As part of the "An Evening With The Sondheim Society" series of intimate cabarets, Charlotte Bradford will present her one-woman show Songs My Dad Said I Should Sing at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge on Wednesday October 16.
After successful sold-out performances at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, the Battersea Barge and the Canal Cafe Theatre, Charlotte's cabaret has been specially adapted for the Stephen Sondheim
Society and will include material from the Sondheim songbook, As with its previous outings, the show will be directed by Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe
(currently to be seen in The Light Princess at The National Theatre
and whose other recent performing credits include Pinter's The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios and Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic).
Charlotte Bradford is a versatile actress and singer whose credits include the long-running NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre, the Giggin4Good Summertime concert at the Actors' Church, Covent Garden and the workshop production of the new musical My Land's Shore at the RADA Studios. She will be seen this Christmas as Witch/Mother in Hansel And Gretel at the Brentwood Theatre.
She is a great fan and supporter of pioneering new musicals and also has an eclectic taste in music very much influenced by her parents, which ranges from folk, rock and pop to classsical. Her love of music began while "being forced to do the hoovering aged 12 whilst listening to the beautiful South on a Saturday morning" and continued through her parents' encouragement and through being taken to the theatre as a kid. It is no surprise therefore that she came up with the title of her cabaret - Songs My Dad Said I Should Sing.
She describes her cabaret as a "funny and honest" journey through a collection of great songs, not just musical theatre but also story-telling songwriters such as Bob Dylan
and Tom Waits
. The show was first performed in 2010 and it has evolved and grown through the years and has been honed into its current form by her friend and mentor Clive Rowe
. When Ms Bradford was commissioned by the Stephen Sondheim
Society, a couple of other musical theatre numbers by other writers were, of course, replaced with some Sondheim fare.
The Public Reviews commented that Charlotte Bradford "has a wonderfully versatile and powerful voice, flitting from whimsical folk to pained pop... and best when in sultry jazz form." In Songs My Dad Said I Should Sing, the artiste herself says she tries to use her voice to "take the audience on a trip down memory lane through many a narrative song, tales from my loves, life and laundry!"
An Evening With The Sondheim Society And Charlotte Bradford
Leicester Square Theatre Lounge
Wednesday October 16 at 7pm