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Showcase 2004 Production Information

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Act One

Our first section paid tribute to Sir Tim Rice and featured a variety of music from throughout his lengthy career. Our opening number, The Golden Boy, was co-written with Mike Moran and Freddie Mercury and was originally recorded in 1987 by Freddie and Montserrat Caballe, for their "Barcelona" album.

The section continued with All Time High, the theme from the 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy", co-written with John Barry. This was followed by Pity The Child, taken from the musical, "Chess" and co-written with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of Abba.

You Must Love Me was the only new number written for Alan Parker's 1996 film version of "Evita", which won Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber their Oscar.

The next three songs were all co-written with Sir Elton John - The Legal Boys, followed by My Strongest Suit and Written in the Stars, which both featured in the two Knights' musical reworking of "Aida".

Our second section paid tribute to the great legacy of Scottish Music and started with a medley of songs based on the poems of our national bard, Rabbie Burns. We then continued with a tribute to Edinburgh's own Sir Harry Lauder, his signature tune, Keep Right on to the End of the Road. In a completely different vein, we continued with Wachlin' Hame, famously performed by Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy, in their Francie and Josie guises. A true theatrical phenomena, Francie and Josie starred in countless pantomimes and variety shows, before effortlessly transferring to TV in the early 60s. The section closed with two Scottish classics - The Skye Boat Song, performed with lyrics penned by Robert Louis Stevenson, and a song frequently suggested as a potential national anthem, Scots Wha Hae.

Our first half closed with a selection of songs originally performed by the great David Bowie, starting off with the title track of his 1972 album, Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars. We followed this with Under Pressure, the result of a 1980 jam session with Queen. Released as a single in 1981, it immediately topped the charts. In 1986 Bowie appeared in the Julien Temple film, Absolute Beginners, and although the film itself was not a hit, Bowie's title track rose to number 2 in the charts.

The final three songs in the first half were a trio of hits that perhaps epitomise Bowie - firstly The Jean Genie from 1972; Space Oddity, originally released in 1969 but becoming Bowie's first number one on its 1975 re-release; and Life on Mars, originally released on the "Hunky Dory" album and released as a single in 1973, reaching a peak of number 3.

Act Two

We opened the second half with a section dedicated to the era that taste forgot, the 1980s, kicking off with Wham's1984 classic Freedom. This was followed by Hunting High and Low, originally performed in 1986 by Norwegian pinups, A-Ha. This was the title track of their debut album and rose to number 5 in the charts.

Then came Prince Charming, originally released by Adam and the Ants in 1981 followed by Don't Give Up which was recorded by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush providing additional vocals. The section closed with Holding Out for a Hero, originally written and produced by the great Jim Steinman, The song was the theme for the TV Series "Cover Up", and gave Bonnie Tyler a hit in 1985 when it reached number 2.

We then moved onto more traditional Showcase territory as we performed a selection of numbers from some of the biggest stage shows of all time. Kicking off the section was Hopelessly Devoted to You, taken from the musical "Grease". Written especially for the film version of the show, Olivia Newton John took the track to number 2 in the charts in 1978. We then moved onto Big Spender, taken from the 60s classic, "Sweet Charity". Performed in the film by Shirley Maclaine and an assortment of "hostesses", the number is perhaps best known as a vehicle for Shirley Bassey, whose version hit number 21 in the charts in 1967.

Then onto "Les Misèrables" and Stars, memorably sung in the original production by Philip Quast.Although not a huge hit with the critics, "Les Mis" has continued to prove them wrong and a new revamped version has recently opened in London. Also recently performed in London was a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black's "Tell Me on a Sunday" - here we performed it's opening track, Take That Look Off Your Face. The section closed with a medley of songs from Schonberg & Boublil's follow up to  "Les Misèrables", Miss Saigon.

Our penultimate section features some of those great floor fillers no party is complete without. Firstly, we presented Phil Spector's classic composition, River Deep, Mountain High. First recorded by Ike and Tina Turner in 1966, the song reached number 3 in the UK. This was followed by the 70s classic and karaoke favourite, Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive. From the same decade, Love Me for A Reason, originally performed by the Osmonds, it hit number one at the height of Osmond mania in 1974. In the same year Barry White's My First, My Last, My Everything, gave him his biggest UK hit, at number one. The section closed with a medley paying tribute to The Village People, and featured their 1979 hit, Go West alongside their 1978 number one, YMCA.

The final section opened with Love Somebody - one of the highlights of Robbie Williams' 2002 album, "Escapology". Although never released as a single, the song stands alongside the best of Robbie's work. We then featured Nights in White Satin, the Moody Blues 1967 hit, which reached number 17 in that year, and number 9 when it was re-released in 1972.

The show closed with Love and Mercy, the title track of former Beach Boy Brian Wilson's 1988 debut solo album, showing that even twenty years after his creative peak, his harmonies are still as great as they were.


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