Sunday, March 15, 2015

Janie Dee at The Crazy Coqs

To the last night of Janie's wonderful cabaret at The Crazy Coqs. It was announced at the beginning that she hadn't arrived yet and then her voice was heard apparently on the phone to Judi Dench discussing her forthcoming appearance in Mrs Henderson Presents - the Musical.  Janie comes on shedding coat and hat and has a lovely song written for her by her amazingly talented music director Alex Parker and a collaborator who is apparently a female recent maths grad from Cambridge now working in the City.

A delightful and brilliantly performed sequence of songs followed, with the brilliant repartee and audience connection for which Janie is justly renowned. Highlights included:
  • Poisoning the Pigeons in the Park - apparently one of the first professional solos she gave.
  • Anyone Can Whistle
  • Mon Jardin d'Hiver
  • Sailing
  • I'm not Getting Married Today.
and the immortal QWERTYUIOP/Copy Type  ("ours is not to question, but to quietly disagree"), Afterwards we went to supper with Janie and a delightful group including one of her sisters, and then Janie drove us home so that we could chat some more.

She's very busy this summer and you can see her in:
  • Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic
  • A 1-off Cabaret at Shakespeare's Globe on 10 May
  • A Great Play in the summer in London for which casting hasn't been announced.
  • Mrs Henderson Presents - The Musical at Theatre Royal Bath.

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