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Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass in MAN OF LA MANCHA
Inset Pic- Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass. Featured Pic- Marika Aubrey, Ross Chisari and Tony Sheldon in MAN OF LA MANCHA

When MAN OF LA MANCHA opened on Broadway 50 years ago, it was in an era where Martin Luther King was espousing I Had A Dream and the Kennedy’s were quoting George Bernard Shaw You see things and you say “Why?” I dream things that never were, and I say “Why not.”

No wonder then the linchpin lyric of this endearing and enduring show is The Impossible Dream, the musical mantra of Don Quixote, the knight errant tiller of windmills, who sees life as it should be, noble and elevated, not as it is, vulgar and base.

Independent music theatre company, Squabbalogic’s fiftieth anniversary staging of MAN OF LA MANCHA has an impossible dream realised – the securing of Tony Sheldon, lauded local Broadway star now domiciled in the United States, to play the poet paladin. Continue reading Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard

Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown
Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown

Want to hear a secret? BROADWAY UNPLUGGED. Pass it on. No wait. On second thoughts, I might want to keep it to myself. Let me think about this.

BROADWAY UNPLUGGED was launched mid-year in 2012 and has had successful events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Last night it was at The Vanguard in Newtown. Created by George Youakim who was the MC for the night, the idea is to support the musical theatre industry by doing unplugged sessions. The monthly event provides a platform for performers to do what they do best in a supportive environment.

Since everyone knows that Monday is a day of rest for we theatre workers, why shouldn’t the stars of Squabbalogic’s MAN OF LA MANCHA wander in and do a set? Case in point, Musical Theatre royalty, Tony Sheldon, complete with Don Quixote scraggy chin. This is an artist who can fill a huge auditorium night after night in New York but we got to experience that wonderful dynamic range almost at a whisper as he joined with Ross Chisari for a taste of Cervantes and Sancho Panza. He backed this up with a number cut from HELLO DOLLY … the missing solo for Horace Vandergelder. Who knew? Continue reading Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Amy Lehpamer, Matt Hethrington, Katrina Retallick, and Anne Wood. Pic Matt Watson
Amy Lehpamer, Matt Hethrington, Katrina Retallick, and Anne Wood. Pic Matt Watson

On Thursday last I had the great pleasure of watching a rehearsal for the upcoming season of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – and, if I can take the popular modern liberty of inventing a new word, it promises to be ‘scoundralously‘ good!

We only got to see an early couple of scenes, it’s only the eighth rehearsal, but already one can see the wicked main characters and the sense of humour to match blossoming under the genius of such luminaries as Tony Sheldon, John Wood, Matt Hetherington and Amy Lehpamer, deftly directed by Roger Hodgman.

I interviewed Katrina Retallick and Matt Hethrington who both asserted that the rehearsals were such fun that it had to translate to an uproarious, laugh a minute experience for the audiences. Katrina said, “The more outrageous I can be- the better. When asked what they thought the audience would remember most from the show they both agreed, “That they had had a fun night.”

Matt said that, being a fan of the two movie versions, (Marlon Brando and David Niven preceded the eighties flick in 1964 under the name “Bedtime Story”!), he was pleased to see more than the occasional nod to those scripts, which he thought that audiences would appreciate. He was also pleased to be able to introduce younger people to the older style of comedy created by comedians like Jerry Lewis.

The songs sound great, augmented by a talented ensemble. I can’t wait to see the finished show.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opens at the Theatre Royal on 24 October.