2002: Other Toyah Fansites - Redesigns
World', the mini Toyah site has had a
mini makeover, and been updated with a
couple more amazing "moving"
additions,a radar-ish 'I Want To Be
Free' and psychedelic 'Minx' era
pics, are both stunning. Great artwork.
Toyah pages have recently been updated
too. Some of the amazing Toyah picture
constructs at his site really must be
seen to be believed - truly beautiful!
Imagemeister will also be adding a Toyah
Wallpapers section soon too.
certainly not least, Suzy's 'Neon Room'
has been redesigned and renamed 'Neon
Womb - The Toyah Scrapbook'. This page
includes a great Toyah collage and
personal thoughts on TW from an
the pics to visit each website.
2002: 'The Guardian' - Beyond The Hutch
was mentioned in an article about
rabbits, in yesterday's 'Guardian'
"Rabbits also have fans
among the famous. Suggs, Toyah Willcox
and the head of design at Habitat, Tom
Dixon, have all publicly praised their
house bunnies. Petplan introduced rabbit
insurance policies in 1998, in response
to public demand, and there have been
significant improvements in the
veterinary treatment available to
2002: 'Calamity Jane' Reviewed in the
|Calamity Jane gets a
glowing review in the 'Daventry Express'
No Calamity For Toyah
Calamity Jane at Derngate, Northampton
- Book a seat on the Deadwood stage and
head wild, wild west for a colourful
Jane (Toyah Willcox) is a rough and ready
tomboy who enjoys shooting, fighting and
a fiery relationship with wise-cracking
gambler Wild Bill Hickock (Alasdair
Bill despairs of his friend's unladylike
behaviour, Clamity sees no reason to
change her ways - until her old sparring
partner teaches her an important lesson
in love and friendship.
the classic film version won't be
disappointed in this latest adaptation,
which combines high-energy performances
with toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance
and Harvey are excellent, with the comic
interplay and true friendship of their
characters cleverly highlighted in the
hugely enjoyable duet, I Can Do Without
You, while amongst a superb supportng
cast, Kellie Ryan and Phil Ormerod are
also worthy of special mention.
only slight dsappointment is in
Calamity's rendition of Secret Love. As
one used to the famous Doris Day version,
I found Miss Willcox's voice wasn't quite
powerful enough to do full justice to the
this is a minor quibble, as this stunning
production effortlessly captures the
warmth, vibrancy and 'feel-good-factor'
of the movie, ensuring that, like me,
you'll be leaving the theatre singing.
rottin' tootin' delight!
to Alec Kelly for providing this.
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - Crewe and
|Yet more Calamity
Jane newsy stuff! This from the
'Crewe and Nantwich Guardian':
Toyah will be a fast draw
- Pop legend Toyah Willcox will be whip
cracking her way into the Regent Theatre,
Hanley as the star of a new production of
the classic comedy musical Calamity Jane.
will be returning to the stage to play
the role immortalised on screen by Doris
Day.She has revealed that she is going to
put a different spin on the hugely
has enjoyed a highly successful and
diverse career, with major hit records,
frequent TV appearances and many stage
and screen roles to her credit that have
made her one of Britain's biggest
household names. She became the face of
the eighties achieving critical success
with hits such as 'It's a Mystery' and 'I
Wanna Be Free' from the 'Anthem' album.
She continued to gain ever-stronger acing
roles, appearing in 'The Tempest',
'Quadrophenia' 'The Taming of the Shrew'
and 'Cabaret'. She has also become
well-known to a younger audience through
voicing the hugely successful
'Teletubbies' and 'Brum'.
Calamity, Toyah will be delivering some
of the best known screen songs ,
including 'Secret Love', 'The Deadwood
Stage' and 'Black Hills of Dakota'. She
plays the Indian scout who is as
hard-riding, gun-toting and boastful, as
any man on the prairie. The tough talker
puts her reputation on the line when she
promises to bring a famous singing star
all the way from Chicago to Deadwood's
Golden Garter Saloon. After a small
matter of mistaken identity, the pair
become the best of friends - until
Calamity realises she may have a rival
for the affections of the town's two most
eligible cowboys, the dashing Lt Danny
Gilmartin and the fast drawing Wild Bill
Jane' is at The Regent from Tuesday,
October 1 to Saturday 5th.
2002: Toyah News - Bits & Pieces!
Unfortunately Toyah didn't make it into
VH1's "100 Greatest Women In
Music" poll. The list was announced
this morning and after Toyah's healthy
placings in last year's Q Magazine '100
Greatest Women In Music' and Record
Collector's 'Top 500 Most Collectable
Artists' it is something of a surpirse to
not see Toyah's name included. There is
some good news though. There are numerous
talented women present, including:
1. Madonna, 10. Kate Bush, 14.
Annie Lennox, 15. Bjork, 16. Debbie
Harry, 18. Alanis Morissette, 25. PJ
Harvey, 30. Dusty Springfield, 34. Tori
Amos, 39. Cyndi Lauper, 40. Karen
Carpenter, 43. Siouxsie Sioux, 57.
