|I’m on the right…|
As I’m sure you’re aware, I’m a contrary fool at times, especially when it comes to people who come pre-loaded with amazing reputations. Audra McDonald was one such performer, so many people raved about her before I even know who she really was that I was sure she couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. And with such a mind-set, I saw her concert at the Leicester Square Theatre at the beginning of the year with a great deal more scepticism than was strictly necessary.
I was looking forward to getting the chance to see her perform in a show for the first time when the transfer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill was announced, but when the small matter of a pregnancy put the kybosh on that, I decided that I would go on my own personal Audra odyssey by listening to all 5 of her albums and tracking down a televised version of the show to finally make up my own mind.
Safe to say, I’m the newest member of her fan club and I have to eat my words, she really does live up to the hype! So please find reviews of:
Way Back to Paradise (1998)
How Glory Goes (2000)
Happy Songs (2005)
Build A Bridge (2006)
Go Back Home (2013)
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
“Tempt not a desperate man”
There’s a wealth of Shakespearean content available on film and this is just a mere scratching of the surface that takes in:
I do love me a bit of Olivia Williams, so was more than disappointed that Waste at the National Theatre didn’t float my boat. Fortunately, she has a prolific body of work in both the UK and Hollywood with which I was happy to reacquaint myself, alongside some titles I was watching for the first time, like Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Now Is Good and Peter Pan (the 2003 version).
I’d loved her work in An Education, The Ghost and Hyde Park in Hudson but was also really impressed by The Heart of Me, To Kill A King and Miss Austen Regrets. Hanna has a special place in my heart so I was glad to return to that film for the first time and she has a cracker of a role in Salting the Battlefield, the final part of David Hare’s Johnny Worricker trilogy.
There’s also some from the poorer end of the spectrum, not least the Channel 5 horror film Altar, dodgy Brit flicks like Born Romantic, Lucky Break and The Last Days on Mars, and dubious TV specials like Krakatoa The Last Days and Agatha Christie – A Life In Pictures