Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

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Tag: 2000s

The Drowsy Chaperone

Poster for A Drowsy Chaperone

Drowsy Chaperone poster

In 2011, the Society had enormous fun putting on a production of The Drowsy Chaperone. It’s a riotous and rather irreverent comedy that pokes gentle fun at the musical genres of the 1920s.

Our show ran for four nights and a matinee, all well-attended and reviewed!

Composer/ Libretto: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison
Book: Bob Martin, Don McKellar
Year: 1998

The Desert Song

Photo of The Desert Song sheet music

For some, The Desert Song is the ultimate musical! Capitalising on the popularity of Lawrence of Arabia and the romanticisation of North Africa, it offers a classic tale of a brave rebel hero – the Red Shadow – disguised as a mild-mannered society fop.

The Desert Song is an old favourite of the Society, which has put on numerous productions of this musical – in 1952, 1958, 1970 and again in 2000. The 1970 production might have been done on a shoestring budget, but was instrumental in reviving the fortunes of the Society after a period of decline in the 1960s.

A further revival in 2000 saw audiences coming from far and wide – such is the continuing popularity of this show, which is only rarely performed these days.

Composer: Sigmund Romberg
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel
Year: 1926

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