Belinda Carlisle, 61. Chrissie Hynde, 65.
Patti Smith, 70. Kim Wilde, 74. Kirsty
MacColl, 75. Suzanne Vega, 77. Alison
Moyet, 91. Bette Midler, 95. Bananarama
'The Stage' published a review of Calamity
Jane, from the run at the Derngate
Theatre in Northampton, last week in the
issue dated 19th September 2002.
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - In Stoke-On-Trent
is going great guns apparently and is now
well into its third week, at the moment
thrilling audiences at the Empire Theatre
Next Monday the
production rides into Stoke-On-Trent for
a week at the Regent Theatre in Hanley.
'This Is Staffordshire', in association
with 'The Sentinel', the Regent Theatre
and Victoria Hall, feature Calamity
Jane this week.
Jane - Toyah Willcox stars in Calamity
Jane, a whip-crackin,
toe-tappin musical extravaganza at
the Regent Theatre.
Black hills of Dakota and the West at its
wildest is the setting for this action
packed, rip-roaring comedy adventure full
of colourful characters, dazzling dance
and toe-tapping tunes starring
international pop star and acclaimed
actress Toyah Willcox.
Pistol packing tomboy Calamity Jane
brings a showgirl to entertain the female
starved Deadwood locals, chaos ensues
with mistaken identities, feminine
rivalries and secret assignations. The
showgirl is not quite what she
and romantic this wonderful production
features sensational dance routines
superb sets and one of the most witty and
hummable scores ever written. With
classic songs including Just Flew in from
the Windy City, The Deadwood Stage,
Whip-Crack Away, The Black Hills of
Dakota and the Oscar winning Secret
2002: Toyah presents 'Life Class'
guru Loyd Grossman, outspoken former Tory
minister Edwina Currie, Heartbeat star
Derek Fowlds and singer Toyah Willcox are
spearheading HTV West's new autumn season
of local programmes.
Class, a celebration of the art of
figure drawing, is presented by actress
and singer Toyah Willcox.
- This Is Bristol
2002: Toyah On TV - 'I Love 1979' &
|I Love 1979,
which includes a large segment dedicated
to Quadrophenia, is being reshown
by UK Horizons next month. Toyah appears
reminiscing about her time making the
biggest film of the final year of the
'70s!, including the famous Brighton
Beach battle scene (involving thousands
of extras) and Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash
and their alley "encounter"!
Toyah also comments on a few of the other
crazes of 1979.
Another "blast from the
past" Toyahtastic retro televisual
wonder! Sky Movies is, yet again, showing
Urgh! A Music War from 1980, in
which, of course, Toyah, Joel et al
perform possibly the definitive live
version of the legendary 'Danced'.
Apparently there is a bunch of people who
are trying to get Urgh! A Music War
issued on DVD. Not sure who or where but
most probably in America so if it was to
happen it would be a region 1 release.
1979 : UK Horizons - Friday 4th October :
A Music War : Sky Movies 2 - Tuesday 8th
October : 3.00am
Passions : BBC Prime - Wednesday 9th
October : 3.45am
talks about lovingly recreating the
gardens once owned by celebrated
photographer Cecil Beaton.
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - In Devon &
|Toyah and Calamity are
featured in the Devon Entertainment
section at BBCi.
Willcox is Calamity Jane - Toyah Willcox
has come a long way since the days of
Punk Rock (remember "It's a
Mystery?")...and her latest role is
a million miles away from the era of
safety pins, torn clothing and spiky
takes the lead role of Calamity Jane -
made famous of course, by Doris Day.
musical, which is coming to Torquay's
Princess Theatre, features the songs
Whip-Crack-Away, Windy City and Secret
those too young to remember the film
version, it's a Wild West comedy
adventure about Calamity Jane and Wild
Bill Hickock (played by Alasdair
Jane - Princess Theatre, Torquay
5th - Saturday 9th November, various
£25 - £9.50 - Box Office: 08702 41 41
20 - Group Sales: 01803 380842
Jane also gets a mention this week in the
Jane hits the stage as an action packed
rip-roaring comedy adventure round the
Wild West with one of the most witty and
hummable scores ever written for a
songs include The Deadwood Stage
(whip-crack-away), Windy City and the
Black Hills of Dakota.
Willcox stars as Calamity Jane with
Alasdair Harvey as Wild Bill Hickock.
Toyahs career spans pop-stardom,
film, TV and stage. Calamity Jane is
brought to the Apollo by Tristan Baker
Productions in association with
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - Time for Oxford!
|Calamity Jane is also
featured at BBC Oxford this week. Nothing
as detailed or comprehensive as BBC
Northamptonshire, but they still have
this to say...
