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Parkinson Meets Michael Crawford

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 12:31 pm    Post subject: Parkinson Meets Michael Crawford Reply with quote

Really enjoyed seeing this particular repeat with Michael Crawford. His live rendition of Music of the Night was perfection.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013xz5

It was Michael's 80th birthday last week so probably why this was on as well as his autobiography being repeated on Radio 4 Extra

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b019dh51

Going off on a bit of a tangent Michael was in Barnum and helped Torvill and Dean with their 1983 World Championship Barnum routine.
Last night they were doing a wonderful routine on Dancing on Ice.
Christopher is 63 - Jayne 64! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2022 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been sorting through the many audio cassettes belonging to my late musician friend who played saxophone, clarinet and flute. I found one marked "Michael Crawford" which were songs from stage and screen backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. I couldn't imaging why my friend would have had this cassette which was from an LP. I played it and found the reason - on just one song he had an alto sax solo behind Crawford's voice and at the end with a nice little flourish, so that is why he was booked for that session as the LSO doesn't have a sax section Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2022 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loosely following from Michael and music...

Back in the late 70's. the ex-wife and I were a courting. She worked in the city, so used to buy all sorts of tickets for shows and one of the shows we went to, was starring Michael. He'd not long finished Billy, which I believe was his first musical, based on Billy Liar. Actually, looking online, we'd have been married for a few weeks!

Anyway, before he really hit the heights, he starred in his one and only flop. Which was the one I saw. It was a brilliant show, though. Alas, it lasted a matter of days. 29 performances, before they pulled the plug on it. Some may remember it, but most won't, I would think. It was...Flowers For Algernon. He even offered to work for nothing, to save the play.

https://overtures.org.uk/?p=21425
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2022 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an interesting website, Oldraver. I had quite a browse.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2022 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's pretty good, isn't it Eileen? Well worth a browse or three.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I have been sorting through the many audio cassettes belonging to my late musician friend who played saxophone, clarinet and flute. I found one marked "Michael Crawford" which were songs from stage and screen backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. I couldn't imaging why my friend would have had this cassette which was from an LP. I played it and found the reason - on just one song he had an alto sax solo behind Crawford's voice and at the end with a nice little flourish, so that is why he was booked for that session as the LSO doesn't have a sax section Very Happy


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Lovely story Eileen - and a lovely experience for your friend - that's if he was a fan of Michael. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2022 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think he was a particular fan but even though he was rated as a jazz player, he loved melody and would have appreciated playing the session. However, he would have regarded it as just another job to be done well and then get ready for something else next day. He was a busy chap!
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