Happy and glorious! A celebration of 90 years of musicals for the Queen’s birthday

Celebrating Her Majesty but not at Her Majesty's Theatre… York Musical Theatre Company
29 Mar 2016 @ 8.58 pm
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Celebrating Her Majesty but not at Her Majesty's Theatre… York Musical Theatre Company
Celebrating Her Majesty but not at Her Majesty’s Theatre… York Musical Theatre Company

In this special year of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday, York Musical Theatre Company is performing a special musical celebration in honour of the Queen.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Wed Apr 13-Fri Apr 15

Adults £14, Under 16s £11

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Happy & Glorious celebrates 90 years of musicals from 1920s shows such as Show Boat, right through to some of the new musicals of the last decade such as Hairspray, Wicked and Miss Saigon.

Following York Musical Theatre Company’s recent smash-hit success with the fun wartime show When the Lights Go On Again last October, it was important to the company that they celebrated the Queen’s 90th year.

And what better way than through the world of musicals – songs from Oklahoma! are known to be a special favourite of her and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Something for all ages

Devised and directed by Paul Laidlaw, this non-stop show looks back to much-loved musicals of composers such as Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein, with shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, The King & I, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

Modern musicals featured include Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard. The company will also be looking at some of the lesser known, rarely performed earlier musicals like The Physician, Phill the Fluter and Mr Cinders.

After the success of When the Lights Go On Again, Paul Laidlaw was keen to capture the same sense of fun and nostalgia that audiences loved in that show.

He said:

We received such a wonderful reaction to When the Lights Go On Again, we were keen to give audiences who come to see this show the same sense of fun and nostalgia whilst covering lots of shows that younger audiences will know and enjoy too.

There really is something in it for all ages, both for the range of ages in the company performing on stage and for the audience.

The show will feature Paul playing live on stage and a cast of over 25, including two groups of local schoolchildren.