Here I am in London in the afterglow of a truly wonderful evening at the British Film Institute’s salute to the 30th anniversary of Cagney & Lacey. Our own Jacqueline Danson, working with the BFI, did a terrific job of co-producing the whole thing, Sharon, Tyne, and I were all on “our game”, the sell-out crowd of over 400 was enthusiastic and loving, the moderator, Dame Jenni Murray, was sharp and the film clips that were screened were well received. Of course, no one from MGM was there. No one who could make a difference in the way this series is marketed or promoted witnessed the lasting enthusiasm and affection for the show or its stars. We move on. To what? Not sure. We are approaching the end of the year….a time for decision making and New Year’s resolutions. When I have some, I will send them your way by way of another blog. There is, I must add, some small light on the horizon. MGM has licensed the entire series to a new distributor out of Toronto and in a preliminary contact with him I discovered that, unlike anyone at the new MGM, this fellow actually knows which one is Cagney and which one is Lacey. It’s a start.
One of the reasons I have remained in London is that my spouse is here with her play A Round-Heeled Woman. It has just moved from a successful run in Hammersmith to the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End. What a coup and what a performance by La Gless. Four Star reviews, the whole nine yards. If you have a thing for Charles Dickens and Christmas in London you must pop over the pond and see this. If you are already in London (or anywhere in the nearby English countryside) I urge you to come and see this work which will continue until mid January when Sharon must begin to wrap things up in order to return to production of year six on Burn Notice. Tyne Daly will be coming to the West End as well for her version of Maria Callas in Master Class, but the two will not overlap as Ms Daly’s play begins previewing on January 21st and runs for fourteen weeks at the Vaudeville Theatre. It was fun to go to Sharon’s opening at the Aldwych with Tyne at my side and afterwards we all were consuming far too many calories late night at the Ivy. The evening before, after the BFI event, Tyne and I put the too-tired Ms Gless to bed and went on to party at the Woolsey where we reminisced and had one of our best evenings in a long time. Onward:
Whatever the New Year brings for “Cagney & Lacey… and me “(can never resist a chance to plug the book) you will learn about it here and in the not too distant future. Until then, may you have a lovely holiday season and a joyous New Year.
December 3, 2011