OUTTAKES: Stage Struck

At the age of fifteen, Lisa believed she was going to be a one-woman equivalent of Rodgers and Hammerstein II and mounted a production of her first musical.  


During a bout of insomnia in the early hours of yesterday morning, I drowsily stumbled upon an article written by Sky News journalist, Chris Robertson. The Phantom of the Opera is to close, permanently, in the West End. They’re pulling the plug on Phantom? I was immediately wide awake.  Over my dead body! We have to save our great British theatre! Covid-19 has done enough damage already; it cannot be allowed to destroy our cultural heritage. For phantom’s sake, whatever happens, our world-class theatre cannot be allowed to pale into insignificance.

Glasgow – A Big City with a Big Heart

But the icing on my Glasgow West End cake was A Play, A Pie and A Pint.  

2018 … time for TESS THE MUSICAL to fly

The concept album certainly whets the appetite and features vocals by some classy performers.

Tess The Musical – Will be officially unveiled to the public on 5th November 2017

Yesterday I was presented with a musical theatre lover’s dream scenario … to be allowed access to the concept album of a new British musical that everybody will soon be talking about … Tess.

Stars line up for new British musical

Calling all musical theatre lovers! Am reposting Stagey Lady’s piece on a new musical call Tess, based on the Thomas Hardy classic Tess of the d’Urbervilles.  Get to know the cast and grow to love the score @ www.tessthemusical.com.  In the meantime, here’s a taster …    

Les Mis Parody

So I hedged a bit before posting a parody of Le Mis, believing that nobody has the right to take the micheal out of such a beautiful contribution to the musical theatre … but it really made me smile so I couldn’t help myself.

Spectacularly Embarrassing WRONGINATION at the Oscars 2017

How come it took the organisers until La La Land were well into their acceptance speeches to rectify the excruciatingly embarrassing situation?   Congratulations to Moonlight by the way . And …  the Best Blooper Award for 2017 goes to The Oscars.

Sunday Feel Good Factor – I will follow him from Sister Act

I will follow him, is featured at the end of the 1992 film Sister Act and performed by the nuns’ chorus, conducted by Sister Mary Clarence, also known as Deloris Van Cartier brilliantly played by Whoopie Goldberg. A fantastic cast which also included another stage and screen icon Dame Maggie Smith.

The JADC and Dominic Ferris produce a West End Experience

I frequently wax lyrical about how many incredibly talented people live on the small island of Jersey.  Visitors to the island that were in the audience at the Opera House last night to see the Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club’s performance of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables could have been forgiven for thinking they were inContinue reading “The JADC and Dominic Ferris produce a West End Experience”

Collabro – and then there were four

Don’t worry. Social Media maybe awash with crying imojis, but I can assure you there is nothing to worry about. All it means is that the fabulous five have now become the fantastic four as the show goes on with Jamie, Matt, Tom and Michael as a four piece. We all wish Richard well and eagerly await news of his plans.

Collabro to perform in Jersey, Channel Islands – June 2016

Despite a rearranged date, Collabro will be performing @ Fort Regent on 4th June 2016 – click here to buy tickets.  The guys will be supported by some Jersey’s home grown talent and members of the Bird College. And, just to get you in the mood, here is a little treat for you … Collabro performing EdContinue reading “Collabro to perform in Jersey, Channel Islands – June 2016”

Fascinating Aida – Solo Tour Dates 2016

Whilst The Dame has been stoically recovering from illness, both Dillie and Liza have been going it alone on the road to stem our withdrawal symptoms. Dillie is performing her first solo tour in 557 years.  Such a remarkable feat.  Her show includes brand new tunes as well as her hilariously funny back catalogue that keeps meContinue reading “Fascinating Aida – Solo Tour Dates 2016”

LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN – but you need to be quick

To coincide with Halloween 2014, I blogged about one of my all time favourite musicals The Rocky Horror Show.  I ruefully concluded that the show was not on tour in the UK and left readers with a video of Tim Curry as Frank’N’Furter. A year later I am very happy to report that the show isContinue reading “LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN – but you need to be quick”

Connie Fisher: To sing once more

As a musical theatre buff and having grown up with the iconic film The Sound of Music and its timeless score by Rogers and Hammerstein, I avidly watched the 2006 TV programme “How do you solve a problem like Maria’. These were a series X Factor-esque shows and a platform from where Andrew Lloyd Webber could audition for the nextContinue reading “Connie Fisher: To sing once more”

WARNING! Collabro – Act Two

If you are of a sensitive musical theatre disposition, then do not listen to Collabro’s Act Two whilst you are driving your car, which is where I started listening to it the other day.  If I want completely uninterrupted listening time, I play CDs in my car. There are 10 tracks on this album and by track 2, I thought that IContinue reading “WARNING! Collabro – Act Two”

The Phantom is still very much alive at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera is here … inside my mind Andrew Lloyd Webber If you love the musical theatre, you will love the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I think it would surprise you to know just how much of his music you are familiar with, even if you haven’t seen the musical inContinue reading “The Phantom is still very much alive at Her Majesty’s Theatre”

The Phantom of the Opera – God’s Gift to Musical Theatre

With just a handful of days to go before my long overdue West End culture fix, I thought  I would try and find out exactly when the creative spark fired Andrew Lloyd Webber into writing what has to be one of the greatest music phenomenons of all time. The story itself was published in 1911,  Le FantomeContinue reading “The Phantom of the Opera – God’s Gift to Musical Theatre”

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – The Rocky Horror Show

I saw The Rocky Horror Show with Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter in the West End in 1973. I was very young and, without question, it was the most avant garde musical production I had ever seen. I certainly don’t think I had ever seen a bloke wearing stockings and suspenders before. My eyesContinue reading “HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – The Rocky Horror Show”

Copacabana The Musical – Caught up in the Razz!

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana The Musical 2014 tour has been at The Opera House this week and I went to see their final performance last night. Barry Manilow recorded the song “Copacabana” also known as “Copacabana (At the Copa)”, in 1978. The song was written by Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and it tells theContinue reading “Copacabana The Musical – Caught up in the Razz!”

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