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A special Royal Charity Gala concert was held at the Lyceum Theatre on Monday 8 June 1998 in the presence of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

The concert, which was described as a 'star-studded musical extravaganza', honoured theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh and featured songs from some of the hit musicals he has produced over the last 30 years. The charities being supported are the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and the Combined Theatrical Charities. There was also an additional performance of the concert on Sunday 7 June 1998.


SALAD DAYS (Music by Julian Slade)

  • We Said We Wouldn't Look Back

    CATS (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

  • Cats - Overture

    MY FAIR LADY (Music by Frederick Loewe Lyrics, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner)

  • Wouldn't it be Loverly - Liz Robertson, Gillian Lynne and Company
  • Quit Professor Higgins - Company
  • The Rain in Spain - Jonathan Pryce, Liz Robertson and Donald Sinden
  • Get Me to the Church on Time - Peter Bayliss and Company
  • I've Grown Accustomed to Her - Face Jonathan Pryce and Liz Robertson

    INTRODUCTION - Julie Andrews

    The Fix (Music by Dana P Rowe and lyrics by John Dempsey)

  • One Two Three - John Barrowman
    Little Shop of Horrors (Music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman)
  • Little Shop of Horrors - Wendy Mae Brown, Dawn Hope and Femi Taylor
  • Somewhere That's Green - Ellen Greene
  • Suddenly Seymour - Ellen Greene and Teddy Kempner
    Godspell Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
  • Day by Day Company
    Anything Goes (Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter)
  • I Get a Kick Out of You - Marion Montgomery and Laurie Holloway
    Song and Dance (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr.)
  • Variations - Julian Lloyd Webber and Company (Sunday evening Paul Watkins)
  • Unexpected Song - Bernadette Peters
    The Boy Friend (Music and Lyric by Sandy Wilson)
  • Nicer in Nice - Jasna Ivir and Company
    Lauder (Music and Lyrics by Harry Lauder)
  • I Love a Lassie - Jimmy Logan and the Scottish Power Pipe Band
    Five Guy's Named Moe (featuring the Music of Louis Jordan)
  • Five Guy's Named Moe - Kevyn Brackett, Trent Kendall, Monroe Kent III, Jason Pennycooke, Clarke Peters and Richard D Sharp
  • Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?

    OLIVIER (Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart)

  • Consider Yourself - Oliver, Dodger, Gang and Company
  • Pick a Pocket - Russ Abbot and Gang
  • As Long as He Needs Me - Sonia Swaby

    INTRODUCTION - Julie Andrews

    MARTIN GUERRE (Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Stephen Clark)

  • I'm Martin Guerre - David Campbell
  • Now Many Tears - Maria Friedman

    MISS SAIGON (Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jnr.)

  • The Heat is On in Saigon - David Campbell, Lea Salonga and Company
  • The Wedding - Female Company
  • Last Night of the World - David Campbell and Lea Salonga
  • This is the Hour - Company
  • American Dream - Jonathan Pryce and Company

    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart, Additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe)

  • The Phantom of the Opera - Lisa Vroman and Colm Wilkinson
  • Music of the Night - Colm Wilkinson
  • All I Ask of You - Michael Ball, Lisa Vroman and Colm Wilkinson


    ENTR'ACTE (this was cut)

  • Just So, The Card, Trelawny, Moby Dick and Abbacadabra (Music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Tony Hatch, Julian Slade, Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson)

    FOLLIES (Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

  • Broadway Baby - Maria Friedman, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters and The Broadway Babies.

    Oklahoma! (Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

  • Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' - Hugh Jackman
    Carousel (Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)
  • Carousel Waltz/Ballet - Vadim Bondar, Dana Stackpole and Company
  • Porch Scene - Hal Fowler and Joanna Riding, Dana Stackpole and Barbara King
  • You'll Never Walk Alone - Joanna Riding and Company

    Company (Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)

  • Side By Side - David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin
  • You Could Drive a Person Crazy - Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Millicent Martin and Lea Salonga
    A Little Night Music (Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  • Send in the Clowns - Judi Dench
    Follies (Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  • Losing My Mind - Michael Ball
    Company (Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  • Being Alive - Bernadette Peters
    Gypsy (Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  • You've Gotta Have a Gimmick - Ruthie Henshall, Julia McKenzie, Bernadette Peters

