1973 saw Cork's Gilbert and Sullivan group staged Fiddler on the Roof at the Cork Opera House. The group reproduced the setting of the London version of the musical staged at Her Majesty's Theatre, London. That performance inspired James N. Healy to bring Fiddler on the Roof to Cork. In response to audience demand the Cork show ran for three weeks, 12-31 March 1973.
In April, Cork Opera House presented one the biggest musical shows to be staged in Cork, with its production of The Wizard of Oz. This had a large cast of well-known actors to Cork audiences. Lead roles were played by Colette Good, David McInerney, Paddy Comerford and Dan Coughlan. The show's musical numbers also featured the Irish Ballet Comany and the Monfort Singers, while Joan Denis Moriarty was responsible for choreography (Evening Echo, 7, 21 & 28 April 1978, p. 5).
Another notable show in 1973 was the Noel Pearson production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This show toured Ireland throughout the year and presented at Cork Opera House for one week, 21-27 May (Evening Echo, 19 May 1973, p. 5). Among the cast were Tony Kenny as Jesus, Colm Wilkinson as Judas Iscariot, and Jim McCann as Peter, while Phil Coulter was musical director.
Select links below for further information.
|13 January||The Best of Slag||Everyman Playhouse|
|5 February||King Lear||Cork Opera House|
|12 March||Fiddler on the Roof||Cork Opera House|
|16 May||Romeo and Juliet||Little Theatre, CCYMS Hall|
|23 July||The Crazy Wall||Cork Opera House|
|17 September||The Plough and the Stars||Everyman Playhouse|