Copacabana 2003


Copacabana

Barry Manilow’s

COPACABANA

Opening at Brierley Hill Civic Hall on 7th until 11th October 2003 at 7.30pm

COPACABANA

The final strains of the OVERTURE give way to a persuasive and very familiar drum beat. As the lights come up, a dreamlike scene spills out onto the stage. We are in an elegant but other-worldly nightclub, circa 1940’s. Showgirls, busboys, G.I.’s waitresses and the like rush onto stage and begin to pound out the familiar drum beat on tympani, bongos, tables and anything else they can get their hands… and feet… on.

Suddenly, there stands Stephen, a songwriter (and our guide for the evening). Soon we realise we are in no ordinary place. This is the Copacabana of his imagination, populated by characters of his invention. He leads them all through the opening strains of a song that is waiting to be born, COPACABANA.

Just as the number is about to climax, the set for a swank Manhattan apartment rolls out. The time is now. A voice is heard. It belongs to Samantha, Stephen’s wife. Jarred from his fantasy, Stephen returns to here and now, and just as suddenly, all traces of his imagination vanish from the stage. Samantha, wrapped in a towel and a mudpack, reminds Stephen that her parents will arriving shortly for dinner. Deaf to her pleas that he ready himself. Stephen turns his attention back to his keyboard and drum machine, prompting Samantha to bemoan, ‘Oh Stephen, just once I wish you would look at me the way you look at that drum machine’.

CAST
Stephen/TonyJAMES GREEN
Samantha/LolaFELICITY COOPER
RicoGARRY McWILLIAMS
ConchitaJANE SMITH
SamGEORGE PRESTON
GladysREBECCA THORNE
McManusANDY DAVIES
WillieDAVID CLARIDGE
SkipTAMMY WOODS
Maitre D'ANDY DAVIES
Coat Check GirlAMY HEAD
Piano AccompanistJO GRESSWELL
Mr BrillANDY DAVIES
Music PublishersBOB ROBINS
JOHN COOKSON
LuisANDY CHEADLE
Veronica LakeCAROL PRESTON
CREATIVES
ProducerGreg Yates
ChoreographerColette Edwards
Musical DirectorPeter Smith
Assistant Musical DirectorJonathan Hill