"Murder is a very British thing, isn't it? I mean, it's almost like a hobby over there.""Why do you insist you must hear the words? When you know I cannot give you words. Not the ones you need..."
Sugar Babies was probably his last stab at being the iconic Hollywood name the world knows him for. He was stunning in that production given his age and never once did he flag or miss a performance. I remember being totally transfixed watching two Hollywood greats on stage in the heart of London. 'Sugar Babies', i play quiet often on my iPod. Ann Miller we lost not so long ago and to have Mr Rooney still performing is a miracle but couldn't they find him something more dignified than sitting centre stage as a character in a provincial pantomime- It wouldn't seem so bad if it was a major new West End pantomime at the London Palladium but Sunderland and Bristol (certainly no offence to residents of either wonderful city-I've performed in both!!)! This and last years attempt at putting him out there in this state reminds me all the time of the indignity that the great star James Cagney suffered when pushed in front of the nation in a wheelchair on a long forgotten Royal Variety Performance just to say a few mumbled words.
This is more the kind of vehicle Mr Rooney should be doing in this country. This show is about to start its 3rd national tour. It already has a reputation for bringing old skeletons out of the British Variety wardrobe!
Could this be why British variety is dead?
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