Third generation songwriter ROBERT J. SHERMAN (Love Birds) narrates the story of his musical family

This magical evening of cabaret celebrates a century of Sherman Family song writing. A cast of three top West End performers join Robert J. Sherman as he weaves together the story of his musical family. Three generations of Sherman songwriting are represented Tin Pan Alley writer Al Sherman who wrote popular songs for performers Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to the Academy Award® and Grammy® Award winning, Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book) all the way to the present with Robert J. Sherman’s own fringe hit Love Birds and Bumblescratch which enjoyed its West End premiere last year at a one-night for-charity gala performance at the Adelphi Theatre.  A Spoonful of Sherman is directed by Stewart Nicholls (Bumblescratch, Bar Mitzvah boy, Love Birds, Jack & the Beanstalk Qdos). The cast are Helena Blackman (South Pacific, Titanic, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Nativity! The Musical) and pianist extraordinaire Christopher Hamilton.

7 – 20 AUG 2017

Mon 7 Aug 7pm

Tue 8 Aug 7pm

Wed 9 Aug 7pm

Thu 10 Aug 7pm

Fri 11 Aug 7pm

Sat 12 Aug 7pm

Sun 13 Aug 3pm & 7pm

Tue 15 Aug 7pm

Wed 16 Aug 7pm

Thu 17 Aug 7pm

Fri 18 Aug 7pm

Sat 19 Aug 3pm & 7pm

Sun 20 Aug 3pm & 7pm






Helena is best known for coming second in the BBC 1 reality TV talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria. She trained at The Guildford School of Acting and since graduating has travelled all over the world and all over the country performing.

Nominations include a TMA award for playing Nellie Forbush in the UK tour of South Pacific, a Broadway World West End award for the role of Lady Caroline in Titanic the musical and an Off West End award for her portrayal of Gertrude Lawrence in Noel & Gertie. She was also a runner up in The Voice of Musical Theatre 2006 for BBC Wales and BBC Radio 2.

Helena has worked alongside many musical theatre greats, as well as for composer/lyricists Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Stiles & Drewe, Howard Goodall and Kander & Ebb.

Other favourite roles include Millie Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour); Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady and Maria Von Trap in The Sound of Music (both Kilworth House); Lily/Rose in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Helen Fogel in Sondheim’s Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, West End); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Haymarket) and Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Millennium Centre, Cardiff).

Helena released her debut album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein in 2011 to critical acclaim, being one of the youngest females in modern time to re-visit and record their material and continues to record for other artists and producers. She was thrilled when her recording of I Vow to Thee My Country was used on The Queens 90th Birthday Celebration CD!

DANIEL BOYS – Performer

Daniel trained at Guildford School of Acting.

Television and Film credits include: Holby City (BBC Television), Fall Out (Crowded Pictures) and Little Man (Peccadillo Pictures).

West End and London credits include: The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre/National Tour and transfer to Vaudeville Theatre), Miss Atomic Bomb (St James Theatre), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), Spamalot (Playhouse), Tommy in Concert (Prince Edward), Avenue Q (Gielgud / Noel Coward – Winner of the 2009 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Takeover in a Role), I Love You Because (Landor), Grease (Victoria Palace), RENT (Prince of Wales & National Tour), Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios) and Wolfboy (Trafalgar Studios).

Other theatre credits include: Nativity! The Musical (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre Clwyd), Love Story (Bolton Octagon), The Opinion Makers (Mercury Colchester and Derby Playhouse); High Society (National Tour); The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal, Windsor); Peter Pan The Musical (Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin); 40th Anniversary concert of Godspell (Palace Theatre, Manchester); RENT (European Tour); Sunset Boulevard (National Tour); West Side Story (European Tour) and The War Of The Worlds (National Tour).

Workshops include: Nativity (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); The Painted Lady (Bristol Old Vic) and The Trouble With Doug (Northampton Royal & Derngate).

Concerts include: The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); Hayley Westenra’s special guest (King’s Lynn Festival); Support artist on John Barrowman’s National tour Music, Music, Music and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (UK Tour). Further concert work has taken him to Los Angeles, Bangkok, Chicago, Al Ain, Xiamen and Ljubljana performing with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.

Daniel is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Recordings: As well releasing his own album So Close and being heard on several cast recordings, Daniel also recorded and released a track for Disney, The World is Something You Imagine, which is currently being played in all their stores worldwide. Between 2013 and 2015 he could be heard singing the iconic theme tune for the Australian soap Neighbours (Channel 5 / Network 10).


