The show must go on … even when you’re a penguin down

The barbershop quartet becomes a trio: Rafe Watts, Jonny Purchase and George Knapper

What happens when a barbershop quartet becomes a trio? As the parrots say in Love Birds: “The show must go on … and that means forward.” Saturday’s show had to be cancelled at short notice after Ryan Willis, who plays “Quack Pack” member Pewcey, was struck down overnight with a nasty virus and taken to hospital. Budgets at the Edinburgh …

Watch: The Story Behind … An Old-Fashioned Guy (in performance)

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Writer Robbie Sherman and director Stewart Nicholls explain how the show’s soft shoe shuffle, “An Old-Fashioned Guy”, was put together – including what a tacit bar is and the challenge of talking over music. Actors John Guerrasio and Greg Castiglioni demonstrate exactly how it’s done in performance in Love Birds The Musical…  

Interview: Greg Castiglioni on growing up with the Sherman Brothers in Italy

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As the Love Birds cast prepare to fly the London coop and head to Edinburgh, we catch up with the show’s flamboyant opera-singing macaw Baalthazar (a.k.a. actor Greg Castiglioni).   Tell us more about Baalthazar. What do you like most about him? Baalthazar is a fantastically fun part to play. There aren’t many larger-than-life characters written for male actors, and on …

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 …

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 …

Full cast announced for our world premiere production

John Guerrasio, Greg Castiglioni, Rafe Watts, Jonny Purchase, Ryan Willis, George Knapper, Anna Stolli, Joanna Sawyer and Ruth Betteridge

Robert J Sherman’s new musical Love Birds follows closely in the Oscar-winning footsteps of his father and uncle (a.k.a the Sherman Brothers), who led the way with Mary Poppins. It’s fantastic, feathery, family fun performed by four penguins, four parrots and a real dinosaur… We’ve searched high (but not so low, these are birds, after all) to find a fine-feathered …

A Spoonful of Sherman cast recording released Monday

The official cast recording for A Spoonful of Sherman is released on 13 July 2015 by SimG Records

Love Birds is a brand-new musical, inspired by the Sherman Brothers musical Mary Poppins, written by Robert J Sherman (a.k.a. Robbie) and directed by Stewart Nicholls. But it’s not the first time these two have collaborated on something inspired by the Sherman Brothers. Robbie is the son of the late, legendary lyricist Robert B Sherman, who with his brother Richard wrote …