Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Category Archives: Musicals, Music Hall & Music

Piaf and Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles | A R T L▼R K

When I write I disturb. When I make a film I disturb. When I paint I disturb. When I exhibit my paintings I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. … Continue reading

10/11/2017 · 2 Comments

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: “it’s made me pretty fearless”

What do you call a woman who murdered Dirty Den, is the darling of TV comedy producers, writes radio plays about the golden age of Hollywood, hosted and judged Channel … Continue reading

07/08/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN LENO • Stewart Permutt • 2003

Mr Dan Leno as Mother Goose Posterby FirstNightVintage Excerpt from an interview with the actor, director and playwright, Stewart Permutt. [One project] on the go is a play about the Music … Continue reading

06/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s) | FROM THE BYGONE

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Ne… Source: Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

A songwriter’s desperate end in a Bowery hotel | Ephemeral New York

If you’ve ever found yourself humming “Camptown Races” or “Oh! Susanna,” then you know Stephen Foster. He’s the genius behind these and other catchy Antebellum-e… Source: A songwriter’s desperate end … Continue reading

05/10/2017 · 5 Comments

Scandalous Women: Spirit of a Dove – Guest Post by Stephen Bourne

Evelyn Dove was one of the true pioneers of the booming cabaret age of the 1920s. She thrilled audiences around the world and her exquisite stage costumes helped to make … Continue reading

05/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Lost London – Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth | Exploring London

Described by the Theatres Trust as a “key building” in music hall history, the Canterbury Music Hall was first erected in Westminster Bridge Road in 1852 on the site of an … Continue reading

04/04/2017 · 1 Comment

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 · 6 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