Wednesday 16 February 2011

Street Scene

The Young Vic are bringing back their production of Street Scene in the Autumn, from 15 Sep to 1 Oct. We missed it the first time round, so we are looking forward to it this time. Directed by John Fulljames, choreography by Arthur Pita with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia sharing the honours in the pit (not that the Young Vic actually has a pit).

I first saw the piece in a one-off charity West End performance one Sunday night with a terrific cast which include Janis Kelly as Rose (a role that she would repeat with ENO) and also including various celebrities in smaller roles, Alec McCowen doing a rather nice soft shoe shuffle. The piece had immense power and energy. Something which wasn't quite repeated in David Pountney's production for ENO, with its big set piece production numbers. The first half of the musical is rather long, with so much plot to expound, and Pountney didn't quite solve this. So I'm looking forward to seeing the piece again.

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