BBC Oxford :
Going Out - Tue Sep 17 - Sat Sep 21
Apollo : Calamity Jane
Willcox in Calamity Jane - A damsel
trying to save an entertainment venue
from ruin is the enchanting story behind
Oxford Apollo's Calamity Jane.
well known play, Calamity promises the
patrons of the Golden Garter in Deadwood
that she will personally bring Miss Adams
back from Chicago to saved their beloved
Golden Garter. Calamity travels to
Chicago to see Adelaide Adam's show. From
the back of the theatre she mistakes Miss
Adam's stage struck maid, Katie Brown,
for the star.
seizes the opportunity to make her dreams
come true by posing as Adelaide and
leaving for Deadwood. After crossing
dangerous terrain with Indians in hot
pursuit, Katie and Calamity arrive in
Deadwood to a tremendous fanfare. The men
are delighted that Calamity has kept her
word and brought the beautiful Adelaide
to perform for them.
spoiling the story for you, the
playwright weaves their magic throughout
the play to ensure a gloriously happy
ending. Don't miss it!
2002: Toyah News - Bits & Pieces!
|Channel Five are repeating It's
Your Funeral, with Toyah, on Sunday
29th September at 6.30am...
"Kaye Adams presents a
serious look at the issue of death, in
which people in the public eye share
their beliefs and convictions and talk
about how they would like to be sent off.
In this edition, actress and presenter
Toyah Willcox talks about her ambition to
have a Tibetan sky burial on top of the
the classic film starring Liza Minnelli,
has just been re-released on deluxe DVD,
digitally remastered and packed with
special features, to celebrate its 30th
anniversary. Toyah, of course, starred in
the ill-fated West End production of Cabaret,
and recorded an album (also reissued with
new packaging earlier this year) of songs
from the show in 1997 with Nigel Planer.
was mentioned in 'The Sun' on Monday
(16th Sep), in a news article about
Martine McCutcheon of all people!
2002: Toyah On TV - *Update*
Offer : Challenge TV - Twice Daily
Weekdays : 7.00am/3.30pm
: UK Gold - Wednesday 25th September :
7.20am & 3.25pm
: UK Gold - Thursday 26th September :
: UK Gold Plus 1 - Thursday 26th
September : 2.45am
Your Funeral : Ch5 - Sunday 29th
September - 6.30am
2002: Remember The Eighties
|Remember The Eighties - The
website featuring all the latest news on
various bands and performers from the
'80s, as well as exclusive interviews -
has undergone a redesign this month.
Click this picture to read their 1999
interview with Toyah, which focuses on
that year's reissue of 'Anthem' and 'The
Changeling' on CD.
2002: 'Q Magazine' Top 100 Albums / 'VH1'
Greatest Women Poll
|Q Magazine are,
once again, compiling the Top 100 albums.
We all have our favourite Toyah album but
if Toyah is to appear it would be a good
idea for everyone to vote for 'Anthem',
as this is easily her biggest album.
"In 1997, Q asked you to
vote for your favourite album ever. You
voted in your thousands, enabling us to
compile the definitive list of the 100
Best Albums Of All Time, provoking
discussion, argument and astonishment.
Now, five years later, do we still think
that OK Computer is the greatest album
ever made? Should we still include Kula
Shaker's K and the first Placebo album?Q
wants your votes, so that we can compile
the first Top 100 all time greatest
albums poll of the 21st century. Nominate
your ten favourite LPs using the form
below and one lucky person will be picked
at random to win the 100 albums."
Greatest Women Poll - The votes Are In!
week beginning Monday 30th September VH1
UK are counting down the top 100 female
musicians and singers as voted by the
public. Denise Van Outen is set to
present the show running from the 30th
through to the 6th October.
2002: 'Calamity Jane' In Oxford / BBC
|Calamity Jane is well and
After a successful first week in
Northampton, Toyah, and the cast, are now
'keeping it under their hat's' at the
Apollo Theatre in Oxford. By all accounts
the show is nothing less than spectacular
and Toyah is wonderful as Jane, with a
splendid supporting cast. The show's
choreography, use of space and levels
within the set, and the musical
direction, are all said to be stunning.
It certainly looks amazing judging
by the pictures released so far.
Northampton have a review of one of the
performances from the Derngate Theatre.
Click the fantastic stage show picture to
Jane, this week at the Apollo
Theatre in Oxford, is again Critic's
Choice in 'The Times' (September
2002: Toyah In 'The Times' - Time &
interviewed in the 'Sunday Times' at the
weekend (15th September - my birthday
too:)) in the "Time &
Place" feature titled 'My Staging
Post With The Renegade Rockers'.
Toyah tells all about life at
Mayhem in the late '70s and very early
'80s. Click the Times logo to read the
2002: 'Aladdin' - Panto 2002 *update*
|Toyah will, once
again, play Aladdin this coming
festive season, at The Anvil in
Basingstoke. The panto runs from Friday
13th December 2002 through until
Sunday 5th January 2003.
