Let ‘Em Eat Cake
Louise Gold featured, as Miss Trixie Flynn, at The Golders Green Hipperdrome, Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21 March 1994
Readers, Henchmen, Wives, Sales Girls, Blue Shirts, The
Miss Trixie Flynn - Louise Gold
General Adam Snookfield (Snooky) - Christopher Benjamin
A Flunky, and, An Army Lieutenant - Matt Zimmerman
Louis Lippman - Frank Lazarus
Francis X. Gilhooley - Vincent Marzello
Matthew Arnold Fulton - Jonathan Kydd
Mrs Mary Wintergreen nee Turner - Kim Criswell
John P. Wintergreen - Denis Quilley
Chief Justice Of Supreme Court - Bruce Ogston
Alexander Throttlebottem - Joss Ackland
Kreuger - Henry Goodman
John P Tweedledee - Nick Holder
Narrator - Robert Cushman
with: David Holt, The BBC Theatre Chorus
Music - George Gershwin
Lyrics - Ira Gershwin
Book - George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Original Production - 21 October 1933, Imperial Theatre, with Grace Worth as Miss Trixie Flynn
Orchestra - The BBC Concert Orchestra
Musical Director - Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra Leader - Martin Loveday
Chorus Master - Roderick Dunk
Chorus Manager - Stephen Ashley-King
Technical Presentation - James Hamilton
Producer - Chris Neil and Tim Thorn
Let ‘Em Eat Cake was quite literally the successor to a Gershwin musical, also by George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, originally produced two years earlier, Of Thee I Sing. It follows the story of what happened to the central characters in Of Thee I Sing four years on from the end of that show.
Louise Gold and Henry Goodman went on to appear in a Lost Musicals production of Let ‘Em Eat Cake’s predecessor, Of Thee I Sing, only this time Henry Goodman played John P. Wintergreen. In addition they had previously appeared together in the politically oriented Sondheim musical Assassins, they went on to appear in the Sondheim musical Follies.
Louise Gold and Christopher Benjamin went on to appear together in 110 In The Shade .
Louise Gold and Frank Lazarus appeared together in New Girl In Town, they went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Matt Zimmerman previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982)
Matt Zimmerman and Bruce Ogston’s recording credits include On The Town.
Kim Criswell’s recording credits include Encore! The Very Best From The Musicals, Simply Musicals, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears, Magic Of The Musicals, The Best Of The Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Joss Ackland may have appeared in Kids At Heart.
Denis Quilley went on to appear at the Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala, where his task was to introduce a trio of singers, including Louise Gold who were there “to sing for their supper”.
The BBC Concert Orchestra had previously played for Sondheim At The Barbican.
The BBC Concert Orchestra went on to play for a production of Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production) starring Louise Gold, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
The Imperial Theatre in New York was also the venue for the original production of the Gershwin musical Oh Kay (which Louise Gold starred in a concert staging of at Barbican Cinema 1) and the Kurt Weill musical One Touch Of Venus, which Louise Gold starred in concert stagings at Barbican Cinema 1 (see One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production)) and The Linbury Studio Theatre (see One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production))
A little later in the year (1994) Chris Neil went on to produce the BBC Radio quiz Let’s Do The Show Right Here (on which Louise Gold was a Team Captain).
Louise Gold and David Holt have gone on to appear together on the CD The Wartime Picnics.
Having appeared with Denis Quilley in this broadcast, Louise Gold went on to appear in a gala given in Denis Quilley’s memory, Happily Ever After.
Henry Goodman has gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Kim Criswell, and Denis Quilley’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales.
Kim Criswell, and, Barry Wordsworth’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty.
Bruce Ogston may have taken part in Thing A Thon.