The Adventure Continues

TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

T.T.'s show

We got back to Australia in time to see Tony Taylor's show, the third he's written for Clovelly Public School and directed by Garry Scale (pictured on the proscenium he built). 

The first show TT wrote for the school, LAST POST, was about World War I, the second, LEND ME YOUR EARS, about Shakespeare. The new show is a look at the golden days of Australian vaudeville/variety.

It was an absolute TRIUMPH. The kids (aged 10 and 11) mastered sketch comedy, tap dancing, juggling, the whole shmear, with the assistance of seasoned experts such as Toni Lamond, Nancye Hayes, Caroline Kaspar, Peter Blackburn and Linda Nairn.
The director Garry Scale joined the cast for the curtain call and was given the gift of a big pink box
which contained a custard pie
right in his kisser.
The perfect vaudevillian ending!
And of course there were cries of "Author! Author!"
Which TT emotionally acknowledged. A FABULOUS show.

An Evening at the Hayes

What an unexpected joy! The Hayes Theatre in Sydney scheduled AN EVENING WITH TONY SHELDON as a fundraiser and it almost turned out to be a musical version of This Is Your Life!!
The brilliant Michael Tyack was the musical director and David Campbell hosted and interviewed.
My darling Donna Lee sang "The Sailor of My Dreams" from DAMES AT SEA which we did in 1986.

Genevieve Lemon and Max Lambert recreated our "family act" The Amazing Browns from the Tilbury in 1989.
Geraldine Turner and I returned to the Baker and his Wife from INTO THE WOODS (1992) and sang "It Takes Two"
Geraldine also revisited our production of COMPANY (1986) with "The Ladies Who Lunch"
Chloe Dallimore stopped the show with "If You Got It, Flaunt It" from THE PRODUCERS (2003)
and as the event coincided with the 10th anniversary of PRISCILLA opening in Australia, several of the original cast joined us to sing "We Belong" as the finale
A huge thrill, beautifully directed by Trevor Ashley.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Back in Sydney

Kings Cross....old and new.
Aaah, my favourite building in Railway Square is in full bloom!
And Peter Alexander's pajamas are an acquired taste.
An ibis drinks from the El Alamein Fountain

Rushcutter's Bay Park is packed with picnicking footy kicking families.
Street art is thriving up in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains
and the new Barangaroo development at darling harbour is coming on a treat. If you're rich and can afford to live there.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Well, this is posh!!

You are invited to join us for an exclusive fundraising event for
Hayes Theatre Co.


From the Tilbury to Times Square, take a trip through Tony Sheldon's illustrious career, told by the man himself and the legendary leading ladies who have been alongside him. Our special guests include:
Geraldine Turner, Genevieve Lemon, Chloe Dallimore and Toni Lamond
The evening will be hosted by David Campbell, directed by Trevor Ashley and musically directed by Michael Tyack - along with a special appearance by Max Lambert

Monday 10 October, 2016, 7:30pm
Drinks and canap├ęs from 6:30pm

Tickets: $200

Friday, September 2, 2016

Snug Harbour, Staten Island

So this is what we found today, after a two hour subway-ferry-bus ride: the Snug Harbor Cultural Centre in Staten Island made up of museums, botanical gardens, theatres, colleges and cafes. Really lovely.

We were very taken with the Chinese Scholar's Garden
Here's a video taste of how peaceful it is.

Saint Francis of Afishi
This may be may favorite sign ever. Or my new drag name.

Then there was the Connie Gretz Secret Garden
The secret being that it was an endless maze from which we could not escape without crashing through the shrubs like crazed wrestlers.
And there was a beautiful Healing Garden dedicated to Staten Island's victims of 9/11.
A lovely discovery and somewhere we would bring visitors from out of town.