Back to Starlight - this is high on my list for a school production but apparently health and safety won't allow it!
I loved the local youth production I saw a year or so ago (Centrestage in Eastleigh). First time I ever saw it with actual racing too as I only saw it on tour not in London. I also loved how some of the cast were near the front to catch anyone who got too close to falling into the orchestra pit! It did make me wonder why they can't race on tour...
Glad to see more bold programming in this venue for new musicals... I'm sure ALW would never have found anywhere else to support his brave, experimental piece without the visionary programming of The Other Palace. Alongside such up and coming talents like Alan Menken and Frank Wildhorn, it's great to see a fledgling writer getting the support this venue has declared it wants to provide.
Theres a fair point to be made here. Could it be that the UK musical market has Webber-fever with a hefty portion of his back catalogue running co-currently. Jeeves opening in the lakes soon, JCS just re-opened, sistering Evita, School of Rock and Phantom in London, Sunset about to embark a huge UK tour, a movie of Joseph in production and The Woman in White and Starlight heading for small remounted/'workshop'-type presentation. There is potential for debate here; Is ALW getting his moneys worth whilst he still has chance or (devils advocate) with the threat of Hamilton and Dear Evan-esque shows stealing the limelight could it be he's saturating the market to prevent more up and coming writers getting new work out there?
ALW has been vocal about the lack of anything new coming up in the UK - and he credits School of Rock's "Grammercy Concerts" as one of the things that helped cement it to become the hit that it is, so I'm not shocked that he's taking this opportunity to revisit something that was a huge international hit, but that if it has any future, would need some re-imagination to be sure.
As for the resurgence of ALW's stuff, I'm thrilled! I only wish Aspects was somewhere in the queue for a new revival. Part of this is that ALW had said recently he hasn't any ideas for a new show - so this is a way to occupy his time and perhaps get the creative juices flowing for something new. And the reality with him coming close to turning 70, I'm sure he's hoping to have his works as "definitive" as he can as he gets older
I am curious though, wasn't there a Joseph revival coming this year for the 50th anniversary of the show?