Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Louise Gold starred as Lorelei Lee at Barbican Cinema 1 on 4, 11, 18 and 25 May 1997.

The second lead in this production was Kim Criswell, the only time she has so far appeared in one of Ian Marshall-Fisher's Lost Musicals concert stagings

Cast

Dorothy Shaw - Kim Criswell

Lady Phillis Beekman - Myra Sands

Sir Francis Beekman - James Bree

Mrs Ella Spofford - Dilys Laye

Henry Spofford - Dale Rapley

Lorelei Lee - Louise Gold

Gus Esmond Jnr - Michael Roberts

Josephus Gage - James Vaughan

Gloria Stark - Sarah Redmond

Robert Lemanteur - Matthew Gould

Louie Lemanteur - Ben Stock

Esmond Snr - James Bree

Pierre & The Paris Waiter - Nick Bligh

The Coquette - Kristin Blaikie

Passenger - Maria Cregeen

Passenger - Katherine Fletcher

Passenger - Stephen McCarthy

Passenger - Sean Sweeney

 

Production Team

Music - Jule Styne

Lyrics - Leo Robin

Book - Joseph Fields and Anita Loos

Original Production – 8 December 1949, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, with Carol Channing as Lorelei Lee

Music Director - Mark Warman

Director/Producer - Ian Marshall Fisher

Words and Music Issue 28, September 1997 carried a fairly comprehensive review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Please click here to read it.

 

Among there six main leads there was an unusually high number of left-handed performers, Kim Criswell, Louise Gold and James Vaughan are all left-handed.

The show was made extra good by having a number of The Lost Musicals best regulars in it.

Among them Myra Sands's who has appeared with Louise Gold in: By Jupiter | One Touch of Venus (1992 Production) | Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production)  | New Girl In Town | Red Hot And Blue | Something For The Boys | Panama Hattie | One Touch of Venus (2000 Production) . They had previously appeared in a concert of highlights from Ratepayers' Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and, Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala, and have since appeared together on the commercial stage in Follies, and, Oliver!; They can be heard on the cast album Oliver! (Recording).

Louise Gold and James Vaughan are a veteran Lost Musicals double act, having previously appeared together in: One Touch Of Venus (1992 Production), Du Barry Was A Lady (1993 Production) , Of Thee I Sing, and Panama Hattie. They teamed up again four years later in Du Barry Was A Lady (2001 Production). They also went on to appear in the film Crush. James Vaughan also helped out on the film Muppet Treasure Island on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Louise Gold and Kim Criswell had previously worked together as recording artistes on the JAY/TER CD of On The Town, and a BBC Radio production of Let ‘Em Eat Cake.

Louise Gold and Dale Rapley previously appeared together in Lady Into Fox

Louise Gold and  Michael Roberts had previously appeared on the BBC Radio quiz Let’s Do The Show Right Here (for which Louise was a Team Captain). They also took part in A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.

Louise Gold and Dilys Laye may have previously worked together on Will-Aid

Kim Criswell’s numerous recording credits include: Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, Simply Musicals, The Greatest Musicals of the 20th Century, Magic Of The Musicals, The Best Of The Musicals, 100 Hits Musicals, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood, and she is the narrator for The History Of The Musical

Louise Gold and Ben Stock have gone on to appear together in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Dale Rapley went on the appear on television (as a member of Mamma Mia Cast 6) in ABBA - The Reunion.

Dilys Laye went on to appear in Alice In Wonderland, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Kim Criswell, and, Louise Gold, both in their Mermanesque glory can be heard on The Great Musicals - Wonderful Tales, The Great Musicals – Glamour And Majesty, and, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

Myra Sands may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.

Louise Gold, Michael Roberts, and, Myra Sands have gone on to appear in Darling of The Day, which also has a score by Jule Styne, and Mark Warman played it on the piano.

Louise Gold, Michael Roberts, and, Myra Sands have also gone on to appear in Mexican Hayride.

In this Lost Musical, done with the original script, Louise Gold was playing a role the role of Lorelei Lee, which had been originated by Carol Channing, who had been a Guest Star on The Muppet Show, where Louise Gold had been a notable puppeteer.

 

Links about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml

 

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