    INTRODUCTION - Stephen Sondheim

    A Little Night Music / The Music of The Night (spoofed) - Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

    TOM FOOLERY (Music and lyrics by Tom Lehrer)

  • Poisoning Pigeons in the Park - Tom Lehrer
  • ?The Bomb? - Tom Lehrer (updated lyrics)

    CATS (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T.S. Eliot, Additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn)

  • Cats Overture - Company
  • Jellicle Songs - Brian Blessed, Paul Nicholas and Company
  • Memory - Elaine Paige

    LES MISERABLES (Written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and by Herbert Kretzmer. Original french text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel)

  • At The End of The Day - Company
  • I Dreamed a Dream - Ruthie Henshall
  • Stars - Philip Quast
  • Do You Hear The People Sing? - Hal Fowler and Company
  • On My Own - Lea Salonga
  • Heart Full of Love - Michael Ball and Marie Zamora
  • Bring Him Home - Colm Wilkinson.
  • One Day Day More - Michael Ball, Hal Folwer, Ruthie Henshall, Tammi Jacobs, Teddy Kempner, Philip Quast, Lea Solonga, Colm Wilkinson, Marie Zamora and Company

    FINALE (Music and lyrics Stephen Sondheim)

  • Old Friends - Company

    Extracts from the reviews:

    "Some 45 years ago a boy called Cameron Mackintosh bounced out of the Vaudeville Theatre, his head humming not only with music from Julian Slade's Salad Days, but with dreams of becoming a theatrical impresario. Last night at a concert a few yards up the Strand there were enough musical celebrities paying tribute to his career to buy Beverly Hills. Hey, Mr Producer!, at the Lyceum, is designed to raise funds for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Combined Theatrical Charities and to celebrate Sir Cameron's 30 creative years in show-biz. It will play tonight to the Queen and then come to an end. It isn't reasonable to expect the likes of Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters and Stephen Sondheim to do more than zoom comet-like through the West End. The evening begins with a child in a kilt - the tot Cameron - entering a tiny theatre in which an antique piano is playing Slade's rueful rejection of nostalgia, We Said We Wouldn't Look Back; and then there is a lot of enthusiastic looking back. On come 70-odd orphans to sing Food, Glorious Food from Oliver!, followed by Jonathan Pryce as a supercilious Professor Henry Higgins, followed by a preposterously young-looking Andrews. She speaks of Sir Cameron's resourcefulness as a producer and, given the number of shows represented here, might have gone further; diversity also makes Mackintosh Mackintosh. After a rousing gospel song from Godspell comes the dry-Martini I Get A Kick Out Of You from Anything Goes, and after Jimmy Logan and his pipers have hooted and banged their way through I Love a Lassie, we get a sampler from Five Guys Named Moe. Martin Guerre, Follies, balletic Carousel, leaping Cats, fierce Les Mis: the production values are surprisingly high, given that the show is being performed twice only. Phantom has its fog and gondola, and Miss Saigon plenty of night-clubbing GIs and parading Vietcong. Pryce reappears as Boublil and Schönberg's pimp, giving a slinky, mocking account of The American Dream. Peters sings a number from Song and Dance, Andrew Lloyd Webber's tale of a lovelorn English girl abroad. Julia Mackenzie, Maria Friedman, feline Elaine Paige singing Memory, Judi Dench with Send in the Clowns: so it goes on. There are surprises, notably the first stage appearance for 25 years of Tom Lehrer who sings with his old jauntiness of poisoning pigeons in the park, and the appearance of Sondheim. He introduces a new song which, sadly, is seen only on film, but, less sadly, brings himself and Lloyd Webber to the same piano playing a spoof duet derived from Clowns and Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night. "Night-time falling, Cameron calling," they sing. "God, isn't he rich?" goes on Sondheim. "Richer than me," adds Lloyd Webber. Whether or not that's true, the house rose to Mackintosh when he came on stage to thank everyone and sang We Said We Wouldn't Look Back. He is the most remarkable producer of our era." Benedict Nightingale, The Times

