A Guide To Musical Theatre - Andy Capp

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  1. Concatelli

    Concatelli New Member

    A Guide To Musical Theatre
    (http://www.nodanw.com/shows_a/andy_capp.htm)

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    ANDY CAPP

    Book by Trevor Peacock
    Music by Alan Price
    Lyrics by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock

    First performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and subsequently at the Aldwych Theatre in 1982 with Tom Courtenay, Alan Price and Val McLane heading the cast.

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    Synopsis

    This exuberant musical, with a delightful score, conjures up the timeless dream world of work shy, beer-swilling Andy Capp, known the world over from Reg Smythe's cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror
    The story is essentially a narrative setting an upcoming wedding (of Raquel and Elvis) against the ongoing fracas in Andy and Flo's household. But it is also a faithful evocation of the cartoon, full of mother-in-law jokes, drunken escapades, big-bosomed, mini-skirted women wielding rolling pins and paunchy, cloth-capped men stomping around in boots.

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    Reviews:
    "Lively, free-spirited show" Daily Mail
    "Alan Price's score is always enjoyable and in one number is superlative". City Limits
    "Andy Capp: anecdotal, larky, fun." New Statesman
    "An innocent, warm-hearted, gutsy frolic" - Daily Telegraph

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    The Cast
    M11 F9. Extras may be used
    Original London Cast
    Characters in order of appearance:
    Geordie ALAN PRICE
    Vicar COLIN PROCKTER
    Linda NICKY CROYDON
    Jack TREVOR COOPER
    Andy Capp TOM COURTENAY
    Percy COLIN PROCKTER
    0lga ANGELA MORAN
    Chalkie JOHN BARDON
    Pauline FIONA MATHIESON
    Elvis Horsepole MICHAEL MUELLER
    Penny SALLY BENTLEY
    Dawn JOY GRAHAM
    Fred STANLEY FLEET
    Ruby JUDITH BARKER
    Florence Capp VAL McLANE
    Ron DAVID BLUESTONE
    Passerby TREVOR COOPER
    Raquel Scrimmett NICKY CROYDON
    Mrs Scrimmett VIVIENNE ROSS
    Mr Scrimmett ROBERT VAHEY

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    The Scenes
    Various simple interior and exterior settings

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    Musical Numbers
    1. On My Street - Geordie
    2. We're Waiting - The Company
    3. Good Evening - The Company
    4. I Ought to be Ashamed of Myself - Andy and The Company
    5. Good Old Legs - Andy and Chalkie
    6. I Have a Dream - Raquel and Elvis
    7. Oh Gawd, Men...Beasts! - Mrs Scrimmett
    8. Points of View - The Company
    9. Spend Spend Spend - Flo, Ruby and Raquel
    10. Don't Tell Me That Again - Andy and Flo
    11. Frozen Moments - Geordie
    12. I Could Not Have Dreamed Him - Raquel
    13. Goin' to Barcelona - Mrs Scrimmett
    14. Hermione - Andy
    15. When You've Lived in Love with Someone - Flo
    16. Mr Scrimmett - Mr Scrimmett
    17. The Trouble with People - Andy and Geordie
    18. It's Better to be in Simple Harmony - The Company
    19. The Wedding - The Company
    20. I Ought to be Ashamed of Myself (reprise) - Andy and The Company
    21. Simple Harmony (reprise) - The Company

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    Orchestration
    Piano Conductor, Woodwind 1, Woodwind 2, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar 1, Drums, Bass, Synthesiser


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  2. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    How wonderful! Was anybody here lucky enough to have seen that show? I adore Tom Courtenay; I could watch him in anything. Although I don't see him as a natural for the role of Andy Capp. Alan Price as a Geordie, though, that's perfect casting!

    A quote from an article I found on the web:

    The critic of the Financial Times did not find it "particularly rewarding to watch Tom Courtenay shambling about as a drunken half-wit," but the show successfully transferred from Manchester to London, and later proved enormously popular in Finland.

    Anybody interested in the libretto can buy it here: http://www.dresscircle.co.uk/product.asp?StockID=5824
     
  3. Concatelli

    Concatelli New Member

    Thanks for the info, Holly. I just may order the libretto!
     

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