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Ivor Novello

(1893—1951) composer, actor, and playwright

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Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk  

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B. Bernard Stanley Bilk, 28 January 1929, Pensford, Somerset, England. A self-taught clarinettist, Bilk made his first public appearance in 1947 while on National Service in Egypt. On his return ...
Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre  

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A theatre on the Strand, London, in what is now the West End. Originally the Sans Pareil, it opened as the Adelphi in 1818. Rebuilt in 1858, 1901, and 1930 ...
Alan Melville

Alan Melville  

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B. 9 April 1910, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, d. 23 December 1983, Brighton, Sussex, England. During World War II, Melville scripted radio shows and wrote sketches and lyrics for West ...
Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse  

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B. 14 September 1983, Southgate, Enfield, Middlesex, England. UK singer-songwriter Winehouse emerged in 2003 with her startling accomplished debut, Frank, although her profile undoubtedly benefited ...
André Charlot

André Charlot  

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B. 26 July 1882, Paris, France, d. 20 May 1956, Woodland, California, USA. A manager, producer and director of sophisticated intimate revues from the 1910s through to the late 30s ...
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber  

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(b London, 1948).Eng. composer. With Tim Rice (b 1944) as librettist, comp. highly successful musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), and Evita ...
Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre  

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London, in Shaftesbury Avenue, seating 796 in three tiers, opened in 1901 with a musical comedy, The Belle of Bohemia. Although it was a failure, later productions had good runs ...
Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe  

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Ivor Novello and Mary Ellis, two of the West End’s brightest stars of the 30s and 40s, were reunited in this show for the first time since The Dancing Years ...
Aspects Of Love

Aspects Of Love  

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It is an indication of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s powerful influence on the UK musical theatre during the 80s, that this show - his follow-up to the smash-hit The Phantom Of ...
At Home Abroad

At Home Abroad  

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Subtitled ‘A Musical Holiday’, this revue opened in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre on 19 September 1935. With music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, the ...
Balalaika

Balalaika  

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A revised version of the 1933 musical play, The Great Hussar, with a book and lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, and music by George Posford and Bernard Grün, Balalaika opened at ...
Bee Gees

Bee Gees  

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This hugely successful Anglo/Australian vocal trio was formed by twins Maurice (b. 22 December 1949, Douglas, Isle Of Man, British Isles, d. 12 January 2003, Miami, Florida, USA; ...
Bill Martin

Bill Martin  

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B. William Wylie, 9 November 1938, Glasgow, Scotland. A prolific and highly successful songwriter, record producer, and music publisher. Although he came from a musical family, and studied at the ...
Bill McGuffie

Bill McGuffie  

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B. 11 December 1927, Carmyle, near Glasgow, Scotland, d. 22 March 1987, Chertsey, Surrey, England. A highly accomplished pianist, composer and arranger in the UK from the 40s through to ...
Bing Boys Are Here

Bing Boys Are Here  

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This was the first in a series of tremendously popular revues that played continuously at the Alhambra Theatre in London during the last two years of World War I. They ...
Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers  

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After transferring from the Liverpool Playhouse, this distinctly contemporary stage musical opened at the Lyric Theatre in London on 11 April 1983. Its tough and realistic setting - Liverpool in ...
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Spoken dialogue of a musical comedy or musical play. (The word libretto is sometimes used, but more commonly denotes the text of an opera.) The book and the lyrics of ...
Brian Bennett

Brian Bennett  

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B. 9 February 1940, London, England. For 30 years Bennett played drums with the Shadows. A war baby, Bennett was evacuated briefly to Nottinghamshire but grew up around north London. ...
Brian Fahey

Brian Fahey  

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B. 25 April 1919, Margate, Kent, England. Fahey’s father, a professional musician, taught him to play the piano and cello when he was a youngster. During World War II he ...
Careless Rapture

Careless Rapture  

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The first of Ivor Novello’s immensely popular musical plays, Glamorous Night, was a substantial hit in 1935 at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, before the management took it off to ...

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