    "Extraordinary things happened last night at the Lyceum Theatre when Sir Cameron Mackintosh presented a show of shows so emotionally charged it was in danger of overloading the circuits. Celebrating his 30 years in the business, Hey Mr Producer! brought two of the world's greatest creators of musicals, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, together at the piano in a hilarious double act. It even marked the kilted Sir Cameron's debut as a singer in a closing solo and the return of Julie Andrews to the London stage, if only to introduce proceedings. She got the first of the evening's ovations the moment she appeared. But the real substance was in the seamless series of sequences from Sir Cameron's productions like My Fair Lady, Cats, Les Miserables, Oliver, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera and a whole section devoted to Sondheim. When Sir Cameron came on at the close he admitted: "I am really quite overwhelmed, but at least it seems I have not been idle for the past 30 years. It is a little disconcerting to see 30 years of my life flash by in three hours but musical theatre is what I have lived for and this is the greatest conglomeration of talent I have ever seen on one stage." He could hardly be accused of exaggerating. There was Jonathan Pryce and Liz Robertson In My Fair Lady, Bernadette Peters in Song and Dance, Russ Abbot and Sonia Swaby in Oliver, and for Sondheim there was Judi Dench with a heartrending Send In the Clowns, as well as Maria Friedman, Michael Ball Julia McKenzie, Millicent Martin and many more. Tom Lehrer, back on stage for the first time in 25 years, reprised Poisoning Pigeons In the Park while Brian Blessed, Paul Nicholas and Elaine Paige sang Cats. Colm Wilkinson doubled as the Phantom and Jean Valjean in Les Mis where he was joined by Ruthie Henshall and Lea Salonga among others. These were not just excerpts sung in concert but minishows, individually set, lit, costumed, choreographed and orchestrated with the painstaking care characteristic of a Mackintosh production. Yet another standing ovation was accorded Sondheim when he introduced his filmed duet with Lloyd Webber which wittily combined his Send in the Clowns with Music of the Night from Phantom. Rewritten by Sondheim, Send in the Crowds poked affectionate fun at the "forever interfering" Sir Cameron. "God, but he's rich," sang Sondheim, to which Lloyd Webber wryly responded "Richer than me". Afterwards, as he sipped champagne in the bar with the 200 members of the cast, Sondheim said: "I devised the piece for Cameron. I was fed up with continual suggestions that I and Andrew are at loggerheads." But the last words - a bellowed thank you to the audience - and the last song went to Sir Cameron as the cast filtered away into the wings and the golden proscenium arch contracted around him as if into a toy theatre. He sang We Said We Wouldn't Look Back from Salad Days, the music which inspired the eight-year-old Cameron to become a producer. Hey Mr Producer!, in aid of the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Combined Theatrical Charities, is performed again tonight [Monday 8 June] in the presence of the Queen and Prince Philip. They are in for a treat." Robin Stringer, The London Evening Standard

    "The Queen was treated to the cream of the musical stage last night when Sir Cameron Mackintosh celebrated 30 years as a producer of some of the biggest British and American shows London has ever seen. Under the banner of Hey, Mr. Producer! a cast and orchestra of 200 dominated the Lyceum Theatre stage at this Royal Charity Gala. It revived in spectacular style, magical moments from hit shows including Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Follies, Oklahoma! and Lionel Bart's Oliver! Julie Andrews had flown in specially from her home in America to introduce what eventually turned into one of the most lavish shows ever presented in a London theatre - all to benefit the Royal National Institute For The Blind and The Combined Theatrical Charities. Looking elegant, in a black velvet gown edged with silver, Julie chose to make her appearance appropriately at the end of an excerpt from My Fair Lady, having originally created the role as the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle on the London stage in 1958, after a run on Broadway. Julie received rapturous applause as soon as the audience heard her voice from the wings. Sir Cameron has produced many Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim musical successes. One of the evening's highlights was the two composers seated at a grand piano for a duet of their own send-up about the "forever interfering" producer, Sir Cameron, to adapted lyrics of Send In The Clowns and Music Of The Night. "Night-time falling, Cameron's calling", they sang. "God, isn't he rich" continued Sondheim. "Yes, richer than me." David Wigg, The Express

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