Toyah Willcox, who must be
one of the finest Aladdins of her
generation, displayed tremendous energy
and an impish sense of fun that made her
the ideal boy". (Encore
Anvil, Churchil Way,
Office: 01256 844244
2002: 'Doctors' - Mum's The Word
|The episode of BBC medical drama
Doctors, 'Mum's The Word', in
which Toyah starred, is repeated a number
of times on UK Gold later this month.
Originally broadcast on BBC1 in
2000 Toyah plays Marcy Preston, a single
mother with a troublesome son. A role she
had to "glam down" for!
the Word - Drama series set in a busy
Midlands medical practice. Dr Helen
Thompson pays a home visit to Stella
Darwin and discovers that Stella's
nine-year-old daughter knows why her
mother is so badly bruised. Marcy Preston
takes her tearaway son, Danny, to see Dr
Steve Rawlings in the hope that his
behaviour can be improved. Starring: Christopher Timothy,
Jacqueline Leonard, Mark Frost, Corrine
Wicks, Akbar Kurtha, Toyah Willcox."
: UK Gold
25th September : 7.20am & 3.25pm
26th September : 1.45am & 2.45am (UK
Gold Plus 1)
2002: 'Good Housekeeping' - From Queen Of
Punk To ...
|As mentioned on
7th September, Toyah is, one of many
female, Guest Editors in this months
'Good Housekeeping' magazine. The issue
is the 80th Anniversary edition and the
theme is "Woman Power"!
The magazine contains a three
page feature/interview on Toyah's
Worcestershire garden and includes some
ventured to my local Sainsburys the other
evening and endured the trauma of buying
a copy of 'Good Housekeeping' in order to
add this to the Article Archive:)
But seriously, I
would recommend purchasing this magazine
as it is a good article. particulary if
you like gardening and horticulture (or
even just Toyah)!
is also included in the mag's opening
'Editorial Board 2002' pages. The bio
(see Sep 7 News, below) is headed
"Still singing - but now she's
the picture above to read the article and
see those garden pictures.
2002: Northants News - Celebrity
are running two Toyah interviews this
week. Toyah is currently in Northampton
with Calamity Jane and both
interviews focus on the musical, though
Toyah does also talk briefly about her
career and 'Little Tears Of Love' too.
TOYAH APPEAL IS NO MYSTERY
Willcox is never one to shy away from a
challenge. In a career that has spanned
25 years she has had several top 10 hits,
wrestled live on stage, starred opposite
Sir Laurence Olivier and has narrated one
of the most successful childrens
programmes ever. Now she is set to tackle
the role of Calamity Jane, the Wild West
heroine made famous on the big screen by
had fond memories of the film because I
had seen it as a child," said Toyah.
"The film was a vehicle for Doris
Day, but the script was written
afterwards and is interesting because it
is so much darker. Doris Days
performance was wonderful but things have
moved on and women are perceived as much
stronger than in the 50s."
who started her acting career at the Old
Rep Drama School in her home town of
Birmingham, has some very definite ideas
about the eponymous heroine.
wanted Calamity to have surrendered her
femininity to survive in the environment
that she lived in," she said.
"This is a small town in middle
America that could easily starve to death
and people who made it there were very
tough. Women are not that common so in
order to feel safe she has taken on this
action packed, rip-roaring show, Calamity
puts her reputation on the line when she
promises to bring a famous singing star
all the way from Chicago to
Deadwoods Golden Garter
said: "You must never lose sight
that this is a lovely fun love story with
a man who has always loved this woman but
cant bear her masculinity. Wild
Bill Hickock expects women to be in
petticoats and smell nice but she never
wanted to have the effect that the
character hasnt bathed for three
months so when the change comes it is
first notable acting role came in 1977
when director Derek Jarman cast her as
Mad in the punk epic, Jubilee. Her latest
role is one of her most physical but she
intends to take it in her stride.
will need stamina and mental agility to
get round the dance steps but I have
always been fit, she said. "I
love physical theatre that is bombastic
and robust. In Calamity Jane there should
be scenes where she is thrown through bar
windows because they treat her as if she
were a man."
had a successful pop career with hit
singles including Its A Mystery, I
Want To Be Free and Thunder In The
Mountains. She is still making music and
releases a new album, Little Tears of
Love in November.
music has a whole different feel,"
she said. "It is stripped down and
real. I work with a three-piece band and
it is quite naked."
44-year-old spent the 1990s adding
another string to her bow by becoming a
television presenter of programmes such
as Heaven and Earth and Holiday. In
recent years Toyah has also been the
narrator of Teletubbies.
am best friends with the creator Ann Wood
and when I read it I said This is
the new Magic Roundabout."
who still lives in the Midlands with her
husband of 16 years musician Robert
Fripp, has been performing in pantomime
since 1984, but still gets nervous before
a stage performance.
get physically sick. Dont come near
me half and hour before the show because
I turn into a rabid monster."
