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The show did go on - eventually!

By Peter McGarry

Members of Leamington and Warwick Musical Society had a rare opportunity recently to sample the show that never was.

The company, celebrating its centenary with a lavish Journey to the Past entertainment at the Royal Pump Rooms, caught a glimpse of what would have been last year’s major production of the musical Crazy for You.

The show was all ready for staging at the Royal Spa Centre when, only eight days before opening night, theatres nationwide were forced to close because of the first Coronavirus lockdown.

In true show-must-go-on spirit, even if 18 months late, the ensemble cast and production team were back together to perform spectacular extracts of song and dance to the delight of a large audience of young and old society members.

The entertainment was devised by Mark Thorburn and Stephen Duckham and launched by West End stage star Dave Willetts who recalled his early performances nearly 40 years ago with the company in The Music Man and Carousel before he moved on as a professional to star in Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera in London and around the world.

Society chairman Tabitha Bradburn announced that the company would be fully back in business next April with the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Evita.

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