Apr 7, 2011

2011-Musicals FDC from Great Britain

FDC Name:Musicals
Issue Date:24th FEB'2011
Royal Mail looked back at more than seven decades of popular stage musicals to find the most suitable shows for the set. Oliver, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Monty Python's Spamalot, Me and My Girl, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Billy Elliot were chosen
1st Class – Oliver
With music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! first appeared in the West End in 1960, and enjoyed a long run that launched the careers of several child actors. The original London production of Oliver! opened in the New Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) on June 30, 1960 and ran for 2,618 performances.
1st Class – Blood Brothers
This 1983 musical by Willy Russell is one of the longest-running plays of all time, with the 1988 West End production still running after over 20 years.
1st Class – We Will Rock You
A jukebox musical is based on the songs of Queen and named after their hit single of the same name. The show was written by Ben Elton in collaboration with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Opening in the West End in 2002 it has been extended indefinitely making it the longest running show ever at London’s Dominion theatre.
1st Class – Monty Python’s Spamalot
Music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez based on the screenplay of the Pythons' film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and includes three songs from the 1975 film. The musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail and features a chorus line of dancing divas (and serfs), flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and a legless knight.
97p – The Rocky Horror Show
Written by Richard O'Brien The Rocky Horror Show premiered at the Theatre Upstairs in June 1973, before establishing itself at the Comedy Theatre in the West End until September 1980, closing the play's initial run of 2,960 performances.
97p – Me and My Girl
Me and My Girl is a musical with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay. It takes place in the late 1930s in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth.
The musical had a successful original run on the West End in 1937 and very successful revivals in both London and New York in the 1980s. The show stopper, “The Lambeth Walk”, was the subject of a news story in The Times of October 1938: “While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances — to The Lambeth Walk.”
97p – Return to the Forbidden Planet
A Jukebox musical by director Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1950s sci-fi film Forbidden Planet (which itself drew its plot loosely from The Tempest). Return to the Forbidden Planet started life with the Bubble Theatre Company as a production for open-air performance in a tent. A revised version of the musical opened, indoors, at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in the mid 1980s. It later moved to the Tricycle Theatre in London. After some rework a final version opened the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End in September 1989.
97p – Billy Elliot
Music by Elton John and lyrics by Lee Hall based on the smash hit film, Billy Elliot. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners' strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family. The show opened in London in May 2005
Musicals – Technical Details
Number of stamps- Eight
Design -Webb and Webb
Oliver! – foreground © Catherine Ashmore for OPL, background photograph by Michael Le Poer Trench © Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, logo – TM © OPL 2005; Blood Brothers – Copyright © Bill Kenwright Ltd; We Will Rock You © Queen Theatrical Productions Ltd; Monty Python’s Spamalot © Ocean Music Ltd & Rutsongs Music – SPAM ® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation; The Rocky Horror Show – Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show 2006: illustration by leighgallagheart.blogspot.com, design and artwork by swd.uk.com; Me and My Girl © Noel Gay, artwork by Dewynters; Return to the Forbidden Planet – illustration by Garen Ewing © Josef Weinberger Ltd/Bob Carlton; Billy Elliot © Billy London Ltd/David Scheinmann
Stamp Format- BR Dean Goods No. 2532 – photo Russell-Smith Collection reference 441 © National Railway Museum; Peckett R2 Thor – photo and © Geoff Plumb; L&YR Portrait
Stamp Size- 27mm x 37mm
Printer- Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France
Print Process- Litho
Number per Sheet 25/50
Perforations- 14 x 14
Phosphor- All over
Gum- PVA
(Source-Royal Mail)
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