Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Mercoledi Musciale

My friend Stephen posted this little meme (I guess that's what it is still called) on Facebook yesterday.

I won't even bother you with what my name was - I mean these things really are silly aren't they?  And besides not too many people would pay to strip - put my clothes back on maybe but strip?  I think not.

But it reminded me of one of those numbers that the combined talents of Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne and Jerome Robbins guaranteed would stop the show in any production of that great musical Gypsy.

And here it is done to a turn by the combined talents of Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie and Ruthie Henshall - none of who really need a "gimmick to get applause".

And yes that lady at the end is Judi Dench - little known fact: she was scheduled to play Grizabella in the original London production of CATS but snapped her Achilles tendon during rehearsal and was replaced by Elaine Paige three days before the production opened.

05 September - 1698: in an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Enjoyed that clip! And thanks for the trivia about Judi Dench and Elaine Paige -- didn't know that before!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sorry -- should have signed that last comment as "Diamond Jugs." Yikes!