Archive for the 'broadway' Category

The West End Whingers interview with Jessica Lange…

Thursday 26 April 2007

The West End Whingers are always looking for opportunities to extend the usefulness of their website and they put a lot of thought into how they can contribute to the debate around the key arts issues of the day, many of which are sadly overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »

The West End Whingers get all political

Thursday 26 April 2007

The Whingers are up in arms with the bureaucrats in Brussels who are seeking to put an end to their favourite hobby. Read the rest of this entry »

Broadway – Last night of The Producers / Opening of Frost/Nixon

Wednesday 25 April 2007

547161.jpgWith a policy to whinge, it comes to something when the Whingers offer high praise. But The Producers and Frost/Nixon both turned their drooping mouths into smiles. Phil even feared for Andrew’s masking tape face-lift.

The Great White Way saw two significant events in the last few days. One of the Whingers fave shows The Producers shuttered (as they say over there) after more than 2,500 performances. Read the rest of this entry »

Kitty Carlisle Hart – an appreciation

Saturday 21 April 2007

Kitty Carlisle HartWe were a bit concerned that our obituary of Kitty Carlisle Hart might have been a bit short on facts (we basically said we thought she sounded fabulous whoever she was).

So, never ones to shirk from hard work and in-depth research, The West End Whingers have commissioned a testimonial from a real live ex-patriate (the best kind) American living in London and writing under the pseudonym of The Merm.

Why does everyone writing for the Whingers insist on using a nom de plume? Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the Drowsy in Chaperone

Saturday 21 April 2007

Drowsy Chaperone - putting gin in originalThe producers of Broadway transfer The Drowsy Chaperone are obviously desperate to seduce the Whingers. Or just desperate.

In a previous blog the Whingers noted the strange wording in their promotions. Now, presumably having taken heed from WEW, they’ve come up with another tag line in their ads, which have surely been worded specifically to woo the Whingers alcohol marinated hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

Bullets over Broadway

Friday 20 April 2007

If you enjoyed our recent forensic examination of the selective use of critics’ reviews by the National Theatre, then be sure to check out the fabulous new brouhaha which has broken out on Broadway. Read the rest of this entry »

Pulitzer Blues

Thursday 19 April 2007

Phil has been sulking since Monday. Having got up at 4am to ready his mantelpiece, he was distraught to discover that the West End Whingers had not been awarded a Pulitzer Prize this year.

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And the winner is…

Friday 13 April 2007

Our competition inviting suggestions for the ideal people to play Bette Davis and Joan Crawford produced some interesting results.

Fans have been indulging in frantic activity on their (sadly imaginary) casting couches and coming up with everyone from Gillian Anderson to Bea Arthur (OK, that’s not a very good example because they both begin with “A”) to… Tony Curtis (Damn, only begins with “C”. Oh well, you get the point).

Anyway, today being Friday 13th, we are proud to reveal the judgement of no-less-an-expert than Mr Shaun Considine himself, author of Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud who has generously donated a signed (by him, not by the Whingers) US hardback copy as a prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Fierstein, Chayefsky, Bette Davis, Considine, SOB

Friday 23 March 2007

Only connect. Now this is complicated, so pay attention.

The eyes and ears of WEW’s favourite Broadway blogger Steve on Broadway report (Note to Andrew – it’s probably the lips or the fingers that actually did the reporting, not the eyes and ears;  I am now the acknowledged expert on writing since – did I already mention this – it was my phrase, not yours, that was quoted on The Guardian’s arts blog – Phil) that Harvey Fierstein (right) is “planning a return to Broadway via a musical version of  Paddy Chayefsky‘s The Catered Affair.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hairspray the musical finally to hit London

Saturday 10 March 2007

Hairspray the musicalIt must be difficult for Steve on Broadway to navigate everyday life with his ear so permanently to the ground of the Great White Way.

But thank goodness he does, for he brings the Whingers welcome news that the stage production of Hairspray the musical will finally reach London although rather ominously we hear that it will be staged in the Shaftesbury Theatre (home of the hits).

The show’s transfer from Broadway has been much delayed, probably to avoid conflicts with the forthcoming film which features John Travolta in the role of Edna Turnblad, the role created by Divine in the original John Waters film and on Broadway by Harvey Fierstein. Read the rest of this entry »

Broadway abridged

Thursday 15 February 2007

Broadway abridgedIf the West End Whingers were as funny as they think they are, a lot less lazy and had brains unpickled by years of alcohol misuse, Broadway Abridged – which we have only just stumbled across – is the kind of thing we would come up with.

We particularly love his (we guess it’s a him) version of Wicked but in the interests of topicality we recommend you also check out the scripts for Spamalot and the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Lange.

Goodbye Yvonne De Carlo

Thursday 11 January 2007

Yvonne De CarloGoodbye, Yvonne De Carlo;

You were in the original production of Follies;

You sang “I’m Still Here”;

But unfortunately you’re not any more.

(with apologies to E.J. Thribb)

Yvonne De Carlo (nee Peggy Yvonne Middleton)
B. 1 September 1922
D. 8 January 2007

And here is the woman herself singing that tune at the Hollywood Bowl. Shame someone accidentally taped over the middle of it…

Goodbye Vincent Sardi Jr

Saturday 6 January 2007

Andrew snapped at Sardi’s

Black is the new black. The West End Whingers are in full mourning garb at the sad news of the demise of Vincent Sardi Jr at the tender age of just 91.

Sardi Jr was, of course, owner of the famous New York restaurant Sardi’s which – like many Broadway movers and shakers – Phil and Andrew loved to frequent whenever they were in town until their stalker Liliane Montevecchi went and spoiled it all by bribing the waiters to put her on the table next to theirs whenever they dropped in for lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

ticket tip – The Drowsy Chaperone

Wednesday 27 December 2006

The last time the West End Whingers hit Broadway (almost four years ago) it was not an altogether satisfactory experience. Although they did get to see two excellent shows – Hairspray and The Producers – a musicians’ strike postponed the opening of the revival of Nine, meaning that they missed it by a week, and the otherwise marvellous Harriet Harris failed to turn up to play Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie on the night they went (not an unusual occurence, by all accounts).

But now may be the time to give Broadway a second chance thanks to one little video on YouTube. It’s an excerpt from The Drowsy Chaperone (as performed in the Tony awards). Watch it, and we think you’ll be hooked too.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5G6FoX1sg]

See you on Broadway!

18/01/07 Update: The Drowsey Chaperone will play at the Novello Theatre in London, previewing from 14 May 2007; press night 5 June; booking until 23 February 2008. Elaine Paige to star. Bob Martin will reprise his Broadway role as “man in chair”

16 May 2007. Footnote: We saw it and this this what we thought.

Angela Lansbury – Broadway bound

Tuesday 24 October 2006

WEW are very tight lipped about their ages.

Andrew sees Angela Lansbury’s return to the Broadway stage at the tender age of 81 (that’s Angie not Andy) as an excuse to to think about a trip over the pond. Phil’s not so sure, he ticked her off his list a few years back when he saw her do “Bosom Buddies” with Bea Arthur in a charity show at the Shaftesbury theatre and also saw her turn up at a preview of the original London production of Sweeney Todd. Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson were also there – ah those were the days when real stars would put in a showing.

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