Kern Goes to Hollywood — Via Islington — Beginning Jan. 5

News   Kern Goes to Hollywood — Via Islington — Beginning Jan. 5
Islington's King's Head Theatre may not be the most glamorous of venues (it is attached to a pub), but it aims to transport its visitors to the more exotic surrounds of Tinseltown beginning Jan. 5 when Kern Goes to Hollywood opens there.

The tribute to Jerome Kern is the work of David Kernan, who was nominated for the 1977 Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for the legendary revue Side By Side By Sondheim.

Kernan, who devised and will direct the Kern show, has previously worked on other tribute evenings, including Call Me Merman and Dorothy Fields Forever. The Kern show first premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 1985 (when Elisabeth Welch received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and is back as a twentieth anniversary production. A salute to Kern’s songs, it’s written by Dick Vosburgh.

This time around, the cast includes Angela Richards, Glyn Kerslake, Sheri Copland and Jamie Golding. Nica Burns produces with musical direction by Dominic Barlow and Fiz Shapur, choreography by David Lee, set and costume design by Norman Coates and lighting by Chris Davies.

Jerome Kern was born in 1885 and wrote 40 years worth of great songs and shows, including Show Boat and Swing Time. Among the many numbers in Kern Goes to Hollywood are “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” “I Won’t Dance,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Lovely to Look At.”

For more details, call (44) 207 226 1916.

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