What Goes Into Staging a New Musical?: Rehearsal Diary Week Two

Film crew, band and actor John Guerrasio converge on sitzprobe day: as captured by cast member Ruth Betteridge

In the second instalment of the Love Birds rehearsal diary, we see the show start to really come together (click here for week one). Production assistant Adam Niemann chronicles the events of the second week as the tireless cast and crew assemble a full-scale musical. Day Seven (Monday): After a well-deserved day off, the cast and crew jumped right back into the swing of things. …

Robbie Sherman Explains: How have the flappers flipped?

Is it a flap or a flip?

We all know what flappers are: 1920s girls who love to dance the Charleston, right? But why does Love Birds The Musical have a song about flippers? And what does Disney Mouskateer Annett Funicello have to do with it? Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: “The Flipper Flap” is one of the many song titles in …

Aviary Antics: Jokes about Penguins and Parrots

The Love Birds have plenty of laughs in the rehearsal room

Assembling a show can be a stressful process, but the heavy workload is made much lighter with a good-hearted group of people. We asked the LoveBirds actors if they knew any jokes—specifically, about parrots and penguins. Thankfully, the cast came squawking! Jonny Purchase started us off with a good one… Just had a cup of tea with a penguin. The …

Snap Happy: Rehearsal Photos Gallery

The Company of Love Birds  | All Photos © Claire Bilyard

Love Birds is one week into rehearsals, and the progress has been staggering–as documented in the rehearsal diary. Photographer Claire Bilyard joined us last Saturday to take some gorgeous rehearsal photos. You can follow her on Twitter @scarabpictures, you can follow us @LoveBirdsMusic, and you can follow the visual progress of the overall show below. As you can see, Love Birds is …

What goes into staging a new musical? Rehearsal Diary Week One

Tap shoes and tins: captured by our Vera, Anna Stolli, in rehearsals

How quickly do you get a new musical off the ground when you have two weeks to rehearse? As the Love Birds company start their second week at the Big Wheel rehearsal space in north London, production assistant Adam Niemann gives a sneak-peek into the action-packed first week. Six days and we are already halfway through the rehearsal process. It’s …

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

The Andrews Sisters

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 …

Stephen Moore: How to cast a company of penguins and parrots

How do you find the perfect penguins for your first musical?

What are the challenges of casting a new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe… when the characters are parrots and penguins … and it’s your first time casting for a musical? Seasoned casting director Stephen Moore explains the process behind finding our fine-feathered Love Birds company. When I was casting at the BBC, a TV script would occasionally require an actor …

Counting the days, hours and minutes until EdFringe

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In the Love Birds offices, we go all aflutter with excitement when we think of how soon we’ll be shaking our tail feathers in our world premiere…. While at the same time, feeling horrified at where the working days go until then. We’ve put created this little countdown timer to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe just to keep us totally on …