Sondheim At The Barbican

Louise Gold starred as one of the singers, at The Barbican Concert Hall, on 29th May 1993. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

 

Cast

 Presented by Sheridan Morely

 

     With:       

 

Maria Friedman

Louise Gold

Angela Richards

David Kernan

James Smilie

and The Stephen Hill Singers (including: Helen Duncan and Derek Chessor)

 

Production Team

 Presented by Raymond Gubby

In association wit BBC Radio Two and The Daily Telegraph

Lyrics – Stephen Sondheim

Music – Stephen Sondheim, with Leonard Bernstein

Pianos – Ronnie Price and Andrew Vinter

Orchestra – The BBC Concert Orchestra

Orchestra Leader – Cynthia Fleming

Conductor – Michael Reed

Producer – David Rayvern Allen

 

For a review of Sondheim At The Barbican please click here. Please note this review is of the production as a radio broadcast, so the visual element is not included.

Michael Reed had previously devised the score for Ziegfeld.

Louise Gold had previously appeared in the Sondheim show Assassins, and with Maria Freidman in Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production) and on that cast’s Merrily We Roll Along (Recording) . Louise Gold has gone on to appear in the Sondheim musical Follies

Louise Gold, David Kernan and Angela Richards would later be reunited singing Sondhiem at the Side By Side 25th Anniversary Gala at Wavenden.

Maria Friedman, Angela Richards and The Stephen Hill Singers (including Derek Chessor) had previously sung Sondheim in Chicago & Company, where Angela Richards has sung The Ladies Who Lunch.

Angela Richards also went on to sing The Ladies Who Lunch in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.

Louise Gold and David Kernan went on to appear together in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It and a revival of Side By Side By Sondheim. They also appear on the album Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording), they may have appeared in Comedy Tonight.

David Kernan, Louise Gold, and The Stephen Hill Singers (including Derek Chessor) had previously sung Sondheim in Broadway To Brighton

David Kernan sang Anyone Can Whistle in both the Chelmsford revival of Side By Side By Sondheim the Side By Side 25th Anniversary Gala, and, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala. In the former he also sang Buddy’s Blues.

Louise Gold went on to sing You Could Drive A Person Crazy in Side By Side By Sondheim, only this time she sang the lead role of Maxine.

Louise Gold has gone on to be involved in several performances of Beautiful Girls, namely in: Side By Side By Sondheim, The Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala and, of course, Follies .

Louise Gold has also gone on to sing some of the numbers included in this concert that she didn’t get to sing in this particular concert, for example in Curtain Up she sang Broadway Baby.

Sheridan Morely also went on to narrate in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.

Maria Friedman and Louise Gold may have previously appeared together in Will-Aid

David Kernan and Angela Richards may also have appeared in Will-Aid

Maria Friedman also appeared in Kids At Heart and A Time To Start Living.

            Louise Gold and Maria Friedman also sang together on the JAY/TER recording of Cabaret .

Maria Friedman’s recording credits include The History Of The Musical, Centre Stage Showtime!, and, 100 Hits Musicals.

Michael Reed’s conducting can also be found on Great Duets From The Musicals, The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales and Ziegfeld (recording), The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, and, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

            Helen Duncan went on to appear in Of Thee I Sing

            The BBC Concert Orchestra went on to play for Let ‘Em Eat Cake and Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production).

The Stephen Hill Singers had previously featured in Kids At Heart, Chicago & Company and Broadway To Brighton

Louise Gold and Sheridan Morely went on to appear on BBC Radio on Let’s Do The Show Right Here.

David Rayvern-Allen went on to produced Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.

Jim Smile’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, and, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty.

Sheridan Morely, Angela Richards, and, Michael Reed went on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan.

David Kernan’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

Angela Richards, and, David Kernan may have taken part in Thing A Thon, which Maria Friedman was involved with.

Maria Friedman, David Kernan, and, Jim Smilie’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

David Kernan, and, Sheridan Morely went on to take part in The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

Stephen Sondheim of course wrote the lyrics for Gypsy.

 

Critics Comments

  “The BBC Concert Orchestra and the singers Louise Gold, Angela Richards, Maria Friedman, David Kernan and James Smilie (supported by the Stephen Hill Singers) were all in good form.” Carol Hughes, WORDS AND MUSIC, Issue 16, September 1993

 

Links about Sondheim At The Barbican

About Maria page for Sondheim At The Barbican: http://www.aboutmaria.com/sondheimatthebarbican.html

 

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