Sunday, April 23, 2006

The first lady of the sliding scale

Last night's excursion to see Maureen Lipman portray Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious! was an unqualified success. Thanks to Andrew and Garry for pushing us to see it. Chris nearly weed when Florence started going into a slow spin as she hurled carnations to her audience. As last night but one of the current run, Maureen seemed to have a few friends in: I noticed Patricia (Rumpole of the Bailey) Hodge, and Chris pointed out Christopher (Rocky Horror, Porridge) Biggins. During one piece of contrived wardrobe failure, Biggins laughed so much that Maureen started going up.

However, it was the extraordinary attempt to render the Queen of the Night aria that lingers longest. Not since the Royal National Theatre Company of Lord Howe Island presented their version of Fiddler on the Roof and If I Were a Woodhen, have so many repeated notes brought so many belly-laughs.

After the show, we wandered through Covent Garden and had a nice Italian dinner at Bertorelli's.

1 comment:

  1. Hey guys. I'm glad to hear you liked the show. It really was a hoot! Like Chris, I almost wet myself a few times as well.

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