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Disney Moana

Moana

Moana is an animated feature film released in 2016 which follows the daring journey of Moana as she attempts to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest and together they sail across the open ocean on a voyage. They encounter enormous monsters and impossible odds. Moana fulfils the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

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Moana Backing Tracks

How Far I’ll Go,   I Am Moana,   Know Who You Are,  Shiny,  We Know The Way,  Where You Are,   You’re Welcome

 

 

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Disney – The Lion King

Lion King

Disney The Lion King is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and original scores were written by Hans Zimmer.

A remake of the film was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. It was a box office smash and replaced Frozen as the highest grossing animated film of all time.

 

 

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The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands, but Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa and manipulates Simba into thinking he was responsible. Simba flees into exile.  In his search for his identity, his eagerness to please others and test bounderies sometimes gets him into trouble. He is given valuable guidance from his childhood friend, Nala, and his elder, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar: to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

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Disney Lion King Backing Tracks

Be Prepared, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Circle of Life  – with ignoyama chanting, Endless Night, Grasslands Chant ,Hakuna Matata, He Lives In You, He Lives In You – Reprise, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Lion Sleeps Tonight, Love Will Find A Way, Madness Of King Scar,  Morning Report, One Of Us,  Pride Rock – Circle Of Life – Finale, Shadowland, Spirit – Beyonce, Upendi

 

 

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James Last

James Last – A German composer and performer who started out as a double bass player in orchestras then progressed to radio before starting out on his solo career (backed by an orchestra and a choir).

He sold millions of records with his James Last Orchestra. He pioneered what became known as “Happy Sound” which included short performances of popular songs re arranged for the big band sound. He worked with many popular musicians, including Cliff Richard, Freddy Quinn, Elvis Presley, Richard Clayderman and René Kollo.

His career took James Last all over the world and right up until the year of his death, he was touring which included his 90th performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.

Backing Tracks

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Disney – Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Disney  Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy comedy film loosely based on the series of children’s books of the same name written by P.L.Travers.  It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews, visits a dysfunctional family in London and brings her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s way of life.

 

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Disney – Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film. Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film, and stars Emily Blunt and features supporting roles by Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, the film sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning one year after a family tragedy.

 

Mary Poppins Backing Tracks:

A Spoonful Of Sugar, Chim Chim Che’ree, Feed The Birds, Jolly Holiday, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Practically Perfect, Step In Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Cover Is Not The Book

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Wendy Moten

Wendy Moten (born November 22, 1965, Memphis, Tennessee) is an American singer, best known for the single “Come In Out of the Rain”, which was a No. 8 hit in the UK in February 1994.

She got her first break singing with Michael Bolton at a benefit concert; after signing with EMI, in 1992 she released her self-titled debut album and opened for Bolton on tour. Moten’s biggest hit single was “Come in Out of the Rain”.  In 2006, Moten sang back-up vocals on the Soul2Soul II Tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. She contributed backing vocals to Bonnie Tyler‘s 2013 album Rocks and Honey.

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You said you believed that we’d find love together happily
After all the wrong I’ve done
You feel that I’m still the one to give your loving to
So bring it home to you

You told me that you’ll love me if I’d ever change
Welcome me into your arms again
Come on in out of the rain, hey hey
There’s a place in your heart to love me again
Happiness and joy, you bring when you call my name
Come on in out of the rain

I loved no one but you, but I strayed, I know I made you blue
You spoke unto my very soul
You warmed my heart that once was cold
Now I’m so glad to know, oh

You told me that you’ll love me if I’d ever change
Welcome me into your arms again
Come on in out of the rain, hey hey
There’s a place in your heart to love me again
Happiness and joy, you bring when you call my name
Come on in out of the rain

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director and conductor , but was primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the text and the music for each of his works.

Initially, Wagner established his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, but his ideal was to unify all works of art via the theatre.  In his book “Opera and Drama” (completed in 1851), he describes in detail his idea of the union of opera and drama.

Wagner’s compositions, especially those in later years, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of  ‘ leitmotifs’: musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as his use of new combinations of chords, keys and harmonies, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His “Tristan und Isolde” is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.

