Street Scene is an enjoyable production with outstanding performances from the cast and its diverse and reflective music accommodating the reality of living in a tenement in the 1940s.
An impeccable five-star production from Opera North in association with Welsh National Opera. Do not be put off by the word opera this is West End musical theatre at its very, very best.
Full casting – including Arthur Bostrom – has been announced for Out of Order, the Olivier Award-winning comedy returning to the stage in 2017 a gleeful new production directed by playwright Ray Cooney, who is celebrating seventy years in the industry.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND transfers to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for two weeks only in February, with its full original cast, including Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard.
Out of Order, the Olivier Award-winning comedy returns to the stage in a gleeful new production directed by playwright Ray Cooney himself, who is celebrating seventy years in the industry. Shaun Williamson leads an all-star cast on tour in 2017.
It’s been almost 20 years since the last major revival of Mart Crowley’s 1968 play The Boys in the Band, a piece of writing that pre-dated the Stonewall riots and gay rights movement and indeed helped to inspire them, so there’s no doubting the importance of the play in the theatrical canon, gay or otherwise.
Mart Crowley’s seminal play, The Boys in the Band, premiered in New York in 1968, just 14 months before the Stonewall riots that ignited the gay rights movement. Long before the likes of Martin Sherman‘s Bent (1979), Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America (1993) or Kevin Elyot‘s My Night With Reg (1994), this play broke new ground, changing history and the landscape of gay theatre.
Further casting has been announced for Adam Penford’s revival of Mart Crowley’s ground-breaking play, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, opening at Park Theatre in London this autumn, then touring to The Lowry, Theatre Royal Brighton and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Daniel Boys, Jack Derges and James Holmes are amongst the boys joining Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard in the new band.
With Sweeney Todd being my favourite musicals, I had been looking forward to the Welsh National Opera’s staging for quite some time. There is something about the tragedy coupled with Sondheim’s rich and complex score, which lends itself to opera and I couldn’t wait to hear it.