A View from the Bridge, Young Vic

These days it almost goes without saying that something extraordinary is happening at the Young Vic. There hasn’t been a show I have seen there over the last two years that didn’t challenge and excite my theatrical imagination. But Ivo van Hove’s staging of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge is something else. It … [Read More]

CLASSIC FM – Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pm

Charlotte Green Culture Club on Classic FMIn my debut on CLASSIC FM I’ll be popping up regularly on Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pm – with selective tips for all that’s best in live Classical Music, Opera, and Musical Theatre. Short and sweet but hopefully lively and informative, too. Expect the odd anecdote.

 

 

 

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Happy Days, Young Vic

Happy Days with Juliet Stevenson“Happy Days”. It’s a throw-away phrase, an all-purpose “we’re still here” pleasantry, a little more specific than “cheers” and perhaps a bit (some would say a lot) more hopeful. Samuel Beckett’s devastating play turns it into a euphemism or, if you prefer, a loaded metaphor for human kind’s extraordinary ability to fain contentment in the … [Read More]

Claudio Abbado 1933-2014

Claudio AbbadoConductors achieving superstar status are rarely shy, self-effacing, and humble – but that was the paradox characterising Claudio Abbado throughout his extraordinary career. I came in during the nine years he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra when his dynamism and smouldering good looks were such a good fit for the hippest and … [Read More]

Putting It Together, St James Theatre

Janie Dee Photographer - Mike EddowesWatching the Stephen Sondheim/Julia McKenzie compilation cabaret Putting It Together (is that a fair description of this hybrid?) in its latest incarnation – courtesy of producer/musical supervisor Alex Parker – one’s thoughts turn once more to the issue of “context” in Sondheim. It is, of course, the reason why so few of his songs have … [Read More]

BBC RADIO 3 – CD REVIEW “BUILDING A LIBRARY” Saturday 8 March

BBC Radio 3This prime spot on Radio 3′s flagship programme CD REVIEW is easily the most challenging that any music journalist can undertake – and having braved that challenge on countless occasions over the last three decades with the mighty symphonic works of Mahler, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and others I can attest to the amount and complexity of … [Read More]

A Spoonful of Sherman, St. James’ Theatre Studio

imageIt’s scary being reminded of so much of one’s youth in a single evening and realising that, yes, your parents really did buy you the single (which you played incessantly) of “Let’s Get Together” featuring twice as much Hayley Mills as might be considered decent for an impressionable 10 year old. But the Sherman dynasty … [Read More]

American Psycho, Almeida Theatre

Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman photo Manuel HarlanHaving enjoyed privileged insight into the making of this musical with my audio podcast featuring composer Duncan Sheik’s original demos (check out Podcasts) and director Rupert Goold’s lively mind, this is not so much a review, more a reflection on this startling new arrival at the Almeida. First things first: it’s not often that the … [Read More]

Andrew Lippa, St. James Theatre

Ok, I’ll come clean (and this is hard, not to say shameful, for a musical theatre aficionado): Andrew Lippa had somehow passed me by; until now – until yesterday, to be precise. Don’t ask how come I never saw, or at least heard, The Addams Family? I did get to The Wild Party but … [Read More]

The Scottsboro Boys, Young Vic

The Scottsboro Boys John Kander and Fred Ebb – masters of the cabaret satire – delivered a sucker punch with this their last show together. The story of the Scottsboro nine shamefully redefined the sickness at the heart of American society when racial hatred was at its its most virulent. And as if to rub our noses in … [Read More]