Saturday, January 18, 2014

Janie Dee in Putting it Together

A curtain call
To the St James Theatre to see our brilliant friend Janie Dee in Putting it Together a review based on Sondheim songs - the successor in fact of Side by Side by Sondheim.

The theatre is very new and a nice size with about 350 capacity. I was in row B so very near the stage - in fact Janie ad-libbed something at the beginning which she told me afterwards was because she had seen me in the audience.  Some old favourite songs were in there ("Ladies who lunch" and "Being Alive") but also songs from musicals I didn't know existed such as Dick Tracy (not in fact a musical but a film with a stellar cast including Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsythe and Dick Van Dyke, which won three Oscars) and Frogs (whose original student production at Yale had Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver in the cast). 

According to the blurb they only got permission to do the show on the basis that they would get their dream cast and certainly they have very fine people. Janie is of course simply The Best - but in David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Damian Humbley and the lovely Caroline Sheen they have a great team. David won an Olivier Award for Jerry Springer The Opera and I think Daniel and Caroline toured together in Mary Poppins. Caroline got to sing "Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy which was done by Madonna and which won Sondheim his (only) Oscar for best original song. The show concludes with Old Friends.

Janie very sweetly introduced me to everyone in the cast backstage but for various reasons we couldn't hit town together afterwards.

The audience loved the show and you should catch it while you can - it runs until the 1st of Feb

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