The Dramatic & Musical Society from the University of Portsmouth, along with the full University orchestra presents Allegro. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe, with music by Richard Rodgers with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
UPDMS turns its attention to a lesser known show by Rodgers & Hammerstein, which contains perhaps their finest music of all – this is the show which got Stephen Sondheim ‘hooked’ on musicals. It chronicles the life of Joe Taylor, from cradle through to a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is about. The saga whisks us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar and beyond; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life, in a series of vignettes and musical sequences dazzling in their simplicity and stunning in their impact. Ahead of its time theatrically, Allegro remains timeless in its appeal.
Producer: Ella Darmanin
Choreographer: Luke Avis
Musical Director: Colin Jagger
Book tickets via The Kings Theatre, Concessions available – £2 off a ticket. Reduced student rate – Available for all performances excluding Saturday evening where the standard concession discount can be used.
Friday 20th February: Pre-show talk
Bert Fink, the Senior Vice-President of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Europe), will be giving a free pre-show talk about Allegro, at 6.45pm in the Irving Room. Bert has been with Rodgers & Hammerstein for 25 years, and before that, worked with legendary figures such as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Theater Wing, and is a Tony Awards Nominator.
Bert Fink reveals “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro is a ground-breaking work, but rarely – if ever – seen in the UK. We are so delighted that the University of Portsmouth Dramatic & Musical Society will present Allegro and give audiences a chance to discover this lesser-known work by Broadway’s best-known team.”
>Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st February: Pre-show talk
Emily Cole will be giving a free pre-show talk for the Thursday and Saturday performances at 6.45 in the Irving Room (1.15 for the matinee). Emily is studying Drama & Performance at the University of Portsmouth, and is the Assistant Musical Director for the show. She is currently writing her dissertation about Allegro.