Chicago & Company
Louise Gold appeared in this double bill gala for World Aids Day, at The Victoria Palace, on Sunday 2 December 1990
The show was a World Aids Day gala production fundraising event for Crusaid, presenting a double of two classic musicals, Chicago and Company. The production was dedicated (by David Kernan) to the memory of Jill Bennett.
Narrator – Jack Tinker
Velma Kelly – Josephine Blake
Roxie Hart – Diane Langton
Amos Hart – Teddy Kempner
Liz – Louise Gold
Annie – Gaye Brown
June – Toni Palmer
Hunyak – Lesley Joseph
Mona – Barbara Young
Billy Fly – Dave Willets
Mary Sunshine – J. Gavin
The Boys – Gary Forecast, Stephen Grant, Neil Reinolds, and, Tim Wilkins
Chorus – The Stephen Hill Singers
Narrator – Ned Sherrin
Robert – Nicolas Colicos
Joanne – Angela Richards
Harry – John Barrowman
David – David Malek
Larry – Glyn Kerslake
Marta – Maria Friedman
Amy./Kathy – Susannah Fellows
April – Liz Robertson
The Stephen Hill Singers: Jae Alexander, Michael
Cahill, Mary Carewe, Derek Chessor, Adrian Clance,
Linda Depauw, Jean Gilbert, Jim
Graeme, Stephen Hill,
Presented by -
Producer – David Kernan
Directed by – David Kernan & Max Jacobson-Gonzalez
Music & Lyrics (Company) – Stephen Sondheim
Staged by – Lindsay Dolan, Jeff Thacker &
Orchestra Conducted by – Jae Alexander,
Keyboard players – Stewart Pedlar and Colin Freeman
Production Supervisor – Bob West
Wardrobe Consultant – Robert Gordon
Hair – Simon Thompson
Make-Up – Nosh
Sound – Alpha Audio
Lighting – David Leach
Gold’s character Liz in
of the performers taking part in this concert version of Chicago
(in fact everyone except Diane Langton and Dave Willets) went on
to play the same roles in the Chicago part of the concert Broadway To Brighton which David Kernan also produced and Maxillian
Jacobson-Gonzalez also directed. Many of The Stephen Hill Singers
(the exceptions being: Adrian Clance, Linda
Depauw, Jean Gilbert,
is established that all the principals credited in the programme, with one exception,
definitely appeared. The only one it is not entirely clear about is Teddy Kempner. According to the review
Stage, Marti Caine also
appeared in the show, and seems to have been sharing the role of Mamma Morton
with Pam St Clement. This review
also says that someone called Jenny Wren
took the part of Jenny in Company (though her name does not
appear in the programme). It is also established that
Langton went on to
appear in a West End revival of
Maria Friedman, Angela Richards and The Stephen Hill Singers went on to sing Sondheim in Sondheim At The Barbican where Angela Richards sang The Ladies Who Lunch.
Angela Richards also went on to sing The Ladies Who Lunch in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.
David Kernan, Ned Sherrin, Jack Tinker, Louise Gold, Gaye Brown, Lesley Joseph, Lynda Baron, and Josephine Blake, Maria Friedman, Pam St Clemant, Barbara Young, Craig Horwood, Marti Caine, and The Stephen Hill Singers and Stephen Grant went on to work on Kids At Heart.
Teddy Kempner and, Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Angry Housewives, which Maurice Lane choreographed (and in which Diane Langton had originally been scheduled to appear in)
Glyn Kerslake, Ned Sherrin, Lindsay Dolan, and, Jenny Wren had previously worked on Metropolitan Mikado
Ned Sherrin, Gaye Brown, and, Glyn Kerslake had previously appeared in Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado for which Lindsay Dolan also did choreography.
Gold, Nicolas Colicos, and
Liz Robertson’s recording credits include: Cole Porter - Night And Day and Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording) , she went on to appear in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, and, A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh and to organise Shopping With The Stars 2008.
John Barrowman, Josephine Blake and Maria Friedman’s recording credits include The History Of The Musical
Maria Friedman also appeared in A Time To Start Living
David Kernan’s recording credits include: Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording)
Keyboard player Stuart Pedlar was also a pianist on Side By Side By Sondehim 25th Anniversary gala.
David Kernan also went on to appear in Sondheim At The Barbican.
Louise Gold, Diane Langton, Marti Caine, and, Ned Sherrin may have gone on to appear in Comedy Tonight which David Kernan also directed.
may have appeared in Will-Aid, also directed by David
Kernan, along with Ned Sherrin,
other artistes who may have appeared in that show included: Maria Friedman,
Angela Richards, Liz Robertson, and,
Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez went on to become the resident director of
Nicolas Colicos went on to appear in Mamma Mia
Susannah Fellows went on to take over the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia (Cast 4), from Louise Gold (Cast 2 & Cast 3)
Louise Gold and Diane Langton went on to appear together in Follies
Jim Graeme (as James Graeme)’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.
Mary Carewe, and, Dave Willets’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, and, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.
Liz Robertson, Ned
Lesley Joseph, and, Angela Richards went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
James Graeme, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.
Dave Williets’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, which Susannah Fellows may have sung on.
John Barrowman, and, Maria Friedman’s recording credits include Centre Stage Showtime!.
Mary Carewe, James Graeme, David Kernan, Diane Langton, and, Liz Robertson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.
John Barrowman, and, James Graeme’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, on which Stuart Pedlar also worked.
Renamed Theatrecares, West End Cares went on to present The Company Of Mary Poppins, in a FUNdraising special which they dedicated to Ned Sherrin.
Renamed TheatreMAD the West End Cares crowed then went on to present Flaunt It 2008.
Diane Langton and Louise Gold have gone on to appear together in Mary Poppins.
Angela Richards, Pam
St Clement, Gaye Brown, David Kernan,
Lesley Joseph, Ned Sherrin, and,
Liz Robertson, and, Dave Willets went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.
John Barrowman, Maria Friedman, James Graeme, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.
Mary Carewe, Maria Friedman, David Kernan, and, Diane Langton’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood, which Stuart Pedlar was a conductor on.
David Kernan, and, Liz Robertson’s radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Liz Robertson, and, Ned Sherrin went on to take part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration
Stephen Sondheim’s lyric writing credits of course include Gypsy.
It is not known whether Wardrobe Consultant Robert Gorden, is the same person as the Costume Maker Robbie Gordon on Gypsy.
“Cell Block Tango with Langton and fellow jail birds (Josephine Blake, Toni Palmer, Gaye Brown, Louise Gold, Lesley Joseph and Barbara Young) was the hilarious highspot, a fetter-swinging justification for their husband’s deaths. The Deserved What They Got.”...” flanked by murderous-molls and treating the courtroom like a day out on the river Dave Willets simply sparkles.”... “The finale Side By Side in stereo with Chicago’s cast waving from upstage, is reminiscent of Seaside Special, but won the vote of the audience who, clearly equally familiar with the score, couldn’t resist a singalong.” Helen Gould, ‘THE GANG’S ALL HERE’ from THE STAGE, 20 December 1990, p5.
Links about Chicago & Company
About Maria page for Chicago & Company: http://www.aboutmaria.com/chicagocompany.html