By pure chance I met Edward Seckerson, former critic for the Independent of classical music and musical theatre at one of my favourite cafés called Colbert on Sloane Square. He was sitting at the next table and we got chatting. He was wonderfully effervescent and full of humour and delighted in sharing his findings – in fact he was completely contagious.
One tip was for a one man show he is doing himself based on his live interview with Bernstein shortly before his death – look out for it in January 2o18 at the Festival hall weekend long Bernstein celebrations. You can book here
The other was for 42nd street. To be honest I forgot all about this until I turned up at the Carol King musical expecting to get a last minute ticket only to find the show had reached the end of its run a few days earlier. As I walked round the corner I saw the poster for 42nd street and heard Edward’s words ringing in my ears.
From the minute the curtains opened until and including the curtain call there was non stop tap dancing. It was colourful, glitzy, beautifully sung, moving and one of the best feel good things I’ve been to in ages.
See the clip I took with my iPhone here (sorry the sound quality isn’t great and it doesn’t do the show justice as it was really high quality, lovely costumes and terrific dancing):
Top tip: arrive a few minutes before the performance begins, ask of the cheapest tickets and 25 pounds will get you upgraded to the back of the stalls.