Archive for the 'competition' Category

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 »

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Last chance to enter our competition

Saturday 31 March 2007

Quick note to say that Bette & Joan – the divine competition will close at noon on Good Friday (6th April 2007) after which we will give Shaun Considine the Easter weekend to contemplate the artistic merit of the entries and cast his judgement. Let’s hope it doesn’t give him resurrection blues.

The winner will be announced on Friday 13th, just for extra resonance.

So if you haven’t already entered and you think you have the perfect idea for casting the roles of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, get cracking.

Crappy Families

Friday 30 March 2007

The Whingers have invented a new game and anyone with nothing better to do (i.e. nothing at all) can play along.

It’s called “Crappy Families”.

First take a piece of television so dire and unfunny that it gives the word “sitcom” a bad name; we picked BBC’s My Family but there are plenty of others to choose from.

(Don’t worry – you don’t have to sit through a single episode.)

A good tip is to choose something in which talented actors and actresses have pawned their artistic integrity in return for easy money; this makes the theatre side of it more endurable. 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 »

Bette & Joan – the divine competition

Sunday 18 March 2007

Who would have thought that the West End Whingers would be running an honest-to-god competition with a real prize? And in association with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (kind of)?

But it’s true. You could win an original, signed (by the author, not the Whingers) US hardback copy of Shaun Considine’s delicious biography Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud complete with oodles of wonderful photographs thanks to the generosity of the author himself.

It was a timely offer from Mr Considine; Andrew had been on the verge of selling his shares in Siriami to bankroll his latest get-rich-quick scheme – a premium rate phone-in competition, an idea cruelly undermined by arch-villains Richard & Judy and Blue Peter. Read the rest of this entry »