BBC Radio 2‘s Friday Night is Music Night celebrates the life and work of the great Cy Coleman. With a 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Reed, The Capital City Voices and a stellar cast from London’s West End. Starring Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon, Ria Jones, and Tam Mutu. Presented by Anneka Rice, this is a concert not to be missed.
Cy Coleman was the man who gave Sinatra “Witchcraft”, Tony Bennett “The Best is Yet to Come”, and Sammy Davis Jr “The Rhythm of Life”. He was the six year old child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Carnegie Hall; he grew up to be one of the most successful songwriters and composers in musical theatre history. Click HERE to listen.
Jul 24 2016
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“If there are angels up there, please answer my prayers and ensure this transfers.” – Daily Telegraph
“Extraordinarily sophisticated musical theatre…Rourke pulls it off in breathtaking style”. – The Arts Desk
“This cast is something else…Hadley Fraser is great as the self loathing Stine; Tam Mutu is so good as noble screw-up Stone that you wanna give him his own detective show.” – Time Out London
The London revival of City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse has taken off like gangbusters! The original production of the musical comedy by Tony winners Larry Gelbart (book) Cy Coleman (music), and David Zippel (lyrics) was described by Jack Kroll of Newsweek as “a miracle on Broadway – an American musical, with American jazz rhythms, American wisecracks, and an original American script”.
The show is a loving & funny tribute to Film Noir and the glitzy Hollywood studio system of the 1940s, none of which is lost on Donmar’s musical director, Josie Rourke. You can read a great piece about Josie’s love for ‘that old noir magic’ HERE.
This week’s Top Tune comes from 1993′s Original London Cast Recording, sung by David Schofield as LAPD Lt. Munoz. Munoz has never forgiven his former-partner Stone for “getting away” with murder…
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