Can you feel the sturm and drang in the air? Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s campy black comedy, 'Little Shop of Horrors,' is about to spread its way across the UK. Tour dates for Sell a Door Theatre Company’s production of the classic show have been announced.
We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'
Dame Fanny Waterman, a world-renowned British music teacher, has said that she fears for the future of piano playing and that Britain is failing to produce performers internationally. So is she right: Is the piano really dying? Waterman, 94, spoke to the "Guardian" after announcing last week that she would stand down next year as chairwoman and artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions, which she co-founded in 1961. During the interview, she spoke about the future of piano in Britain. Waterman blames the popularity of electric keyboards and children starting to learn the piano at a later age in the U.K. than in other parts of the world for the piano’s demise. “The [future of the] piano is the cause of great worry for all us who love it,” she said. “First, lots of children are learning it from the electric piano. A waste of time, because you don’t get the speed of the key descent, you don’t get the different sounds.”