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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject: Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be: Reply with quote

The Lionel Bart Story...the Radio 4 Book of the Week.

I'm enjoying listening to this adaptation of a new biography about Lionel Bart

Interesting to hear that the Guardian reviewer of the day didn't rate Oliver at all ...wonder if he/she changed their mind.... Smile

Lionel Bart was a unique musical talent. He found fame with the hugely successful musicals Oliver! and 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be', but he was also a hit-making machine for some of Britain's first rock'n'roll stars - Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, as well as giving the James Bond movie franchise its first song.

He socialised with figures from both serious and populist culture, and experienced a downfall that was as spectacular as his theatrical triumphs.

David and Caroline Stafford's new biography of Bart draws on previously unseen archive sources and interviews with those closest to him.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018g2z1
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky, I'm enjoying it too. I haven't heard today's yet. I wonder what made Ron Moody choose Nessun Dorma for his audition? Thank goodness he was called back to re-audition and won the part of his lifetime!
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Becky, I'm enjoying it too. I haven't heard today's yet. I wonder what made Ron Moody choose Nessun Dorma for his audition? Thank goodness he was called back to re-audition and won the part of his lifetime!

Yes,Eileen, that did seem a strange choice.....Smile .but despite it, as you say, he was called back to re-audition ..they obviously saw something that appealed to them.
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