A Spoonful of Sherman

5
Tue, 14th Jan 14
Robert J Sherman at the St James Theatre

Photographer credit: Ben DaviesThe sons of Russian Jewish immigrants, Robert and Richard Sherman began writing in 1951 after being challenged to do so by their Tin Pan Alley songwriting father, Al Sherman. Today, the grandson of that dream-filled immigrant regaled the packed-to-the-gunnels studio at St James Theatre. Robert J Sherman, grandson, son, nephew and accomplished composer and songwriter in his own right, deftly and with time-pressured brevity coupled with a peppering of emotional affection, took us through the Sherman Years with, of course, a major block being the Disney period where their first work under commission at Disney was The Strumming Song, 1961; known by the family as the Poppins Years, where the Brothers scored their masterpiece Mary Poppins in 1965. Further outstanding works include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Snoopy and Little Nemo… to name but a few. A dynasty was born in 1951, maintained through tumultuous and changing times of the twentieth century and sustained by the quality of the work thereafter with the vision of the subsequent generation.

A quality quartet of West End stars under the brilliant musical direction of Colin Billing enthralled a captivated audience for just under two hours with a desert island selection of the major works, along with a tantalising toe-in the-water with some lesser-known works, cleverly teasing us into heading off into the rain and searching iTunes for newly heard songs, or remembered ones…

Magically arranged, by Colin Billing, for the four stunning voices of the assembled songsters. Greg Castiglioni who brought the house down with his version of Smorgasbord and Charlotte Wakefield who’s Mary Poppins sprang up now and again to amuse proceedings with her clipped and beautifully intrusive ‘…of course you can say it backwards’. The ever-brilliant Stuart Matthew Price ‘popped it up’ a little with You’re Sixteen (admitting he had never heard of it before!), slipping beautifully into Doll on a Music Box / Truly Scrumptious with the orchestral operatic tones Emma Williams - who stared in the original Palladium production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Riffs and mash-ups on Winnie The Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins and a smashing Al Sherman Medley made the evening all too short, all too few songs, all the more memorable. I feel privileged to have been there. I truly scrumptious smorgasbord of smash hits by the Sherman Brothers.

In this Age of Not Believing I can only hope to see this show again - A Man Has Dreams, y’know… Forgive me, but it really was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Orlando Weston


Search Reviews/News


Newsletter

Email*
Captcha*

Find us on-line

Facebook
SeatChoice/UKTW page
Twitter
SeatChoice/UKTW tweets
Wordpress Plugin
The UKTW Wordpress Plugin is now available so that you can add links and widgets easily to Wordpress sites
Linked-In
UKTW company page and Robert Iles
Blog/Website
SeatChoice and Robert's personal


Latest News & Reviews

24th May 19 :: Review: Back to Hackney
New play seen at Theatro Technis.
4
23rd May 19 :: Review: The Remains of the Day
Out of Joint production seen at the Bristol Old Vic.
3
17th May 19 :: Review: Salomé
Lazarus Theatre's production seen at the Greenwich Theatre.
3
15th May 19 :: Review: All My Sons
Broadcast of the Old Vic production seen (live) at the cinema.
5
13th May 19 :: Review: Fanny & Stella
"The Shocking True Story" seen at Above the Stag.
4
9th May 19 :: Review: Boom Bang A Bang
Seen at Above the Stag.
2
8th May 19 :: Review: Matilda
The RSC production seen on tour in Bristol.
5
8th May 19 :: Review: Dog Without Feathers
Deborah Colker Dance Company seen on the Southbank.
5
29th Apr 19 :: Review: Jane Clegg
Seen at the Finborough
5
26th Apr 19 :: Review: Uncle Vanya
Seen at the Hope Theatre
2
25th Apr 19 :: Review: On the High Road
Clod Ensemble on tour.
4
25th Apr 19 :: Review: Club Tropicana
Touring musical seen in Wimbledon.
2
17th Apr 19 :: Review: Rock of Ages
Touring production seen in Bristol.
3
15th Apr 19 :: Review: Equus
English Touring Theatre production seen in Bristol
5
11th Apr 19 :: Review: Un Ballo in Maschera
Verdi's "A Masked Ball" from the WNO, seen in Bristol.
4
5th Apr 19 :: Review: Thrill Me
The Leopold and Loeb story seen at the Hope Theatre.
3
28th Mar 19 :: Review: The Bodyguard
Touring production seen in Bristol.
3
22nd Mar 19 :: Review: Betrayal
The Jamie Lloyd Company production at the Harold Pinter Theatre
5
22nd Mar 19 :: Review: Come From Away
The fabulous new musical about the Newfoundlander response during 911
5
20th Mar 19 :: Review: Annie
Touring show with Anita Dobson, seen in Bristol.
5

Most Popular Stories

24th May 19 :: Review: Back to Hackney
New play seen at Theatro Technis.
9th May 19 :: Review: Boom Bang A Bang
Seen at Above the Stag.
13th May 19 :: Review: Fanny & Stella
"The Shocking True Story" seen at Above the Stag.
26th Apr 19 :: Review: Uncle Vanya
Seen at the Hope Theatre
15th May 19 :: Review: All My Sons
Broadcast of the Old Vic production seen (live) at the cinema.
17th May 19 :: Review: Salomé
Lazarus Theatre's production seen at the Greenwich Theatre.
8th May 19 :: Review: Matilda
The RSC production seen on tour in Bristol.
23rd May 19 :: Review: The Remains of the Day
Out of Joint production seen at the Bristol Old Vic.
29th Apr 19 :: Review: Jane Clegg
Seen at the Finborough
8th May 19 :: Review: Dog Without Feathers
Deborah Colker Dance Company seen on the Southbank.

SeatChoice Blog

Another iUKTDb Milestone
The archive database passes another milestone, this time for people and organisations recorded.
Get Into Theatre launched
The Stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre join forces to break down barriers to a career in theatre.
Soldier of Orange coming in 2020?
"Soldier Of Orange – The Musical to come to the UK after producer secures UK location to build innovative theatre for Autumn 2020.
VR theatre platform launches in the UK
LIVR, world’s first on-demand VR theatre platform launches in the UK.
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019
The prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries.
UKTW Review Round-up 2018
A quick round-up of the numbers from UKTW's 2018 reviews.
SIT-Up Awards
Announced today, two new awards during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to support theatre for social change.
Society for Theatre Research - Theatre Book Prize
The judges have announced their shortlist for the prize for books published in 2017.
Reasons to be Graeae
Pioneering disabled-led theatre company Graeae, launch their long awaited biographical book Reasons to be Graeae: A work in progress.
RSC eBay Auction
RSC costume auction ends this month

SeatChoice theatre blog»

© Dynamic Listing Ltd, UK
1995-2019
PRIVACY and GDPR
Tickets by SeatChoice
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd

Developed and Maintained by RMJIold

Cookies in Use