Monday, August 29, 2011

French and Saunders Discuss Tracey Today!

Comediennes, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have been presenting their own radio series on BBC Radio 2 for roughly a year now to great success. Today, a new show was presented. A typical show features Dawn and Jennifer playing their favorite records, their witty banter, and guests who join them in the studio. Tracey's 1983 hit song "Breakaway" was chosen by the hosts and was followed by comments regarding working with Tracey in "Girls On Top". To our recollection, it was the first time Jennifer spoke publicly about Tracey. Dawn French has stayed in touched with Tracey over the years. Tracey took part in Dawn's BBC documentary series, "Girls Who Do Comedy" in 2006. Tracey introduced Dawn to her now former husband, Lenny Henry, whom she worked with in the show "Three Of A Kind".

You can listen to the French and Saunders' latest radio broadcast here. Skip to 1:03, if you'd like to get straight to the Tracey bit.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Look: Rehearsal photos of My City at the Almeida Theatre starring Tracey Ullman

Stephen Poliakoff directs the world premiere of My City, his first new play for 12 years, running at the Almeida Theatre from 8 September – 5 November 2011.

The cast includes Hannah Arterton (Waitress), Siân Brooke (Julie), Sorcha Cusack (Summers), Tom Riley (Richard), David Troughton (Minken) and Tracey Ullman (Lambert). Designs are by Lez Brotherson with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

How would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tracey Has A Healthy Appetite

Meryl Streep's caterer recalls cooking for Tracey:


That's the millet dish, and she employed it so many times over the years for Streep's vegetarian friends, it became her signature dish. A vegetarian main dish or a side dish for a main meal, it is both showy and comforting. Temple recalled devising it for Streep's friend, comedian Tracey Ullman.

"She's a vegetarian," Temple said. "She'd come over, and I was so tired of doing the black beans and rice thing for her. I basically put two different soufflés together—a spinach soufflé and then I mixed in a grain and vegetables, and it became a main course vegetarian entrée. And everyone loves the sauce. People always want more sauce!"

Read the yummy rest!
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Remembering "They Don't Know"

A great article written by Examiner.com writer, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner)

A look back: Tracey Ullman's hit with the Paul McCartney surprise

Tracey Ullman is known for her work mainly as an actress on stage and TV. And her "The Tracey Ullman Show" help give "The Simpsons" their start as they first appeared on her show.


But before TV, Ullman tried a career as a singer in the early '80s. Her sound had a real retro influence with elements of Phil Spector and all sorts of girl groups, plus a dash of the comedy she'd be known for later. She did covers of hits, including "Bobby's Girl," the 1962 song first done by Marcie Blaine, and "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)," originally sung by Reunion.

But some of her other songs had great titles, like "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places" (also the title of her album) and "I'm Always Touched by Your Presence Dear."

But it was "They Don't Know," written by Kirsty MacColl, that got a ton of attention. For one, it was a great song. Ullman took the girl group sound to the limit here with echo. She even got MacColl to do backing vocals on it.

The video, however, was the crown jewel. Ullman put on a wonderful comic performance as a beleagured woman with a child and a male chauvinist mate. The big surprise in the final few seconds made it a keeper. You can see it at the left. The song reached no. 2 in the UK and the top 10 in the States.

It may have been a return favor because Tracey had a role in Paul McCartney's "Give My Regards to Broad Street," but it certainly stands on its own. And makes us smile every time we see it.

"They Don't Know" help make us a fan of Ullman's singing forever. There are CD collections of her singing available. They're well worth getting.

Crank up the volume!. (And you can hear Kirsty MacColl's original version here.)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Whatever Happened To The Third Season "State of the Union" DVDs?!

We tried posting this a few weeks ago, but somehow it got lost.

As many have noticed, the third season of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" DVDs have failed to materialize. As previously reported, the set would only be made available via Amazon.com, regardless of what the press release officially stated.

The DVDs were to be produced via Amazon's Create Space on-demand service. The release date was suppose to be July 19, 2011.

We contacted Eagle Rock, the company behind the production of the discs, as well as all Tracey-related DVDs now, and we were told that the DVDs were going through Amazon's "approval process" at the moment. They aren't canceled.

We'd like to remind you that the entire third season is available via Amazon.com's streaming web service, in HD and Standard video right now. However, no extras are provided. These are to be housed on the DVD set. We'll update you if there are any changes (or if the DVDs suddenly appear).
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011