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AnnaM

30-04-02, 09:38 AM (GMT)
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"on our toes..."
 
   Does anyone know if Adam Cooper is bringing his "On Your Toes" show to London at any point?
Surely someone would love to have Adam and Irek in his theater....


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: on our toes... Karen Ritchie 30-04-02 1
  RE: on our toes... sylvia 30-04-02 2
     RE: on our toes... Brendan McCarthymoderator 30-04-02 3
         RE: on our toes... Paul A 30-04-02 4
             RE: on our toes... MAB 30-04-02 5
                 RE: on our toes... Tim Powell 30-04-02 6
                 RE: on our toes... Tim Powell 30-04-02 7
                 RE: on our toes... Tim Powell 30-04-02 8
                     RE: on our toes... Ann Welsh 30-04-02 9
                         RE: on our toes... MAB 30-04-02 10
                     RE: on our toes... Paul A 30-04-02 11
                         RE: on our toes... Tim Powell 30-04-02 12
                             RE: on our toes... Robert 30-04-02 13
                             RE: on our toes... Jane S 10-05-02 14
                             RE: on our toes... Ann Welsh 18-05-02 15
                             On Your Toes , Leicester Haymarket, 17th May Suzanne McCarthy 19-05-02 16
                             RE: On Your Toes , Leicester Haymarket, 17th May Mandy 07-07-02 17

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Karen Ritchie

30-04-02, 10:56 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I know he is hoping that it will tour but I guess it will depend on how it goes in Leicester. The lady I spoke to at the Leicester box office did not think it would tour, what does she know that we don't? I am torn because I really want it to do well for Adam's sake but there is a chance of seeing him dance Prince Rudolf if he is free and I would so love to see that.


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sylvia

30-04-02, 10:56 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: on our toes..."
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   From what I've read it depends on the success of the Leicester shows, but I think it's a definite possibility! So I'm crossing my fingers that I will get to see it somedau.


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Brendan McCarthymoderator

30-04-02, 12:58 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Debra Craine's recent piecefor the Times includes the following line. " Meanwhile, everyone involved is hoping On Your Toes will have a life after its month-long run in Leicester." So clearly Leicester is a try-out.


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Paul A

30-04-02, 01:40 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Would doubt that this would break even in only a month. Musicals are expensive to tour - and can't think off hand of a theatre available to receive it in London.

Remember Tim Flavin and Makarova in this in 1984 before Les Mis took up residence at the Palace. Slight but fun.


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MAB

30-04-02, 02:07 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I have a feeling Markarova was only in it for a short time. I saw Galina Panova in the ballerina role and she was very good. Honour Blackman was also in the cast which gave it more popular appeal. On Your Toes has never been a well known musical and though it may tour the provinces I doubt if it will get to London.


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Tim Powell

30-04-02, 02:30 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I thought that Doreen Wells took over from Natasha?


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Tim Powell

30-04-02, 02:30 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I thought that Doreen Wells took over from Natasha?


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Tim Powell

30-04-02, 02:30 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I thought that Doreen Wells took over from Natasha?


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Ann Welsh

30-04-02, 03:14 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Four weeks for a provincial theatre is a very long run. The show has to be v. good indeed to sustain it. But I wish them all the best.


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MAB

30-04-02, 03:46 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Tim, you may be right about Doreen Wells, your mentioning it does ring some bells with me. If you are right then there were at least three different casts in the ballerina role, so it must have had a longish west end run.


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Paul A

30-04-02, 03:47 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Doreen Wells did the matinees for Makarova - not sure if she got her own run later on.


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Tim Powell

30-04-02, 04:15 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: on our toes..."
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   I certainly saw her at an evening performance and I think that she took over the role for a while but not sure how long.


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Robert

30-04-02, 06:32 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Adam Cooper is doing the Exeter Festival again this year, I have the leaflet somewhere, I cannot remember the dates.


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Jane S

10-05-02, 05:05 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: on our toes..."
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   It's July 6 and 7, and Wildor is appearing too. Does anyone know the programme? I heard it's MacMillan - maybe based on what they've been doing in Japan?


