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Lost Musicals 2013 - Sadler's Wells

Noel Coward (1932)

Theatre preview

THE unique Lost Musicals series returns to Sadler’s Wells for its 24th season, running in the Lilian Baylis Studio from July 14 to November 10.

Director Ian Marshall Fisher, who over the past 24 years has brought 75 neglected Broadway shows to London, has selected a further three forgotten musicals by such great writers as Cole Porter, Orson Welles, Truman Capote and Noel Coward. They are:

Words and Music (1932) with book, music and lyrics by Noel Coward – Sundays July 14, 21 and 28 and August 4 at 3.30pm.

‘Mr Coward has never sharpened his quill better,’ a critic remarked on Words And Music, in which Coward satirizes and parodies at his very best. Though his most successful revue, it has never been revived.

At the height of his powers, Coward wrote for this show many songs that would live on, including Mad About The Boy, with a different chorus for every class of girl, Mad Dogs And Englishmen, Let’s Say Goodbye, Three White Feathers and The Party’s Over Now.

Holly Golightly poster (1966)

Holly Golightly (1966) with book by Abe Burrows, music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and based on Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – Sundays September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3.30pm.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s, the heartbreaking novella by Truman Capote, became the classic romantic film with Audrey Hepburn. However, this legendary musical which, though it previewed on Broadway, never opened despite being the long-awaited event of the 1966 Broadway season.

Abe Burrows (Guys And Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl, Carnival!) based their show on Capote’s story about a writer, obviously Capote himself, who is fascinated by his eccentric neighbour, Holly Golightly.

Around the World (1946) with book by Orson Welles, music and lyrics by Cole Porter and based on Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – Sundays October 20 and November 3 and 10, and Saturday, November 9 at 3.30pm.

Orson Welles and Cole Porter (1946)

Around The World was a huge unexpected surprise for the 1946 New York theatre season. Everyone was waiting for this Welles and Porter show, which saw Welles returning from Hollywood to Broadway as the writer, producer, director and star of this hilarious satire on the British.The extra zing was his collaborator, Cole Porter. This rare and very unusual presentation will also be seen in New York in December 2013.

Ian Marshall Fisher spends months each year in the USA liaising with the families/estates of Broadway’s creme de la creme of musical theatre writers, researching their forgotten and never performed works. The popularity of this projecyt, combined with Marshall Fisher’s enthusiasm, has resulted in the initiation of similar projects in New York City through to Australia.

The shows are performed semi-staged in their entirety to piano by members of the RSC and Royal National Theatre and current West End productions. Those taking part have included James Corden, Sara Kestleman, Anne Reid, Frank Thornton, Joanna Riding, Penny Fuller and Janie Dee.

Tickets: £24 – £29.50 – bookable in advance for the whole season from Sadler’s Wells Box Office: 0844 412 4300. Book all three shows before July 14 and make a saving.

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