Bullets over Broadway. April 2017.

Dear Rowley, As I write, I’m on an American Airlines flight back to London after a spectacular stay in New York. It was a business trip but there was an awful lot of time to play. I had a Museum … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. February 2017.

Dear Rowley, I have never seen a spontaneous, unanimous, prolonged standing ovation quite like that for the penultimate performance of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield on Saturday. The story of sixteen-year old Sheffield boy Jamie New, who … Continue reading

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La La Land. January 2017.

Dear Rowley, It is always a mystery to me why it comes a shock to movie producers that musicals score like Reinaldo at the box office. Director/writer Damien Chazelle’s  La La Land  is a case in point. London in January … Continue reading

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Nature Boy. Christmas Eve 2015.

Dear Rowley, One does run towards sentimental thoughts at this time of year; particularly when this is a London Christmas and so few nearest and dearest friends are in town. Actually, I do love London at this time of year … Continue reading

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Cilla. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, I was just digging out Cilla Black’s greatest hits to wish a fond farewell to the carrot-topped Liverpudlian chanteuse who’s been a star of British music and, later, television for over fifty-years. I was distracted however by a … Continue reading

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