Legendary musical theatre writer Stephen Sondheim has passed away at the age of 91! He dared to be different and pushed musicals to a totally new level and in a different direction. I have been lucky enough to see Sweeney Todd, Follies, Company and Gypsy on stage! All utterly breathtaking and timeless, he was also part of West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and more.
His musicals will last forever and his legacy will never be matched. Rest in peace.
This is something I have been putting together for quite a long time now and I have held off posting it or even attempting to start the blog post in fear that I have forgotten and somehow missed a favourite film from the list. Barring in mind I got up to 72 films and then had to cut it down to the 50. I would like to make clear these are my favourite films, some might have happened to win Oscars as well and some certainly have not at all. The way I have decided on my favourites is the sheer joy they bring and the number of rewatches I have had over the years. While I have listed 1-50 a lot of them can be shifted around and changed with each other. It is going to highlight my love for musicals and for certain actors and actresses! I doubt it will contain many surprises though!
Awards season goes on this time in the Theatre world with the nominees being announced for the Olivier Awards which celebrate the West End (similar to the Tony Awards for Broadway). Obviously having managed to get down to London twice to see Gypsy I will certainly be rooting for that to win all the awards it has been nominated for!
Best New Musical
Bend It Like Beckham
In the Heights
Mrs Henderson Presents
Best Musical Revival
Guys and Dolls
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
I thought considering how many shows I manage to see at the Theatre it would be a perfect idea to pick a top 10 from everything I have seen. This includes shows I went to see on my many trips to London as well as the touring shows we get in the North East, mainly at the Sunderland Empire and Theatre Royal in Newcastle. It really is fantastic the shows we get now direct from West End runs, I am looking forward to what the future will bring with these tours.
I am still totally buzzing over my second visit to see Imelda Staunton in Gypsy so decided that today’s musical moment was going to contain one of my all time favourite musical theatre moments. One of the most emotional performances you will get from a leading lady! Unfortunately there is no footage of Imelda going for it with Rose’s Turn so I have decided to use Rosalind Russell’s from the film version, still a very haunting and vicious performance.
Considering I did not go to the stage door after my previous trip to London to see Imelda in Gypsy. I made sure to make the effort this time I mean come on this is the best performance I have ever seen by anyone on stage like ever. Honestly that is how good Imelda is, and to make it even better she is absolutely incredible at the stage door!
Even though I am now 27 years old I still cannot help it and still become a fangirl every now and then. After seeing these pictures this morning or maybe late last night and see Gypsy on stage yesterday I just had to create this brand new feature. So if I see a photo of some of my favourite actors/actresses together then you may well just see another addition to Fangirl Moments!
But seriously though Dame Angela Lansbury the last person to play Momma Rose in the West End (4o years ago) with current West End Momma Rose Imelda Staunton ❤ It’s just brilliant!
In 2014 I managed to go and see 15 musicals and plays on stage in both the North East (Sunderland Empire or Theatre Newcastle) as well as trips to London to see them in the West End. I also caught Monty Python and a concert of Elaine Paige. It has been an incredible year for going to see plenty of shows and live acting. I honestly didn’t realise I had seen so many until getting ready to do this blog post.
Along with seeing an absolute icon in Elaine Paige in her farewell concert, I also managed a last-minute trip to see the legend of Angela Lansbury on her return to the West End after 30 years in Blithe Spirit. But it doesn’t stop there, I got to meet one of my favourite actors Bill Nighy after the incredible Skylight and an added bonus of Carey Mulligan! What a day that was.
I am still rather happy about seeing Dame Angela on stage on Wednesday afternoon so decided on a 7 things blog post with different songs she has song over the years, from both film and stage performances!