Diplomacy is better than brute force, though in Ali Stroker’s case it wasn’t so much consultation and dialogue that secured her roles across film, television and theatre, being the first actress who uses a wheelchair for genuine mobility reasons on Broadway (as opposed to an able-bodied actor playing a disabled character), but a naturally very warm and bubbly personality that lights up whatever room she is in. I was going to say that her positivity is infectious, which may not be wholly … [Read more...]
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Winter Gardens in Blackpool is certainly a versatile venue - BBC Television’s Strictly Come Dancing, usually filmed at Elstree Studios, goes up to Blackpool for an episode each year (except, of course, when there’s a global pandemic going on), and it is the host venue of the Blackpool Dance Festival and the World Matchplay darts tournament. Previously home to various political party conferences, which now largely take place in even larger venues, the venue continues to move with the times: it … [Read more...]
This was like an eighty-minute meeting that could have been an email. The only worthy bit of narrative was a few sentences, printed white text on a plain black screen, giving an overview of the life of the actual Pocahontas (c. 1596-1617). The details given gave momentary pause for thought, truncated by a swift return to what the production calls ‘comedy’, which seemed to consist of pointing out shortcomings in the narratives of fairy tales, at least from a feminist perspective. Of … [Read more...]
I do wonder whether the German accent was strictly necessary. Elizabeth (Alison Reid), or Lizzie, as she was invariably called, is excited at the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and sets about reminiscing about the Second World War. A resident of Dresden, she just about managed to escape with her mother: 13 February 1945 marked her sixteenth birthday, which seems more than a little contrived for anyone who knows the significance of that date - the beginning of a sustained aerial bombing … [Read more...]
Matt Doyle is one of those actors that gets just as much pleasure as doing off-Broadway (or even off-off-Broadway) productions as he is doing Elder Price in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon. Doyle remains a cast member of the Broadway revival of Company, which began previews on 2nd March 2020, and suspended performances due to the coronavirus pandemic ten days later. It is, apparently, one of the only Broadway shows to have some form of pandemic insurance. Doyle’s singing range … [Read more...]