The new musical OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist, based on Oliver Twist and set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., next January. Go here for a description!
Roger Rees, the actor who won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award in the title role of the 1980 Nicholas Nickleby adaptation (and later earned an Emmy nomination for the U.S. televised version), died Friday at age 71. Rees also played Fred, as well as acting as narrator, in the 1984 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Lee, who died Sunday at the age of 93, played the Marquis St. Evremonde in the 1958 film of A Tale of Two Cities. And Moody, who died Thursday at age 91, was best known for creating the role of Fagin in the musical version of Oliver!, both on stage (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), and on film (for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award).
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[Ed. note: As many of our regular readers know, Dr. Gary Colledge is the author of God and Charles Dickens and consultant on the new play To Begin With. He has also been a good friend to this blog. We greatly appreciate his writing this guest post for us on the development and premiere of the play. --GRD]
Three years ago, my wife and I sat with producer Dennis Babcock in my home discussing the idea of turning Dickens’s The Life Of Our Lord into a one-man play. Dennis shared with us that he had been toying with the possibility of this project for almost 20 years, and through a series of rather extraordinary—maybe even providential?—events, learned that The Life of Our Lord had been at the center of my post-graduate studies. He contacted me for the first time initially by phone, visited me at my home shortly thereafter, and at that meeting asked if I might consider serving as a consultant for the production.
That is why, this past Friday evening, February 20, 2015, I sat with much delight and anticipation in the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis waiting for the curtain to rise on the premiere of To Begin With, Dennis’s theatrical production about the writing of Dickens’s The Life of Our Lord.
To Begin With -- the play that, as its star Gerald Dickens says, "presents a Dickens that people have not seen before" -- has its preview performance tonight and its premiere tomorrow night at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. Go here and here to read interviews with Gerald, playwright and director Jeffrey Hatcher, and producer Dennis Babcock.
We here at Dickensblog would like to wish them all a very successful opening night!
Tickets are now available for To Begin With, the new play about Dickens's writing of The Life of Our Lord, starring Gerald Dickens.It premieres February 19 at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. If any of you are lucky enough to go, please comment and tell us all about it!