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‘I’m not sure why we are approaching Broadway prices’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rebecca Caine

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

Canadian soprano and OG Cosette, Rebecca Caine 

Rebecca Caine may have been in a couple of musicals you’ve heard of before, but my introduction to her was through Tête à Tête’s inspired take on Salad Days at the old Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, recollections of which below. She’s also one of the more entertaining people to follow on Twitter, just don’t mention anyone called Jonas… 

“Salad Days! Such a lovely production. I used to love pulling people out to dance with, some would dance me off my feet, as a Don in the pre show, seating Cameron Mackintosh, calling him Mackintosh Minor and telling him to pull his socks up and watching the happiness of the audience at the end when they were just happy to be silly on a sunny day in 1954 Hyde Park.”

Where were you 10 years ago?

Teaching at Trinity Laban and singing a lot of concerts, I think.

Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?

I adored An American in Paris.

What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?

Finally singing Barber’s Knoxville.

Top flavour of interval ice-cream?

I refuse to remortgage my home and I prefer to keep my bella figura.

What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?

Jukebox bollocks.

Name someone who you think is a really underappreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?

She’s not under appreciated because she never stops working but she should be a mega star- Anna-Jane Casey.

Elphaba or Glinda?

Glinda, obviously, I prefer a low larynx.

What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?

Lower ticket prices. All I could see was old white people at Hamilton. I’m not sure why we are approaching Broadway prices and yet the actors’ salaries in London are far lower. It’s pure greed.

Which is your favourite theatre?

Is it the Matcham theatre in Buxton or Belfast that has the Indian theme and the boxes are elephants heads? It’s a draw between that and the tiny Georgian one in Margate. Full of ghosts.

Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?

What am I, Mystic Meg? As James Mason once said- there’s a lot to be done in the garden.

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Coq-tales podcast: Emma Hatton & Anna-Jane Casey name their dream roles

In Audio, Cabaret, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Photos, Quotes, Special Events by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

As part of the hour-long Coq-Tales on Thursday 13 October 2016, I got to chat to two incredible West End leading ladies, Anna-Jane Casey and Emma Hatton, both of whom have their own cabaret shows at Brasserie Zedel this month. Anna-Jane’s immediately followed our chat last week while Emma returns with her Eva Cassidy tribute Songbird on 27 and 28 October.

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NEWS: Full cast announced for Sheffield’s Annie Get Your Gun at Christmas

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Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for its major new revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Paul Foster directs Anna-Jane Casey as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis as Frank Butler in the Christmas production, running in the Crucible 8 December 2016 to 14 January 2017, with a press night on 14 December. The cast also includes: Nicolas Colicos (Buffalo …

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FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Sheffield

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Taylor writes an altogether different kind of musical in which “songs” rarely arrive fully formed but rather are in the process of evolving – beginnings of songs which are content just being songful and serving as aides-memoires, melodic remanants which in some cases return again and again with all their emotional memory intact. Wagner called them leitmotifs.

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FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Sheffield

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If Daniel Evans means to leave his acclaimed stewardship of Sheffield Theatre on a flood of tears, he’s chosen the right production for his directorial finale. There were definitely Kleenexes involved. Paul Gallico’s novella was an outlet for a bruised postwar nation, yearning over its clothes-ration coupons for the “ideal of civilized happiness” epitomized by the extravagant ballgowns of the New Look. A widowed charlady is content with her humble lot until she sees, in a rich client’s wardrobe, the marvel that is a Dior dress. She yearns to own one – “to come home to, not to wear”. Inspired by a small pools win, she trebles it with years of slaving, scrimping and squirrelling, and travels naive but determined to Paris.

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NEWS: Daniel Evans announces final season as Sheffield artistic director

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Daniel Evans today announces his final season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. The new season opens with Folie À Deux Productions and From Ground Up Theatre Company in association with Sheffield Theatres presenting Kieran Knowles’ Operation Crucible directed by Bryony Shanahan. This is followed by a co-production with English Touring Theatre of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – in …