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“We are pleased to bring you David Ovenden’s great first look production photos released from Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs, making its UK debut at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre.” British Theatre.com
The latest Broadway version of the rarely performed Sondheim musical, an hilarious send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, stars Michael Matus and George Rae.
The Frogs, loosely based on a comedy written in 405 BC by Aristophanes, freely adapted for today by Burt Shevelove, and even more freely adapted by Nathan Lane, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, produced by House on the Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre and directed by Grace Wessels.
The show tells the story of Dic Penderyn a Welsh labourer and coal miner who lived in Merthyr Tydfil who was involved with the Merthyr Rising of 3 June 1831. In the course of the riot he was arrested alongside Lewis Lewis, one of the primary figures in the uprising, and charged with stabbing a soldier with a bayonet. The people of Merthyr Tydfil doubted his guilt, and signed a petition for his release. However, he was found guilty and hanged on 13 August. After his death he was treated as a martyr in Merthyr and across Britain.
Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre. The show combines a beautiful score with a fast-paced, witty book in a joyful and hilarious operetta which as been delighting audiences for 60 years.
A naïve young man, Candide, is thrown out of the Baron of Thunder-Den-Tronck’s castle when he attempts to marry the Baron’s daughter Cunegonde. They embark on a round-the-world journey in which their idealistic belief that all’s for the best in this “best of all possible worlds” is challenged by a series of absurd misfortunes.
Among their adventures, Candide, Cunegonde and their friends become tangled up in wars, shipwrecked, cheated out of a fortune, repeatedly separated, forced into prostitution and marriage, and struggle to determine the meaning of life.
All Star Productions presented a new chamber production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 musical WONDERFUL TOWN.
The show tells the story of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen, who move from a rural town in Ohio to experience the bright lights, the big city, and the crazy characters of Greenwich Village, New York City. Ruth is an aspiring writer and Eileen is a dancer who wants to pursue a life on stage. One sister can’t find a man no matter what she does, the other can’t keep them away. Together, these two sisters take on the world, pursuing their dreams and finding love along the way.
WONDERFUL TOWN features a bright Leonard Bernstein score, including such classics as A Little Bit in Love, One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man, A Quiet Girl and Ohio.
Presented on a thrust stage the production presented a number of problems including the fact that there were nearly always a row of rather unprepossessing empty chairs behind the actors rather than set. The lighting had to be three dimensional which meant that wherever I shot from there were shadows on some of the actors faces in virtually all the scenes.The splendid dancing was energetic and fast and it was quite difficult to get as far back from the stage as I would have liked to get everyone in.
Some of my images of the Brontes-inspired show WASTED, which was first showcased at BEAM16 and is to be premièred at West Yorkshire Playhouse in October, are featured on the Entertainment & Arts page of the BBC News website.