Posted in Musicals, Theatre

Best fire alarm ever

Last night’s performance of Calamity Jane at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow included an unscheduled second intermission when the fire alarm went off mid-scene.

Everyone had to troop outside and patiently await the arrival of the fire brigade. Luckily, Jodie Prenger and the rest of the cast handled the interruption with aplomb, posing for selfies and leading an impromptu sing-along, before we all headed back inside for the rest of the show.

What could have been a calamity turned out to be a highlight of the evening. Definitely the best fire alarm ever!

 

Posted in Theatre, Dance

Anton and Erin: That’s Entertainment

 

Poor Anton Du Beke! Every year he turns up to meet the latest batch of female celebrities partaking in Strictly Come Dancing, hoping to be partnered with the potential winner. And every year he seems to get a dud.

Anton must be thrilled, then, that his professional dancer Erin Boag is back from maternity leave. The popular duo is currently touring the UK with That’s Entertainment, their latest extravaganza of music and dance.

Accompanied by lead vocalist Lance Ellington and the massed ranks of the Scottish Concert Orchestra, Anton, Erin and their fabulous troupe of dancers hoofed their way though a toe-tapping selection of hits from the golden age of stage and screen. Lots of quick costume changes added to the ‘no business like show business’ vibe. We were practically blinded from the dazzle of rhinestones by the end.

As usual, Anton and Erin took some time out from dancing for a Q&A session with the audience during the second half. They were also joined by Anton’s ‘dud’ from the 2014 series of Strictly Come Dancing, tennis coach Judy Murray (perhaps better known as the mother of former Wimbledon champ Andy). Judy and Anton performed one of their dances from the TV show, a kind of highland waltz to the strains of Mull of Kintyre (accompanied by the ubiquitous piper, natch). I think Judy must have been practicing because she didn’t seem so bad to me. She’s also a very funny lady – the pair of them must have had a great deal of fun together during rehearsals.

In keeping with the general theme of Hollywood glamour, there was really only one place to go for dinner after the show. Rogano first opened its doors in 1935 and to this day retains the original Art Deco fixtures and fittings. It’s a pretty old-fashioned kind of joint but a Glasgow institution nonetheless. We ate downstairs in the less pricey Café Rogano. Prawn cocktail followed by fish pie with a puff pastry fish-shaped topper was exactly what the doctor ordered and we went home feeling very happy indeed.