This intimate and musical evening will explore the life and music of the extraordinary Richard Rogers: the backstage stories, his demons and struggles, the very different relationships he had with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, a dash of gossip, and of course the songs – from famous numbers to rarities and gems unearthed from the archive.
Richard Rodgers is one of the great figures of American music – a composer, who over six decades wrote 40 musicals and over 1,000 songs, changing popular music forever. The evening is hosted by writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson and illustrated by selections from the Rodgers songbook, sung live by Anna Francolini, accompanied by Tony Award nominee Jason Carr on piano. Together they draw upon their vast knowledge of the scores and the stories behind them to create this intimate evening that explores the life and music of this extraordinary man.
Performed live on stage; songs from some of the most popular musicals of all time, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I and South Pacific.
|Tuesday 26th July 2016 – 7pm||West Green House|
Reactions to Rodgers Revealed: reviews, tweets & Facebook
Review: Musical Theatre Review Review by Adrian Edwards
…Although Seckerson claimed the evening was ‘a total indulgence’, it was, in fact, nothing of the kind. It was of an ideal length and pithily presented in a non-chronological format that moved and entertained by turn. The lively banter between Seckerson and Carr – the host tossing an idea to his pianist, and the musician’s rejoinder – brought a smile to the face as they painted an honest and affectionate portrait of a man who, almost unconsciously it seems, created some of the most sublime tunes of the 20th century… Read more
Review: Capital Cabaret & Shows Scene Review by Fiona Jane Weston
The duo that put together Bernstein Revealed at St James Studio has reprised a former show of similar format, Rodgers Revealed, this time at North London venue JW3. Edward Seckerson and Jason Carr draw upon their vast knowledge of the scores and the stories behind them to create an intimate evening exploring the life and music of one of the most popular composers of theatre music… Read more
Tweets & Facebook:
Angie Lawrence (Facebook) Angie wrote: “Fantastic evening at ‘Rodgers Revealed’, hosted by the extremely eloquent Edward Seckerson, with pianist and arranger extraordinaire Jason Carr and the wonderful voice of Anna Francolini, who has to be applauded for perfectly memorising numerous song lyrics, of many familiar and some rarer Rodgers’ gems. The evening was informative, entertaining and fun. Bravo to everyone involved.”
Bert Fink (Chief Creative Officer, MTI): ‘A work-related event after a rather long day at the office turned out to be an absolute tonic: Rodgers Revealed, at the St. James Studio tonight, featured Jason Carr at the keyboards, Edward Seckerson as host and guide, and the sublime Anna Francolini serenading us through the Rodgers Songbook. These were standards as if I had never heard them before, and rarities newly discovered, with Carr’s piano solo rendition of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” in a class by itself’.