Music by Denis King - Lyrics by Benny Green - Adaptation by Benny Green and David William from “The Admirable Bashville” by George Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
In 1882, seeded by his interest in boxing and having become good friends with James J. Corbett, the leading boxer of his age, Shaw wrote his novel “Cashel Byron’s Profession”. In 1903 he decided to set the piece for the theatre and, just to add another element of wit, because nothing was as fascinating to Shaw than his own talent, chose as his form a one-act play, “The Admirable Bashville”, in which all the theatrical devices were pastiches of other plays. To add still further to the conceit, he wrote the dialogue in iambic pentameter--appropriated, much of the time, from an English writer whose talent, he thought, almost measured up to his own: William Shakespeare. In the same spirit, Denis King and Benny Green, leaving the original play very nearly intact, have added songs and musical numbers which satirize some of the 20th Century’s conventions of musical theatre.
First performed at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, May 1983, and returned the following season, 1984, SWET (now OLIVIER) AWARD NOMINEE 1984.
Director: David William
Design: Tim Goodchild
Choreographer: Gillian Gregory
Lighting: Ian Callander
Orchestrations: Denis King
Musical Director: Anthony Bowles
CAST ( 13 M, 2W, between 16-12 chorus)
PRINCIPALS: Christina Collier, Peter Woodward, Donald Pelmear, Paul Raffield, Douglas Hodge, Ewart James Walters, James Cairncross, Vincenzo Nicoli, Graham Chinn, Berwick Kaler, Joan Davies, Robert Lister, Tony Gouveia, Leon Herbert, Anthony Wellington, CHORUS: Julie Dawn Cole, Philip Godawa, Eric James, Francesca Longrigg, Abigail McKern, Janet Moran, Stephan Newman, Stephen Rayne, Jo Ross, Hamilton Wilson, Teresa Gallagher
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Original Cast Recording, Abbey Road Studios September 1, 1983, produced by Norman Newell, engineer John Richards. Digitally remastered 2005 JAY Productions Ltd.
Fact of the Day
In 1983, Denis had a #2 Big Band album in the charts in Sweden, that went gold --beating, among others, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, U2, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton--and Frank Sinatra.
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