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Tag: 1980s

The 1980s

Annie Get Your Gun

photo of annie get your gun sheet musicProving that There’s No Business Like Show Business, the Society put on the musical Annie Get Your Gun in 1989. This very popular musical about sharpshooting naïve tomboy Annie Oakley who joins Buffalo Bill’s travelling show is absolutely packed full of Irving Berlin’s hit songs like Anything You Can Do, The Girl That I Marry and Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”.

Composer / Libretto: Irving Berlin
Book: Dorothy & Herbert Fields
Year: 1946


photo of irene sheet musicIn 1986, the Society put on a revival of the musical Irene.

Composer: Harry Tierney
Libretto: Joseph McCarthy
Book: Joseph Stein
Year: 1919


Kander and Ebb, the team behind Cabaret,scored another hit with Chicago in 1975. It’s a wry, satirical tale of the prohibition era and particularly of the system that enables the cult of the “celebrity” criminal. It’s the second longest-running Broadway musical of all time, and the award-winning film version was released in 2002.

The Society’s production of Chicago took place in 1983. The musical is packed with hit songs, including All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle, Nowadays and Mr Cellophane.

Composer: John Kander
Libretto: Fred Ebb
Book: Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse
Year: 1975


photo of applause sheet musicApplause, performed by the Society in 1984, is based on the film All About Eve (Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe). It tells the story of Margo Channing, a mature actress and star who takes a much younger actress, Eve, under her wing. Margo’s unaware that Eve is a schemer, planning to take not only her work but also her man.

Composer: Charles Strouse
Libretto: Lee Adams
Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Year: 1970


Photo of Cabaret sheet musicThat classic musical, Cabaret, based on Christopher Isherwood’s recollections of the dying days of the decadence of Berlin, was the Society’s 1988 production.

Composer: John Kander

Libretto: Fred Ebb

Wild Violets

Photo of Wild Violets sheet musicIn 1960 and again in 1982, the Society put on a production of Wild Violets. This operetta tells of the reminiscences of the past triggered by a school reunion. Most of the story is told in flashback as it tells of a trio of friends and how one of them, Paul, met his future wife, Mary.  Naturally, the tale includes various shenanigans and assumed identities!

Composer: Robert Stoltz

Libretto (English): Desmond Carter

Book (English): Hassard Short, Desmond Carter, Reginald Purdell

Year: 1932

Jack And The Beanstalk

The classic pantomime!

A firm favourite of the Society, with productions revived in 1973, 1983 and1992.

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