During tours, we do our best to cover setlists in real-time on Twitter. If you want to tweet a show in, just DM or @ us on the day and tell us to watch your stream that night.
Tori will be touring in 2014 to support the release of Unrepentant Geraldines. The European legs runs from May through June and the North American legs spans July and August. We do not know if additional dates elsewhere will be added.
If you missed Mark Lawson’s conversation with Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson on yesterday’s Front Row, the archive is now available on BBC iPlayer for the next week. Additionally, the program is also available as a podcast where you can either stream or download it. The direct link to yesterday’s episode is http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/frontrow/frontrow_20131014-2000a.mp3. The podcast is stored indefinitely.
Update: we’ve also clipped it out of the podcast and posted it on SoundCloud for posterity:
The conversation is actually quite an interesting one. Recorded prior to press night for the production, Tori and Sam talk about where the idea for the production came from, the songs (Tori’s demos of most songs exist but locked away in the vault!), the unlikeliness of an album featuring the songs as performed by Tori, the possibility of her reusing some of the songs in her own work, working with Marianne Elliot on the staging, and their thoughts on doing something like this again.
Definitely worth the listen.
While we’re a bit behind on the site (though the Twitter and Facebook feeds are humming along), we’re hoping to get things back up to snuff here shortly. However, one quick note to make sure no one misses it: Tori will be one of Mark Lawson’s guests on his BBC Radio 4 program Front Row today at 7:15 PM BST.
The show will be on iPlayer for the next week if you want to catch it later.
Tonight was the first night of previews — the world premiere, as it were, though some might reserve that phrase for the press night on October 9th — for The Light Princess, the new musical penned by the creative team of Samuel Adamson and Tori Amos for The National Theatre in London.
Congratulations to them, the cast, musicians, crew,and everyone working behind the scenes for making the show a reality!
While press reviews won’t appear for some time to come (well, probably), the early accolades on the Internet are very positive! Dip your toes in the Twitter stream of Light Princess love to get a taste of what people are saying. And, lest we forget, Facebook has hashtags now too and, shockingly, some people are even using them! Check it, though you’ll only see public posts and anything from your friends.
Of course, we’d love to hear what those fortunate enough to attend any performance have to think about of the musical. If you would like to share (and we hope you do), please send us a review using the form at the bottom of that there page. We’ll be posting your reviews there as well — and a couple are already there, in fact. After all, early birds get the worm…or so they say. Whoever they are.
In any case, best wishes and heartfelt thanks to all who have worked to make this project a reality and may all who wish to be able to see it someday!
It’s been over six years since the first rumors that Tori was working on a musical started to circulate but now, after reworkings, rewrites, and delays, The Light Princess is finally on the verge of being seen for the first time! Previews start this Wednesday and continue into early October with the big press night two weeks hence on Wednesday, October 9th. We wish the cast and crew the best of luck as all their hard work at last comes to fruition on the stage of the Lyttleton Theatre!
We’re also looking forward to reading the reviews and thoughts on the musical from both the media as well as fans, both new and old, who will be fortunate enough to attend a performance. Much like the tour pages, we’ll have a page set up for the musical so all of us can post and share our own thoughts on The Light Princess. Stay tuned for details on that…
In the meantime, word is that there was a significant feature on the musical in this past Saturday’s Telegraph supplement that included in-depth reporting on the cast and rehearsals. At this time, that article is not online though we hope it will be soon. If anyone can provide a report on this piece, we’d love to hear what it includes.
Update: The article is now online at The Telegraph’s website!
I realised that I had become something that when I was five years old I would never have believed I could become. I went to a friend’s house and played the piano and felt as if I’d completely lost my soul. And so, in that moment I made a commitment to music and art and I would never compromise that never. Not for musical theatre, not for anything, not for anyone. Nobody.
Time Out London, which recently declare The Light Princess the top theatre prospect for the coming season, featured this interview in this week’s edition of the free weekly. In it, Tori and Jonny Ensall discuss the musical and her work on it and link it back to parenting and musical integrity.
The feature also includes three new, lovely photographs by Jean Goldsmith. One adorns this post — check out the other two in the article on Time Out London’s website.
Thanks to tom and mkgtweety for the link!
I will say women have sexualised themselves and made great art, which they may get flak for, but it’s powerful. But if you sexualise yourself and you’re not making art, you are just sexualising yourself. Everyone’s embarrassed. It’s not very good, is it? You’re just pooping on yourself.
Tim Teeman interviewed Tori for The Observer and while the piece is certainly a result of the upcoming opening for The Light Princess, he asked about quite a few other topics as well including her upbringing, her family life, reaching the 50 year milestone, and her next record and tour.
Thanks to @substandardnerd, Mario and mkgtweety for the link!
Additional performances of The Light Princess have been added to The National’s schedule, spanning the dates from November 29th through December 23rd and adding a few more performances in January, from the 6th to the 9th.
Tickets for these added dates are on sale now to Supporting Cast members, and will go on sale to
Priority Members on September 12th, Advance Members on September 16th, and the general public on September 27th.
The Light Princess is just under a month away, with preview performances starting on September 25th and the press night on October 9th. Unsurprisingly, the media has taken note and articles about the production are starting to appear both on the web and on the printed page.
The Independent profiled the musical and, while offering no new details, it was good to see word spread. However, if you are looking for more meaty material to chew on while waiting, check out Alex Ramon’s interview with playwright Samuel Adamson that appeared on Ramon’s Boycotting Trends blog and this article in the London Evening Standard.
If you’re at all looking forward to this production, both reads will wet the whistle — and if you aren’t, take consolation in the mention at the end of the Evening standard article that Tori’s next project is a new record.
Last Thursday, as we posted, was Tori’s 50th birthday and the rest of the Internet joined the celebration going on in the Toriphile corner of the world, albeit with varying degrees of success.
Flavorwire kicked things off with their subjective list of Tori’s Top 100 Songs that, as they subsequently reported, sparked much debate on Twitter and spawned the #5ToriSongs hashtag. It’s still not quite dead yet and never too late to chime in if you disagree or agree with what the fine folks at Flavorwire opined.
Not to be outdone, Metroweekly entered the fray with a listicle of Tori’s albums, ranking them “from worst to first” posted on their SoundWaves music blog. For whatever reason, that didn’t seem to garner as much reaction as the Flavorwire piece…
The Frisky probably had the most interesting contribution with 10 Tips For Living The Tori Amos Way. Despite whiffing on the name of Y Kant Tori Read, they light-heartedly offered up some pretty serious advice — not a mean feat in the click-and-burn jungle!
But, most special of all, the cast and crea of The National Theatre’s production of The Light Princess, currently in rehearsals in London, marked the event with a rousing performance of “Happy Birthday” and cake. And who wouldn’t want a bunch of people with good voices singing you happy birthday? Certainly not us!
Check out the video posted on Tori’s website and some photos tweeted by Sam Adamson and Nick Hendrix:
Kudos and congratulations to Tiffany, Natasha and Amanda for coordinating and pulling the whole shebang together! That was a mighty feat of catherding, we suspect.
Thanks, too, to everyone who kicked in! The original goal of $500 was smashed to smithereens by your generosity, with a final total of $3,500 being raised for RAINN! Whether you donated $1.00 or $106.58, every little bit helped and helps!