Jane will be at Derngate until September
14. Tickets on Northampton 624811.
2002: Northants News - Theatre Interview
|This is the
second interview from 'Northants News'...
TOYAH TAKES THE DEADWOOD
singer and TV presenter Toyah Willcox
adds another string to her bow when she
plays the title role in a new stage
version of the hit musical Calamity Jane.
will be the first time in 20 years that
the spectacular show, which premieres at
Northamptons Derngate next week,
has toured the UK and the 44-year-old
star hopes it will transfer to the West
End after its ten-month run.
was flattered when they sent me the
script because its quite a young
role and I may never get the chance to do
it again," she said. I was a
big fan of the film version and Doris Day
was remarkably clever in the way she took
this character, who dressed like a man
and didnt bath, and made her
people dont realise Jane was a real
person, who lived in the 1860s and won
medals for her shooting, and this new
interpretation of the story gets closer
to the reality of those times. In those
days gunfights and ambushes were the norm
and people didnt know if they would
live till the next day. For women, it
must have been frightening but also
only previous musical experience was
playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret at
Londons Strand Theatre. In a
diverse acting career she has tackled
everything from panto to Shakespeare,
learning the ropes at the Birmingham Old
Repertory Theatre School and becoming, at
the age of 18, the youngest member of the
the big screen, she appeared alongside
Katharine Hepburn in The Corn Is Green,
played Monkey in Quadrophenia
and won a nomination for Best Newcomer at
the Evening Standard Awards for her role
as Miranda in Derek Jarmans film
The Tempest. On TV she starred opposite
Sir Laurence Olivier and Greta Scaachi in
Granadas The Ebony Tower.
said: "I was always told to
diversify with the roles I accept so you
dont get pigeonholed. I feel very
privileged to have worked with such great
names as Hepburn and Olivier, who came
from that lost generation of stars who
were so extraordinary in their eloquence.
I wasnt looking to learn from them
I just enjoyed being in their
company, listening to all these stories
about such legends as James Dean, Marilyn
Monroe and Vivien Leigh."
recent years Toyah has carved out a
career in television, from appear-ing in
Kavanagh QC to being guest presenter on
The Heaven And Earth Show, Fasten Your
Seatbelts and Holiday. She also presented
an epic series on alternative medicine
for the Discovery Channel and on
childrens TV she voiced Brum and
the Teletubbies and played the title role
in two series of the BBCs Barmy
very close to Ann Wood, the creator of
Teletubbies and did just five minutes of
narration on the first episode. But
its probably the most important
five minutes of my career as within three
months it was a worldwide hit!
Aunt Boomerang! is about a ghost from
Australia living with a boy in Glasgow
it was all good experience and
great fun to do."
2002: 'The Times' Theatre - Critic's
Jane, at the Derngate Theatre in
Northampton, was the top theatre
selection in yesterday's (11th September)
'The Times', in the Critic's Choice
Calamity Jane : Derngate, Northampton
(01604 624 811)
Willcox stars in Tristan Baker
Productions touring revival of this
musical. Almost half a century has gone
by since the movie won an Oscar for Best
Original Song with Secret Love but this
is not a one-hit musical; other hummable
hits include The Black Hills of Dakota
and Deadwood Stage. September 9-14
2002: 'Calamity Jane' - Musical Opens
Tonight In Northampton
almost feels like, an eternity of waiting
Calamity Jane, starring Toyah in
the lead role, opens tonight in
Northampton at the Derngate Theatre.
There surely hasn't been this
much anticipation surrounding Toyah in a
stage role since Trafford Tanzi 19
years ago in the Summer of 1983?
in the build up to tonight's opening,
there has been lots of newspaper,
magazine and internet articles and
interviews with Toyah about Calamity.
Not surprising as this is the first time
in over two decades that a major tour of
this production has played in the UK, Calamity
Jane, and it's famous soundtrack, is
a favourite of many people from various
generations, and with the added
ingredient of Toyah taking on the lead
role, this was a combination guaranteed
to garner huge interest in the show. I'm
sure many more articles and reviews will
appear in the press over the coming
months as the tour progresses and makes
its way around the UK.
the months of preparation, speculation
and anticipation will be over. This is a
mammoth project for Toyah to undertake
and it has to be said that, as the star
of the show, I'm sure she must be feeling
excited and perhaps a little apprehensive
that Calamity Jane is a success.
If anyone can do justice to such a famous
role it has to be Toyah, ever the
consumate professional, workaholic and
luck for tonight and the next eight
months Toyah from me and everyone who
2002: 'The Times' - This week with Toyah
Times' featured TW in their "This
Week With..." column.
