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Prom 49: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein/The John Wilson Orchestra

It was as close as we get to being guests on the 20th Century Fox soundstages circa.1955. As the Main Title of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! glided effortlessly into “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the John Wilson Orchestra’s burnished trumpets poured on their sun-kissed vibrato the sound, the style, the feel of how this music in these arrangements should go was “right” – every sigh, every swoon, every refined inflection. It couldn’t have been “righter”.

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Edward Seckerson: The Fur Will Fly

"Avenue Q" - a little show with humongous appeal - celebrated its transfer to the Gielgud Theatre last night with a pool party. None of its furry friends took to the water (Trekkie Monster has a well known aversion to it - it dampens his ardour) but the humans they brought along looked like they might have been tempted had their felted and furry alter egos given them a free hand, so to speak.

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Is that a hornpipe &ndash; or are you just pleased to see me?

Mackintosh pays homage to the show that inspired his career

In 1954, seven-year-old Cameron Mackintosh was taken, reluctantly, to see the "sissy" musical Salad Days . To his surprise, he emerged with a vision that was to launch his hugely successful career in the theatre.

Mackintosh reveals plan for Miss Saigon, the movie

SIR CAMERON MACKINTOSH revealed plans yesterday to make a film of his West End musical Miss Saigon.

`Miss Saigon' to end 10-year run

SIR CAMERON Mackintosh, the West End impresario, has made a surprise decision to close his musical Miss Saigon, which has been running at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, since 1989.

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