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June Bronhill
Woman and man

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Australian soprano June Bronhill starred as Elizabeth Barrett in Robert and Elizabeth, the hit 1964 West End musical adaptation of The Barretts of Wimpole Street. The show, which also starred Keith Michell as Robert Browning, ran 948 (or 957, depending on the source) performances in the West End, but legal issues halted plans for a Broadway transfer with its original stars. Music is by Ron Grainer, book and lyrics by Ronald Millar.

"Woman and Man" comes towards the end of the show when Elizabeth rebukes her father and his warped view of romantic love, then resolves to be with Robert. True story: the Barrett siblings were forbidden to marry by their imperious father. When Elizabeth rebelled and married Robert, she was effectively disinherited (as were the other siblings who disobeyed dear old Dad).

Cue vocal pyrotechnics.

Reblogging for the show’s 50th anniversary today.

Filed under Robert and Elizabeth June Bronhill Soprano Showstopper West End

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'Can-Can' at Paper Mill Playhouse - Theatre Aficionado at Large

It’s only taken 31 years, but I finally saw a show at the Paper Mill Playhouse. When Kate Baldwin announced at 54 Below that she was starring in their production of Can-Can, I knew I had to go see it. Fortunately, I was able to attend the opening night performance with my pals Patty and Emily, and it was a magnificent experience. The gorgeous venue in Millburn, NJ was warm and inviting, and I hope to make many more visits there from now on. This was also the first time I have ever seen any sort of an out-of-town tryout in a regional setting.

Filed under Can-Can Kate Baldwin Jason Danieley Cole Porter Paper Mill Playhouse Show Doctor Blog

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'You Can't Take It With You' on Broadway - Theatre Aficionado at Large

It’s been said that home is where the heart is. In that case, home should be the Longacre Theatre where a joyous Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You is currently playing. When the houselights came up after the preview I attended, I wanted to become one of the household. (The last time I had such a feeling in the theater was after MTC’s gorgeous 2009 revival of The Royal Family). The characters inhabiting the home of Martin Vanderhof are so beautifully drawn and so lovable, that I wanted to spend a fourth or even fifth act with them. While topical references may sail over some heads, and the play’s Depression-era escapism might seem naive for 2014 sophisticates, the Kaufman and Hart classic is still warm and funny. Dated, yes, but as a romantic comedy it’s timeless.

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