical theatre stars. But in the form of the multi-Tony winning, preternaturally youthful Bernadette Peters, whose career spans five decades and rubs shoulders with some of musical theatre’s […]

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Julian Ovenden stars in Rodgers and Hammerstein concert

Stage and screen artist Julian Ovenden will be one of the stars performing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at a special event to celebrate the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in September. The Downton Abbey actor who starred in ITV’s Sound of Music Live and has recently released his latest album as a solo singer, […]

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The Sound of Music – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

The Sound of Music at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and touring until 22 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It wasn’t long ago that I caught up with this touring production of the much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in Milton Keynes. Now the Bill Kenwright-produced show is on the road again, with several […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro has European premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Almost 70 years after Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history, the musical is finally getting its professional European premiere, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland. In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the […]

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Kara Tointon plays Maria in ITV’s The Sound of Music Christmas broadcast

Mr Selfridge co-stars and former soap performers Kara Tointon (EastEnders) and Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) will be among the performers in a special production of The Sound of Music which will be broadcast live on ITV this Christmas. Tointon, who won critical acclaim for her performance in Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre four years ago, will […]

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Royal Academy of Music – Carousel

Carousel was performed by the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Company. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Unlike many other Rodgers and Hammerstein titles, from Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music, Carousel was kept in cold storage for more than four decades between its London premiere in 1950 and Nicholas Hytner’s production for the RNT in […]

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Broadway Melody: American Songbook Series – Auguste Théatre, Paris

Lauren Van Kempen and Broadway Melody: American Songbook Series at the Auguste Théatre, Paris. The new temple of American musical theatre in Paris seems to be the Auguste Théatre, which has been presenting a monthly American songbook series, beginning earlier this year with a Rodgers and Hammerstein evening, followed by a Gershwin soirée in April and the […]

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Carousel – Opera North – Grand Theatre, Leeds and Touring

Carousel, an Opera North production, continues at the Grand Theatre, Leeds until 23 May, and then tours to Norwich, Edinburgh and Dublin. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Music can conjure up some strange associations. ‘The Carousel Waltz’, for example, the eccentric overture to this show, immediately takes me back to the 1960s and the Sunday afternoon radio programme ‘Movie-Go-Round’. […]

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The King and I – Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York

The King and I continues at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York until 5 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Spectacle and charm are served up in generous and equal amounts in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1951 classic The King and I. The spectacle is evident from […]

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The Sound of Music – new tour dates and timelapse video to watch!

New dates have been added to the tour of Bill Kenwright’s production of The Sound of Music, currently playing at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 11 April. The new venues are Newcastle Theatre Royal (31 August to 12 September) and Liverpool Empire (14 to 19 September). (You can also see a timelapse video below of The Sound of Music […]

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Oklahoma! – Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Touring

Oklahoma! continues at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton until 28 February and then tours until 8 August, 2015. Star rating: 4 stars **** There is a traditional charm that pervades the Royal & Derngate’s Oklahoma! This show, the first collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is at once dark and glorious, but above all crammed with some of […]

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The Sound of Music – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield and Touring

The Sound of Music continues at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield until 14 February, and then tours until 1 August. Star rating: 3 stars *** The seven hills of Sheffield are alive to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as Bill Kenwright’s new production comes to the Lyceum Theatre. It is billed as a new staging of the the musical, […]

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The Sound of Music – Curve, Leicester

The Sound of Music continues at Curve, Leicester until 17 January 2015. Laura Pitt-Pulford’s Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music whirls round tree trunks and straps a guitar on her back to cycle away from the Abbey. So when, head held high, she sings ‘I Have Confidence in Me’, it has force as well […]

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Danielle Hope plays Maria in The Sound of Music tour

Actress and singer Danielle Hope will play the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in a new production of The Sound of Music which opens on Thursday 15 January at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and then moves to the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton to commence a major national tour. Hope won BBC Television’s Over the Rainbow talent show and as a result […]

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Oklahoma! UK and Irish tour – full cast announced

The full cast has been announced for the new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Oklahoma! presented by Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton. From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King and I and Fiddler On the Roof, this new production will feature Lucy May Barker […]

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Allegro – Classic Stage Company, New York

Allegro continues at Classic Stage Company, New York, until 14 December. “Of all the musicals I ever worked on that didn’t quite succeed,” Richard Rodgers writes in his autobiography Musical Stages, “Allegro is the one I think most worthy of a second chance.” Now that show is being given its second chance, thanks to director John […]

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Maria Friedman performed in concert at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

Maria Friedman – Back To Before – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman: Back to Before continues at The Pheasantry, London, until 26 October. Nobody understands the art of cabaret better than Maria Friedman, actress, singer, director and now EastEnder extraordinaire, and her new show, Back to Before, in residence for two weeks at The Pheasantry on Chelsea’s Kings Road, is, as expected, a joy from […]

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The King and I – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

The King And I continues at Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, until 29 July. The World Cup has not been the Chatelet’s best friend for the original-language Paris premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I but the stay-at-homes who missed this exquisite, no-expense-spared masterpiece to snore their way through a goalless French bore-draw made a serious […]

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Carousel – Arcola Theatre

Carousel continues at the Arcola Theatre, London, until 19 July. Once cited by Richard Rodgers as his favourite of all his musicals, Carousel, his second major collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the dark tale of barker Billy Bigelow, who in the course of the show is fired from his job, hits his wife, turns criminal, […]

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Morphic Graffiti – A new kind of Carousel

Theatre company Morphic Graffiti, founded by Stewart Charlesworth and Luke Fredericks, is behind a bold new interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which officially opens tonight at the London fringe Arcola Theatre. Cameron Smith catches up with Stewart Charlesworth… It started with a typo. In 2011 Stewart Charlesworth, along with co-founder Luke Fredericks, created a new production company […]

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Carousel – Oper Graz, Austria

Carousel runs in rep at the Oper Graz, Austria until 5 June 2014. Matthias Davids, who in 2012 directed Gigi at the Oper Graz, has returned with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel. There are many reasons why this could have been problematic: firstly, because the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein are unfortunately hardly ever […]

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Kieran Brown and guests – Union Theatre

Kieran Brown performed Music That Matters with a selection of guest artists at the Union Theatre, London. Beginning with a low-key entrance, and unusually the lights up rather than dimmed, actor and singer Kieran Brown (currently appearing in the Rodgers and Hammerstein piece Pipe Dream at the Union Theatre) opened with a gentle medley of ‘Someone’s Waiting […]

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