Monday, 22 August 2016
ELO Classics Underpin National Theatre Play
#1,159: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Fans of the music of ELO may be interested to know that "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour", currently in residence at The National Theatre in London, features no less than six (6) Jeff Lynne penned songs and a Judie Tzuke classic too. The musical, based on the book "The Sopranos" by Alan Warner and adapted by Lee Hall, includes adult themes and is due to run until Saturday 1st October at The Dorfman Theatre before heading off to Australia.
You'll find "Mr. Blue Sky", "Long Black Road", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Shine A Little Love" and "Wild West Hero" within plus Judie's "For You". Many thanx are extended to Paul Higham, who contacted Yours Truly KJS to alert elobeatlesforever (elobf) to this interesting news along with a photo of the song list from his programme (above/bottom right).
In Paul's own words: "The play, "Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour", (is) on at The National Theatre has a goodly helping of Jeff Lynne/ELO content. Based on the book "The Sopranos" by Alan Warner, and adapted by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot", "The Pitmen Painters") it features the (mis)adventures of a Convent School choir. Not for the fainthearted, but funny and moving. As it's a choir, the cast all sing and the songs are used to drive the narrative rather than just as set pieces."
Tickets to see "Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour" can be purchased via this link thus:
elobeatlesforever (elobf) understands that it took Lee Hall a year to persuade Jeff to grant permission for his songs to be used in this production. You may also recall that the "Xanadu" musical also had a successful theatre run in London during October and November last year. It just goes to show that you never know where a Jeff Lynne/ELO tune will turn up next!
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 22-Aug-2016