Thursday, October 27, 2016

Jason, Jefferson...and Revudeville!

 Jason Danieley with Jill Paice
and below with another cast member,
Karen Ziemba (who played his wife and songwriting partner,
in Curtains...we'll hear "I Miss The Music",
a song John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote specifically for Jason.

 Born in St. Louis in 1971,
Jason has been called "the most exquisite tenor on Broadway"
(Ben Brantley! So you KNOW it's true!),
and he's appeared in everything from Allegro, to Floyd Collins,
to The Full Monty and Next To Normal.
He's married to Broadway star Marin Mazzie, 
and together they have performed and recorded
(that's her with Jason below).

Also on the playlist,
Jefferson Mays, above AND below!
Jefferson began on Broadway with
I Am My Own Wife, for which he received a Tony
(among OTHER accolades),
then it was on to Pygmalion, Journey's End and finally
A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder.
That's him below as one of the eight characters he portrayed
in that show: Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith.

 Above, the entire D'Ysquith Family,
everyone a Jefferson.
Below, Jefferson in red:
"Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun."

 Mrs. Henderson Presents (above)
opened on the London Stage in 2016
and lasted 4 months...
all based on the true story of 
Laura Henderson, who transformed the Windmill Theatre,
producing Revudeville shows (naked girls in tableaux).
 Reviews were mixed,
saying that something besides clothes was missing.

 Tracie Bennett, center,
as Mrs. Henderson
(Judi Dench played her in the movie,
done in 2005).

Emma Williams played Maureen...and
we'll hear her singing
"If Mountains Were Easy To Climb".
Music by George Fenton, and Simon Chamberlain, 
lyrics by Don Black.

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