Today we’re doing x2 #throwbackthursday ‘s. Check out this fabulous #madamedelagrandebouche we designed and built for #beautyandthebeast all custom designed fabrics, laser cut doors and trim from @edgewater_workbench - we’ve made her a couple times. This one by @cheryl_e_halsey @rc._iii and myself. Foam, glitz, bengaline, pool noodles and glam! My can you find the heart of the ocean from #titanic? #beautyandthebeastliveonstage #wardrobe #madeinchicago #forcedprespective #fabulous #waltdisneyworld #waltdisney #disney #disneycostume #drurylane #drurylanetheatre ( give me a call ) !!

Nothing like a dame? Hell, how about two dames?
#drurylanetheatre #southpacific

My last night in London & I said to myself, should I go see #42ndstreet again (for a 4th time)? Naturally, I quickly answered, “I’LL DO IT!!” If you get the chance, run to see this production! It is spectacular! They don’t make them like this anymore; a full cast & orchestra, great score & #tapdancing galore. I’ve been a bit down lately and seeing @42ndstreetldn has been such a boost I cannot even say. This show is like syncopated prozac!😊 The best was Thursday night when I sat front row, center; it was one of the greatest theater experiences of my life! The cast perform their hearts out & it was so joyous it brought me to tears. If you are anywhere near #London run to see it! BRAVO & thank you to the entire cast and crew; you are all BRILLIANT! #getoutyourtapshoesfrancis #londontheatre #drurylane #drurylanetheatre #londonist #londonlife #londonlove #broadway #musical #bravo #classic #theater #theatergeek #theaternerd #London #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #joyous #musicaltheatre #visitlondon #visitbritain #bhportdev @whatsonstage
And by the way, if the producers are listening: You should do a tap along version; no seats in the theater & everyone brings their tap shoes and dances along (like the sing along #soundofmusic)😊💜

Mary Ellis (born June 15, 1897) was for more than half a century one of the most versatile stars of the British and American stages; she sang with Enrico Caruso, was a hit in Hammerstein, performed for Noël Coward, inspired Ivor Novello and made friends with Marlene Dietrich.

The range of her talent seemed limitless. Whether in Shakespeare or Sheridan, grand opera or schmaltzy operetta, high tragedy or low comedy, and especially in musical romance, she always looked and sounded in her element. Her voice, looks, personality and technical skill gave her an easy command of the stage.

During the 1930s, she reigned supreme in two of Ivor Novello's Drury Lane shows, “Glamorous Night” and “Dancing Years”; but her acting shone just as brightly (and sometimes rather more powerfully) in epics by Eugene O'Neill, dramas by Terence Rattigan, and in Old Vic productions of Ibsen.

She rose to fame in America in 1922, playing Nerissa in “The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway; other success then followed. A decade later, she became a darling of the West End stage (following her marriage to the English actor Basil Sydney), and though the marriage quickly failed, London became her Mecca (she’d marry four times in all).

By the mid-1930s, she travelled between London and America, accepting the odd file role too, including “Paris in Spring” (1935) with Ida Lupino, and as Melitza Hjos in “Glamourous Night” (1937).

During WWII, became a nurse in a London hospital; then in peacetime, returned to the West End in Ivor Novello's extravagances, “Arc de Triomphe”. In 1948, she triumphed as the wife of the unloved schoolmaster in “The Browning Version” by Terence Rattigan.

Though retired from the stage in 1970, she continued to work on TV well into her 90s, bowing out after appearing in an episoide of Sherlock Holmes, starring Jeremy Brett in 1994.

Mary died aged 105 in January 2003 at her home on Eaton Square, London. Her neighbour was the Oscar winner Luise Rainer.

#iusedtobeinpictures #maryellis #westend #drurylanetheatre #hollywood #leadinglady #ivornovello #terrancerattigan #sherlockholmes #silverscreen #noelcoward #marlenedietrich #theoldvic

5/27/18 - SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane Theatre

What a gorgeous looking production of South Pacific at @drurylaneoakbrook! And such a great cast. Bob Cuccioli was tremendous as Emile, and it brought back fond memories of music directing him Off-Broadway in Deitrich & Chevalier! Terrific Bloody Mary, and great to see Austin Colby on stage live. I cast his now-wife Caroline Bowman in an Off-Broadway industry reading of my first musical, THE LANGUAGE OR THE KISS. (Lots of random connections to this production...) What a great musical theatre power couple!

But of course, the reason we were there, the great Matt Crowle as Billis. So many great moments from a great actor!

#ChicagoMusicalTheatre #fiorellostudios #chicagomusicdirector #southpacific #drurylanetheatre @austinvcolby @mcrowle3

Trying to be cool and not get too excited... BUT I AM!!! EEK!!! 😍😁😁
#42ndstreet #drurylane #drurylanetheatre #westend #theatre #imsoexcited

12 years ago I found out I had booked my first job,this fabulous show "The Producers" what a dream come true #Lucky #WestEndDebut #MelBrooks #susanstroman #throwbackthursday #SwingNation #drurylanetheatre

Another throwback! Painting the show gauze for the Queen musical 'We Will Rock you' for London's west end, at the famous Drury Lane paint frame with the equally famous Frances Waddington! Good times #scenicart #scenography #drurylanetheatre #coventgarden #wewillrockyou #queen#painting #artistsoninstagram #arts_gate #artvertex

Early father’s day gift for papa 💘 #theitalianjob #concert #london #drurylanetheatre #uk #fathersday

You’ve got to be taught
to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught
from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made
Of people whose skin is a different shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six, or seven, or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught
Last night we got to see an amazing production of South Pacific, one of my favorite R&H musicals from my youth (although the themes went completely over my head then!). We were so impressed by the talents of this cast and enjoyed every minute!! In my opinion, it rivaled many of the musical performances we have seen on Broadway!
#drurylanetheatre #southpacific #goseeit

Can’t wait to see this crazy girl and this talented cast! #southpacific #drurylanetheatre

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