Posts Tagged ‘Julie Andrews’

Review – Victor/Victoria, Southwark Playhouse

Friday 2 November 2012

A long while before she generously offered her Gift of Music, Julie Andrews was the subject of a Guardian interview at the NFT (now BFI).

Phil was in the audience and after furiously waving his arm in a “Me sir! Me sir!” kind of way, was given the chance to ask his killer question:

“Do you ever watch your old films and if you do which one do you watch most often?”

A hushed audience (including a complete stranger called Andrew – this was pre-Whinger days) leaned forward as one in anticipation of the answer (that’s how Phil remembers it, anyway).

Julie paused thoughtfully before replying “I don’t watch my films, but if I did it would be Victor/VictoriaRead the rest of this entry »

Review – Julie Andrews: The Gift of Music

Sunday 9 May 2010

Julie Andrews The Gift of MusicShould you ever receive a gift from Julie Andrews be sure to ask for the receipt as you will almost certainly want to take it back and exchange it for something better.

In The Gift of Music at the O2 “musical icon and beloved actress” Julie Andrews returned to the UK stage for the first time in 30 years with a “special performance”.

As an opener she made reference to the 1997 botched throat operation after which she thought she would never sing again: “I can’t sing as high or as well as I used to, but I can still song the hell out of ‘Ol’ Man River!” she declared (actually, she said “Old”; her diction remains signally unbotched).

“Oooh, can’t wait for her to sing that,” said Andrew excitedly to his companion and fellow Julie Andrews fan Judy (Phil not making it due to a ticketing mix up), marvelling at her Darwinian adaptability to overcome her cruelly crippled singing voice and evolve into Paul Robeson. Perhaps there would be blacking up too? For it was all that old-fashioned. But we get ahead of ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »