The Society would like to thank the cast of Putting It Together at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester for indulging us in an exclusive Q&A after the show's penultimate matinee. If you weren't able to join us there, the good news is that you've got a week left to catch this delightful revival, and see our 2018 SSSSPOTY winner Alex Cardall do a smashing job in the five-hander.
Alex was joined by co-stars Simbi Akande, Andrew Gallo, Gavin James and Lauren James Ray – and MD Michael Webborn, who was not just parked behind the piano but every bit a part of the show – for a chat with the Society after the matinee this afternoon (Saturday 17th November). You'll be able to read a full transcript of the Q&A in the next edition of Sondheim The Magazine, which will also feature our (spoiler alert!) glowing review.
Putting It Together is a revue show conceived and written by Sondheim and long-time admirer and proponent Julia McKenzie, effectively as a follow-up to the 1976 Side By Side By Sondheim. First performed in 1992, it features songs from Sondheim's shows up to Assassins, and includes a number of cut and rarely performed songs, such as "Bang" and "My Husband The Pig" from A Little Night Music, "Country House" from Cameron Mackintosh's 1987 production of Follies in London, and "There's Always A Woman" from Anyone Can Whistle.
In this production, directed by Bronagh Lagan and choreographed by Willian Whelton, Alex plays the role of the Young Man (none of the characters are identified by name). In only his second professional job since graduating from Arts Ed earlier this year, he gives a fantastic performance, and he more than holds his own alongside his fellow cast members.
Do catch this effervescent revival if you can. It's a West-End-worthy production, and the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre is a beautiful space too that you'll be glad to have supported.
Putting It Together, Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard St, Manchester
Until 24 November. Book here.