MICHAEL TO RETURN TO THE WEST END!
This just in! Michael Crawford will return to the London Stage in a new musical, based on the famed novel THE GO-BETWEEN. The production will begin performances on May 27th at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. The production will mark Crawford's return to the stage after most recently appearing in THE WIZARD OF OZ at the London Palladium and will open on June 7th. THE GO-BETWEEN is a novel by L. P. Hartley published in 1953. His best-known work, it has been adapted several times for stage and screen. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available! The musical's creative team includes composer Richard Taylor, writer David Wood and producers Joseph Smith and Bill Kenwright.
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MICHAEL TO RECIEVE VISUAL COMEDY LEGEND AWARD
APRIL 8 in Bristol, England
As the accident-prone yet loveable Frank Spencer in BBC TV’s classic comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973-78), Michael Crawford captivated 16 million viewers a week and turned “Ooh, Betty” into a national catchphrase. The role also earned him comparisons with Buster Keaton, due to his mastery of slapstick-style, physical comedy and his willingness to use even more daring stunts, such as dangling from a Morris Minor over a cliff edge or roller-skating underneath a moving articulated lorry.
This alone makes him a worthy winner of the Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award, presented annually by Slapstick Festival and Aardman Animations , and whose previous recipients include Eric Sykes CBE, The Goodies and Pierre Etaix. Michael will be presented with this prestigious award onstage during the event.
Hear Michael in conversation discussing his role as Frank and his many other award-winning roles involving comedy, skill and hazard, among them Billy (based on the novel Billy Liar ), Barnum, the Phantom of the Opera and most recently The Wizard of Oz.
Please join us for this unique tribute to the creator of one of comedy’s finest onscreen characters.
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MICHAEL HOSTED FUNDRAISER FOR SICK CHILDREN'S TRUST TUESDAY, OCT 13 ~ Cambridge, England
The UK based Sick Children's Trust has long been one of the M.C.I.F.A.'s 'official' charities, and much of the US$1 million+ that we have raised has been given to this amazing organization. Michael is the President of the Trust, and takes every opportunity he can to support their efforts to provide 'homes from home' to families with hospitalized children.
On TUESDAY, OCT 13th Michael hosted a 'tea and fizz' fundraiser for SCT.It was a great success, and Michael very much enjoyed the day. During his 'chat time' with attendees, he denied rumours in the press that he would be doing a renewed version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, but he is actively pursuing other projects.
Michael has been spending a good bit of time visiting the SCT homes and visiting with the staffs, as well as families residing at the homes during their children's treatments for life-threatening conditions. In the midst of such family distress, having the opportunity to visit with one of Britain's legendary stars is a lovely break from such difficult times. And, clearly, Michael is enjoying himself, as well - as the photos below show.
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The M.C.I.F.A. encourages donations to this wonderful cause at ANY time. In fact, you can direct your gifts to the home that bears Michael's name, which was done in honor of his and the M.C.I.F.A.'s dedicated support of the SCT over the years.
M.C.I.F.A. at BC/EFA FLEA MARKET Sunday, September 27, 10 am - 7 pm Times Square, Shubert Alley & West 44th Street, NYC
The M.C.I.F.A. will again be participating in the annual (29th!) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids flea market and auction. Come enjoy the day, support a great cause, and perhaps find that special missing piece in your own theatre memorabilia collection. Dozens of tables will feature items (in every price range)such as out-of-print cast recordings, lost Playbills from almost any show you can imagine, stacks of signed memorabilia, costume sketches, props and photographs.
We will be partnering this year for a combined table with BroadwayWorld, and will likely be the only table with ITEMS SIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL PHANTOM, THE ONE AND ONLY MICHAEL CRAWFORD. Through the years Michael has generously given the M.C.I.F.A. items from his own collection, which he signed so we may use them for our charity work. This year, amongst our offerings will be SIGNED 'Prop' notes, matted frames with lovely artwork in them, as well as RARE and out-of-print Heindel posters. Come by early, so you don't miss out!
We have also again donated a beautiful, framed and signed ceramic mask for the Silent Auction.Bids for the silent auction are taken every 30 minutes, so keep checking the status if you are interested in this beautiful piece of art for your home. Last year, our donated mask raised $1200!
It is truly a fun day, where you can stroll amongst the tables, find one-of-a-kind showbiz treasures, meet some of your favorite cast members, and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. Top off your day with the afternoon live Grand Auction, featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and keepsakes.
The free-to-the-public, once-a-year outdoor market will stretch from the pedestrian plaza along Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, and down West 44th Street to Eighth Avenue, while filling the Flea Market’s first home in Shubert Alley. The always popular Autograph Table and Photo Booth, where dozens of celebrities will chat with fans, will again take over the deck of Junior's Restaurant in Shubert Alley at West 45th Street.
JOIN THE FUN - AND SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE. And be sure to stop by and say 'hello' to our volunteers at the M.C.I.F.A./BWW table.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL!
Many, many happy returns from all your
admirers, Michael - and best wishes for a
lovely day for a lovely gentleman.
M.C.I.F.A. - DONATED MASK RAISES $1200 FOR BC/EFA!!
RARE TREASURE FROM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA -CERAMIC RECREATION OF PHANTOM'S MASK SIGNED BY MICHAEL - BROUGHT IN $1200 AT THE BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS FLEA MARKET LIVE AUCTION ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 21.
Write up in BC/EFA Auction Catalog
Since its first preview at the Majestic Theatre on January 8, 1988, the brilliant production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has enthralled millions, weaving a spell of musical mystery and romance for more than 11,080 performances on Broadway alone. Enhance your own unforgettable memories of the “Masquerade” at the Paris Opera House with this extraordinary one-of-a-kind treasures signed by the creative genius who first created “The Music of the Night” for us all and for years to come.
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind with a beautiful ceramic re-creation of the Phantom’s mask, signed by the Michael Crawford, who created the role with his now legendary performance in the original productions in the West End and on Broadway.
The Michael Crawford International Fan Association has donated this mask for this year's Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market, taking place on Sunday, September 21 in Shubert Alley in New York City.
Michael Receives CBE at Windsor Castle
It's official!! Michael was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen in an investiture ceremony in March at Windsor Castle. He was honored for his charitable and philanthropic services, particularly for children's charities.
In an article from the Oxford Mail, Michael joked afterwards, "My mother always told me to do things modestly - so I'm not really a good advertisement for any charity."
May we respectfully disagree with him, and say that he has been a superb representative for all the charities with which he is involved, and that his modesty has helped make him the man that he is. And we're very sure his mother is very proud of him, as are we all.
Photo of Michael receiving CBE from the Queen.
Photos from the Getty Images website.
Channel 5 News interview.
BBC News coverage of the ceremony.
Michael Awarded CBE!
We know you all send Michael love and huge congratulations for his inclusion on The Queen’s New Year’s Honor’s list, December 2013. It was announced that Michael is a recipient of the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)!
Michael is absolutely delighted and said during an interview with the BBC that news of the award was “...a great surprise, I’m quietly and respectfully very excited." Michael spoke of his humble beginnings and said the award would inspire him to “work harder.” He also said that, "I do thank most sincerely those who are responsible for my receiving this great honour and to all my friends and colleagues at The Sick Children's Trust, I'm proud to be a part of our very special charity."
See the video of the interview at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25548619
And a nice write-up on itv.com news: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-12-30/michael-crawford-cbe-was-most-wonderful-surprise/
The M.C.I.F.A. is proud to have participated with the Sick Children's Trust in the sponsorship of Michael for this honour. Michael’s Twitter page has lit up with congratulatory messages from all over the world.
Well done, and WELL deserved, Michael!!
Michael Featured on BBC Four Program About Benjamin Britten
Michael shared some of interactions as a teenager with noted British composer Benjamin Britten in an interview that was part of a recent BBC FOUR program.UK residents may view the entire hour long show at:
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BBC Two Series - "The Many Faces of Michael Crawford"
While Michael was in California this past March, in addition to the 'Moment with Michael' event for M.C.I.F.A. members, he recorded a lengthy interview for BBC Two. Members, please see the latest Hotline Update for additional information on viewing the program.
According to BBC Two, the program "...features a new interview with Michael in which he reveals he's not a natural singer or dancer — the 'Hello, Dolly!' producers wanted to overdub his most famous song. That song is now a cult classic but his Hollywood success was short lived and he spent some time working in his wife's cushion factory before landing his best known part as Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do Ave Em.' His love of stunts and mastery of Frank's comic mannerisms made him a household name but once more Michael Crawford turned to the stage in what became the biggest musical of all time — The Phantom of the Opera. In recent years he has stayed on stage but relentless stunt work and a punishing schedule has taken a toll on his health. Nevertheless, after more than 50 years in the business, he recently returned to the stage in the musical The Wizard of Oz— still singing and dancing with a new generation."
Photo by Genevieve Rafter-Keddy
Phantom's 25th Anniversary in New York
The M.C.I.F.A. had a weekend full of activities for members during the mega-celebration for The Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary in New York on January 26th. Michael couldn't make it to the festivities, but he was certainly well-represented 'in absentia', with hordes of enthusiastic fans in attendance, on-screen and on-stage mentions from the creative team and former co-star Sarah Brightman, and a letter he sent, read by the legendary Hal Prince.
Here's what Michael had to say in a brief note, introduced by Hal Prince as "someone who we wish was here" that received much applause:
Just a note to congratulate everyone on this wonderful 25th Anniversary of Phantom. Hal, I remember the night before we opened, when you told me that my life would change from that day on. And, sure enough, I had the most exciting period of my career during that first year of Phantom - working with the great company, crew and orchestra. So many wonderful memories. My love to you all and to the many subsequent company members through the years and most of all - thanks Hal for a being a great captain of the team.
Two New CD Compilations Available
UK 2CD Release
‘The Ultimate Collection’ a 2CD set of 28 of Michael’s most classic recordings is due to be released in the UK on November 26. The CD set can be preordered at Amazon.com, Click Here.
The record company has generously donated some CDs to the M.C.I.F.A. to raise money for our charity work, and members should watch our Hotline Updates for details.
The Ultimate Collection contains acclaimed performances from classic musicals such as The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, The Lion King and Aspects Of Love as well as beautiful love songs including If and When I Fall In Love.
And in Australia
“Michael Crawford’s Christmas - O Holy Night” features 21 tracks of classic Christmas and Spiritual songs from Michael’s previously released Christmas and ‘On Eagles Wings’ albums. Neither of these albums is currently available in stores in Oz but you can order this special compilation Click Here.
Michael Crawford and Susan Boyle Duet on 'The Music of the Night'!
“The Music of the Night” is from Boyle’s new album, “Standing Ovation,” which will be released November 13 (click here to pre-order). Boyle has reached international stardom and sold over 18 million albums in the just three years. “Standing Ovation” showcases duets with both Michael Crawford and her lifelong idol, Donny Osmond and is filled with songs from her favorite shows. click here for more info.