News Archive – Page 2

Simply Heaven features on this week’s Musical Theatre Melodies

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 22nd August will feature a 60th Anniversary tribute to David Martin and Langston Hughes’ Simply Heavenly, (based on the novel “Simple Takes a Wife” and other stories by Langston Hughes), from the 1957 original Broadway cast recording starring Melvin Stewart, Marilyn Berry, Claudia Mcneil, John Bouie, Anna English, Brownie McGhee and Duke Willlams; plus additional songs from the 2005 London cast recording starring Rhashan Stone, Allyson Brown, Ruby Turner, Clive Rowe and Nicola Hughes. This will be introduced (via Skype) from New York-based theatre critic and Internet columnist Peter Filichia.

The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.

Musical Theatre Melodies features Romberg’s MAYTIME

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 15th August will feature a Centenary tribute to Sigmund Romberg and Rida Johnson Young’s Maytime:

Featuring the 2005 Ohio Light Opera cast recording starring Joshua Kohl, Robin De Leon, Tyler Nelson, Brian Tanner, Sarah Walker, Danielle McCormick, Shannon Langman and Grant Knox. Also, the broadcast will feature orchestral selections from Romberg’s Her Soldier Boy (1917) played by the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra conducted by Donald Hunsberger.

The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OVERTURES ARCHIVES

Cyrano De Bergerac features on Musical Theatre Melodies this week

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 8th August will feature Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Cyrano de Bergerac, (based on the play by Edmond Rostand), from the 2004 U.S. concept album starring Douglas Sills, Linda Eder and Rob Evan, with Brian d’Arcy James, Allen Fitzpatrick, Kevin Ligon and Douglas Storm. There will be a “live” introduction to the musical  from the award-winning composer/lyricist and librettist* – Leslie Bricusse.


The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OVERTURES ARCHIVES

Good News on Musical Theatre Melodies this week

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 5th September will feature a 90th Anniversary tribute to B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson’s “Good News”, from the 1995 studio cast recording featuring members of the 1993 Music Theatre of Witchita production including Kim Huber, Ann Morrison, Linda Michele, Michael Gruber, Wayne Bryan, Hal Davis, Jessica Boevers, Michael McCormick and Mark Madama, and to be introduced by New York-based theatre critic and Internet columnist* – Peter Filichia. 

Also, the programme will contain song selections by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson composed for the stage and screen from 1926 and on featuring Helen Kane, Al Jolson, Harry Richman, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, Phyllis Dare, the Boswell Sisters, Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo and original Good News Broadway cast members, Zelma O’Neal and George Olsen and His Music.

The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.
IMPORTANT – THERE WILL BE NO BROADCAST NEXT WEEK – SEPTEMBER 12TH DUE TO THE LIVE BORADCAST OF THE V.A.F.A. FOOTBALL AWARDS, BUT WILL BE BACK ON 19TH SEPTEMBER WITH A 10TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO AHREN AND FLAHERTY’S “THE GLORIOUS ONES”.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OVERTURES ARCHIVES

Goodbye Mr Chips – Musical Theatre Melodies looks back on Chichester’s production

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 1st August will feature the cast recording of the 1982 Chichester Festival Theatre production starring John Mills as Mr. Chips, Colette Gleeson as Kathie, Nigel Stock as Max and 20 local school boys, including Kevin Farrar who was selected by Bricusse to sing the final verse of the iconic “School Song”, to be followed by selections from the 1969 MGM film soundtrack recording featuring Peter O’Toole and Petula Clark. The programme is the second of three to be introduced by Leslie Bricusse.


The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OVERTURES ARCHIVES

Me And My Girl – take home treasures from 1937

This hugely success 1937 musical ran for 1646 performances at the Victoria Palace helped by the hit song ‘the Lambeth walk’ and a live radio broadcast.  It was televised in 1939 but would have been seen by very few people.

The star was Lupino Lane playing a cockney about to become part of the aristocracy.  The doll represents him in his cockney clothes.  The show was revived in 1941, 1945 and 1949 and each production starred and was directed by Lupino Lane.  It is not known which production had this doll for sale but it is most likely the original.

The show of course went to have a very successful revised revival in the 1980s both in London and New York –by then the marketing items were remarkably different.

RSB                                        Lupino Lane Doll from the Overtures Collections

The Next Musical Theatre Melodies features Leslie Bricusse and Doctor Doolittle

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 25th July will feature the 1967 film soundtrack recording with Rex Harrison of Leslie Briscusse’s Doctor Doolittle  followed by selections from the 1988 London World premiere stage adaptation  starring Phillip Schofield. The programme will be the first of three to be introduced by Leslie Bricusse.


The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE OVERTURES ARCHIVES

Xanadu and The Main Event – Musical Theatre Melodies

The next “Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 18th July will feature a 10th Anniversary tribute to Jeff Lynne and John Farrar’s Xanadu, (based on the Universal Pictures film), from the 2007 original Broadway cast recording starring Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson and Tony Roberts this will be followed with highlights from The Main Event, from the 1998 “live” Australian concert recording starring Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham and Anthony Warlow. 

