BBC Radio 3 Poll: ‘Star Wars’ Still A Force Among Soundtracks
A poll of BBC Radio 3 listeners has concluded that John Williams‘ Star Wars soundtrack is the all-time No. 1 among Britons. Williams’ 1977 score received almost 25% of votes on a list that spans 64 years of cinematic history. It’s still the highest-grossing orchestral film music recording of all time, and, of course brought him an Oscar. Behind Star Wars on the BBC poll is Ennio Morricone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly at No. 2 and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at No. 3. The vote is part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season that’s dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. Rounding out the top five are Lawrence Of Arabia and Vertigo.
Gillian Anderson To Play Blanche Dubois In ‘Streetcar’ At Young Vic
Gillian Anderson will return to the London stage next year in the Young Vic’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. She’ll play Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ classic tragedy, the BBC reported. Benedict Andrews, whose take on Chekhov’s Three Sisters won the 2012 Critics’ Circle directing prize, will helm. Anderson’s London stage credits include A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009 and What The Night Is For in 2012. Also this season, Juliet Stevenson will make her Young Vic debut as Winnie in Natalie Abrahami’s new production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.