Friday, May 16, 2008

"Hellloooo, I'm Julie Andrews"

From Army Archerd:

Julie is also starting rehearsals for her spectacular program heading to the Hollywood Bowl July 18-19. The first half of the program boasts Rodgers and Hammerstein selections from "Cinderella," "The Sound of Music" and "The King And I" -- with Julie singing selected numbers in her carefully-limited range. The second half of the program features Julie hosting/narrating "Simeon's Gift," also written with daughter Emma, featuring a cast of five, music by Ian Fraser, the lyrics of John Bucchino and Harold Wheeler's charts for the 82-piece Hollywood Bowl orchestra. The show will premiere in Louisville on July 11 before moving on to Atlanta in Philadelphia in August. Of course, these are only a few of the projects propelled by the inimitable Julie Andrews.

(The title of this post comes from the PBS documentary Broadway: The American Musical, which Andrews hosted. For many years in college I acted as a teaching assistant for my musical theatre professor and he would often use this six-part documentary as a supplement to his lectures, often to give names and faces to the people in discussion. The first time he popped in disc one each semester, it automatically started to play Andrews' introduction. And each and every time, without fail, the classroom would fall completely to pieces).

1 comment:

Roxie said...

hahaa - every time!

it's like in every version of Forbidden Broadway when someone inevitable introduces themselves in that way (Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm DAME JUDI DENCH. Thank you.)