Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Category Archives: Musicals, Music Hall & Music

Pop Goes The Opera – hello emma kay

I remember watching this… And thought “I have to see these guys!” It only took four years (Scary thought!) to put my thoughts into action and watch Pop-up Opera, at … Continue reading

03/24/2017 · 1 Comment

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Vesta Tilley: Male Impersonator | Rogues & Vagabonds

This image is from an original postcard in my possession of the great English Music Hall performer Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), who was especially renowned as a male impersonator and beloved … Continue reading

03/04/2017 · 3 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

Did You Hear? • WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I? • 2003

They don’t prepare you for this sort of thing at drama school,’ said actor Phil Rose when he found himself having to deal with an elderly, drunken performer. Rose was … Continue reading

02/10/2017 · 7 Comments

Lotte Lenya by George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

Photo post. Source: George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

02/07/2017 · 6 Comments

James and the giant talent | Chris Neville-Smith’s blog on theatre

Never satisfied with just another undemanding Christmas show for children, Northern Stage’s James and the Giant Peach is up there with the West End shows for its production value – … Continue reading

01/22/2017 · 2 Comments

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

January 13, 1887: Some of These Days – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in Russia on January 13, 1887, “the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker immigrated to the United States as an infant and began her long career shortly … Continue reading

01/13/2017 · 4 Comments

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944)

12/24/2016 · 1 Comment

Slumming it with the 1898 Bowery Burlesquers | Ephemeral New York

If only we could go back in time and buy tickets for this musical theater number, which poked fun at the new pastime of slumming—upper class New York curiosity seekers … Continue reading

12/13/2016 · 2 Comments

Circuses, Magic and Hypnotism: Welcome to the World of Victorian Entertainment | Atlas Obscura

Magic shows, wax works exhibits, hypnotism displays, circuses and séances. For the Victorians, there was no shortage of options for an evening’s entertainment, which may explain the hyperbole of their … Continue reading

12/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • THE ISLAND PRINCESS • RSC @ Gielgud Theatre • 2002

The Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, reverberates with the steady heady hypnotic throb of a gamelan orchestra, sounds that conjure exotic images of eastern temples and mysterious religious ritual. Three … Continue reading

11/29/2016 · Leave a comment

November 2, 1887: Ode to a Nightingale – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Wild and crazy entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum was known for bringing audiences such high-brow entertainers as Tom Thumb, the Feejee Mermaid, and Zip the Pinhead. As he said, “Nobody ever lost … Continue reading

11/02/2016 · Leave a comment

WeGotTickets | EVE FERRET’S FABARET – THE HUNGRY WHELK

Highly delighted for ‘Mandy Fuller Presents’ to ask me back to the Sanctum Soho Hotel on Thursday 1st Dec 2016. My last public show for this year. Come for a … Continue reading

10/21/2016 · Leave a comment

Vintage Pin Up: Josephine Baker 1929 | The Müscleheaded Blog

Photo post. Source: Vintage Pin Up: Josephine Baker 1929 | The Müscleheaded Blog

10/11/2016 · 1 Comment

Don’t underestimate the understudies | Stage | The Guardian

Understudies power West End shows and many use social media to say when they’re taking over a lead role. But those in Cameron Mackintosh Ltd’s productions must… Source: Don’t underestimate … Continue reading

09/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Faces on the wall | Restaurant-ing through history

People love seeing celebrities in a restaurant. Trouble is, celebrities can’t sit around in restaurants all the time. Solution: put a photograph or a cartoon of them on the wall, … Continue reading

09/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Madeline Kahn — You’d Be Surprised! [YouTube]

A friend posted this on Facebook. Thank you, Sally. Madeline Kahn was unique and I can’t think of her equal today. Let her divine rendition of ‘You’d Be Surprised’, sung … Continue reading

09/03/2016 · 4 Comments

PORTRAIT OF A “FLORODORA GIRL”….HEY, WHAT’S A FLORODORA GIRL? (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH) | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage photograph features a portrait of a “Florodora Girl”.  You may be wondering “what the heck is a Florodora Girl”? I was asking myself the same question when the … Continue reading

08/13/2016 · Leave a comment

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” Ella Fitzgerald | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Post by @toobeguiling. Source: “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” … Continue reading

07/11/2016 · 2 Comments

“I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.” Judy Garland | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Source: “I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.” Judy Garland | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

06/24/2016 · 12 Comments

Napoleon’s castrato: Girolamo Crescentini – Shannon Selin

Girolamo Crescentini was born on February 2, 1766 in Urbania, part of the Papal States. He was a castrato, thus throughout his life he had the voice of a male … Continue reading

06/22/2016 · Leave a comment

BEAUTIFUL STAGE ACTRESS DENISE ORME (1907 REAL PHOTO POSTCARD) | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features stage actress Miss Denise Orme. She is very attractive and beautifully dressed. She is wearing a fur stole and fur muffs. She has a … Continue reading

06/20/2016 · Leave a comment

June 18, 1913: They Call It Sam’s Song | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Violinist, meat-packer, usher, tinsmith, elevator operator, and lyricist, Sammy Cahn (no relation to Kublai or Genghis) penned his first lyrics at the age of 16 – “Like Niagara Falls, I’… … Continue reading

06/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Josephine Baker: Muse of Modern Architecture | A R T L▼R K

On the 3rd of June 1906, the American dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her life story is a typical ‘rags to riches’ tale. … Continue reading

06/03/2016 · 2 Comments

Portraits of Alma Mahler, The most Beautiful Girl in Vienna | FROM THE BYGONE

A socialite and amateur composer known for her beauty and verve, Alma Mahler (1879 – 1964) was married to composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel. She … Continue reading

06/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Back on Stage: A ‘Lost’ Marx Brothers Musical – WSJ

No score or book could ever be found for ‘I’ll Say She Is,’ the comedy troupe’s 1924 Broadway debut. But that didn’t stop actor and Marx Brothers aficionado Noah Diamond … Continue reading

05/30/2016 · Leave a comment

Mirth, Mayhem and Marvel: A Brief Introduction to Music Halls | Heritage Calling

‘The scent… of music halls everywhere – the scent of wood and grease-paint and spilling beer, of gas and of tobacco and of hair-oil, all combined… later I heard it … Continue reading

05/29/2016 · Leave a comment