Avenue Q runs from Tues 3rd – Sat 7th April 2012 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Book tickets here.
Alice in Funderland is not only that rare bird – a new Irish musical but also the first musical to be performed in the Abbey Theatre in over 20 years. THISISPOPBABY‘s Phillip McMahon (book & lyrics) joined me on The Musical Hour this week with a playlist of musical tunes that have inspired him over the years as well as chatting about the production of Alice. We had loads of fun recording this and you can listen to the entire one hour show here:
Alice in Funderland runs in the Abbey Theatre from 30th March 2012 until 12th May 2012. For booking click here.
In our house growing up, my folks used to always say that everything I learned in life I learnt from the Muppets. A bit of an over statement perhaps, but certainly true in my education of entertainers. A song might come on the radio and I’d remark, “Oh that’s Rita Coolidge!” or an old clip of a TV cowboy might appear and I’d say “I love Roy Rogers!” How do you know who they are, my parents would cry. The answer always being, “They were on The Muppet Show!”
So, this week on my radio show The Musical Hour (normally one hour of showtunes) I dedicated the entire programme to my first love – The Muppets. It’s mostly music but features two other Muppet fanatics – the first, in a piece produced by myself, is about Bunny – a Dublin drag queen and her love of Kermit and gang and the second is a really lovely and quite moving piece by my friend and fellow broadcaster Regan Hutchins.
I don’t normally podcast The Musical Hour as it’s made up of 90% music but I’m making an exception in the case of The Muppet special. You can listen to the full show below: