The Last Session

Original London Cast

The Last Session, Original London Cast
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THE LAST SESSION 
Starring DARREN DAY, SIMONE CRADDOCK, A J DEAN, RON EMSLIE & LUCY VANDI 

Set in a recording studio in 1996, singer/songwriter, Gideon is holding one last session to record the most important album of his life. To show his undying love to his partner, he plans to record a musical letter of farewell. For this last session, he reunites with some old friends and is joined by an unexpected visitor, for whom Gideon’s sexuality changes everything. The Last Session is a rollercoaster of passion, emotions, hope and humour. It's a story of a man’s past and his hunt for a future - a reason to live

The Last Session is partly based on composer Steve Schalchlin’s own experiences and was written in an era in when AIDS was a terrifying and growing epidemic for which the treatment was largely experimental. This landmark musical originated Off-Broadway and features a surging score of blues, rock and gospel with lyrics that only a person who has been close to the edge could write.

The show won a host of awards following its 1997 Off-Broadway premiere including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and is a GLAAD Media Award winner. The Last Session also received nominations by both the New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical.

 

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CD 1
  1. Message 1
    Gideon
  2. Save Me A Seat
    Gideon
  3. Shades of Blue (Sound Check)
    Buddy, Vicki, Tryshia and Jim
  4. Message 2
    Gideon
  5. The Preacher and The Nurse
    Tryshia, Gideon, Vicki and Buddy
  6. Somebody's Friend
    Vicki, Tryshia, Gideon and Jim
  7. Message 3
    Gideon
  8. The Group
    Gideon, Tryshia and Vicki
  9. The Letter
    Gideon and Buddy
  10. Going It Alone
    Buddy and Gideon
  11. At Least I Know What's Killing Me
    Gideon
  12. Friendly Fire
    Buddy and Company
  13. Connected
    Gideon
  14. The Singer and The Song
    Tryshia and Company
  15. Message 4
    Gideon
  16. When You Care
    Tryshia, Gideon, Vicki and Buddy and Jim
  17. Shades of Blue (bonus Track)
    A.J. Dean

★★★★ Time Out Critics Choice

"Darren Day excels...The power of his voice was never in question, but he ably proves his acting chops in a challenging and multi-layered role...This is a terrific, little-known musical, and one that deserves considerable success in its London debut." Read More

 

★★★★★“A fantastic show; touching, funny and, dare we say it, pretty damn life-affirming too.” Gay Times Read More

★★★★ “thoroughly engaging, innovative and moving, life-affirming” - Plays To See

 

“full of sorrow and soulfulness. . .terrific vocals all round...Darren Day. . .lends the role a fine, fierce vocal attack” –The Stage