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A Sentimental Journey is the story of Doris Day, one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. A vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, able to sing, dance, play comedy and dramatic roles, she became one of the biggest box-office stars in the world. But behind the screen, there was a story that rivalled any script Hollywood could ever dream up. At thirteen, a car accident threatened to end her dancing career. By seventeen, she was married to a psychopathic bully. When her third husband died, a man she had been married to for seventeen years, she discovered he had left her with a debt of half a million dollars.
17 March 2010
Adam Rolston and Alvin Rakoff’s musical portrayal of the life story of Doris Day - the highest-ranking female box office star of all time - could not be more appropriately housed than within Wilton’s, the world's oldest and last surviving grand music hall.
Doris (Sally Hughes) enters the faux-marble stage, which is decorated with pastel stripes of blue, yellow and pink, singing “Sentimental Journey”, the first of 25 songs. She does so with warmth and charisma as her son Terry (Ian McLarnon) delivers a seamless narration of his mother’s early life.
But the care-free, all-American image that Terry begins to paint is soon interrupted by Doris, who stops midway through the song, halting the live band and expressing her desire to correct the “load of old hooey” dreamt up by the studios and the press over the years. This early disruption sets the tone for the remainder of Doris’ turbulent times, told through the upbeat song...
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