Topsy Turvey

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In 1884 when ‘Princess Ida’ their latest Operetta for the D’Oyle Carte Company fails to ignite audiences like their previous hits it looks like the celebrated duo Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert’s run of success may be finally over. Sullivan, although newly knighted by Queen Victoria, is depressed and ill decamps to Europe vowing never … Continue reading

Wallowitch & Ross : This Moment

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This overlooked wee gem of a documentary from 1999 is the story of two very talented performing artists, now in their 70’s, whose rather charmed life was essentially well-kept secret outside the Cabaret rooms of Manhattan.  John Wallowitch was a classical pianist and prolific popular songwriter who met Bertram Ross in the 1960’s when he … Continue reading

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