October 2005
  Music
MARK WINTERS 

Hi everyone, I can't believe that I will be doing the Christmas edition soon! Where has this year gone, I haven't even had a holiday yet! I must try and get a week away soon or I will go nuts; that's if I am not already! Lol


THE RAT PACK

It's interesting how the 'Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas" has gone form strength to strength. I was the only critic that loved the show; most of them said it would never get off in the West End! Now it is celebrating its 1000th performance!

The smash hit musical opened at the Peacock Theatre in 2001 then transferred for a limited run to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Such was its success that another theatre was quickly sought and the Strand became its home. Its enduring appeal meant that the theatre's refurbishments were postponed several times to accommodate the show. Now the Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, WC2 has become its new home.

In addition to the West End run, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas has also enjoyed several very successful regional tours reaping terrific reviews wherever it's played. The first regional tour kicked off six years ago and the current one plays right through to January next year.

Not only that but every Christmas the show has transformed itself into a special Christmas version complete with festive songs and eight foot high Christmas tree. The festive Rat Pack has proved extremely popular in its own right and returns this year to the Savoy theatre on 21st November running right through to 7th January (Box Office 0870 164 8787)

The show's incredible success has not just been confined to these shores alone however. Very successful runs of Canada, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Holland have all been undertaken over the last two years with return visits of the show booked right across Europe.

Plans are also in the pipeline for the hit show to travel to Belgium, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand while in October 2005 it receives its first opening in America. A full tour of the States is planned for 2006.

The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas has proved itself a major success with both young and old alike. The cool, swinging style, the allure, the glamour and, or course, the magnificent songs have all contributed to the show being nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

But the show's appeal is more than just the sum of its parts. It's proved over and over again with its regular standing ovations that it gives its audiences that little bit extra – joie de vivre if you will. It highlights the incredible talent of three world famous performers and celebrates some of the finest music and song ever recorded presenting a magical time that was truly larger than life.

As a special treat, on September 20th to mark the 1000th performance, the West End cast – Mark Adams as Dean Martin, Stephen Triffitt as Frank Sinatra and David Hayes as Sammy Davis Jr – were joined in a grand finale by members from previous London and regional casts.

The show will included Louis Hoover, Chris Mann, Henry Prego, and Stephen Rashbrook (as Frank); Nigel Casey, Michael Nielson, and Clive Carter (as Dean); and Giles Tererra, George Long, Paul Hazel, and Rowan Record (as Sammy). Previous performers who played the fabulous Berelli Sisters also joined in to make this a once in a lifetime night truly one to remember!

I would definitely recommend that you go and see it; I will certainly be going again and again and again!

MOAN TIME

Well my latest moan is about TDK. I recently purchased a LPCW-50, which is basically a CD printer. It prints onto the body of the CD by a thermal tape. It costs around £70. I have used it a couple of dozen times and it packed up. I wrote to TDK a few times then they e-mailed me asking for the serial number and where I bought it from. I wrote back to them and I have heard nothing since - that is two months ago! Not very good customer service is it? I would be interested to hear if any of my readers have had the same problem with this machine. I look forward to hearing from you.

I haven't done Famous birthdays for a while so here goes!

OCTOBER
1st Julie Andrews - 70

2nd Sting - 54 Don McLean - 60

3rd Tommy Lee - 43 Chubby Checker - 64

5th Bob Geldof - 51

7th Toni Braxton - 37

9th Sharon Osbourne - 53 John Entwistle - 61

10th David Lee Roth - 50

13th Kelly Preston - 43 Marie Osmond - 46 Paul Simon - 64 Nana Mouskouri - 71

14th Usher - 26 Sir Cliff Richard - 65

17th Wyclef Jean - 33

20th Snoop Dog - 33 Tom Petty - 55

21st Kelly Osbourne - 21


Don't forget the Franz Ferdinand and James Blunt's Tour dates

FRANZ FFERDINAND

14TH NOVEMBER - CARDIFF - INTERNATIONAL ARENA

15TH NOVEMBER - BRIGHTON – CENTRE

16TH NOVEMBER - BIRMINGHAM - NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE

25TH NOVEMBER - HULL – ARENA

26TH NOVEMBER - MANCHESTER - EVENING NEWS ARENA

27TH NOVEMBER - NEWCASTLE - METRORADIO ARENA

28TH NOVEMBER - NOTTINGHAM - ICE ARENA

30TH NOVEMBER - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE

1ST DECEMBER - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE

2ND DECEMBER - LONDON - ALEXANDRA PALACE


JAMES BLUNT

3RD OCTOBER - THE SAGE – GATESHEAD

4TH OCTOBER - ROCK CITY – NOTTINGHAM

6TH OCTOBER - SHEFFIELD OCTAGON – SHEFFIELD

8TH OCTOBER - LEEDS UNI – LEEDS

9TH OCTOBER - MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY – MANCHESTER

11TH OCTOBER - SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE – LONDON

12TH OCTOBER - SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE – LONDON

14TH OCTOBER - REGENT THEATRE – IPSWICH

16TH OCTOBER - SOUTHAMPTON GUILDHALL – SOUTHAMPTON

17TH OCTOBER - READING HEXAGON – READING

18TH OCTOBER - CARLING ACADEMY – BIRMINGHAM

20TH OCTOBER - COLSTON HALL – BRISTOL

21ST OCTOBER - GREAT HALL – EXETER

He has mores dates in 2006

That's the lot this month, keep the e-mails coming in markwinters@btopenworld.com

And don't for get to check out the following sites:

For the budding artiste and songwriter Bandit A&R Newsletter Helping unsigned acts/songwriters target their material to the right people. bandit@banditnewsletter.com / http://www.banditnewsletter.com

Songlink is for Songwriters who need to place their songs www.songlink.com

If you are a performer and you want to showcase to the industry then this is for you www.kashmirklub.com

Also don't forget the song for little Sarah, who was so brutally murdered www.asongforsarah.co.uk

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