 

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Wagner Backing Tracks

Abedlich Strahlt Der Somme – Das Rheingold …  Allmacht’ge Jungfrau – Tannhauser …  Als Du Kuhnem Sange – Tannhauser …  Atmest Du Nicht – Lohengrin …  Bridal Chorus – Lohengrin …  In Fernem Land – Lohengrin …  Milde Und Leise – Tristan und Isolde …  O Du Mein Holder Abendstern – Tannhauser …  Pilgrim’s March – Tannhauser …  Siegmund’s Love Song – The Valkeries …

 

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Amy Studt

Amy Studt is an English singer, songwriter and musician. She grew up in a musical family, with her father being a violinist and conductor who had toured with Roy Orbison, and her mother the head of music at a local school. She taught herself piano, guitar, and oboe, among other musical instruments, and started to write songs as early as the age of six.

Amy Studt released the single “Just a Little Girl” in 2002, which reached Number 1 on US radio play and she followed this with “Misfit”, which became her highest charting single in the UK, peaking at Number 6.

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13 The Musical

13 The Musical (Thirteen)

13 is a musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13 is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers. It originally began previews on September 16, 2008 and officially opened on October 5, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The Broadway production closed on January 4, 2009 after a total of 105 performances. The show was directed by Jeremy Sams and starred Graham Phillips as Evan Goldman and Allie Trimm as Patrice. It also starred Corey Snide as Evan on the matinee performances, Aaron Simon Gross as Archie, Eric Nelsen as Brett, and Delaney Moro as Kendra. The 2008 Broadway production is notable for being the professional debuts of Ariana Grande as Charlotte and Elizabeth Gillies as Lucy, who would later go on to star together in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious.

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Twelve-year-old New Yorker Evan Goldman is soon to have his Bar Mitzvah. He wants his party to be amazing, but that might not happen because his parents are splitting up as his father starts to fall in love with a stewardess, causing his mother to file a divorce against her husband (“Thirteen/Becoming A Man”). Just as Evan thinks that maybe things will be fine, his mother calls to tell him they are moving to Appleton, Indiana. Once there, Evan finds a friend in his neighbor, Patrice, who develops a crush on Evan while telling him about Appleton, Indiana (“The Lamest Place in the World”).

Later that month, Evan meets Brett Sampson, the most popular kid in school, along with his goons, Malcolm and Eddie, and tells Brett and his friends to take Kendra, a very pretty girl whom Brett wants to date, to a scary movie where Brett can do “The Tongue”. Brett nicknames Evan “Brain” because of his idea. Later, Brett asks out Kendra, but Lucy, her jealous friend who has a crush on Brett, tries to tell Kendra she can’t go (“Hey, Kendra”). When Brett tells Evan that the idea seems to have worked, Evan is thrilled; this means that Brett will come to his Bar Mitzvah, and if Brett comes, everyone else will come. Patrice, however, is displeased. If she goes to the Bar Mitzvah, nobody else will go because the other kids don’t like her and Evan will be viewed as “uncool” for hanging out with her. Evan does not think that it will be that bad, but when he hands out the invitations, he sees that Patrice is right, and in a moment of panic, rips up her invitation so the popular kids will come (“13 (Reprise)”). As the other kids express their excitement over Evan’s party, Archie, a boy with muscular dystrophy, enters and introduces himself. He is upset at Evan for humiliating Patrice – his best and only friend – but promises to help make it up to her if Evan gets him a date with Kendra. When Archie’s attempts to use his degenerative illness to guilt Evan into getting him the date do not work, Archie tries to convince him that Evan is the only one who can get Archie the date and if he doesn’t, Archie will show up to Evan’s Bar Mitzvah and ruin it (“Get Me What I Need”). Evan finally relents. Later, at cheerleading practice, Kendra teaches a new cheer while Lucy resolves to make Brett her boyfriend (“Opportunity”). Archie tries to talk Patrice into giving Evan a second chance, especially since she has a crush on him, but she has lost faith in him and is still upset at what he did to her (“What It Means To Be A Friend”).

In class, Brett tells Evan to get his mother to buy them all tickets to “The Bloodmaster.” Evan protests that his mother will not buy them tickets to an R-rated movie, but Brett points out that if she doesn’t, nobody will go to his Bar Mitzvah and Evan will be uncool. Evan cycles through possible plans, eventually realizing that he will have Archie use his illness to guilt Evan’s mother (“All Hail the Brain/Terminal Illness”). To make things better with Patrice, Evan asks her to go to the movie with him as a date. He then realizes that he “just set Brett and Archie up to be on dates with the same girl, on the same night, in the same place….” Evan makes Archie promise to do nothing more than sit next to Kendra so as not to screw up Brett’s date. Archie agrees, and everyone prepares for Friday night (“Getting Ready”).