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Ann Welsh

18-05-02, 11:24 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: on our toes..."
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   Well, I've just spent the day driving an exhausting round-trip, through thunderous downpouring of rain of nearly 500 miles to see it and, on these expeditions, I always ask myself 'Has it been worth it?'.

Well, to put it mildly, YES, YES and YES again!

Is there no end to the prodigious talent of Mr Cooper? The lady sitting next to me said "You're in for a treat - it's my second time". Well, that to me was an understatement....

But the ex-RB principals were up there and enjoying themselves. Irek was his usual flashing-eyed and charming self, delivering his lines deadpan and with great humour. Marguerite Porter was in excellent shape. But Adam was a revelation. His singing voice is something to be reckoned with. What little I'd seen of his acting abilities had something to do with Madame Bovary - and at the time I thought - Oh dear. But this is something quite else. His American accent is spot on and his body language superb. But this isn't all. He dominates the stage with his tap-dancing skills, though maybe his classical technique isn't all that it should be, but the limitations of the Leicester Haymarket stage inhibit both he and Irek. The orchestra is set in the middle of the stage and how none of the dancers fell into it onto the heads of the musicians was nothing short of a miracle.

The 'On Your Toes' set piece was a beautiful blend of classical and jazz and the finale 'Slaughter' just breathtaking. See it in Leicester before it ends on 25th May if you can. But I just hope it will get to be seen elsewhere.

But maybe, given Adam's performance in this show, he has just got to be highly sought after for other projects and unlikely to tour, but maybe a Sadlers Wells season? Who knows.

Finished with the gushing now... Sorry.



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Suzanne McCarthy

19-05-02, 02:16 PM (GMT)
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16. "On Your Toes , Leicester Haymarket, 17th May"
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   LAST EDITED ON 19-05-02 AT 04:42 PM (GMT)

Brendan and I made the journey to Leicester on Friday to see Adam, Irek and Marguerite Porter do their stuff. An added bonus was a short discussion session with some of the cast afterwards. Like the critics say, Adam can do it all – sing, dance (tap, contemporary, ballet), and act – and at the same time! The spoof of Scheherazade at the end of the first act was for us the highlight of the performance with Irek giving his all as the golden slave. We thought Act II’s closing ballet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, a little lacking in power, and, if the play were to transfer to London, it probably needs more thought. For us, though, the real revelation was Porter, who has legs that go on forever. Considering that she left the Royal in 1986, she is in great shape. The production values are first rate.

At the “talk back” session (not attended by the three stars, although the director Julian Kelly was there), it was announced that the box office target for the show had been met at that Friday’s performance (the show finishes on 25th May). Kelly said that it was too early to say if the show would go anywhere else.

Kelly also mentioned that he had been approached by the Rogers and Hart estate about a year ago saying that they wanted to get one of their shows produced (as opposed to a Rogers and Hammerstein production of which there have been several). The show business tom toms worked fast on that occasion, as on the same day he was contacted by Adam’s agent who said he might be interested. They met and the deal was done, although at that time Kelly did not know if Adam could act or sing. He also said that if Adam had not said yes, he would not have done the show.

The one other morsel gleaned was that everyone in the cast is honing their Russian accents from listening to Irek during the coffee breaks.



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Mandy

07-07-02, 11:22 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: On Your Toes , Leicester Haymarket, 17th May"
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   I loved 'On Your Toes ' and schlepped up to Leicester three times to see it...there's devotion for you. We attended the second preview initially but though the cast were fantastic the audience was pretty dead compared to subsequent visits.I also enjoyed the education/outreach afternoon when we had the chance to meet Paul Kerryson the director. Watch out for him in his next production 'Follies' at the Royal Festival Hall.
Adam was amazing in his versatility and I thought his dancing in 'Slaughter on 10th Ave' was electifying.
Must also mention the excellent singers especially Kathryn Evans as the feisty Peggy and Linzi Hateley who has such a sweet voice. The last night's audience gave a standing ovation
, the atmosphere was buzzing.Wuold really like to see this transferring but expect that AC has other plans!


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