Sunday, December 16, 2007

Stairway to Nevin

Robyn Nevin is ending her tenure as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company. Knowing no shortage of people who have performed for her, I had no trouble getting a ticket for the goodbye show at the Sydney Theatre.

The opening and linking material were provided by Phil, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe (of the Wharf Revue) with special highlights being Valerie Bader's turn as jazz chanteuse / New Zealand PM Helen Clarke and the Helen Clarke Five, and a special Goon Show detailing the recent history of the STC. Genevieve Lemon and Simon Phillips delivered some hilarious rambling reminiscences in tribute to Robyn.

The final act was a version of So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music which included the incoming team of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, as well as Robyn's partner Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich in the movie version. This is possibly the first time he has sung the song since appearing on the Ed Sullivan show in the 60s.

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