Rob Cope and Phil Beamon hide from the world deep below the Paris Opera House, where they discover dark deeds and some pretty wonderful songs. Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary The Phantom of the Opera (with lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe) is put under the spotlight in the first of a two part look at the show from in front of and behind the curtain. But be careful of that chandelier...
Rob Cope takes a look at the journey of Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida. With extracts from workshops and live recordings, along with casts from around the world, travel to ancient Egypt and the timeless story of the slave girl Aida who falls in love with the Egyptian warrior Radames. Containing some of Elton John's most beautiful melodies and Tim Rice's inspired lyrics, Aida conquered Broadway before enchanting audiences around the world. It's written in the stars that this is a podcast that will defy the ages.
Celebrating one of the most successful family musicals of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. From its earliest days as a 20 minute school concert to selling out the London Palladium and Broadway, the popularity of the show shows no sign of diminishing, despite first being presented over 50 years ago. Rob Cope takes a look at its rainbow appeal.
This heat is on as Rob Cope and Phil Beamon talk all things Miss Saigon, the musical re-imagining of Madame Butterfly from the creative team of Les Miserablés, composers Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and producer Cameron Mackintosh. Launched in 1989, it was gone on to be a hit around the world. The original cast made a star of Lea Salonga along with controversies for Jonathan Pryce, whose performance was lauded but his casting criticised. Using extracts of recordings from around the world, we look at the story of Miss Saigon inside and outside of the show. This is the hour (and a half) you won't want to miss... join us!
Rob Cope continues his chat with legendary singer and actress Barbara Dickson about her Olivier Award winning roles in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers and Steve Brown & Justin's Greene's Spend Spend Spend, in which she played the famous lottery winner Viv Nicholson opposite Rachel Leskovac playing the younger version of the character. Barbara also appeared on the original albums of Evita and Chess, and went on to play Florence in Chess in Australia. In 1997 Barbara had a one woman show The 7 Ages Of Woman written especially for her to showcase both her acting and singing skills, winning Barbara the Liverpool Echo Best Theatre Actress award.
One of the UK's most celebrated and loved musical talents, Barbara Dickson, talks to Rob Cope about her entry into the theatre from her beginnings as a folk singer, appearing in Willy Russell's West End musical about The Beatles (John, Paul George, Ringo & Bert) and the first of her Olivier Award winning roles as the original Mrs. Johnstone in the musical phenomenon Blood Brothers.
Rob Cope and Phil Beamon are on nobody's side as they mull on the complex history of Chess the musical by ABBA's Björn Ulveaus and Benny Andersson with lyricist Tim Rice. Like chess itself, its a long game - 85 minutes. But stick with it as there are fantastic tunes from productions around the world. Will it end in checkmate though?
Rob Cope and Phil Beamon get togther to discuss all things Andrew Lloyd Webber including the state of play in lockdown, Essential Lloyd Webber recommendations and visit the Phantom of the Recycling Centre.
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