50 years since Kermit Goell's 'Pocahontas' was
performed in London's West End, Stage Door are pleased to present the
first opportunity to hear selections from this lost theatre score.
opened at London's Lyric Theatre in November 1963, featuring
music, book and lyrics by Kermit Goell and starring Anita
Gillette in the title role alongside Terence Cooper playing both roles
of John Smith and John Rolfe. The musical encompassed all aspects of
Pocahontas' life story, from her beginnings in Virginia to her death
in Gravesend in March 1617. The production first opened as 'The
Princess Pocahontas' at the Glasgow Alhambra Theatre on
October 8th 1963, later playing theatres in Leeds and Liverpool before
transferring to London's Lyric Theatre, opening on November 14th 1963
and closing after just 12 performances.
Recently discovered studio demos
of the show, recorded in 1962 with a company of Broadway singers (under
the musical direction of Jay Blackton), now
make their debut on CD accompanied by a selection of piano instrumentals
from the score. The tapes, which had not been played since 1963, were
discovered amongst Kermit Goell's archive by his son Jonathan and have
been digitally restored for this album release. As
a special bonus, the CD concludes with a newly recorded interview with Anita
Gillette, the star of 'Pocahontas', reflecting on her memories
of the production.
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DATE: MARCH 24th, 2017