Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

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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

Goodnight Vienna

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In 1936, the Society performed the (then) relatively new romantic operetta Goodnight Vienna. It’s a classic reverse of fortune tale, telling the story of Max and Vicki who, separated by the war, find each other again afterwards. It was considered a competent English imitation of the Viennese style and was later made into a Hollywood film. Its most lasting legacy has been the adoption of the phrase “Goodnight Vienna”, meaning an end of things, into common usage.

Composer: George Posford
Libretto / Book; Eric Maschwitz
Year: 1932

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