A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of...
Louise Gold featured as one of the singers taking part in this
memorial tribute to lyricist and broadcaster Dick Vosburgh,
Brad Ashton, Stephen Carlile, Barry Cryer, Pauline Daniels, Peter Gale,
Louise Gold, Malcolm Jones, Denis King,
Frank Lazarus, Tony Macauley, Ian
Marshall-Fisher, Jessica Martin,
Neil McCaul, Johnny Meyers,
Recorded Message – Ronnie Corbett
Archive Recordings – Frank Lazarus, Beryl Vosburgh, and, Dick Vosburgh
Devised By – Tilly Vosburgh & Amy Vosburgh
Content (this may not necessarily be the correct order)
1. Welcome Address – Beryl Vosburgh (Dick’s Wife)
2. A Tribute – Barry Cryer
3. Recorded Message – Ronnie Corbett
4. We’re In Rhyme – Sheila Steafel
5. The World’s In Rhyme (written by Bill Solly) – Denis King
6. Various Recollections – Sherry Vosburgh and Louisa Vosburgh
7. Just Like That (from A Day In HollyWood A Night In The Ukraine) – a demo tape of Beryl Vosburgh singing
8. Famous Feet (from A Day In Hollywood A Night In The Ukraine) – Frank Lazarus (the composer)
9. Samover The
Lawyer (from A Day
11. Excerpts From The Snark And How To Hunt It (from The Snark And How To Hunt It)– Peter Gale, Stephen Carlile, and, Frank Lazarus (the composer)
12. A Song from Windy City (from Windy City) – Tony Macauley
13. Two Songs For Jessica Martin In the styles of Betty Hutton (probably Manitowoc) and Shirley Temple (? number) – Jessica Martin
14. Oklahoma! Brecht And Weill Style (arranged by Denis King) – Liz Robertson
15. Extracts From A Saint She Ain’t – Corrina Powlesland, and, Pauline Daniels
16. Cafe Sketch (from A Saint She Ain’t) –
17. Extracts From The Un-American Songbook (from The Un-American Songbook) – Johnny Meyers, Neil McCaul, Jessica Martin, and, Denis King
18. Triste (by Jobim and De Moraes, with English lyrics by Dick Vosburgh) – Tilly Vosburgh, and, Lizzie Vosburgh
19. Recounting The
20. Sing Me A Sensible Song – an archive recording of Frank Lazarus, and, Dick Vosburgh
21. Finale: I Love A Film Cliche – Louise Gold and The Company (particularly including Beryl Vosburgh)
22. Closing Words – Malcolm Jones
Note: Ian Marshall-Fisher also spoke some reminiscences of working with Dick, but the sources your webmaster has read do not indicate where this fitted into the running order.
Louise Gold has known, or been known to, various members of Dick Vosburgh’s family for many years. Dick’s daughter Lizzie was for a time at the Arts Educational School, at the same time Ms Gold was a pupil there. Then in 1981 Ms Gold appeared on film alongside Dick’s daughter Tilly in The Pirates Of Penzance (Film). This led to Dick himself suggesting her for the Kurt Weill musical Love Life. Ms Gold also appeared with Dick Vosburgh himself on a number of occasions:
Dick Vosburgh and Louise Gold were
rival team captains on Let’s Do The
Show Right Here, which Barry Cryer,
Jessica Martin, and,
Dick Vosburgh was also involved with Julia And Company.
Dick Vosburgh contributed great deal
Louise Gold (volunteered by Dick) to appear in Love Life.
Peter Gale, and, Louise Gold in One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production).
Barry Cryer, and Louise Gold in Du
Jessica Martin, and, Louise Gold both did voices for Spitting Image, and their work is on the album Spit In Your Ear. They took part in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image. They also appeared on the radio together in Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.
Jessica Martin appeared at Dress Circle Grand Reopening (where she sang one of Dick Vosburgh’s songs, but made a very minor alteration of her own to one of his lyrics). She also appeared in A Love Letter To Dan, where she sang another of Dick Vosburgh’s songs.
Liz Robertson appeared in Chicago And Company, and, may have taken part in Will-Aid, and did take part in A Time To Start Living, CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, and, The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994. Her recording credits include Cole Porter Night And Day.
Louise Gold, and, Liz Robertson have appeared together many times, including in: Side By Side By Sondheim, the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, Happily Ever After, and, the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala; and have gone on to appear at Shopping With The Stars 2008, and, Shopping With The Stars 2009.
Ronnie Corbett may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
“The finale consisted of Louise Gold singing Film Cliche with every member of the cast contributing with a witty (and often appropriate) one-line cliche, the last to do so being Beryl who cast away her cane as she delivered her line to great applause” David Oldcorn, SONDHEIM THE MAGAZINE, September 2007, No 45, ISSN 1470=2401.
“Louise Gold belted the torchy ballad ‘Tinsel Town’, written for the American version of the show but inexplicably cut out of town”.... “The evening ended with Louise Gold leading the company in ‘I Love A Film Cliche’, a number dear to the heart of Dick, whose love of old movies was second to none. As an inspired touch, each contributor to the evening’s entertainment approached the microphone to utter a deathless cliche before leaving the stage, with Beryl stopping the show by throwing her cane to the ground as she exclaimed, ‘Look, I can walk!’” Tom Vallance, MUSICAL STAGES, Autumn 2007, Issue 55.