Archive for the 'showtunes' Category

Review – A Swell Party, Cadogan Hall

Sunday 10 August 2008

Showtunes fans only need read on… Nothing for anyone else here. Move along now…

The problem with owning an Ethel Merman’s Greatest Hits CD is that whenever you hear anyone else sing “Throwing a Ball Tonight” or “Make It Another Old Fashioned Please” you just think, “That’s not right”.

That was the main lesson taken away from last night’s A Swell Party at the Cadogan Hall. Of course, you can’t un-buy a CD and there is no known medical intervention which can remove Merman memories from the brain so think carefully before you purchase such a thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Side by Side by Barry Cryer

Tuesday 22 May 2007

These are nerve-racking days for theatre producers.barry_cryer.jpg

If the Whingers can’t make it to the theatre, you can be sure their agents will. Having thoroughy enjoyed Side by Side by Sondheim, the Whingers wondered how much better it might be without the shambolic narration of Christopher Cazanove. Spies were swiftly dispatched to check out the wonderful Barry Cryer who took over the role until last Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 songs from shows within shows

Saturday 19 May 2007

The pastiche of 1920s musical theatre featured in The Drowsy Chaperone reminded us that there’s a terrific revue waiting to be commissioned (Hey, Mr Producer. We’re talking to you, sir.) based around songs from shows within shows or shows within films. Or films within shows. Or films within films. Or just musical performances portrayed in a naturalistic context.

Anyway, anyway. Here are the Whingers’ Top Ten parodies and pastiches. Read the rest of this entry »