110 In The Shade
Louise Gold starred as Lizzie Curry at The Fortune Theatre on 4, 11, 18 and 25 July 1999
110 In The Shade is a musical version of The Rainmaker. The leading lady herself decribed it thus
“It’s more of a play with songs, which work
wonderfully in the context of the show” Louise Gold to Robin Stringer, EVENING STANDARD (
Fyle - Mark McKerracher
Toby - John Langley
H. C. Curry - Christopher Benjamin
Noah Curry - Neil McCaul
Jim Curry - Michael Matus
Lizzie Curry - Louise Gold
Bill Starbuck -
Snookie Updegraff - Suzy Bloom
Mrs Jessen - Jennifer Meldrum
Gil Demby - Paul Morrisey
Georgie - Neil Dutton
Olive - Arlene Coyle
Hannah - Hazel Ross
Belinda - Ann Adlem
Music - Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics - Tom Jones (not The Tom Jones)
Book - N. Richard Nash
Based on a play "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash
Original Production – The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, 1963, with Inge Swenson as Lizzie Curry
Musical Director - Gareth Valentine
Assistant Musical Director -
Director - Ian Marshall-Fisher
110 In The Shade marked Louise Gold's return to The Lost Musicals, after a year's absence in 1998, due to filming Topsy Turvy.
It also saw her returning to The Fortune Theatre, where she had appeared in Nunsense, some 12 years previously. She returned to The Fortune again some seven years later (with her hair nicely tousled) in a gala Happily Ever After, and two years after that in Flaunt It 2008.
It is perhaps worth noting that 110 In The Shade’s original Broadway production took place at The Broadhurst theatre, the same theatre that Godspell had it’s Broadway premier, after an Off-Broadway premier at The Cherry Lane Theatre, where Nunsense had one of it’s first major productions.
It is perhaps worth noting that The Fortune Theatre had (or possibly has) public right of way running through the auditorium and across the stage.
Louise Gold and Neil McCaul had previously appeared together in: The Pirates Of Penzance film, Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire , Angry Housewives, and The Lost Musicals productions of Red Hot & Blue and Panama Hattie. They went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Louise Gold and Christopher Benjamin had previously appeared together in a BBC Radio 3 production of Let ‘Em Eat Cake
Mark McKerracher who made his Lost Musicals debut went on to appear in Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production) where he also had Louise Gold as his leading lady.
Gareth Valentine’s recording credits include conducting on The Best Of The Musicals.
The Musical Director for this production was Gareth Valentine, who
played the piano on stage for the show. During some of the rehearsals he was
“Louise Gold stood
out as Lizzie, as did
“Louise Gold also shines in the role of Lizzie, revealing her emotional torment in Old Maid, and an overwhelming joy in Is It Really Me?” Lisa Martland, THE STAGE, 22 July 1999, page 14
“All the parts were well cast, especially that of Louise Gold doing some of her best work in the lead” Ken Sephton, WORDS AND MUSIC, Issue 34 September 1999
Links about 110 In The Shade
Musicals Charitable TrustTM: http://www.lostmusicals.org/ -. The site includes photographs
from a number of past productions, including one of Suzy Bloom and
Reed Tickets’s page about the history of various productions of this musical: http://www.reedstickets.net/110-degrees-in-the-shade.html