West Side Story is Sarah Frankcom’s first major musical production at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and it is nothing short of a complete triumph.
It’s the earnestness that doesn’t ring true in Simon Rattle and LSO’s recording of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, the way in which that which should come naturally simply sounds overworked.
There wasn’t much that Leonard Bernstein didn’t try his hand at at least once – and wanting, needing, to experience it all applied as surely to the music he wrote as to the music he conducted.
With a Bernstein classic, I think it’s wrong to say I’ve completely missed the boat on this one – there’s surely hope of a revival at some point (if I have to go to New York for it, then so be it), though in the meantime there are a couple of concerts scheduled at the Barbican for December.
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
In a programme change at The Other Palace, award-winning actor and pianist Hershey Felder presents the UK premiere of Our Great Tchaikovsky, replacing the previously announced double bill of his musical plays about two other composers: Irving Berlin and Maestro Leonard Bernstein.
Danny Mac will play Gabey in On the Town, the role played by Gene Kelly in the classic film. Full cast is announced for the new production, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie at London’s Open Air Theatre this summer.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced details of Timothy Sheader’s 10th season as Artistic Director, which includes a Drew McOnie’s major new production of Broadway classic On the Town, a new modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and, as previously announced, the return of the Evening Standard Award-winning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
We’re in New York, in 1935. In Greenwich Village, there lives an eclectic mix of Italian, Greek, Irish, you name it – and everyone is hanging on to their own little dream. Enter Ruth and Eileen, two sisters from Ohio who have come to this Wonderful Town to make their mark on the big city.
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