Joanna Lumley is back on the West End stage for the first time in 15 years -- for a role that sees her sport bloomers and curl papers. The actress is throwing away the glamour of the TV parts that have won many male hearts. In “La Bete,” she has chosen the wrong vehicle.
It’s a sad fact that classical recording contracts are as rare as shy sopranos or well-read tenors. Baritone and former accountant Mark Stone , passionate about English songs, isn’t fazed. He founded his own label.
At the opening night performance of “La Bete” on Oct. 14, director Matthew Warchus paid an extraordinary tribute to an unprepossessingly handsome, square- jawed man in jacket, tie and jeans. Turning to the festive crowd from the stage of the Music Box Theatre , he said, “For those of you who don’t know, this is the playwright, David Hirson .
Since winning a Tony Award for his remarkable autobiographical show “Passing Strange,” the Southern California-bred rocker Stew has put down roots in Brooklyn. The result is “Brooklyn Omnibus,’ a song cycle written with his partner, Heidi Rodewald, about life in Kings County.