Side By Side By Sondheim
Louise Gold starred as "Millie" (in this production known as "Lulu") at The Chelmsford Civic Theatre, on 22 - 30 October 1999
"Julia" ("Lizzie") - Liz Robertson
"David" - Robert Meadmore
"Millie" ("Lulu") - Louise Gold
"Ned", The Narrator - David Kernan
Music and Lyrics - Stephen Sondheim
Additional Music - Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers, and, Jule Styne
Narrators Script (original) - Ned Sherrin
Original Production – 15 October 1975, The Stables, Wavenden, with Millicent Martin as “Millie”
Director - David Kernan
Musical Director - David John Laugharne
Second Piano - Nathan Martin
Musical Staging - Irving Davis
Lighting Designer - Andy Chafer
Sound Designer - Geoff Wheatley
Deputy Stage Manager -
Setting by - Newpalm Productions
It is perhaps worth mentioning that at one point in the show Pianist Nathan Martin had to play a piano with a six-months pregnant actress sitting on top of it. He also had to help her off it.
Louise Gold and David Kernan had also appeared together in Broadway To Brighton (where Louise Gold also sang If Momma Were Married) , Sondheim At The Barbican (where David Kernan also sang: Anyone Can Whistle and Buddy’s Blues, and Louise Gold sang on You Could Drive A Person Crazy, only not in as Maxine), and possibly Comedy Tonight (where the are billed as singing Comedy Tonight).
David Kernan had previously directed Liz Robertson and Louise Gold in Chicago & Company
Louise Gold and Liz Robertson may have previously appeared together, along with David Kernan, and, Robert Meadmore, in Will-Aid, which was directed by David Kernan.
David Kernan, and, Robert Meadmore may have previously appeared in Kids At Heart.
Louise Gold and Robert Meadmore had starred together some 14 years previously in The Metropolitan Mikado , the following year they were in a concert of highlights from it Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado; and the year after that they appeared in a one night concert staging of a musical called The Soap Opera. They have also appeared together in television in Julia And Company. They have since taken part in Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service.
being the female understudy in the original production of Side By Side By Sondheim, had sung April’s part, including the
Liz Robertson had previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982), A Time To Start Living, and, CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, she went on to appear in Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, and, Happily Ever After.
Liz Robertson’s recording credits include: Cole Porter - Night And Day
Robert Meadmore’s recording credits include Simply Musicals, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, and, 100 Hits Musicals.
Louise Gold went on to appear in the Sondheim musical Follies
Nathan Martin went on to appear at Dress Circle Grand Reopening.
Robert Meadmore went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
David Kernan, and, Liz Robertson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears. Their radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Louise Gold has also subsequently had the opportunity to sing some of the songs from this show that her character “Millie” doesn’t sing in this show, for example in Follies she sang Could I Leave You and in Curtain Up she sang Broadway Baby.
Louise Gold has also gone on to sing Mazeppa’s part in You Gotta Get A Gimmick properly in context (complete with playing the trumpet properly) in Gypsy.
After Ned Sherrin’s death The Company Of Mary Poppins’s late night FUNdraising special was dedicated to him.
Liz Robertson went on to get Robert Meadmore, and, Louise Gold to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.
Louise Gold, and, Liz Robertson went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh, and, Shopping With The Stars 2009.
Sondheim’s lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s Music can also be found in Candide In Concert.
“Robert Meadmore, Liz Robertson and Louise Gold sing a variety of songs with consummate ease and successfully disguising all the hard work that went into obtaining such split second timing” Peter Andrews, CHELMSFORD WEEKLEY NEWS, 28 October 1999
“There’s an all Essex born highly experienced musical theatre cast clearly enjoying themselves, led by director David Kernan - Liz Robertson, Louise Gold and Robert Meadmore create together a highly entertaining evening ranging from West Side Story and A Funny Thing to Follies and A Little Night Music” Mary Redman, ESSEX CHRONICLE, 29 October 1999.
“Then there is the ladylike Broadway Baby Liz Robertson, and more earthy natural comedienne Louise Gold, doing her Dietrich thing with I Never Do Anything Twice from Seven Per Cent Solution and blowing a rude trumpet in Gypsy’s You Gotta Get A Gimmick.” Mary Redman, THE STAGE, 28 October 1999
“Louise Gold was generally impressive, and particular high
spots of her performance were the pathos of Send In The Clowns, the bitchy
cynicism inherent in You Must Meet My Wife and the definite flavour of Marlene
Dietrich in her handling of Madam’s catalogue of sexual blunders I Never Do
Anything Twice. Despite the fact that she is expecting a baby in January, she
also coped well with the gymnastics necessary for You’ve Gotta
Get A Gimmick. Her only real difficulty was with the shows weak point, namely
Getting Married Today. In handling the ‘Amy’ role, she did not have the benefit
of Millicent Martin’s experience all those years ago in belting out fast tempo
numbers on TW3 and consequently had to take the piece at a slower tempo. That
said Getting Married today is a notoriously difficulty piece for any performer
Links about Side By Side By Sondheim
TheatreNow.Com interview: Gold On
Stage: Louise Gold In Follies: http://www.theatrenow.com/asp/link.htm?news.asp?art=3430&cat=1 This is an interview carried out