The Times - September 07,
2002 - This week with Toyah Willcox
you be watching Martin Clunes in the new
ITV1 drama A is for Acid?
a big fan of Martin Clunes. I worked with
him on a radio show about ten years ago
and he is a great actor, so I think he is
going to be brilliant.
you be spinning the latest CD by the
into a lot of contemporary bands and I
love the Led Zeppelin sound, so I would
probably enjoy it. And the new one by
Ooberman I definitely want that in
you be reading the new biography of Mary
Shelley by Muriel Spark?
yes. Im very interested in how
women are portrayed in history, so that
would grab me.
planning a trip to the cinema to see
Kathy Burke, Ricky Tomlinson and Rhys
Ifans in Once upon a Time in the
What a fabulous cast. I would like to see
The Importance of Being Earnest with
Colin Firth, too. You can imagine lots of
smouldering going on.
Willcox stars in Calamity Jane at the
Derngate Theatre, Northampton, Sep 7-14,
and then on nationwide tour (0207-395
2002: Toyah On TV - *Update*
Offer : Challenge TV - Twice Daily
Weekdays : 7.00am/3.30pm
Along TV Scrabble : Challenge TV -
Thursday 12th September : 10.00pm
Along TV Scrabble : Challenge TV - Friday
13th September : 5.05pm
A Music War : Sky Movies 2 - Tuesday 17th
September : 00.55am
2002: 'Warrington Guardian' - Toyah
Guardian' interviewed Toyah last week.
Toyah's comments about Calamity Jane
are interesting, as is the previously
unknown fact that the show has a cast of
Mystery! - Toyah tight lipped over new
pop star Toyah Willcox is busy rehearsing
for a rip-roaring roller coaster
production of Calamity Jane.
after spending the past 25 years either
on stage, in a television studio or
recording hit songs, she will feel at
home at Manchester's Opera House and The
Regent Theatre in Stoke.
musical is loosely based on the life of
Martha Jane Cannary, who was born in 1852
in Missouri, and stars Toyah in the title
songs such as Windy City, The Deadwood
Stage and the Oscar winning Secret Love,
Calamity Jane is a typical western set in
Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where men are
cowboys and women are clean-living
will be stepping into Calamity's shoes,
previously worn by Carry On star Barbara
Windsor and film star Doris Day, but
anyone who is expecting a production like
the 1953 film is in for a surprise.
said: "Calamity Jane is a great
production - it's buzzing and very
people who will be coming to see the
musical will be expecting something
schmaltzy because they'll have seen the
film starring Doris Day.
seen this version many times and I
remember watching the film as a child.
But we've done something different with
the story, which is quite unusual."
has been performing on stage for the past
25 years in productions such as Cabaret
and Peter Pan as well as Shakespeare
role in Calamity Jane is as a
hard-riding, gun-toting and boastful
woman who is involved in a love-triangle
with the dashing Lieutenant Danny
Gilmartin and fast drawing Wild Bill
musical is a fast-paced, action-packed
story of gunfights, passion and saloon
life and is set in the highly charged
atmosphere of the Wild West in 1876.
30-strong cast, which has been rehearsing
for the past four weeks, will be
appearing in Stoke between September 30
and October 5 and in Manchester between
October 7 and 12.
members are hoping the 10-month national
tour will end up in London's West End
2002: Toyah/Jitterbug Perfume - 'No Exit'
|Last month Toyah revealed that
'Jitterbug Perfume' by Tom Robbins is her
current favourite read. Following on from
that she gets a mention on the 'No Exit'
book website in their Press section
dedicated to Tom Robbins work...
"...an extraordinary piece
of comic writing combined with the
ability to make a short paperback book
travel over a period of a thousand years
tracing the life of Pan, the god of
nature. It's amazing." - Toyah
Wilcox in The Guardian Online.
2002: Toyah Guest Editor - 'Good
|Toyah is Guest
Editor (in the Gardening section), along
with a host of other female celebrities,
of this month's 'Good Housekeeping'
magazine. Toyah also gets a mention on
the cover of the women's monthly
publication which is celebrating its 80th
Housekeeping - Meet the women who helped
us put together this very special 80th
career spanning nearly 20 years, Toyah
Willcox, 44, has had 13 top 40 singles,
made 16 solo albums, appeared in over 25
stage plays and made 11 feature films.
She joins us as Gardening Editor for this
special birthday issue (see her garden on
page 228). Toyahs role as a TV
presenter began in 1992; highlights
include Carlton TVs Good Sex Guide
Late in 1996, the BBCs Holiday
programme, Watchdog, Face Value and a
Songs Of Praise special in 1999. In 2001
she fronted a series of alternative
health programmes. Earlier this year
Toyah went back on the road with her band
for an Eighties revival tour. Shes
currently writing her first novel and
performing the title role in Calamity
Jane, which is touring the UK prior to
its West End opening. She lives with her
husband Robert Fripp in Worcestershire.
Toyah is donating her fee to Inspire, a
charity pioneering microchip transplant
surgery to give movement back to victims
with spinal injuries.
2002: 'Northants News' Chaotic Calamity
featured Toyah, this week, in the build
up to the first week of Calamity Jane
at the Derngate Theatre in Northmpton.
