'IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING' - Written and Directed by Cathal McCabe.
For more than 20 years, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein kept theatres on Broadway and the West End filled to capacity with happy audiences who loved the magic of their wonderful productions.
When “Oklahoma!” opened in 1943, it ushered in a new style of musical theatre, exciting, vibrant and true to life. Songs like “Oh what a beautiful morning”. “People will say we’re in love” and “The Surrey with the fringe on top” thrilled audiences who were tired of the old jaded shows that were playing to half-empty theatres.
“Carousel” opened while “Oklahoma!” was still playing and introduced such songs as “If I loved you” and the perennial “You’ll never walk alone”, beloved of football fans.
“South Pacific” came along in 1949 and introduced us to “Nothing like a dame” and “Some enchanted evening”
In 1951, Rodgers and Hammerstein took us to the Kingdom of Siam. “The King and I” introduced us to Anna Leonowens who had come out from England as governess to the many children of King Mongut. Who can forget “Getting to know you”, “We kiss in the shadows”, “Shall we dance?” and the other enchanting songs in this exhilarating score.
In November 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most successful musical opened on Broadway, “The Sound of Music” caused a sensation, helped by a score that included “My favourite things”, “Doh, Re, Mi” and the beautiful “Edelweiss”.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, with star singers Frank Ryan, Sarah O’Mahony and Noel Somers with accompanist Bethan Lee, gives you a chance to relive the wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and singalong to their great songs. Written and Directed by Cathal McCabe.
This is one not to be missed!