The Mormons were out in force for GAVIN CREEL, the latest of my Singular Sensations to grace the Charing X Theatre on Easter Sunday.
Anyone who has seen him on stage will know what a born performer he is and for me, sharing the stage with him, the real thrill of the occasion came not … [Read More]
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]
In 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”. 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]
Conductors 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]
Watching 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]
This 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]
It’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]
Having 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]
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]