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
Food Glorious Food (Oliver) by Workhouse Children
My Fair Lady section:
Intoduction by Julie Andrews
Martin Guerre Section:
I'm Martin Guerre by David Campbell
How Many Tears by Maria Friedman
Miss Saigon Section:
Phantom Of The Opera Section:
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:
Les Miserables Section:
Cameron Mackintosh section
Speech by Cameron Mackintosh
We Mustn't Look Back (Salad Days) by Cameron Mackintosh
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.)
Peter Hains, 10 June 1998
Thanks to Peter Hains for writing this review. Adam