April 23, 1997

Martin Kent writes:
Dates for Dionne Warwick in the UK are as follows:

  • Monday 23 June 7:30 Birmingham International Convention Centre tickets 25,20,15 Box office 0121-212-3333
  • Wednesday 25 June 7:30 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall tickets 22.50,18.50,15.50 box office 0161-907-9000
  • Saturday 28th June 7:30 London, Royal Festival Hall tickets 30,25,20,15,10 box office 0171-960-4242

All ticket prices in sterling.

Dionne will be playing with the BBC Concert Orchestra (I think they supported Burt last year). Hopefully, there will be no sign of Noel Gallagher this time…

April 1, 1997

Steve Schenck contributes this review of “Promises, Promises”:

I attended the performance on Saturday night, and I must say, I couldn’t have wished for more. I had seen the original production with Jerry Orbach back in early 1970. This production was almost better!

The sound was far superior, given technical advances. But in particular, the orchestra voices were more lush, better blended, fuller. There was a full 30 piece orchestra on the stage and they were dynamite!

The producer/choreographer had a great idea. During that glorious overture, he had girls dancing between lucite columns, giving the feel of the old “Hullabaloo” and “Shindig” shows of the 60’s.

Nearly all the individual voices were superior to what I remember and what I listen to on my cast album recording.

Needless to say, Martin Short and Christine Baranski were terrific! But so were the rest of the cast.

The reviews in the New York papers were very favorable to ecstatic. The Times, Daily News and local Gannett papers all raved over the performances. Even the one who didn’t particularly care for the show as a piece of theatre in 1968 thought that this production was perfect. More than one said the music brought tears to their eyes!

Gossip columnist Liz Smith raved over the production. She says that NY producers are lining up to get rights to bring a full scale revival of the show to Broadway for next season. Let’s hope she’s right!