Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fame 2

More Musicals... (see Fame post a couple of months back)

Should musicals be a part of UK Now festival next year?  I reckon so. Yesterday I had some internal discussions about two possible shows coming to Shanghai. The problem is, they're Australian productions. I'd better not name them, but inevitably, one of them is an Andrew Lloyd Webber. It's not Cats... but a cat did play a very funny part in its creation: "The Daily Mail announced in May 2007 that [cough cough] would be delayed, because Lloyd Webber's six-month-old kitten Otto, a rare-breed Turkish Van, climbed onto Lloyd Webber's Clavinova digital piano and managed to delete the entire score". I’m not sure which is weirder, the incident or the breed.

And there's more. Today I took part of the afternoon off to see Alyssa appear in the school production of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. It was a colourful affair, well acted, a good impersonation of Elvis by the Pharoah and Alyssa sang her heart out. Joseph was the first Lloyd Webber / Rice musical to hit the stage - in 1968 - though the stage in question was Colet Court School in London and it only lasted 15 minutes.

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