Sadly, if a musical has a short or unsuccesful run, it is highly difficult
to find any solid information about it. An exception to this is The Stripper,
while it did not have the most successful of runs, there was a cast album
recorded. I lucked out in T-Zee, in that someone
contacted me with more information about it (Highly appreciated as well.)
but it's been pointed out to me that I have left out a great deal of Richard's
repertoire by not including some of his other stage work. So that's the purpose
of this page... to place the slight amount of information I do have out there.
If and when I receive further materials to warrant a full page on the piece...
I will remove it from this list.
And if you have any information/materials, please do send them along. I would appreciate anything- cast listing, song listing, program
information, pictures. (In the case of cast or song listing, I would appreciate
sources cited to verify the information. Any help is mucho appreciated.)
Disaster (1978)- This prophetically titled piece was
again written by Richard, and is particularly notable in that it starred both
Jonathan Adams (Original RHS narrator and the
film's Dr. Scott) and Patricia Quinn (RH(P)S'
Magenta). Richard also reportedly played a small role, as is natural for him
it seems in post-RH stage endeavors.
Pat played the part of Martha Fortune, which is a role that Richard remembers
with great fondness. Scattered stills and programs do exist (and are mostly
held in the firm hands of RH collectors).
Eastward Ho! (1981)- Listed
as a Marston/Chapman production, this musical
was put on at the Mermaid Theatre in London's West End from July 7th to August
15th. Richard mentions in an interview having done it because he hadn't "been on the boards" for some time.
Gulliver's Travels (1968)- This,
like Eastward Ho!, ran at the Mermaid Theatre. What role Richard played
is unknown, but it is reportedly where he met Lionel Bart (Oliver!),
who was in the audience one night.
Hair (1968)- Richard
was in the chorus. It was also where he met both Tim Curry and Kimi Wong.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1972)- Richard
was a chorus member and understudy to Herod. And left the show after his interpretation
of Herod was less than well received (as an Elvis impersonator) it opened
August 9th, 1972 and ran for a total of 3358 performances. It's uncertain
when exactly Richard left the company, though when he did The Unseen Hand he was no longer with the show.
Top People (1984)- Richard wrote and (I believe) starred
in this 1984 musical which ran less than one week. The only other information
to add here came from an interview I saw reprinted in Crazed
Imaginations, where Richard was relating the difficulty he was having
with the critics panning it relentlessly. He then saw Roy Kinnear (Willy
Wonka and Help!, among others) on a television show saying he'd
seen it the night before and thought it was one of the funniest shows he'd
attended. Richard cried in happiness to hear it. :(