Must admit it will be strange not seeing John's name as Advisory Director in the RSC's programmes going forward. I don't know exactly how many years he held that role but for a lot of them he was listed ahead of the Artistic Director and a PA/Assistant used to be shared by both of them so John probably was fairly serious about his role.
I'd have loved to known if he sat in on rehearsals and whether he gave his advice.
Carrie was right about the gym poster, going to the gym for newcomers can be hard and you do have to "punish" yourself in someways. But the woman in the photo was likely a fitness model or trainer and people of that genre thrive and enjoy going to the gym.
Carrie has been criticised for being curvy or at the very worse a bit of a muffin top but she was happy enough with her figure to put a bikini photo online and ask people if they thought she was overweight or not.
She openly admitted she enjoyed some good food and having a drink on Addams family tour but it was a long tour and and a fairly physical show so she probably burnt off the extra calories she was consuming.
Lucy was superb as Maria when I saw it again on Wednesday night. Unfortunately a couple of females were off so there were a couple of obvious men supplementing numbers in Nuns Chorus. Neil McDermott was good as Captain too and Holly Willock covering Liesl was excellent too although she wore her socks like knee high leggings which didn't seem to fit with the character.
Also having seen film so many times, you sometimes forget that songs are in a different order on stage so almost think something else should be there.
The launch ties in with his 70th birthday. The first volume will be interesting, not sure about the 2nd. I would have thought maybe keep Phantom era back for that. But when you see non entities who have done several volumes of autobiographies, Andrew is certainly worthy of several volumes.
Very surprised Tim never did a follow up as he is a very witty and knowledgeable person who must have some great stories to tell.
Good point as always by Jan. John seemed to take on that advisory role at the RSC for a lot of years. I can remember seeing him being rather frail walking around the RSC a good decade ago when one of the Hollow Crown productions was being staged. But despite his advancing years, he still held a key advisory role with the RSC and was no doubt a great source of reference to Greg Doran and his artistic staff.
I would have loved to have heard him in conversation about some of the great Shakespeare plays to hear what he thought of them and his take on various characters.
Ruth is 75 years old this year, so must be in good knick if she is undertaking these long tours. I know she has "retired" from pantos as I was at a post show function a couple of years ago after a show she'd been in and she was chatting to a couple of us and someone asked if she was doing panto that year and she said she'd done her last a couple of year's earlier as they were hard work for someone in their 70's and she liked Xmas with her grandchildren now.
Can anyone else remember Rebecca Storm's hit "The Show" the theme from Connie TV series.
Fern might be considered stunt casting, all the rest are well known stage or screen actresses and a lot have excellent Musical Theatre pedigree. Ruth I'm sure was in one of the Calendar Girls casts but as a different role as she was younger then.
I’ve touched on this before, but there’s a special place in hell reserved for those that sit towards the aisle and simply widen their legs with half a forced smile indicating that’s all they’ll do to let you in to your seat. And then bring out the carrier bag of snacks 10minutes into the show and proceed to rummage through for the duration.
One way to smuggle snacks in I guess, did she pop any ping pong balls out?
Seen the show on tour a few times down the years, story isn't the greatest but it's a feelgood show and is more an ensemble show than a star vehicle show so there will be some good parts for those who are cast.
Wonder if they have ever tried to get the "Kids from Fame" songs for a stage show, those songs were huge back in the day and as a "jukebox musical" would work well.
Last week's show did drag on and they didn't have any extra interactions like they used to from Chris and Jayne when they were mentors. No mention either of who the coaches were - before Karen Barber used to be heavily featured.
Sam is a very experienced sports commentator and should hopefully be more what Tony Gubba was like and less of a glorified cheerleader that Matt Chapman seemed to be,
He was married to the gorgeous Natalie Sawyer from Sky Sports.
Wonder if there is any update on Donna Air's missing Geordie accent.