Photo Flash: 'Busker Alley' Launch on QM2
Busker Alley, the Broadway bound musical starring Tony winner, Jim Dale, (Carry On films, Barnum, 'Harry Potter' audio books, "Pushing Daisies") celebrated at a glorious luncheon and theatrical presentation aboard the Cunard Liner Queen Mary 2, on Friday, November 30 from 12noon - 3PM.
The event served to launch the CD release of the JAY Records cast album of the one night benefit performance of Busker Alley for the York Theater. The album features performances by Jim Dale, Glenn Close, Noah Racey, John Bolton, George S. Irving, Anne Rodgers and more.
Busker Alley has a score by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, two Academy Awards, 23 gold and platinum records, a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame, and more movie scores than any other songwriting team in history, not to mention that little ditty, "It's A Small World After All.") the book is by noted film, television and theater writer, AJ Carothers (The Happiest Millionaire, The Secret of My Success) with lighting design by the preeminent theatrical consultant of our day, Richard Pilbrow. Direction and design is by the legendary Tony, Academy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Walton.
"Busker Alley is the tale of Happy-Go-Lucky Charlie, a street performer (Busker) who entertains in public on London's famous West End streets. Charlie, who is upwards of middle age, falls in love with Libby, a feisty and much younger woman who longs to be a big star in the theatre. Alas, Charlie doesn't fit into her plans for a life 'inside' the 'real' theatre and she leaves him to follow her dreams, eventually bringing him to the realization that he and Libby truly belong in different worlds. The show is based on the 1938 British motion picture, St. Martin's Lane, starring Charles Laughton and Vivien Leigh, which itself was based on the 1928 Marlene Dietrich/Emil Jannings film The Blue Angel," explain press notes.
Photos by Tony Oppenheim
Elizabeth Ingrahm, Jim Dale and Jessica Grove
The cast and creatives of the reading of the Broadway bound Busker Alley aboard the QM2
Michael Lane Trautman
The QM2 hosts the Broadway bound Busker Alley
Jim Dale and the cast
Elizabeth Ingrahm and Jim Dale