They also used two, previously unseen,
start to some stage classics - A feast of
spectacular stage shows and musicals
forms the backbone of a busy autumn
season just announced by the Derngate in
Northampton. The exciting new programme
gets off to a whip-cracking start when
singer and actress Toyah Willcox plays
the title role in an action-packed new
production of the classic comedy
adventure Calamity Jane, which runs for a
week beginning on September 9th
Toyah, chaotic cowgirl - Toyah Willcox
appears as Calamity Jane in a new
production of the classic comedy musical
which starts a national tour in
Northampton this September..
The story is
based (very loosely) on a real person,
Martha Jane Cannary, who was born in 1852
and dressed, drank and fought like a man
though, like her fictional counterpart,
she was prone to exaggerate her exploits.
she was romantically involved with
Wild Bill Hickock is unknown,
but the story goes that she made a
deathbed request to be buried beside him.
movie Calamity Jane was released in 1953
to cash in on the popularity of Western
musicals such as the 1950 hit Annie Get
Your Gun. The film soon became a classic
and made a star of its leading lady,
film received three Oscar nominations and
Secret Love, a ballad from the
soundtrack, won an Oscar for the best
song. Other hit songs include The Black
Hills of Dakota, Windy City and The
Deadwood Stage (Whip-crack-away!).
Calamity Jane first came to the stage in
England in 1979 with Barbara Windsor in
the title role but although it toured it
never made it to the West End."
2002: Official Toyah - Website & E
Toyah website has been updated, along
with the Toyah E Newsletter. Find out all
the latest on Calamity Jane
(including quotes from TW and Tristan
Baker) including show dates and theatre
contact numbers. There's also details on
Toyah's forthcoming new EP, and lots more
in the News section and Toyah's Web
Diary/Journal. Leap on over by clicking
2002: 'The Stage' / 'Mouse UK' - It's
'Calamity Jane' Mania!
|Toyah/Calamity Jane are
mentioned in this week's 'The Stage'.
They pop up in the theatre listings
section and a pic of TW as CJ is also
Calamity is also
featured at Mouse UK this week...
MAJOR NEW NATIONAL TOUR Toyah Willcox is
the legendary TOYAH WILLCOX, a brand new
production of the classic comedy musical
CALAMITY JANE whip cracks its way onto a
nationwide tour in Autumn 2002, opening
at DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON on 9
JANE is an action packed, rip-roaring
rollercoaster of a show with one of the
most witty and memorable musical scores
ever written and featuring many classic
songs including The Deadwood Stage, Windy
City, The Black Hills of Dakota and
Secret Love, which won the Oscar for Best
WEST WAS SUNG!
Dakota Territory, is a typical wild west
town where men are cowboys and women are
clean-living, wholesome gals. That is
apart from Indian scout Calamity Jane,
who is as hard-riding, gun-toting and
boastful as any man on the prairie. Tough
talking Calamity puts her reputation on
the line when she promises to bring a
famous singing star all the way from
Chicago to Dakota's Golden Garter Saloon.
After a small matter of mistaken
identity, the dainty chanteuse and our
eponymous hero (along with the rest of
Deadwood) become the best of friends -
until Calamity realises she may have a
rival for the affections of the towns two
most eligible cowboys, the dashing
Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and fast
drawing Wild Bill Hickock.
WILCOX returns to the stage to play
Calamity, a role immortalised on the
Hollywood screen by Doris Day. Toyah, one
of Britain's biggest household names, has
a highly successful and varied career,
with major hit records, frequent
television appearances and many
prestigious stage and screen roles in
productions as diverse as The Taming of
The Shrew, Cabaret and Peter Pan.
cast for CALAMITY JANE includes ALASDAIR
HARVEY as Wild Bill Hickock, KELLIE RYAN
as Katie Brown, DUSTIN DUBREUIL as Lt.
Danny Gilmartin, TONY STANSFIELD as Henry
Miller, PHIL ORMEROD as Francis Fryer
with AHMET AHMET, CAROLINE ASLETT, LYNSEY
BRITTON, MICHAEL BROUGHTON, JOHN COATES,
GARETH DERRICK, EMMA DODD, CARLY HAINSBY,
PAUL HEMMING, IAN GARETH JONES and
JANE is adapted for the stage by Charles
K.Freeman, with music by Sammy Fain and
lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. This new
production is directed by Ed Curtis,
designed by Simon Higlett, choreographed
by Craig Revel Horwood with lighting
designed by James Whiteside, sound
designed by Autograph and musical
direction by Peter White.
2002: More 'Calamity Jane' tickets to be
|'What's On Stage?' are running a
competition at their website to win
tickets for Calamity Jane. Unlike
the BBCi/Northamptonshire competition,
winners of this can choose from a variety
of theatres/cites to see the show.
"Toyah Willcox plays the
gun-toting, lasso-hurling title role in
musical comedy Calamity Jane, which
launches a new UK-wide tour in September.
