Darling Of The Day
Louise Gold starred as Alice Challice at the Ondaatje Wing Theatre at The National Portrait Gallery, on Sunday 22 & 29 August, 5, 12 & 19 September 2010
Henry Leek –
Priam Faril – Nicholas Jones
Lady Vale – Vivienne Martin
Doctor – Lee William-Davis
Alice Challice – Louise Gold
Daphne – Nicola Bryan
Bert – Lee William-Davis
Alf – Adam Dutton
Rosey – Cristin Curtin
Duncan Faril – Chris Stanton
Attendant – Emma Hatton
Miss Strawler – Emma Hatton
Mrs Leek –
Music by – Jule Styne
Lyrics by – E Y Harburg
Book by – Nunnally Johnson, based on the play The Great Adventurer by Arnold Bennett
Original Production 27 January 1968 at The George Abbott Theatre,
Produced by – The Discovering Lost Musicals Charitable TrustTM
Directed by –
Musical Director – Mark Warman
Musical Staging – Stefan Reekie
Musical Staging Assistant – Emma Hutton
Programme Notes – Dominic McHugh
At the time of appearing in this Lost Musicals Concert Staging, Louise Gold was employed appearing in the musical Oliver!. It is likely she may have used her ‘holiday time’ to do the Lost Musical (like she had previously done when she was in Mamma Mia).
programme for this production says under
Louise Gold has previously played another role originated by Patricia Routledge, that of Dotty Otley in Noises Off.
Louise Gold, Myra
Louise Gold, Myra
Nicholas Jones has previously appeared on television in The Alan Clark Diaries.
Louise Gold, Vivienne Martin, and Myra Sands have previously appeared in New Girl In Town.
Louise Gold and Myra Sands have previously appeared together in such Lost Musicals as: By Jupiter, One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production), Panama Hattie, and One Touch of Venus (2000 Production). They have also appeared together in Follies, Oliver!, and, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayers’ Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and, Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala. They can also be heard on Oliver! (Recording).
Louise Gold, and, Myra Sands have also previously appeared in Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production), for which Mark Warman also played the piano.
Myra Sands was previously scheduled to take part in Thing A Thon.
Mark Warman had previously played the piano for Of Thee I Sing, and conducted the orchestra for Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production), the latter being the last time Louise Gold was in a Lost Musical prior to this show.
Jule Styne also wrote the score for Gypsy.
“Louise Gold makes a really rounded character out of the kindly but
no-nonsense Alice, singing and dancing up a storm and even introducing a few
Gracie Fields trills in the process.”
Gold played the role that won Patricia Routledge a Tony (despite a
32-performance run). She made
“Although the cast perform from scripts, their interpretation is fluent and appealing. Especially good are Nicholas Jones, as Farll, and Louise Gold, playful yet affecting as his wife. Both add gravity to parts that don’t have much intrinsic psychological depth.” Henry Hitchings, THE EVEING STANDARD, 24 August 2010.
“He marries a Cockney widow (Louise Gold) and settles down to another life”.... “Musically, it is almost too wayward – ranging from the jauntily Cowardesque ‘It’s Enough to Make a Lady Fall in Love’ to the Lionel Bart-ish Cockney knees-up ‘Not on Your Nellie’.”... “this is a perverse delight with a top-notch cast elegantly attired in evening wear giving it plenty of welly while performing from scripts. A real discovery.” Neil Norman, THE DAILY EXPRESS, Friday 27 August 2010.
“In this case, it means that Nicholas Jones’s artist, and Louise Gold as the lonely heart who falls for him thinking that he’s the valet she’s been communicating with via a matrimonial agency, get to reveal a charming song, Let’s See What Happens.” Mark Shenton, THE STAGE, web 6 September 2010.
Links about Darling Of The Day
The Stage’s review of the show: http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/29451/darling-of-the-day
The Daily Express’s review of the show: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/195810/Darling-Of-The-Day-Lost-Musicals-Ondaatje-Wing-Theatre-The-National-Portrait-GalleryDarling-Of-The-Day-Lost-Musicals-Ondaatje-Wing-Theatre-The-National-Portrait-GalleryDarling-Of-The-Day-Lost-Musicals-Ondaatje-Wing-Theatre-The-National-Portrait-GalleryDarling-Of-The-Day-Lost-Musicals-Ondaatje-Wing-Theatre-The-National-Portrait-Gallery
Whats On Stage’s page for the show: http://www.whatsonstage.com/tickets/london/L757185977/Darling+of+the+Day+(1968).html (WOS do not appear to have reviewed it themselves, but the user reviews are good)
Classical Source’s review of the show: http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_concert_review.php?id=8483
The Evening Standard’s review of the show: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/review-23870112-darling-of-the-day-deserves-this-revival.do or http://www.thefreelibrary.com/DARLING+OF+THE+DAY;+WHAT+ELSE+IS+NEW...+THEATRE-a0235208000
WebCowGirl’s review of the show: http://webcowgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/review-darling-of-the-day-lost-musicals-at-the-ondaatje-wing-theatre/
A review, by
Theatremania’s review of the show, by Peter Filicha: http://www.theatermania.com/peterfilichia/index.cfm?mode=viewentry&id=0E7B6452-2219-54E7-B9B40BDE2CBF2C6C