Ends 3rd May 2014.
Caldwell B. Cladwell has a monopoly on public toilets in a city suffering
from drought... those who literally can't afford to "spend a penny" and are
caught end up in Urinetown...
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.
Tuesday 15th until Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Press Night: Thursday 17th April 2014
A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN
- a celebration of the life, times and songs of Robert B. Sherman
Robert and Richard Sherman are the most successful songwriting partnership in
the history of Hollywood, composing more movie musical songs and acclaimed film
scores than any other writing team.
From the Oscar-winning Chim Chim Cher-ee to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
and Feed the Birds in Mary Poppins to the unforgettable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
which earned them their third of nine Oscar nominations, their songs have
entertained the world for more than 60 years.
Now their prolific output is celebrated in the critically acclaimed cabaret, A
Spoonful of Sherman, which sold out all its performances at St James Theatre in
January and now returns to the venue for a week-long run of nine performances.
Robert J Sherman appears at all performances EXCEPT Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th
Award-winning musical theatre lyricist Anthony Drewe will be guest narrator for
these two performances.
The show also again features top West End singers Greg Castiglioni (Titanic,
Southwark Playhouse), Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Donmar Warehouse), Charlotte
Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park) and Emma Williams (the original
West End Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Robert’s son Robbie
- himself a writer of musicals (Bumblescratch) - will also be performing and
narrating.* Songs featured will span 90 incredible years of Sherman family
history by including music from the Sherman Brothers' father, Tin Pan Alley
songwriter Al Sherman.
The recent Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson film Saving Mr Banks, about Walt Disney’s
epic battle to turn the much-loved book Mary Poppins into a film, sparked
renewed interest in the story of the Sherman Brothers and their long association
with the Disney studio, for whom they composed Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book,
and The Aristocats. They also wrote what is perhaps their best-known song, It's
A Small World (After All) for the 1964 New York World's Fair and it has featured
as a boat ride around the nations of the world at Disney theme parks ever since.
In 2003, four Sherman Brothers' musicals ranked in the Top 10 Favourite
Children's Films of All Time in a British nationwide poll reported by the BBC.
The film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was adapted into a West End musical in 2002 and
running three-and-a-half-years, became the longest running show ever at the
London Palladium. It was
nominated for the Best Musical Olivier Award. A stage adaptation of Mary Poppins
followed in 2005 in London and on Broadway, where it was nominated for seven
2014 saw the posthumous publication of Robert B. Sherman's autobiographical
book, Moose: Chapters From My Life.
Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday at 3pm and 7.45pm
All performances except the 7.45pm performances on 18th, 19th and 20th April
Ground Floor and Upper Gallery: £18 ("Family Deal" of £60 for 4 tickets at the
3pm performances on 17th and 19th April 2014 only)
7.45pm performances on 18th, 19th and 20th April 2014
Ground Floor and Upper Gallery: £20
Not available. Reports are that this is impressive as an ensemble work, but
otherwise, it divides the professional reviewers totally. Some find it puerile,
without a memorable song or any warmth beyond a knowing "aren't we clever to
parody Brecht." Others find that parody appealing and smart, with an
entertainingly dark humour. It may try too hard and be squeezed onto too small a
stage, but there's something more than the title suggests to them. The cast seem
to run the gamut from "entertaining" to "wrong job" too - depending on who you
choose to read. One for the musically curious (in every sense of the term),
seems to be the opinion.