Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

One singular sensation ...

Its coming back! Not revived in London since it opened in 1975 - it was the best night I had at the theatre until then when I saw it at Drury Lane on my 30th birthday that year - the ground-breaking musical is now coming back in a new production, to the London Palladium this time.

I never wanted to see the Attenborough film which it seems was all about the theatre director Zach (Fosse's ALL THAT JAZZ was the '80s musical for me) - so the show is a fond memory, of course we had to get the original cast album with those great songs: "What I Did For Love" being a particular standout. The show though is the thing and will continue so here's to the new production. I think we will be going back to it again .... Sadly though it seems almost everyone connected with the original production is no longer here - director Michael Bennett, lyricist Ed Kelban, writer James Kirkwood, and composer Marvin Hamlisch died last year ...  
Oscar and BAFTA nominations: interesting but no real surprises. I knew AMOUR would be in the mix ... I expect Day-Lewis, Riva and Hathaway to carry away all available gongs, pity Trintignant not nominated - but of course a French actor won last year (Jean Dujardin) and Marion Cotillard a few years ago too.

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