Alex is going to sing live on Radio Three on Monday.
That’s on THE BBC – OUR NATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE! THE BBC! BBC RADIO! He has to TRAVEL DOWN TO LONDON! On a TRAIN!
I’m not at all excited.
I don’t have any details yet, except that he’ll be performing with Debra Finch, his singing partner in the last few Broadway shows he’s done; and it’s to promote their next show, Lerner & Loewe’s The Day Before Spring, which hasn’t had a full performance since 1953 – which is probably why the BBC is interested.
I’ll update this post with details when I have them.
In the meanwhile, picture me on Easter Monday, sitting glued to the radio all day – or TV, in this case, as everyone listens to the radio via their TV these days. Or maybe glued to my phone, waiting for Alex to remember his doting mother, up in the northern wilds of Britain, anticipating that text which will tell her what time he’s going to be LIVE ON THE BBC (radio, admittedly; and not even the MAIN radio station, but STILL, it’s the BBC, you KNOW).
No, I’m not at all excited.
This is a snippet of Alex as Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years. Jamie is telling the story of Schmuel, the tailor of Klimovich.
The show was Colla Voce Theatre’s début production and it was fantastic, particularly given the venue, which was practically a dungeon (two or three storeys below ground, in an old Woolworths building). A two-hander, Alex and his partner, Olivia Doust, had roughly ninety minutes of singing between them. Olivia had never acted before but you wouldn’t have known. She gave an assured performance and she has a lovely voice. Alex was in agony: he had a throat infection and said it hurt from start to finish. He spent three days not talking, treating his voice with honey and great care.
You can read a review here: Blunt Cinema.
In other news: this week, Alex is appearing in The Forgotten Songs of Lerner & Loewe. If you are in the Sheffield area, tonight is your last chance: details here.
There was a clip available but it won’t play, unfortunately.
He’s got two shows coming up in the summer; I’ll share details when I’m allowed.
Apologies to those who feel outraged that this humour blog has been overtaken by the Alex Cosgriff Fanzine. What can I tell you? I’m a proud mama.
Speaking of which, Hairy Boy was home this weekend. He came to visit on Friday and turned into Invisible Boy on Saturday morning, disappearing to visit his friends and reappearing in time for Sunday dinner and his train home. At least I got to feed and wash up after him. There’s always a silver lining.