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Edinburgh Fringe 2010: SO, SINATRA?


Sweet Grassmarket Venue 18
August 5th – 15th @ 3.55pm

Reviewed by Jacqueline Sharp

My curiosity got better of me; I had to see this production about Frank Sinatra; perhaps to see if anything new could be said about the man.

This famous singer had a much publicised personal and professional life on the television, radio and the media. Even after his death his songs and films are well known.

This one man show lasts forty five minutes, mostly commentary from Martin Oldfield in role as (Nick Sevano). There are some enjoyable photos, clippings and film reels to watch in the background, but the screen could have been much bigger to allow the audience to get a better look.

After the show, I spoke with Martin Oldfield to find out more. The conversation went something like this..


Q Have you been to the Edinburgh Fringe before?

A Yes, I had previously been at fringe as an actor in Albert Pierrepoint, by Peter Harrison

Q So you are working with writer Peter Harrison once more, where is David Beddy Director then is he up here for the fringe?

A He is busy with the production Albert Pierrepoint which will be showcased in Leicester Square, London soon.

Q Throughout the production you refer to the FBI files quite a bit, even showing them on set, had the entirety of the production been based on those files?

A Mostly, but not entirely, Peter Harrison had widely researched various autobiographies.

Q Why was this a one man show?

A We would have liked to have had a handful of actors with us, that was the original intention, but it proved too costly, it had to be rewritten for the fringe, making it a one man show, same as Pierrepoint.

Q Have you acted elsewhere then?

A Yes, I have been an actor on Casualty, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Secret Diaries, Anne Lister, and Accused, (writer of The Street).

Q So have you enjoyed your role as Nick Sevano?

A Yes I have exaggerated his accent to be more like a gangster, flamboyant character. Frank Sinatra is an interesting flawed character, one of the greatest

Q I thought I had heard it all about Frank, but your production gave away some news about his mum I had not heard before

A Yes, his mother was heavily involved with Marty O’Brian’s, at a time where access to alcohol was through the back door and the other stuff about her in the play had widely been reported about.

Q You refer quite a lot in the play to Frank only having two people. Could you elaborate on this?

A Well he did only have two people who he heavily relied upon, the closest to him, who were his wife Nancy and Nick Sevano.

Q I was a bit disappointed that there was no singing of Frank’s famous songs why was that?

A I can sing but would not have done the songs any justice, the production was not about his songs more about his personal life.

Q If I were to put my director’s hat on I would have got you to move around stage much more, engage more with the audience, be more expressive and dynamic in your role and act out the gangster to the tee, what would you say to that?

A Laughs! Well I had been restricted by the lighting so I could not move around much.

Q So why did you keep same pitch and tone of your New York brawl of an
accent then?

A Laughs again! In role, as Nick, I had hoped to be the exaggerated flamboyant gangster.

Q Lastly, since you say you had not met Nick Sevano, would it be fair to say you had freedom to interpret your own style of how the character Nick should be on stage?

A. You’ve got me thinking now! You have given me a few ideas. Tomorrow’s show might be a different show now!

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5th – 30th August (not 17th) @22.35 finish 23.50
Tickets £11.00 – £14.00


Reviewed by Jacqueline Sharp

Lovelace: A Rock Musical describes an era of time during the 1970’s

when erotic porn was considered chic:a great story to tell!

Deep Throat, triple-x-rated film brought the world to a standstill when it was released to the World Theater in New York City in 1972! Erotic porn in the seventies was cool and chic with many celebrities of the day, who attended the screening of Deep Throat. Masses of the public felt liberated in the seventies, and the film was enjoyed as sex chic!

Lovelace: the rock musical will raise a few eyebrows with many Edinburgh Fringe goers but they won’t be disappointed!

For the Linda Lovelaces of today sex should not be dirty, nor shameful, so hands up to Roz Bernstein Productions/William Morris Endeavor Entertainment for bringing this musical to the fringe for 2010.

Many tabloids of today do however enjoy sexualising or sensationalising women and sex, labelling women into roles as prostitutes, hookers, etc, creating salacious stories to sell their tabloids! This is why this musical is important as it explains the historical aspects of a time when the public accepted sex and enjoyed the sexual revolution.

The strengths of this musical are it portrays Linda Lovelace, as an ordinary person; a wife and mother. Katrina Lenk, has won Stage Scene LA awards for her portrayal as Linda, who was an ordinary person, and even more of an extra ordinary person!

My only criticism of the musical was that it did overplay her as a victim a bit too much! Linda has given numerous interviews and claims she did enjoy the sex and had fun, then later contradicted herself on many occasions, portraying herself as the victim of fear and violence, forced into prostitution and hardcore porn.

There are always two sides of the story, her husband Chuck Traynor, (Jimmy Swan) is part of that story. The musical makes him out to be the bad guy all of the time! However, it may be best to keep an open mind.

Overall for those who want to know more about her personal life will not be disappointed as it is a whirlwind of 90 minutes of Linda Lovelace, without the hardcore!

As for the songs, they are very catchy rock/pop anthems musical scores by Anna
Waronker and Charlotte Caffey (former band members of the Go Go’s and
That Dog) combined with awesome lyrics by Jeffery Leonard. You will be humming and tapping your feet along with the beat most all of the time to a rock musical in the style of Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar!

Director Ken Sawyer has brought to the Fringe an incredible production worthy of a Fringe Award!

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