(The Legend of Swing)
Theatre and Party goers are in for a treat when the fabulous Legend of Swing show comes to town.
This great show is hosted by Paul-Hayden of the “British Rat Pack” and four of the UKs top corporate vocal entertainers who usually perform at the high end of private entertainment for the likes of Coutts top 80 investors, The Ritz, Café de Paris and Royalty. This brilliant cacophony is supported by an amazing sixteen piece orchestra of BBC Westend musicians and very stunning Las Vegas Show Girls.
This is no ordinary production as it gives great entertainment value and insight into swing music from inception to this millennium with classic hits of Billie Holliday, The Rat Pack, Glenn Miller, Michael Bublé and many more. The Premier and subsequent performances have consistently left audiences enthralled and giving long standing ovations.
The vocal line up includes Joe Corrigan who recently sang for Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Peter Andrea in TV’s This Morning’s 21st anniversary show and was also a special guest on Fame academy. George Anthony was Mathew Kelly’s star guest in Stars in their Eyes. Capricious entertainer Paul-Hayden who unbelievably turned down a $ sign followed by seven digits by Royalty to remain in Dubai because had preferred commitments in the UK, and the stunning Val Kelly who headlined alongside Dame Cleo Laine, Sir Johnny Dankworth and Rita Coolidge.
Ian Gomes is the resident pianist at The Ritz for seven years and the Savoy before that. He is often a surprise un advertised guest in the show. Ian recently performed again for Queen Elizabeth at the pre-wedding party for all the heads of state, foreign families and dignitaries that were invited to William and Catherine’s wedding. He has also played for three American Presidents, The Queen Mother and was Frank Sinatra’s personal choice in private for eleven years.
Special Guests have also included the fabulous Mim Grey who was in the top ten USA Nashville charts most played radio artists last Christmas 2010.
These entertainers are usually inaccessible and under private contractual management that has until now stopped them performing together in public. They all entertain in the UK and as far afield as the Middle East, Persia, South East Asia, Africa and the States. The Legend of Swing show has an original concept that has allowed these gatherings to take place.
Prepare to be blown away by the sensational sixteen piece orchestra directed by Duncan Lamont. Musicians who have worked with Dame Shirley Bassey, Deana Martin (Dean’s daughter) and Darius Campbell to name just a few. They sound absolutely amazing!
Theatre land has many typical puritanical sounding voices and predictable tribute style performances particularly with swing music. This production however goes far beyond that of a tribute show.
The Legend of Swing starts at the very beginning respecting the legendary myth at the cross roads as the great Sammy Davies Jr. sang while referring to “The birth of the blues” and the Faustian myth from the 1920’s when a non talented guitarist by the name of Robert Johnson went down to the Crossroads and sold his soul for musical talent.
Since inception swing music has stood the test of time and continues to evolve. The show uniquely charts the humble beginnings to current day. As a matter of respect to those early entertainers and performers the vocal cast uniquely begin at the legendary Crossroads with the gospel chorus of “Hush”.
Other performances throughout are inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole as well as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Jr., who are acclaimed for swing music’s greatest hey days in Las Vegas as “The Rat Pack”. The music however does not stop in Vegas as it continues with a stream of popular chart smashes including some covered by Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams.
These massive classics include “That Old Devil called Love” by Billie Holliday, “In the Mood” Glenn Miller, “He’s a Tramp” Peggy lee, “New York” The Rat Pack, “Cry me a River” Bublé, “Mack the Knife” and many more as the audience are taken through an amazing show case of all swing eras into this millennium with the greatest music ever written.
This new now and wow production ends with a fantastic climax as the beautiful Las Vegas Show Girls provide the icing on an already delicious cake while the orchestra, full on vocal cast blow the audience away with a breath of fresh air and a show that has all the right ingredients.
The Legend of Swing is not to be missed as all of these artists have top billing beyond the magical world of theatre.