London’s “Lost Musicals” Season – A Sondheim Premiere and Porter Rarity

News   London’s “Lost Musicals” Season – A Sondheim Premiere and Porter Rarity
Rarities by Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter will be the next offerings from Ian Marshall Fisher’s “Lost Musicals” series. The British impresario has run his annual series of semi-staged performances in London for fifteen years, with artists including Janie Dee, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tim Flavin, Desmond Barrit, Joanna Riding and Denis Quilley. The latest two in the series will be seen at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Porter’s Silk Stockings will play on May 22, 29 and June 5 and 12 at 4 PM. Based on the movie “Ninotchka,” the show has never previously been produced in England, though it was a film itself (starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse) as well as a 1957 Broadway hit. The book is by George S.Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows. Valerie Cutko has been cast as Ninotchka and Martin Turner will play Steve Canfield. Cutko was in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre and at Drury Lane, while Turner is an RSC stalwart. The rest of the cast includes Jessica Martin, Nigel Anthony, Neil McCaul, James Vaughan and Matt Zimmerman. Simon Beck will be musical director.

On July 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 4 PM Marshall Fisher presents a Sondheim theatrical premiere. Evening Primrose was a 1967 show for television by Sondheim and James Goldman (Follies, A Lion In Winter) which starred Anthony Perkins. This will be the first time it has been performed since the original broadcast. The story of a poet who escapes the world by living in a department store (where he falls for a mannequin) includes the songs, “Take Me To The World," “If You Can Find Me I’m Here,” “I Remember” and “When”. Mark Warman is musical director.

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