Robbie Sherman Explains: Are the Macaw sisters related … or not?

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Anna Stolli, Joanna Sawyer and Ruth Betteridge play the Macaw Sisters in Love Birds

Anna Stolli, Joanna Sawyer and Ruth Betteridge play the Macaw Sisters in Love Birds

In Love Birds The Musical, our trio of sexy singing parrots – Vera, Veronica and Valentine – are sometimes called “The Macaw Sisters”, despite the fact that they’re not actually related. Why?


Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains:

My father once told the story about when he and my uncle (the Sherman Brothers) first met Walt Disney back in 1960. Walt asked them if they were really brothers, related by blood. Of course they were. Walt explained that he’d asked because, when he was a young man, vaudeville acts would oftentimes call themselves “Brothers” or “Sisters” even though they weren’t related at all, i.e: “The Happiness Brothers” and the like.

In Love Birds, the show’s Plesiosaurian Impresario Armitage Shanks introduces our three lovely macaws to the audience. He refers to them as “The Macaw Sisters”, even though they’re not meant to be related. That’s where that idea came from.

Love Birds crop with title 900MBMy dad also recounts this conversation with Walt Disney in this passage on page 359 of his autobiography Moose.

In our premiere production of Love Birds, the Macaw Sisters are played by Anna Stolli (Vera), Joanna Sawyer (Veronica) and Ruth Betteridge (Valentine). Check out full company credits on the Cast page.

 

LOVE BIRDS RUNS 12.35PM DAILY 5-31 AUGUST (EXCEPT 19 AUGUST) AT THE PLEASANCE COURTYARD DURING THE 2015 EDINBURGH FRINGE. BOOK TICKETS HERE.


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