BACKSTAGE BITE

Working In Various Fields

Sandy Wilson had written songs for a new musical about the air ace Amy Johnson, with a book by actor John Morley. It was earmarked for production in London in the spring of 1967, but … it didn't happen

Bernard Delfont commissioned Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse to write a musical about Noah. Meanwhile, Tony Hancock was said to be preparing for the title role in a new musical about Noah written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson … Noah didn't happen

Lisa Shane, Barbra Streisand's stand-by in Funny Girl, was announced as the show's new leading lady ahead of Streisand leaving (none too reluctantly) the London production. Disappointingly for Miss Shane … it didn't happen

Joseph Losey (no less) was announced as the director of a new British musical, Brighton Rock, based on Graham Greene's famous novel. Mr Greene, apparently, would have a hand in it, but … the show didn't happen

A musical around the life of the comic Sid Field? Yes, it was assuredly about to happen in 1966, and had as its star Max Bygraves, but … it didn't happen

Theatregoers had worked themselves into a frenzy of expectation looking forward to a splendid new British musical, Saint Spiv, based on the novel by Ronald Duncan, in late 1965. Father and son Jerry and Jeff Wayne wrote it, but … it didn't happen. Father and son eventually did get a show to London: Two Cities

... and some previous bites ... ?

'twice as loud and twice as long as the real thing' -Noel Coward on Lionel Bart's Blitz! 'This script's no good. We'll make it up' - director Joan Littlewood at the first rehearsal of Lionel Bart's Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be