Highlights of a Wild West End Week

Seeing a West End theatre (the Vaudeville) emblazoned with the name of my show.  It was particularly glam if you ignored the roadworks just outside the marquee (we skilfully photographed it to crop them out) The gifts of a perfect team of tech and creatives – impeccable musical direction and playing from George, a red-hotContinue reading “Highlights of a Wild West End Week”

Call Me Maybe – An Appreciation.

Clearly, I’m late to the party.  I downloaded this song, along with “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Starships” because I’d finally accidentally-heard them enough to think I should intentionally-hear them.  All three are now lodged in my brain and getting a lot of lip-sync work on the treadmill.  I like how “What Makes You Beautiful”Continue reading “Call Me Maybe – An Appreciation.”

2012 – the world didn’t end, the work didn’t neither.

As I re-read my last blog, from July, that ended with a defiant “I’ll be back!” kind of vibe, I guess I felt sheepish.  I still haven’t gotten back into the blogging thing, after being so diligent for so long.  But, I’m sitting here two days before I join my family for Xmas up inContinue reading “2012 – the world didn’t end, the work didn’t neither.”

Priscilla 2012 – Brasil

I was worried about doing Priscilla in Brasil.  The two audition trips had been high on talent and low on enjoyment – basically I remembered traffic, chaos and never wandering far from my hotel.  Low expectations can be wonderful, and the two months I spent in Brasil rehearsing Priscilla were easily amongst the best ofContinue reading “Priscilla 2012 – Brasil”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – What Happened Next

And then the show opened. This is a fact.  Priscilla is now playing in Milano to rapturous audiences that are building each week.  The biggest show to play Italy is now going up eight times a week at the Teatro Ciak, or Priscilla Palace, as it’s been renamed. How it got there?  Well, that wasContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – What Happened Next”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Five

This was the week devoted to polishing.  With the first full run on Saturday, the aim of the week was to go through every moment of the show and clean the choreography, the blocking, refine choices, find new choices, fix those little moments that you’ve been letting slide for weeks.  It’s actually a fun weekContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Five”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Four – Saturday

The room was abuzz this morning as I entered.  Even though technically nothing was different from any of the days of the four weeks prior, the fact that we were about to do our first full run of the show (minus bows) had clearly gotten everyone into a mode closer to what doing an actualContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Four – Saturday”