Happily Ever After
A celebration of the music and poetry of Stephen Sondheim, in memory of Denis Quilley
Gold appeared as herself, one of the experienced Sondheim singers taking part
in this gala in aid of The
Sally Ann Triplett
Jodie Beth Meyer
Marain Haf Roberts
and introduced by Stella Quilley
Producers – Sarah Trapani, Lynne Chapman, and, Ray Rackham
Direction and Staging – Aoife Nally
Musical and Vocal Director – Anthony Davie
Stage Management – Cleo Maynard
Production Assistants – Ursula Goniszewska, and, Mark Spry
Sound Equipment Supervision – ABC Entertainments
Lighting Designer – Sebastian Petit, and, Curzon Productions
Lighting Operator – Sebastian Petit, and, Serena Dodd
Wardrobe Supervision – National
Theatre Costumes, BBC Costumes, Angels of
Company Hair & Makeup – Tracey Leonard
Charlotte Vere (Young Ambassadors with Samaritans), Kirti Shah, Matthew Robinson-Royle, and Vanda Scott
For Ambassadors Theatre Group
Concert and Hirings Manager – Katie Griffiths
Theatre Management – Mel Whitney, and, Deborah
Chief Electrician – Ted Tomiak
For Barbara Cook
Pianist – Eric Stern
Bassist – Steve McManus
Louise Gold’s performance in this show of Children
Will Listen, is similar to the way she performs it in her cabaret act LOUISE GOLD...By Appointment., with
the arrangement borrowed from
Several of the performers in this gala had at one time or another appeared with Denis Quilley, namely: Lorna Dallas, Sally Ann Triplett, and, Liz Robertson (in her legendary performance of My Fair Lady); while Louise Gold had appeared on the radio with him in Let ‘Em Eat Cake, and, been introduced by him at the Regents Park 75th Anniversary Gala.
Louise Gold is not the only member of her theatrical family to have connections with The Fortune, many years ago her mother understudied Adele Strong and Constance Chapman at this theatre.
Note, Nigel Harman was billed to appear in the gala, but did not actually do so.
Lorna Dallas had previously appeared in Kids At Heart, sung Sondheim in Broadway To Brighton, and, appeared on the radio as a contestant on Let’s Do The Show Right Here. Her recording credits include The Greatest Musicals Of The 20th Century, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
Lorna Dallas, Liz Robertson, Sally Ann Triplett, and, Louise Gold had previously appeared singing Sondheim in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala.
Liz Robertson may have previously appeared in Will-Aid. She did sing Sondheim in Chicago & Company, and, appear in the Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala. Her recording credits include Cole Porter – Night And Day. They also include a very good recording of My Fair Lady with Denis Quilley.
Liz Robertson had previously appeared in A Time To Start Living, for which Steve McManus may have been playing in the orchestra.
Liz Robertson had previously appeared, along with Louise Gold, in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, and on that show’s cast album Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording). Steve McManus’s playing was also featured on the cast album recording.
Liz Robertson had previously appeared, singing Sondheim, along with Louise Gold in Side By Side By Sondheim.
Sally Ann Triplett had previously appeared, along with Louise Gold, in the Metropolitan Mikado.
Sally Ann Triplett has gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan, her recording credits include Simply Musicals, Magic Of The Musicals, The Best Of The Musicals, and, 100 Hits Musicals; while her television credits include Rita Rudner. She may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Sally Ann Triplett and Josie Lawrence had previously appeared in Acorn Antiques The Musical.
Josie Lawrence played Dunyasha
in a particular RSC production of The Cherry
Orchard, in Stratford Upon Avon, when the
following year that production was revived to play
Steve McManus may also have played for Comedy Tonight, he has previously played in the pit for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and, Oliver! and his recording credits include Defiant Dames, and, Oliver! (Recording).
Daniel Evans, Louise Gold, Liz Robertson, and, Sally Ann Triplett went on to appear in Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, which Ray Rackham was also involved with.
Louise Gold, and, Liz Robertson went on to take part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Ted Tomiak went on to work on Flaunt It 2008.
Liz Robertson’s radio credits include The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994.
Lorna Dallas, and, Liz Robertson had previously taken part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.
“Louise Gold gave a moving performance of Children Will Listen (which, I am sure, included many additional lyrics which we do not normally hear in productions of the show)” David Thomas, SONDHEIM THE MAGAZINE, Issue 36, March 2006
Links about Happily Ever After
Dress Circle’s page for the gala: http://www.dresscircle.co.uk/sectionitemdetails.asp?ContentID=1541
Official London Theatre Guide’s page for the gala: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display?contentId=87728
Art’s Archive’s page for the show: http://www.arts-archive.com/index.php?pg=12&action=performance&pid=L411713544&arch=Y