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To Wembley on Cup Final day. Eighty thousand Chelsea and Portsmouth supporters sweeping out down Empire Way past a line of us queuing up to see the BBC’s “Over The Rainbow” being filmed with Graham Norton and the remaining four Dorothys. When they learned what we were lining up for, the fans gave their own rendition of “Over The Rainbow” but fortunately neither Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sheila Hancock, John Partridge or Charlotte Church were present to pass judgment – or the whole panel could have ended up looking like John’s East Ender alter ego.
The nail-biter of a final will go out live this Saturday the 22nd, ahead of The Wizard of Oz opening in March next year at The London Palladium. Let me know who you think should win, and why, at email@example.com and you could win two tickets to the show (full Terms and Conditions available on request).
To make way for this production, Sister Act will be closing at the London Palladium on the 30th of October – so if you haven’t seen this magnificent musical yet, you MUST, MUST, MUST!
We learned about Sister Act on the 11th of May –a very important date in the history of the British Musical. On that day in 1981, Cats opened at the New London Theatre. Back then a third of West End Theatres were ‘dark’, with no prospect of new shows to fill them. Who would have thought that, 29 years later, we would have so many great shows trying to find a home in the West End that they are stacked-up like planes waiting to land at Heathrow after an Icelandic volcano?
(But then again, The New London was the last new theatre to open in the West End –and that was back in 1974)
11 May 2005 also saw the opening of Billy Elliot, winner of Ten Tony Awards and now packing them in on three continents
14 May 2002 saw the opening of We Will Rock You – Queen still rule in London and on the hugely successful UK Tour
No big birthdays this week (that I can think of) but a couple of rebirths: tomorrow we are off to see the new cast of Wicked, with Lee Mead, and Wednesday we are at The Noel Coward to see the new cast of Enron
“No rest for the…” (complete this well-known West End phrase)
No prizes for this one