Hey Mr Producer London Concert Review

Last nights Hey Mr Producer concert was absolutely amazing. The show, which celebrated Cameron Mackintoshes 30 years in the business, ran for three hours, and you would not have believed it. It had a cast of hundreds.It was the most stunning theatrical experience that I had ever been to, I am sure it will be a long time before London experiences anything like it again. The cast was like a who's who of the theatre world.

Julie Andrews hosted the whole thing in front of the Queen and Prince Phillip. And the audience was as star studded as the show. It included Shirley Bassey, Ivana Trump, Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schonberg, Lionel Bart, and me!

The show ran like this:

We Said We Wouldn't Look Back (Salad Days) by a young child pretending to be Cameron Mackintosh

Cats Overture

Food Glorious Food (Oliver) by Workhouse Children

My Fair Lady section:

  • Wouldn't It Be Loverly by Liz Robertson, Gillian Lynne &Company

  • Quit Professor Higgens by Company
  • The Rain In Spain by Jonathon Pryce, Liz Robertson & Donald Sinden
  • Get Me To The Church On Time by Peter Baylis and Company
  • I've Grown Accusttomed To Her Face Jonathon Pryce & Liz Robertson

Intoduction by Julie Andrews

Show Medley:

  • (The Fix) One Tow Three by John Barrowman

  • (Little Shop Of Horrors) Little Shop Of Horrors by Wendy Mae Brown, Dawn Hope and Femi Taylor
  • Somewhere That's Green by Ellen Greene
  • Suddenly Seymore by Ellen Greene and Teddy Kempner
  • (Godspell) Day by Day by Company
  • (Anything Goes) I Get A Kick Out Of You by Marion Montgomery & Laurie Holloway
  • (Song and Dance) Variations by Jullian Llyod Webber & Company
  • Unexpected Song by Bernadette Peters
  • (The Boyfriend) Nicer In Nice by Jasna Ivir & Company
  • (Lauder) I Love A Lassie by Jimmy Logan and the Scottish Power Pipe Band
  • (Five Guys Named Moe) Five Guys Named Moe by Kevyn Brackett, Trent Kendall, Monroe Kent III, Jason Pennycooke, Clarke Peters & Richard D Sharp
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby by same as previous number

Oliver section:

  • Consider Yourself by Children

  • Pick a Pocket by Ross Abbot & Gang
  • As Long As He Needs Me by Sonia Swarby

Martin Guerre Section:

I'm Martin Guerre by David Campbell

How Many Tears by Maria Friedman

Miss Saigon Section:

  • Overture

  • The Heat Is On In Saigon by David Campbell, Lea Salonga & Company
  • The Wedding by Female Company
  • Last Night Of The World by David Campbell and Lea Salonga
  • This Is The Hour by Company
  • American Dream by Jonathon Pryce & Company

Phantom Of The Opera Section:

  • The Phantom Of The Opera by Lisa Vroman & Colm Wilkinson

  • Music Of The Night by Colm Wilkinson
  • All I Ask Of You by Michael Ball, Lisa Vroman and Colm Wilkinson

Intermission

Entr'acte (Just So, The Card, Trelawny, Moby Dick and Abbacadbra)

Broadway Baby (Follies) by Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Maria Friedman and the Broadway Babies

Rogers and Hammerstein Section:

  • Oh, What A Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma!) by Hugh Jackman

  • Carousel Waltz/Ballet (Carousel) by Vadim Bondar, Dana Stackpole and Company
  • Porch Scene (Carousel) by Hal Fowler, Joanna Riding, Dana Stackpole and Barbara King
  • You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel) by Joanna Riding and Company

Sondheim Section:

  • Side By Side by David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin

  • You Could Drive A Person Crazy (Company) by Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Millicent Martin and Lea Salonga
  • Send In The Clowns (A Little Night Music) by Dame Judi Dench
  • Losing My Mind (Follies) by Michael Ball
  • Being Alive (Company) Bernadette Peters
  • You've Gotta Have A Gimmick (Gypsy) by Ruthie Henshall, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Judi Dench, Maria Friedman, David Kernan, Millicent Martin and Lea Salonga
  • Introduction by Stephen Sondheim
  • Duelling Pianos by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Speech by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Introduction Stephen Sondheim
  • Poisoning The Pigions In The Park (Tom Foolery) by Tom Lehrer
  • Nuclear Weapons by Tom Lehrer

Cats Section:

  • Cats Overture by Company

  • Jellicle Songs by Brian Blessed, Paul Nicholas and Company
  • Memory by Elaine Paige

Les Miserables Section:

  • At The End Of The Day by Company

  • I Dreamed A Dream by Ruthie Henshall
  • Stars by Phillip Quast
  • Do You Hear The People Sing? by Hal Fowler and Company
  • On My Own by Lea Salonga
  • Heart Full Of Love by Michael Ball and Marie Zamora
  • Bring Him Home by Colm Wilkinson
  • One Day More by Michael Ball, Hal Fowler, Ruthie Henshall, Tammi Jacobs, eddy Kempner, Phillip Quast, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Marie Zamora and Company

Cameron Mackintosh section

Speech by Cameron Mackintosh

We Mustn't Look Back (Salad Days) by Cameron Mackintosh

Finale

Old Friends by Company

 

Of course the question I guess that all David Campbell fans will be asking was how did he measure up in such a heavyweight of talented performers. And the answer is brilliantly. He held his own with the rest of them. This was a show where he proved he has the talent to be a world wide star.He was as good if not better than many well known performers who were on the bill.

Highlights of the show included You've Gotta Have a Gimmick with Bernadette Peters on trumpet, and a filmed duet by Stephen Sonheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber at a piano, singing specially rewritten versions of Send In The Clowns and Music Of The Night, where they poked fun at Mackintosh.

It was an extraordinary show, in aid of The Royal National Institute For The Blind and The Combined Theatrical Charities. The whole thing wasn't just a variety show, it was fully staged and costumed for each section. And the best part was that it was filmed and recorded for video and CD release. I'll keep you informed of release dates.

Well Done David! I hope this will lead to more performances in London. (And thanks for signing my programme after the show.)

Cheers,

Peter Hains

Peter Hains, 10 June 1998


Thanks to Peter Hains for writing this review. Adam