Remembering Angela Lansbury – The Listeners’ Membership

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Angela Lansbury, the legendary star of movie, stage, and tv, handed away final Tuesday. She would have turned 97 on October 16.

Starting within the Forties, the Irish-British-American actress earned acclaim on the silver display screen with distinguished roles in movies which included Gaslight (1944), Nationwide Velvet (1944), The Image of Dorian Grey (1945), and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Between 1984 and 2003, she starred within the fashionable CBS tv sequence, Homicide She Wrote. Lansbury’s Broadway musical debut got here in 1964 with Stephen Sondheim’s Anybody Can Whistle. The present closed after a run of 12 previews and 9 performances; but for Angela Lansbury it opened the door to a major Broadway profession. Her look within the lead function of Jerry Herman’s Mame (1966) catapulted Lansbury to celebrity standing. Later, she appeared as Rose within the 1973 London manufacturing of Gypsy. Her celebrated look as Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Avenue got here in 1979.

Angela Lansbury’s legacy is preserved on quite a few recordings. Listed below are 4:

Mame: “It’s At the moment,” “Open a New Window” (music and lyrics by Jerry Herman)

In interviews, Angela Lansbury described the method of “taking stage.” By all accounts, she was an electrifying presence. Early within the first act of Mame, the highflying character of the present’s title character is established with the track, It’s At the moment, adopted by the spirited march, Open a New Window. The jazzy brilliance of the Nineteen Sixties Broadway pit orchestra is on full show:

Expensive World: “And I Was Stunning” (music and lyrics by Jerry Herman)

Angela Lansbury gained a Tony Award for her efficiency in Jerry Herman’s Expensive World, a short-lived musical which ran for 132 performances in 1969. The bittersweet ballad, And I Was Stunning, comes from the present’s second act:

Sweeney Todd: “The Worst Pies in London,” “Poor Factor” (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

As an actress, Angela Lansbury was a grasp of the villainous character. Sweeney Todd mixes comedy with grizzly terror. With The Worst Pies in London, we’re launched to Mrs. Lovett and the questionable hygiene of her meat pie store. In Poor Factor, the musical quantity which follows, Mrs. Lovett’s story units the drama in movement.

A Little Night time Music: “Liaisons” (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

On the age of 85, Angela Lansbury gave this efficiency honoring Stephen Sondheim on the 2011 Olivier Awards:

“Magnificence and the Beast” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman)

Angela Lansbury carried out the voice function of Mrs. Potts, the teapot, in Disney’s 1991 animated musical romantic fantasy, Magnificence and the Beast. Famously, she recorded the title track in a single take. She had arrived late to the New York session following a harrowing delayed flight from Los Angeles.

It has been stated that Frank Sinatra’s sense of phrasing influenced quite a few instrumental musicians. This magical efficiency offers the same examine in timing, observe grouping, phrasing, and textual content coloring:


  • Mame (unique Broadway solid recording) Amazon
  • Expensive World (unique Broadway solid recording) Amazon
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Avenue (unique Broadway solid recording) Amazon
  • Magnificence and the Beast (Walt Disney Data) Amazon

Featured Picture: Angela Lansbury in “Mame”

About Timothy Judd

A local of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin part since 2001. He’s a graduate of the Eastman College of Music the place he earned the levels Bachelor of Music and Grasp of Music, learning with world famend Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public college music educators, Timothy Judd started violin classes on the age of 4 by means of Eastman’s Neighborhood Training Division. He was a pupil of Anastasia Jempelis, one of many earliest champions of the Suzuki methodology in america.

A passionate instructor, Mr. Judd has maintained a personal violin studio within the Richmond space since 2002 and has been energetic teaching chamber music and quite a few youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys figuring out with Richmond’s fashionable SEAL Workforce Bodily Coaching program.


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