Waiting For Godot
Arts Theatre 5th to 23rd September 2017
ABA International Touring UK and The Arts Theatre announce the definitive
homecoming of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece Waiting For Godot
presented by AC Productions, as it returns to the home of the original 1955
production after more than sixty years when it shocked, and delighted audiences
TIM RICE & STEPHEN OLIVER’S MUSICAL ‘BLONDEL’
NOW OUT ON CD
‘Blondel' was the first musical Tim Rice wrote with a composer other than Andrew
Lloyd Webber. The music for 'Blondel' was instead provided by opera composer
Stephen Oliver, who penned a lively score that was not at all operatic. The
musical follows the trials and triumphs of Blondel, an ambitious minstrel in
King Richard The Lionheart's court, desperately trying for a chart-topping song.
Blondel and his long-suffering girlfriend Fiona undertake a multi-nation search
when King Richard is taken captive during the Crusades. They rescue him and
return to England just in time to prevent the coronation of his brother Prince
John. A quartet of Monks provide plot commentary between scenes, also putting in
appearances are Blondel's backing group, The Blondettes, and a hapless Assassin
who does not enjoy international travel.
'Blondel' starred Paul Nicholas in the title role alongside Sharon Lee Hill as
Fiona, Stephan Tate as Richard, David Burt as John, Chris Langham as the
Assassin and vocal quartet Cantabile as The Monks. The show opened at the
Theatre Royal Bath on September 12th 1983 followed by a two week run at
Manchester's Palace Theatre before opening the newly refurbished Old Vic on
November 2nd 1983. 'Blondel' subsequently transferred to the West End's Aldwych
Theatre opening on January 21st 1984, running for 278 performances.
The complete original London cast album of 'Blondel', originally issued as a 2LP
set, now makes a welcome return to CD having been out of print for nearly 20
years. The album, produced by its creators Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver,
represents the complete production including the songs 'Running Back For More',
'The Least Of My Troubles', 'I'm A Monarchist' and 'No Rhyme For Richard'.
Lyricist Tim Rice
"More than thirty years after its creation, I still enjoy listening to Stephen
Oliver's marvellous score for 'Blondel', which was this great classical
composer's one foray into commercial musical theatre (perhaps "commercial" is
the wrong word as Blondel's first staging only ran for a year in London).
However there have been quite a few further productions around the world since
1983, primarily amateur and school versions, and there are ambitious plans for a
relaunch of Blondel in 2017-18. While waiting for this to happen I hope this
re-release of the Original West End Cast recording will stir a few memories
and/or help to create fresh interest in the show".
For more information visit:
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The Horse and Stables, 123 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7RW.
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You may remember, Jon Moses (Twitter @jonmosesvocals), a finalist
on ITV’s Superstar, which was Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for His leading
man in 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'
Jon performed for millions of viewers on British television and had the pleasure
of working with Mel C, Amanda Holden, Jason Donovan and Dawn French.
Since the show, Jon has been in high demand touring worldwide, including the
London O2 Arena and also performing the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Jon’s most recent notable performances have been with Scott Alan in London’s
West End this New Year’s Eve, where Scott personally requested Jon to perform
with him, and opening up the BBL line on SKY and BBC at Birmingham Arena.
2017 sees Jon launching his new show and album “Journey”, which recently hit
number 5 in the charts and he will be opening up the British Basketball League
Finals at the London O2 Arena live on Sky and BBC.
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