Louise Gold starred in the title role, as Calamity Jane herself, at Leicester Haymarket 22 November 1994 - 28 January 1995
As a musical Calamity Jane started out as a film, but hasn’t often been scene as a professional stage show, this productions leading lady summed it up by saying:
“The film is a classic, but on stage it’s different. There’s more dance, more songs, great costumes and that special magic that only comes on stage. It’s music and comedy and fun, but there’s also that tough real life element in the story.” Louise Gold to Liz Gilbey, THE LEICESTER MERCURY, Friday 18 November 1994, THE WEEK section, p10.
Calamity Jane - Louise Gold
Wild Bill Hickock - Ricco Ross
Katie Brown - Liz Izen
Henry Miller - James Head
Rattlesnake - Alan Mosley
Francis Fryer - James Duke
Peter - Alan Mosley
Hank - Phillip Alden
Other parts played by:
Phillip Alden, Ralph Anderson, Graeme Conway, Matthew Finch, Richard Laing, Stuart McLeod, Paul Nield, Greg Pichery, Graham Soutar, Cressida Carre, Nicole Carty, Lisa Davies, Angela Haydock, Catherine Hoskins, Jill-Louise Hydes & Marcia Tricker.
Adapted for the stage by - Charles K Freeman
from a screenplay by - James O'Hanlon (Warner Brothers)
Music - Sammy Fain
Lyrics - Paul Francis Webster
Orchestral & Vocal arrangements - Philip J Lang
Director - Paul Kerryson
Décor - Paul Farnsworth
Lighting - Chris Ellis
Sound - Frank Bradley
Choreography - David Needham
Musical Director - Julian Kelly
It has been noted that Louise Gold delayed a stint of puppeteering on Sesame Street, so as to appear in this production of Calamity Jane.
One could say that during this production Louise Gold came of age as a professional stage actress, as it is quite likely that one of her performances in this show took place exactly 21 years to the day of her professional stage debut in Dick Whittington.
Julian Kelly’s conducting can be heard on Simply Musicals, The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, The Best Of The Musicals, and, 100 Hits Musicals.
Louise Gold, and, Stuart McLeod had previously appeared together in Anything Goes, one of Louise’s other starring musical roles.
Hal Fowler’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals.
Hal Fowler, and, James Head’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, which also includes some of Julian Kelly’s conducting.
Liz Izen may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
"Full marks to Louise Gold in the title role and Ricco Ross as Wild Bill Hickock. Their playing of the central characters is more than enough to dispel any memories of Doris Day and Howard Keel." "From the aspect of songs it's a woman's musical, not only is there Gold as the larger than life Calamity but also Liz Izen as Katie Brown, giving audiences full value for their money." Quentin Clark, THE STAGE
"Louise just blazed through it, demolishing everyone else in it! The audience adored her." Peter Gannaway, WORDS AND MUSIC
“As the tough tender-hearted tomboy, Louise Gold is strong and charismatic enough to avoid comparison with Doris Day.” Liz Gilbey, THE LEICESTER MERCURY, Wednesday 23 November 1994, p41
Links about Calamity Jane
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml
James Head's website: http://www.jameshead.freeserve.co.uk/g4.html Photograph of James Head and another male cast member.
Hal Fowler’s Official website: http://www.halfowler.co.uk/web/cjbio.html section on Calamity Jane.