BOB FOSSE - 75th Anniversary
As far as American musical comedy is concerned, Bob Fosse was one of
the leading directors, actors and dancers and quite possibly the greatest choreographer
that ever worked on Broadway and in Hollywood films. Born in 1927 his razzle-dazzle
choreography, musical staging and overall direction helped to create an almost unbroken
succession of Broadway hits. He appeared in the film of Kiss Me Kate and directed the film
of Cabaret with Liza Minelli. In his personal life he was so attracted to female dancers
that he married three of them (not all at the same time) - namely, Mary Ann Niles, Joan
McCracken and Gwen Verdon.
Our tribute includes items from Pippin, Kiss Me Kate, Chicago, Damn
Yankees, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, How to Succeed in Business -and the Broadway tribute to
Fosse entitled Dancin.
WALT DISNEY - 100th Anniversary
Probably the best-known American of all time, Walt Disney has been
central to the childhood dreams of our children (for better or for worse!) ever since
Mickey Mouse first arrived on the scene in 1928. Disneys greatest achievement was
undoubtedly the series of full-length animated cartoons he produced, starting with Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1938 and continuing after his death with such classics as
Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. These cartoons not only contained entrancing stories
and wonderful characters, but also stupendous artwork and memorable music written by a
host of talented composers. So sit back and revel in nostalgia!
Our tribute includes items from Pinocchio, Toy Story 2, Dumbo, Mary
Poppins, Lady and the Tramp, Jungle Book, Pocahontas and The Lion King.
MADONNA - 20th Anniversary
Its now 20 years since Madonna put together her first hit album
and this album generated three hit singles that all reached the top of the pop charts. 10
years ago she signed with Time Warner Inc. to create her own record, publishing and film
company. She produced a book, Sex, which reached a million copies in its first printing
and in 1999 received three Grammy Awards for her album Ray of Light. Film appearances
include Dick Tracy and Evita. Definitely a lady to celebrate!!
Our tribute includes items from Ray of Light, Evita, Austin Powers 2,
Dick Tracy, plus a selection of her solo songs.
RICHARD RODGERS 100th
A recent well-known musical
publication stated that the music of Richard Rodgers is played more often than the music
of any other composer who ever lived - including Mozart, Bach and Beethoven (not to
mention Madonna!!). And no wonder! What marvellous tunes he wrote, most of them in
collaboration with two superb lyricists. He spent the first half of his career
collaborating with the acerbic Lorenz Hart whose caustic wit and sharp rhymes contrasted
with those of Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers collaborator from 1943 until 1960. In
the last years of his career one of his collaborators was Stephen Sondheim - but
thats another story! In our show we present some familiar items, and some
lesser-known gems. Feel free to sing along with them all.
Our tribute includes items from Oklahoma, Spring is Here, State Fair,
The Girl Friend, Love me Tonight, Flower Drum Song, Carousel, The King and I, and his
final show, I Remember Mama.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Can you believe that
its 25 years since Paramounts film hit the big screen and started a craze for
disc music that was to last a decade? In the film John Travolta exuded a sexuality that
made him an icon of the seventies. Teenage girls, and their mothers, all fell in love with
him! No wonder he won the Best Actor Academy Award. The film was a smash hit at the box
office. So lets celebrate the music of the Bee Gees and the sensational youth
culture of the 70s.
Our tribute includes the songs If I cant have you, More than a
woman, How deep is your love, Night Fever, Staying alive - plus a dash of Beethovens
LETS CELEBRATE - SHOWCASE
- and our £100 000 target.
By the end of this week we hope that the total of our contributions to
charity will have reached the sensational sum of £100 000. We can only make this target
with the help of yourselves, our faithful audience - and we thank you for your support
tonight, in the past, and well into the future. I know its a bit premature, but
theres nothing like optimism, so lets finish our show by celebrating the fact
that our monetary target is at least in sight.
Our final section includes items from Chess, Moulin Rouge, Kids from
Fame - plus the song Never Dance.