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"Her presence

is electrifying

..she commands

the stage,

singing

or not"

The Spectator

 

 

 

"Star and co-creator

Pohlhammer also turns

his hand here to

directing, lending this

unique musical comedy

liberal amounts of style

and urgency the overall

effect is stunning "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Pohlhammer fashions hischaracter as the personification of the swing music he croons likeable, laid back and highly accessible. His one-liner come backs during spats with 'the diva'are priceless, while his ability to ad lib makes his banter even more personal to the audience on the night."

A MUSIC COMEDY IN TWO ACTS

 

CAST

 

 

Rosalind Plowright

ROSALIND PLOWRIGHT is one of Britain's leading opera singers. She has performed in virtually every major opera house in the world including new productions at Covent Garden, English National Opera, Paris, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Athens, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, Carnegie Hall, La Scala Milan, Verona, Florence, La Fenice, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Santiago di Chile.

Her American debut was alongside Jose Carreras and they also sang Andrea Chenier at Covent Garden and recorded La Forza del Destino for Deutsche Grammophon. With Placido Domingo she has performed II Trovatore at Covent Garden and recorded the opera with him for Deutsche Grammophon for which she was personally awarded the Prix Fondation Fanny Heldy (awarded to one soprano in one year for one recording). With Luciano Pavarotti she performed Aida at Covent Garden and a gala concert for 25,000 at the Arena of Verona.

Other recordings include Mary Staurt, Otello and Aida all for the Opera in English series for Chandos, Elijah for Chandos, La Vestale for Orfeo, Contes d’Hoffmann for EMI and Mahler 2nd Sympony for Deutsche Grammophon.

Among the many conductors with whom she has worked are Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Guiseppi Sinopli, Wofgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Michael Gielen, Sylvain Cambreling, Mark Elder, Roger Norrington, Gustav Kuhn and Guiseppi Patane.

Rosalind Plowright has performed with all the major orchestras and has given many recitals with the late Geoffrey Parsons in over 20 international festivals.

As an actress Rosalind Plowright has appeared as Grace Vosper in the BBC series House of Elliott and with Anglia TV the part of Hermione Harefield in their adaption of the Jilly Cooper novel The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous. As a cabaret artist, Rosalind has appeared in the new musical comedy Two’s a Crowd.

Rosalind Plowright’s future engagements include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Kostelnicka in Jenufa and the same role at the Châtalet in Paris and Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur for Opera Holland Park in London. In 2003 she will return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Sweeny Todd and in 2004 she will sing Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre also at the ROH.

 

John Pohlhammer

John David Pohlhammer is best known to London audiences for his work as an actor and director with the Olivier Award-nominated Reduced Shakespeare Company.
He has performed all four of their popular comedy hits in the West End or on tour throughout the UK, Ireland, USA and Israel, including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged), The Bible, The Complete Word of God (abridged), and The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged).

In the USA, John starred in the lead role of Bobby Child in the much-loved Gershwin musical Crazy For You with choreography by Susan Strohman, as the fun-loving Will Parker in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma, and as the lead in Where's Charley? where the critics said he performed "with a vigour and comic energy that even Ray Bolger never achieved."

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, John studied music at one of the USA's best-The Indiana University School of Music. He has gone on to sing jazz standards all over the world. Throughout his career John has performed with such well-known artists as Debbie Reynolds, Ben Vereen, Whitney Houston, Trini Lopez, George Kirby, Joe Williams, Fabian, and Vic Damone (with whom he shares the same birthday-just in a slightly different year). John is also an accomplished drummer and percussionist, and has been musical director aboard some of the world's most prestigious cruise ships.

Other acting credits include the motion pictures Honeymoon in Vegas with Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker, The Colour of Funny with Craig Charles, and Honey, I Blew Up the Baby with Rick Moranis. John is currently in demand as a voice-over artist in London where recent clients include Virgin Radio and the BBC, and can be seen in TV commercials and corporate videos for Rolls Royce, TINY Computers, and BBC Choice, to name a few.