Bernstein Revealed: A Cabaret
Whether or not you’re familiar with the name Leonard Bernstein, musical fans will most likely know his timeless tunes such as “I Feel Pretty”, “Somewhere” and “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story; “One Hundred Easy Ways” from Wonderful Town; and jazz standard “Some Other Time” from On the Town.
Fresh from the Barbican’s Bernstein Centenary Festival in honour of what would have been his 100th birthday on August 25th 2018, this unique evening brought three world-class performers to Guernsey to celebrate the musical superman who bestrode the Broadway stage as whole-heartedly and adeptly as he did the world’s great concert halls as a conductor.
Renowned arts broadcaster Edward Seckerson returned to St James as host following 2017’s evening with Dame Patricia Routledge, along with double Olivier Award nominated actress and singer Sophie-Louise Dann and double Tony Award nominated arranger, composer and musical director Jason Carr on the piano.
Edward conducted one of the last major interviews with Bernstein before his death in 1990 and it is that memorable encounter that was at the heart of this intimate show. Through a heady cocktail of stories and songs, the trio drew upon their vast knowledge of the scores and the stories behind them to create a unique evening that explored the life and music of this extraordinary man.
Performed live on stage were songs from some of the most popular musicals of all time, including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town; as well as gorgeous rarities from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Mass and Trouble in Tahiti.
Facing the Music
Our first event was Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre, with Dame Patricia Routledge in conversation with Edward Seckerson at St James on 28th September 2017, which proved to be a resounding success.
Dame Patricia Routledge has delighted audiences with her colourful characters such as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, Hetty Wainthropp in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, the gossip Kitty in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV and in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. Over a long career she has been in many films, television series and stage plays.
It is still one of the best-kept secrets in show business that Dame Patricia trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre.
Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in Darling of the Day and an Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.
Her one-woman show Come for the Ride toured the UK in 1988, and in 1992 she played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of Carousel at the National Theatre.
In 1998, she was honoured with the Gold Badge of Merit by the Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
In this fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, she recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.
On his long-running BBC Radio 3 show Stage and Screen, writer, broadcaster and podcaster Edward Seckerson interviewed many of the biggest names in the business – among them Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Latest Krays
Dubbed as a cross between Pokemon-Go and the popular board game Cluedo, around 500 wannabe Sherlocks hunted around St Peter Port on 2nd June 2018 locating virtual witnesses, solving clues, eliminating suspects and eventually catching the real killer!
Written by critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Nick Brown, and produced in association with CluedUpp, The Latest Krays saw players whisked back to 1967, with the infamous Kray brothers found murdered in the street, tasked with discovering who would have been brave enough to kill the UK’s most notorious gangsters.
Taking place via CluedUpp’s award-winning mobile phone app, the event saw teams of between 2 and 6 players competing to unveil the mysterious murderer with various prizes up for grabs including fastest team and best fancy dress.