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Lost Musicals™ The New Yorkers (1930)

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Herbert Fields

The New Yorkers – Sundays 29 March, 5,12, 19 April 4.00pm
Johnny Johnson Sun 14, 21, 28 June & 5 July 4.00pm: Sun 12 July 2.00pm & 6.15pm
Lilian Baylis Theatre Sadler’s Wells Rosebery Avenue EC1 Box Office 0870 737 7737

Tubes : Angel : Buses 19, 38 & 341 stop outside Sadler’s Wells.
4, 30, 43, 56, 73, 153, 205, 214, 394 & 476 stop at or near Angel tube station.

A dizzy distillation of the perpetually party-going Twenties in New York. The fascination of low life for high society makes for madcap hilarity in this romance between an heiress and a gangster, which also had a part for that great disturber of the peace, Jimmy Durante. Explosive comedy from Fields (of Annie Get Your Gun), sexy wit from Porter, in "The Great Indoors" and the notorious "Love for Sale," banned from radio for many years. Other great songs include "Let's Fly Away", "Where Have You Been?" and "I Happen to Like New York."

The cast includes Craige Els (Al Spanish), Anna Francolini (Alice Wentworth), Ursula Smith, (Gloria Wentworth) Stuart Permutt, Michael Roberts, Chris Stanton, Jud Charlton, Dawn Spence (Mona Low), Matthew Gould, Sandra Marvin, Grant Neal, Jon Robyns Ian Davey.

It is directed by Ian Marshall Fisher, with musical direction by Steven Edis.

Craige Els will play Jud in ‘Oklahoma’ at Chichester in June. He was Lancelot in ‘Spamalot’ and has been in ‘Mama Mia’. Anna Francolini was nominated for an Olivier for her role as Rose in ‘Caroline or Change’ at the National. Her roles include in ‘Merrily We Roll’ Along and ‘Company’ at the Donmar and film credits include Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvy’. Dawn Spence’s recent credits include as Velma in ‘Chicago’, Erma in ‘Anything Goes’ and Rizzo in ‘Grease’. Steven Edis will be the musical director for Trevor Nunn’s production of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’at Chichester.

Johnny Johnson (1936) with music by Kurt Weill, book & lyrics by Paul Green

will be presented on June 14, 21, 28 at 4.00pm and July 5 July 4.00pm, 12 July at 2.00pm and 6.15pm. Kurt Weill's first American musical, mixing satire, sentiment, and surrealism, was, perhaps, too much of a good thing to be a Broadway hit. But all the critics agreed that this anti-war fantasy had an extremely rich and complex score--cowboy ballads, French music-hall, American vaudeville, and Weill's own mordant, sinister, and, heartbreaking style. Combining broad comedy (a singing Statue of Liberty, a soldier who tries to bring peace by spraying the generals with laughing gas) and droll wit (a burlesque of psychoanalysis), this is a one-of-a-kind period piece and a treasure trove of melodies. This was Weill’s first work in the U.S.

This UK première will be at Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Theatre, as part of Ian Marshall Fisher’s Lost Musicals™ . The unique Lost Musicals™ is now in its 19th season.
The semi-staged performances will be on Sundays 29 March, 5, 12, 19 April at 4.00pm.
Prices: £21.00 - £27.50 (bking fee for postal and phone bkings).

10 March 2009