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John Wilson Prom this Friday 11th August

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: John Wilson Prom this Friday 11th August Reply with quote

A reminder that it's the John Wilson Oklahoma prom this Friday night on BBC4 from 8pm and on Radio 3 at 7.30.

I saw an amateur production of Oklahoma as a child and have always loved the songs ever since. I've also memories of driving across the Red River (it is red!) that forms the state line between Texas and Oklahoma a few years ago. Of course we sang 'Oklahoma' as we crossed the bridge....... Embarassed

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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Helen, I have been looking forward to that for a while. The film soundtrack is the first LP I ever bought.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any good? I saw a few minutes near the end, which was "acting" as opposed to a song.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was just fantastic. There were some outstanding performances notably IMO Jud Fry and Ado Annie. I wasn't taken with Scarlett Strallen as Laurey as I thought her voice was a bit too warbley. There was some terrific dancing and all done in such a limited space. The three hours flew by Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give it a go on the Fire Stick then, Eileen. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We recorded it and watched the first half last night. Enjoyed it and will watch the rest tonight probably.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a good story about the addition of the exclamation mark in the title. Helene Hanff, who was the American half of the 84 Charing Cross Road letter-writing, worked as a youngster for the Theatre Guild which first put on the show. The exclamation mark was added at the last minute but after all the press releases had been printed so she and a colleague spent time long into the night inking it in on thousands of them. She tells that in her autobiography.

https://thingsthatmadeanimpression.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/excerpt-from-underfoot-in-show-business-by-helene-hanff-away-we-go/
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
There is a good story about the addition of the exclamation mark in the title. Helene Hanff, who was the American half of the 84 Charing Cross Road letter-writing,/
Loved that film and the story it originated from.Smile Just wish they had met.
FleetingEileenM wrote:
worked as a youngster for the Theatre Guild which first put on the show. The exclamation mark was added at the last minute but after all the press releases had been printed so she and a colleague spent time long into the night inking it in on thousands of them. She tells that in her autobiography.

https://thingsthatmadeanimpression.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/excerpt-from-underfoot-in-show-business-by-helene-hanff-away-we-go/

Thanks for that,Eileen.

I've been away but because I have The Proms on a series link it recorded Oklahoma! ..phew... Smile
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