Something For The Boys
Louise Gold starred as Blossom Hart at Barbican Cinema 1 on 28 May, 4, 11, and 18 June 1995
STOP PRESS: Louise Gold has two nominations in the Broadway World West End Awards: http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/vote2015region.cfm
In particular she has been nominated for Understudy of The Year Female: http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/liveupdate2015region.cfm?btype=4338®ion=UK%20/%20West%20End#sthash.2TIlL8gx.dpbs (for her performance as Momma Rose – she understudied Imelda Staunton)
Chiquita Hart - Jessica Martin
Roger Calhoun - Lynden Edwards
Harry Hart -
Blossom Hart - Louise Gold
Staff Sgt Rocky Fulton - Teddy Kempner
Sgt Laddie Green - Daniel Gillingwater
Mary Frances - Hazel Holder
Betty-Jean/Maid - Louise Davidson
Lucille - Irene Warren
Mr Tobias Twitch - Stewart Permutt
Sgt Carter - Simon Joslin
Melaine Walker - Ashleigh Sendin
Waiter/Burke/Soldier - Richard Shelton
Mrs Jane Grubbs -
Music and Lyrics - Cole Porter
Book - Herbert and Dorothy Fields
Original Production - 1943, Broadway, with Ethel Merman as Blossom Hart
Inspired by an article about Carborundum in a 1938 edition of The Readers Digest
Musical Director - Mark W Dorrell
The Readers Digest story that inspired Herbert and Dorothy Fields to write Something For The Boys was a story which recounted how residents of East Rahway in New Jersey within a half a mile radius of a radio station, WOR, found themselves receiving radio broadcasts through rusty metal surfaces such as plumbing and stoves, and one inhabitant actually found himself receiving them even when in a sound-proofed room, just like in the show, he was receiving them through his teeth. It transpired he worked in a factory breaking up carborundum, which got onto the metal fillings of his teeth, and just like Blossom Hart in the musical, turned him into a crystal receiving set. He was advised “to brush his teeth hard” every day, which apparently sorted the problem out. It did however produce this story, in The Readers Digest, referred to several times in the musical about what happens to people who work with carborundum.”
Merman, the mighty
singer who originated the role of Blossom back in 1943, herself had a sort of
“Blossom” experience in reverse some years later, when performing a solo act at
The London Palladium (a theatre in which Louise Gold would later
appear in Ziegfeld and Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang). The story (which producer
Something For The Boys was the fifth musical that Cole Porter wrote for Ethel Merman. The others being: Anything Goes, Red Hot And Blue, Du Barry Was A Lady (see: Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) & Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production) ), and Panama Hattie. The writing team of Herbert and Dorothy Fields went on to create Annie Get Your Gun for Miss Merman.
only previous occasion when this musical had been seen in
Of the Lost Musicals cast, it is perhaps interesting to note in this production the leading lady and leading man are also a puppeteer and an animator respectively.
Louise Gold, Teddy Kempner and Ashleigh Sendin (plus Myra Sands ) had previously appeared together in in a Lost Musicals production of One Touch Of Venus (in 1992).
Myra Sands is a regular member of The Lost Musicals gang, and has appeared with Louise Gold in: By Jupiter | One Touch of Venus (1992 Production) | Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) | New Girl In Town | Red Hot And Blue |Panama Hattie | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | One Touch of Venus (2000 Production) . They had previously appeared in a concert of highlights from Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado , have also appeared together on the commercial stage in Follies, and, Oliver!; And can be heard on the album Oliver! (Recording).
Louise Gold and Jessica Martin (plus Myra Sands) would be reunited 5 years later, in a Lost Musicals production of One Touch Of Venus.
Louise Gold and Jessica Martin sort of reprised their performance of By The Mississineawah in A Lost Musicals Occasion. They have also worked on Spitting Image, and feature on the album Spit In Your Ear, and in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image . They went on to appear in: Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, at Dress Circle Grand Reopening, and in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh. They have also appeared together on the radio on Let’s Do The Show Right Here and Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.
Mark Dorrell went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Jessica Martin went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.
Myra Sands may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Louise Gold, Myra
Louise Gold, and, Myra Sands had previously taken part in Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala, for which Mark Dorrell also played the piano.
Louise Gold, Stewart Permutt, and, Myra Sands went on to appear in Mexican Hayride.
One of the songs in this musical, The Leader of The Bigtime Band includes a lyric referring to Gypsy Rose Lee, having sung the lyric in the original production of this musical, Ethel Merman of course famously played Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother in the musical Gypsy.
Louise Gold has appeared in quite a number of Cole Porter musicals, besides the Ethel Merman quintet of shows, she has also appeared in Kiss Me Kate, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, and, Mexican Hayride. However, she has made all too few recordings, the only albums of her singing Cole Porter are Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording), and the JAY/TER studio cast album of Anything Goes (recording) - Website Recommended Album.
Links about Something For The Boys
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml Although she does not give name them, Louise mentions playing the Ethel Merman parts in The Lost Musicals.
Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Hazel Holder is among the performers backing this worthy campaign.