CHRISTOPHER HAMILTON – Pianist & Musical Director

Christopher Hamilton is a classically trained pianist from Cardiff, Wales. He attended the Royal Academy of Music, London and then read Law at Oxford University. Whilst working as a City lawyer he decided to perform full time so studied a musical theatre course at Guildford School of Acting. Since then he has appeared in shows and in cabaret all over the world from the House of Commons to Melbourne. In 2007 Christopher performed his one man show in New York. Critics described him as “the real deal” and “a total showman”. He also performs as headliner on all the luxury cruise liners.

Christopher is a keen writer. In 2009 his first musical, Over The Threshold, for which he wrote the music, lyrics and book, was produced in Edinburgh where it won the MTM: UK Award for Best New Music. It then transferred to London, was produced in Vienna in 2010 and was performed as a concert version in New York. Christopher won the Tim Williams Award in two consecutive years and went on to win the Audience Club ‘Old Words/New Theatrical Song’. (“Hamilton is clearly a very gifted composer” The British Theatre Guide). In 2014, Christopher was commissioned to write a piece for the English National Ballet which was performed at the Barbican and then at the Latitude Festival. He is currently completing a new project called Cock Tales.


ROBERT SHERMAN – Writer & Narrator

Robert Sherman stems from a long, illustrious line of songwriters spanning more than four generations.  Perhaps best known for his work on the fringe hit, Love Birds, when Sherman was 16, he joined BMI and is an alum of BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.  Theatre:Bumblescratch (Adelphi) Love Birds (Pleasance, Edinburgh), A Spoonful of Sherman (St. James Theatre) and A Christmas Held Captive(Beverly Hills Playhouse).  Film credits include: The Adventures of Amazon Jack (Columbia TriStar) and The Magic 7 (Pulse Entertainment).  Books:  Moose: Chapters From My Life (as Editor).  Notable Songs: “Disneyana!” (The Official Theme Song of the Disneyana Fan Club), “Mondays” (from Ms: A Song Cycle).  In 2016 Sherman was named a “Celebrity Ambassador” for Variety (UK) and in 2017 was inducted into the Grand Order of Water Rats.  Sherman is the CEO/President of Music World LLC and MusicWorld UK and is the trustee of the Robert B. Sherman Family Estate and Archives which includes one half of The Sherman Brothers and Al Sherman estates.  Sherman resides in London, England.



Stewart has directed and choreographed many productions including: Jack and the Beanstalk (Royal and Derngate Northampton), Bumblescratch (Adelphi), Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Cinderella (Crewe Lyceum) Love Birds (Pleasance Edinburgh), Business As Usual (Everyman Cheltenham), Jewish Legends (Radlett and Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Free As Air (Finborough Theatre), A Spoonful of Sherman (St James’ Theatre), Gay’s The Word (Jermyn Street Theatre/Finborough Theatre), Lunch With Marlene (National Tour), Beatlemania (Gothenburg Opera House), South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Hall/BBC Radio Two), Over My Shoulder (National Tour and Wyndhams Theatre) and Carousel (St David’s Hall, Cardiff/BBC Radio Three).  Choreography includes: Iolanthe and The Mikado (National Tour) and Cowardy Custard (National Tour).   He has also directed in various drama schools and has staged many pantomimes.

Stewart is the leading archivist of British Musical Theatre: directing, choreographing and restoring many forgotten musicals by major British writers, including Noël Coward’s Sail Away (his restored version is published by Warner/Chappell Music).

Stewart has lectured on the history, direction and choreography of musical theatre, has written sleeve notes for various CDs, and is a contributing author to The Oxford Handbook of The British Musical.


ROWLAND LEE – Musical Supervisor

Rowland Lee is one of the UK’s best-known composers of animation music with over 600 episodes of various series and short films to his credit, including: Cloudbabies, 64 Zoo Lane, Salut Serge, Pablo, Engie Benjy, Crapston Villas and The Little Reindeer. Orchestrator: Sir Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! and Swan Lake, which is the world’s most performed dance production. Washington Ballet’s 2015 Swan Lake. Lee’s Requiem and other concert music is published by Edition Peters; the St Petersburg performance of Requiem in 2011, also conducted by Lee, marked the Russian debut of mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, for whom the work was composed. Musical Director/Arranger highlights include: Bumblescratch (Adelphi); Over My Shoulder (Jermyn Street, + two tours and Wyndham’s); Ann Veronica, The Amazons and Vanity Fair (Theatre Museum); Marry Me A Little (Bridewell) and the UK premiere of Ruthless! (Stratford Circus). The CD of The Amazons, co-produced with Stewart Nicholls, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Cast Album.