Ten pairs of tickets for venues across
the country must be won by 19 September
the pic to go and win (hopefully - I'm
crossing my fingers for ya as I type:))
2002: Love Is The Law - NO CD! / Safari
|Bad News I'm afraid. There are
NO plans to release 'Love Is The Law' on
CD. Unfortunately the petition had
absolutely no effect and it looks like an
official CD version of Toyah's classic
1983 album will possibly never be a
Safari did tell
me though that they are releasing a
commemorative album in October, which
will include two Toyah tracks.
the letter I received:
you for your letter. At the moment
there are no plans to re-release
you might be interested to know that in
October Safari Records are
a 25 Years commemorative album which
includes two tracks by Toyah.
catalogue number is VOORCD7702.
2002: Toyah Discusses 'Calamity Jane' -
|Toyah guested on
BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour last
Wednesday. Guess what she was speaking
about?, yep, Calamity Jane...
"Calamity Jane: It's nearly
50 years since Doris Day played one of
her best loved roles, Calamity Jane, the
wild west tom boy.
Jane did exist, although the film is a
highly fictionalised account of her life.
In the movie the gun toting Indian scout
discovers her softer feminine side in a
quest to try and get her man.
Willcox, who is about to start a
nationwide theatre tour of the musical
playing Calamity and lecturer in Film
Studies at Warwick University, Tamar
Jeffers joined Jenni Murray to discuss
the appeal of playing this wild woman of
didn't catch this so haven't a clue what
Toyah actually said!
2002: 'The Times' - Theatre : Jeremy
|Calamity Jane is the
theatre choice of Jeremy Kingston in The
: Derngate, Northampton September 9-14
Cole Porters Kiss Me, Kate is
ending its London run earlier than
planned, some people have predicted the
end of musical revivals as we know them.
Sorry, Cole. Bye-bye, Lorenz, Richard,
Oscar. Dont want to see you no
better way of looking at success and
failure is to see them as a matter of
timing, the difficult art of catching the
mood of the moment. In addition, that is,
to the vast cost of staging a musical in
London. Outside the capital, recent
revivals of Pal Joey and Guys and Dolls
have done very nicely, thank you, and the
newish, youngish company Tristan Baker
Productions seems to be following that
route with its touring revival of
Calamity Jane, starring Toyah Willcox in
the title role.
half a century has gone by since the
Doris Day/ Howard Keel movie won an Oscar
for Best Original Song with Secret Love.
And this was not just a one-hit musical:
Sammy Fains score also included
Windy City, The Black Hills of Dakota and
love rivalries of the plot toy with the
real-life figures of the gun-toting
Indian scout, Jane (born Martha Jane
Canary), and Wild Bill Hickock, played
here by Alasdair Harvey, recently the
Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
own stage experience began at the
National in London and led, by way of
punk movies and Trafford Tanzi, to the
role of Sally Bowles in the Strand
revival of Cabaret.
Northampton the show sets off on a
national tour that continues, with a
break for the panto season, into next
2002: Win tickets for 'Calamity Jane'
|BBCi, at their Northamptonshire
page, have a competition to win tickets
for the opening night of Calamity Jane
at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
The classic comedy musical
Calamity Jane is coming to Northampton's
Derngate. It stars TV's Toyah Willcox.
have five pairs of tickets to give away
for the musical's opening night. (Mon 9th
September - 7.30pm).
the pic to go enter this cool comp!
2002: Vote for Toyah in VH1's '100
Greatest Women' Poll
|There is still
time to vote for Toyah in VH1's "100
Greatest Women In Music" poll at
their website. The poll runs for another
few days and results should be announced
at the end of September.
Please take a few seconds to
vote for Toyah in the poll. VH1 will
dedicate an entire weekend announcing the
poll results and could result in a few of
Toyah's classic videos being broadcast.
2002: 'Daily Mail' - Toyah ages
recently included in a Daily Mail article
about how well certain celebs are
were teenage pin-ups with thousands of
adoring fans beating a path to their
doors. But two decades on would you give
your favourite 80s pop god a second
end of the scale is Morten Harket, who at
42 doesn't look a day older than the
times when A-ha were on every TV show and
billboard going. The Norwegian singer has
lost none of the chiselled features that
helped shoot him and his band to number
one in the popularity stakes during the
there's Toyah Willcox, who, if anything,
looks better at 44 than she did during
the height of her fame. The original wild
child has dumped her punk, in-your-face
look in favour of a softer, prettier
image, reflecting her more sedate
lifestyle as a TV presenter and
other end of the scale are the likes of
Simon Le Bon and Adam Ant . We hate to
say it, but fatherhood had definitely
taken its toll on Simon - especially his
stomach. And Adam Ant couldn't be further
away from the fine and dandy image he
cultivated in his younger days.
caption reads: It's a mystery how Toyah,
44, looks so good. Or maybe her outdoor
lifestyle and less hectic career as a
Teletubby voice is the reason. Verdict: