"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Nostalgia at the Civic Theatre
stage resembles a village hall, with plastic chairs and patriotic
bunting. But there's nothing amateur about these "girls",
or the two hours packed with nostalgia that they brought to their
Gracie, Jessie, Tessie and the rest were fondly recalled, but there
were also nods to the chaps: Arthur Askey, George Formby, and
Flanagan & Allen, whose medley also featured some fine vocals
from soloists in the stalls.
Jubilee Year, we also had hits from 1952 – Ella Fitzgerald, Jo
Stafford – as well as from the 40s.
Berceuse [Listen with Mother] heralded a sequence of children's songs
– Ovaltineys, Me and My Teddy Bear, Changing Guard at Buckingham
Palace – and there was a lovely sequence of songs from South of the
Border, with Carmen Miranda especially successful. Frequent quick
changes compensated for the dingy setting, so our Carmen was also
Jessie Matthews and a movingly emotional Dietrich. Moonlight Serenade
was given a superb arrangement, too.
performers were Beryl Korman and Carolyn Allen, with no less that
Jennifer Partridge at the keyboard. So we were grateful to hear
generous piano rations of Eric Coates, as well as The Wedding of the
Painted Doll, which first saw the light of Broadway in 1929, and is
seldom heard today …
old tunes will we recall for William's Jubilee, I wonder.