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The Dress Circle: Musicals with Which You May Not Be Familiar Part 2


If you like the unfamiliar, we may have a program for you on this week’s Dress Circle (1/17 7:00 p.m.) as we take a second look at "Musicals with Which You May Not Be Familiar.”  This time, we’ll be looking at Cole Porter’s 1958 television musical “Aladdin” which starred Cyril Ritchard, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Sal Mineo, Basil Rathbone, and Geoffrey Holder. We’ll follow this with music from the wonderfully irreverent 1966 off-Broadway revue “The Mad Show” with music by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver, and Stephen Sondheim and performances by Linda Lavin, McIntyre Dixon, Jo Anne Worley, and Paul Sand.   The third show is one that premiered at The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre based on Jane Austin’s “Sense and Sensibility.”  This show with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon was a happy surprise to us, and we’re hoping to see it produced in the area soon.   Our final musical appeared in London in 1989; It’s Leslie Bricusse’s “Sherlock Holmes – The Musical.”  Originally starring Ron Moody in the title role and Liz Robertson as Bella Moriarty, we’ve decided to use the 1993 touring / Bristol Old Vic revival starring Robert Powell and Louise English.  We love introducing people to these unfamiliar shows and will continue to do so for as long as our collection holds out which should be for some time to come!

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.