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A Spoonful of Sherman and a Handful of Oscar….

 

Disney nights out are the best nights out and this week I got to see a Disney type show that I’d wanted to watch for a while.

The show is A Spoonful of Sherman, a musical journey through the life and work of the wonderful Sherman Brothers who were of course famous for writing all the songs you remember from those classic Disney movies like ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’.

I’d read about this a little while ago so I was so excited to finally see it!

Not only that on searching for the venue postcode online before we left I found that the writer, and son of Robert, Robbie Sherman was doing a little Q&A and a meet and greet before the show.  So obviously we booked it! I just thought it’d  be an interesting chance to find out some Disney history and stories from someone who had the inside track little did I know how good of a decision that was to be!!

I’m not sure if this is something that he does at all of the shows but if you’re going to one and he is there, I urge you to book it. It’s so worth it for a Disney fan!!

It was a really relaxed affair with maybe 20 or so of us in a room while Robbie chatted to us and told us a bit about his family history and the writing of the musical. He was such a lovely man and filled with so much knowledge and talks about his late father and uncle (and Grandfather who also wrote songs you will actually know) with such fondness. It was clear Disney was and still is such a big part of his life.

He told us the story of how ‘It’s a Small World’ came about and honestly my whole opinion of that song has changed so much after hearing it.  Yes its annoying. Yes it gets stuck in your head but the underlying message is one of hope and unity. Even though it sounds like a simple melody the way it was written so you can sing both the verse and the choruses over each other without them overlapping is something I never thought of but realise now how hard it is to write something like that.

We were told stories about Walt and had the opportunity to ask questions which was wonderful. I could have listen to him talk all day and there’s so much I could have asked him about, hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to interview him properly one day.

But the best bit? Robbie bought memorabilia!! And not just your average type either. He bought the Oscars his Dad and Uncle had won for Mary Poppins. THE ACTUAL OSCARS! And we got to hold them! Heavier that you would think! (excuse the face I was a little excited)

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Not only that he had the Grammy they won

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And the ‘Mousker’ or ‘Disney Legend’ award too, the one I was most excited about cos it’s shaped like Mickey…

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He had some cool copies of other stuff like the nominations for some of the awards and a a score signed by the nine old men…

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The musical itself was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect other than the fact that there would be Disney music in it.

The musical told the story not just of the Sherman Brothers that we know but also the rest of the Sherman family, grandparents and great grandparents who were also composers right up to Robbie who himself is one.

The cast of this were wonderful.

It’s not like your average musical, there’s no major set changes, no acting as such. The whole show is centered around a piano. No orchestra. Just the piano and 5 vocals. Exactly the way the songs were written.

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The cast were fabulous and even that held some nostalgia for me as Mark Read from A1 stars in this – as well as Disney, boybands were another big part of my teenage years – having interviewed him in the past I know how much of a Disney fan he is so for him being in a show such as this is a dream come true.

We managed to have him in on the Voice FM Drive time show talking about it all you can listen to that here:

https://www.voicefmradio.co.uk/drive-time-on-voice-fm-12-apr-2018/

All your favourite Sherman songs are in this show highlights for me though were definitely Marks rendition of ‘The Ugly Bug Ball’ a song which Walt was not convinced with as he didn’t want a song with the word ‘ugly’ in it. I love this song anyway but the way Mark did it was so fun, with different voices and things.

Sophie Louise Dann’s version of ‘Feed The Birds’ was captivating, and I loved all the Mary Poppins songs Jenna Innes sang, with just a hint of Mary in her with her shoes and the way she stood.

The chemistry between her and Glen Facey was brilliant and I really enjoyed all the songs that they sang together.

‘Over Somebody Else’s Shoulder’ wasn’t a song I’d ever heard before but I really liked the way that was executed. It’s such a sweet love song and so clever with the lyrics.

My favourite thing about this show though? Ben Stock! He was amazing! An absolute joy to watch on the stage and his performance of ‘Crunchy Crackers’ from Robbies musical ‘Love Birds’ was the absolute hands down showstopper of the show! I need to see that musical now!

All in all this is a great show, fab music intertwined with anecdotes and stories reminding us – as if we could forget – just how talented the Sherman family are.

You can find more about the show and book tickets here:

http://aspoonfulofsherman.com/#tourdates

 

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