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A Spoonful of Sherman returns to St James Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE critically acclaimed, 5 star production, A Spoonful of Sherman, is returning to St James Studio where it runs from Tuesday, April 15 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

A Spoonful of Sherman will again feature top West End singers Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Southwark Playhouse), Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Donmar Warehouse), Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Emma Williams (the original West End Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Robert Sherman’s son Robbie – himself a writer of musicals (Bumblescratch) – will also be performing and narrating.

Tickets: £12.50 – £25 (family concessions available for matinees).

Times: Evenings at 7.45pm; Thursday (April 17) and Saturday (April 19) matinees at 3pm.

Previously Posted: A Spoonful of Sherman – a celebration of the life, times and songs of Robert B. Shermam, with special guest Robert J. Sherman, will be performed at St James Theatre (Studio) on January 6 and January 13, 2014.

Robert and Richard Sherman are the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of Hollywood, composing more movie musical songs and acclaimed film scores than any other writing team.

From the Oscar-winning Chim Chim Cher-ee to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds in Mary Poppins to the unforgettable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which earned them a third Oscar nomination, their songs have entertained the world for more than 60 years.

Robert’s son Robbie, himself a writer of musicals, will be performing alongside several top West End singers, including Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Emma Williams (the original West End Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Donmar Warehouse).

By including music from the Sherman Brothers’ father, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Shermanongs, songs featured will actually span 90 incredible years of Sherman family history.

These performances mark the launch of Robert B. Sherman’s autobiographical book, Moose: Chapters From My Life.

The recent Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson film Saving Mr Banks, about Walt Disney’s battle to turn the book Mary Poppins into a film, has sparked renewed interest in the Sherman Brothers and their long association with the Disney studio, for whom they composed Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web and The Aristocats.

They also wrote what is perhaps their best-known song, It’s a small world (after all) for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It has featured as a boat ride around the nations of the world at Disney theme parks ever since. In 2003, four Sherman Brothers’ musicals ranked in the Top 10 Favourite Children’s Films of All Time in a British nationwide poll reported by the BBC.

In 2002, the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was adapted into a West End musical. It ran for three-and-a-half-years, became the longest running show ever at the London Palladium and was nominated for a Best Musical Olivier Award. A stage adaptation of Mary Poppins followed in 2005 in London and on Broadway, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Tickets: £12.50 – £22.50. To book, call the box office on 0844 264 2140 or visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/.

Times: 8pm.

Urinetown The Musical, starring Richard Fleeshman, Jenna Russell and Jonathan Slinger, runs at St James Theatre from March 11 (previews from February 22) to May 3, 2014.