 
The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.

 

NINE – the musical gets the Musical Theatre Melodies treatment

“Musical Theatre Melodies” broadcast on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, 11th July will feature a 30th Anniversary tribute to the Australian premiere of Maury Yeston’s Nine, (based on the Federico Fellini film ), from the 1987 original Australian cast recording starring John Diedrich, Maria Mercedes, Peta Toppano, Jacki Rees, Gerda Nicolson, Caroline Gillmer and Nancye Hayes. This will be preceded by an introduction (via Skype) from New York-based theatre critic and Internet columnist – Peter Filichia.
The show originally opened at Broadway’s 46th Street Theatre on 9th May 1982, where it ran for 729 performances. Rob Marshall directed a film adaptation which opened in cinemas in December 1989/
The broadcast will go “to air” between 9 – 11 p.m. EST local Melbourne time; (= 12 noon – 2 p.m. BST in Britain; = 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NZST; = 7 – 9 a.m. EDT New York time; = 4 – 6 a.m. PDT Los Angeles time.) For those listening in via the Internet on 96.5 Inner FM’s website the webpage link for the Inner FM Web Radio player is  http://right-click.com.au/rcPlayer/index.php?c=innerfm or go to the Inner FM homepage at www.innerfm.org.au and follow the links.

The Ever Lucrative Theatre Merchandising Is Nothing New – as our Archives can show

We are now used to coffee mugs, key rings, T-Shirts and a huge variety of items that theatre producers put before their audiences to help increase the show’s income.  There was a song in the long running Broadway revue Forbidden Broadway entitled Cameron Mackintosh: ‘My Souvenir Things’ sung to the tune of My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music.  But Sir Cameron was not the first to cash in on a success.  Other than Souvenir Books and Programmes there were examples of merchandising back a century ago and we have some in Overtures Archives.

Chu Chin Chow – that mega hit of the First World War had a souvenir in the form of a jug.  It is fairly small, standing just 8 inches high and the one we have was from 1921 and has all the years from its long run starting in 1916 mentioned.  It also has the signatures of the writer and producer Oscar Asche and his actress wife, and co-producer, Lily Brayton stencilled on.  The Jug is the memory because in the show the bandits hide in huge Wine Jugs – a major moment in the show.

To read more about Chu Chin Chow go to Search and simply type Chu Chin Chow to see our article on the show.

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Dilys Laye archive is gifted to Overtures for safe-keeping

The family of West End, Broadway and film star, Dilys Laye, have passed her archives to Overtures for safe-keeping and to be added to the National Collection. In line with Overtures strict policies, each collection is kept intact whilst being catalogued as part of an overall archive. There are many gems that will be made available for access, including early marked up scripts, photos and correspondence. We are taking this opportunity to show three photos from the collection at the time of The Boyfriend on Broadway.

THE ORIGINAL RECORDING SESSION OF “THE BOYFRIEND”

From 1950, Laye appeared in numerous West End revues, including And So to Bed, Intimacy at 8.30, For Amusement Only and High Spirits. In 1954, she played the first Dulcie in The Boy Friend on Broadway alongside Julie Andrews, with whom she shared a Manhattan flat during the run. At this time she was dating a young actor called James Garner.

In 1957, she began appearing in films and for almost 30 years was a stalwart in British productions. In 1985 in a major return to the stage she played Nurse in Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Shakespeare Company and her other credits with the RSC in the mid to late-1980s included Maria in Twelfth Night, First Witch in Macbeth, Glinda/Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz and Parthy Ann in an Opera North version of Show Boat. In 2001 she returned to the RSC to play Mrs Medlock in its musical of The Secret Garden, directed by Adrian Noble. She toured the UK in The Phantom of the Opera and 42nd Street, among others. Her later West End credits included the musicals Nine in 1997 and Into the Woods in 1998 at the Donmar Warehouse and Mrs Pearce in Trevor Nunn’s revival of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 2002. She also starred in a revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Playhouse Theatre in 2003. The production was not admired but Laye’s performance (as Madame de Rosemond) was and she received the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Female in a Supporting Role. In 2005, she toured Britain as the Grandmother in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

“New Theatre” – a magazine of the forties – and an unknown gem

“New Theatre” was an English publication that we believe was first published in June 1944 – though this was during war time and may have been more of a newsletter.  The copies we have acquired date from June 1946 and go to October 1947.    The interest is that it was a magazine we had not seen or even heard of before and after sixty years of collecting that is rather strange.

Now we have been able to study the magazines we find it was published by the left – the Trade Unions and the famous near communist Unity Theatre.  So presumably the readership was perhaps limited and it was never something that went into WH Smiths or their like.

But the magazines are of great interest with articles and photos very much of the period.  And we show some pages from them here.

What we would love to know is do you have any knowledge or back-ground on this magazine.  A simple Google brings no details.  It would be great to get the full story.