February 24, 2011
The Royal Mail is celebrating seven decades of UK stage musicals with a set of stamps, issued today.
Eight shows are featured: Queen’s We Will Rock You, West End classic Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Me and My Girl – first produced in 1937, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Elton John’s Billy Elliot, and (slightly bizarrely) Return to the Forbidden Planet.
Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen helped launch the stamps at the Dominion Theatre today, and said: “We’re thrilled that We Will Rock You has been immortalised on a Royal Mail stamp. The image on the stamp takes us back to when we were touring as Queen and embodies the rock and roll music that we wanted to celebrate in We Will Rock You the musical.”
We know they can’t include everything but they have left out some biggies: Andrew Lloyd Webber doesn’t feature, which is odd given that he is probably Britain’s most successful living musicals composer. And the world’s longest running musical, Les Miserables, is strangely absent (yes, it was written by two French men, but the production is most definitely British). And no Leslie Bricusse, Noel Coward, Ivor Novello or Sandy Wilson work?
October 17, 2010
The latest episode of Glee, currently airing on Fox in the USA, has seen the cast of the hit series take on West End and Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show.
Episode 5, season 2 of Glee features new cast member Chord Overstreet as Sam take on the part of Rocky in Glee’s tribute to the cult sci-fi show, alongside Kurt as Riff Raff, Lea Michele’s Rachel as Janet and Amber Riley’s Mercedes as Frank-N-Furter.
The Rocky Horror Show was created in1973 by Richard O’Brien, who wrote the book, music and lyrics to the show, and has been constantly staged around the world ever since. It was turned into a movie starring the show’s first stage Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry, in 1975 and remains one of the best-loved comedy musicals.
The new series of Glee will start on E4 in the UK in January.