Apart from the wonderful sunshine which always make you feel good I have two great theatre trips this weekend. Saturday night I went to the Greenwich Theatre to see a performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" by students from the Rose Bruford College. I love this piece and was looking forward to seeing a competent student performance. What I was treated to was far above this. These talented young people interpreted the piece in a way that had me in tears of involvement with the piece and appreciation of the production. I only wish I had been earlier in the week because I know many friends who would have loved this. Stunning.
From young people at the beginning of the year Sunday night was a treat of a very different kind. A 75 year old Chita Rivera held the audience at the Shaw theatre in the palm of her hand.
Her first song was "I won't Dance" but renowned for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story and as Velma in Chicago she couldn't resist in the small confines of the stage. her movement is still wonderful to watch. Her voice is obviously not as stong as it was but she has not lost any ability to act and interpret a song. She teased the audience all the way through with the into to "all that Jazz" and had the whole theatre on their feet when she finally performmed it. A memorable night.