Les Misérables – The Staged Concert is released on digital download, along with a bonus featurette which is highly amusing.
As A Spoonful of Sherman, a tribute to three generations of Sherman family music, including childhood classics by the Sherman Brothers, continues Live at Zedel until 20 August 2017, Ian Foster reviews related albums.
Pete ‘n’ Keely is a rather gentle show and Matthew Gould’s production here possesses a warmly nostalgic glow that is well essayed by performers David Bardsley and Katie Kerr.
For the Q&A after Saturday’s matinee of Pete ‘n’ Keely, I was joined by director Matthew Gould, and stars David Bardsley and Katie Kerr. How much more work is a two-hander for the actors?
Whisking audiences back to 1968, Pete ‘N’ Keeley is a lighthearted and entertaining show about one couple whose relationship has played in front of cameras for the past 12 years and the strain that being in public eye constantly placed on their relationship.
It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double-edged.
Bumblescratch is a ‘ratty’ epic. 38 songs, mostly sung by Darren Day in a blonde beehive wig rescued from Mari Wilson’s dumpster. Kid co-star Ilan Galkoff is excellent as a sort of Stuart Little to Day’s Rat Thenardier and Michael Xavier gives the campest pirate since Robert de Niro in Stardust.
The evening has to be given to Close, who exceeded every expectation and was every ounce the Hollywood star she is. Charisma, dramatisation, characterisation, timing and delivery, all outstandingly perfect.