Performers salute songwriting genius

From left: Elizabeth Lower, Robbie Carnegie, Richard Lower, Marion Heasman, Jenny Mather and Sara Gray. Photo contributed.
From left: Elizabeth Lower, Robbie Carnegie, Richard Lower, Marion Heasman, Jenny Mather and Sara Gray. Photo contributed.
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A MUSICAL celebration of the songwriting genius of Stephen Sondheim comes to Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre Studio later this month.

From Page To Stage Theatre Company present Something Familiar, Something Peculiar on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, at 7.30pm.

The show is a dream come true for Marion Heasman, who has long held an ambition to bring Sondheim’s work to the Buxton stage.

“Growing up in a family of musical theatre performers I was well versed in the ‘old school’ musicals from a young age,” said Marion.

“However when I first heard Sondheim – a theatre visit to London to see Pacific Overtures when I was in my teens – I was amazed!

“Since then, and after many more Sondheim theatre trips, I have hankered after singing some myself!”

Marion originally hoped to direct a full-staged production of Sondheim’s Into The Woods, but in the end decided an evening of all of the composer’s ‘best bits’ – coupled with some obscure rarities – would be just as appealing.

The show contains excerpts from such shows as Sweeney Todd, Company, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Follies as well as shows for which Sondheim wrote the lyrics, West Side Story and Gypsy.

“Some people think that Sondheim’s music is ‘difficult’,” Marion adds.

“But I think this evening will prove just how entertaining and varied his songs can be, with lyrics that amuse, confound and move in equal measure and with melodies and harmonies that challenge and excite.

“In the words of his song Comedy Tonight, there really is ‘something familiar’ and ‘something peculiar’ to be found in this show.”

Marion will be joined on stage by fellow Buxton performers Robbie Carnegie, Sara Gray, Elizabeth Lower, Richard Lower and Jenny Mather.

Tickets, priced £8, are available from the Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.