Everyone gets to the movie and Brett prepares for “The Tongue.” Lucy is on “Tongue Patrol” and Kendra waits for it along with Eddie and Malcolm. Amidst it all, Patrice is upset because Evan is not sitting with her; he is saving a seat for Archie (“Any Minute”). When Archie gets there, he pokes Brett with a crutch, and panic ensues: Archie squeezes his face, closes his eyes, and goes in to kiss Kendra, while Brett at the same time, turns his head, sticks out his tongue, and goes in for the kiss. Evan sees, and as he mouths “Nooooo!”, reaches to pull Kendra back, while Lucy reaches for Kendra, too, but only so she can stop Kendra from getting the tongue. When Brett and Archie don’t realize that Kendra is out of their way, their mouths meet. Kendra knees Brett in the crotch, trying to stop him from hurting Evan or Archie, after Archie reveals how Evan set him up on a date with Kendra. Brett breaks up with Kendra, and Lucy asks if Brett’s “tongue is still available.” Meanwhile, Evan is left alone by Patrice (“Good Enough”).

As Lucy and Brett begin dating, she forces him to spend more time with her. Brett’s friends recognize that Lucy is good neither for Brett nor for them at all (“Bad News”). Evan promises to help to get Brett and Kendra back together so that he can get back on everyone’s good side. Archie, fearing that this is a lost cause, begs Patrice to help Evan. She tells Archie she is not going, but he knows she’s lying. When Patrice gets there, she surprises Evan by helping him help Brett, but instead of telling Brett what to say to Kendra, they end up telling each other that they are sorry, but Brett is oblivious (“Tell Her”). Brett takes their advice, and when he learns that Lucy and Kendra are fighting over him, he interferes and makes a feeble attempt to get Kendra back, and to his surprise, she forgives him. Meanwhile, Lucy learns of it and won’t take the hit. She spreads a rumor that Kendra is cheating on Brett with Evan, and then gets Evan and Kendra in the same place so that Brett can catch them (“It Can’t Be True”). Her plan works, and Brett lashes out at Evan. Evan, finally having enough of Brett, stands up to him and says that Archie and Patrice are his real friends. After Brett insults Archie and Patrice, Evan shoves him, and Brett punches him in the nose, giving him a nosebleed. Patrice immediately rushes to Evan’s aid. Kendra shows kindness towards Archie before running after Brett. Evan wants to call off the Bar Mitzvah because it would only be him, Patrice, and Archie, but Patrice and Archie point out it that won’t be that bad, and Evan starts to agree. He surprises Patrice with a kiss, and she surprises him back (“If That’s What It Is”). Evan has his Bar Mitzvah after all; he is starting to understand what growing up means, and the characters tell of what surprises turning thirteen brought for each of them (“A Little More Homework”). Evan tells the audience that he is “thirteen years old. And [he’s] just getting started.”  An encore is performed to end the show and the band is brought onstage (“Brand New You”).

Song List:

  • “13/Becoming a Man” – Evan and Company
  • “The Lamest Place in the World” – Patrice
  • “Hey Kendra” – Brett, Malcolm, Eddie, Lucy, and Kendra
  • “Get Me What I Need” – Archie and Company
  • “Opportunity” – Lucy and Cheerleaders
  • “What It Means to Be a Friend” – Patrice
  • “All Hail the Brain” – Evan
  • “Terminal Illness” – Evan, Archie, and Company
  • “Getting Ready” – Archie, Evan, Lucy, Kendra, Brett, and Company
  • “Any Minute” – Brett, Kendra, Patrice, and Archie
  • “Good Enough” – Patrice
  • “Being a Geek” – Evan, Rabbi, and Rabbis
  • “Bad News” – Eddie, Malcolm, Simon, and Richie
  • “Tell Her” – Evan and Patrice
  • “It Can’t Be True” – Lucy, Molly, Cassie, Charlotte, and Company
  • “If That’s What It Is” – Archie, Patrice, and Evan
  • “A Little More Homework” – Evan and Company
  • “Brand New You” – Cassie, Charlotte, Molly, and Company

 

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum The Musical

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced farce from the fabulous Stephen Sondheim. It centres around the slave, Pseudolus, who schemes (in exchange for his freedom) to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero.  However, things are never as easy as they seem and chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. In the end Hero gets Philia and the slave gets his freedom.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24730] That Dirty Old Man

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24731] That’ll Show Him

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Sheet Music

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Anyone Can Whistle The Musical

Anyone Can Whistle is said to have been Stephen Sondheim’s ‘bravest’ musical, with it being described as an absurdly satirical cult show. Displaying a level of wacky intelligence, this musical is the story of a mayoress of a bankrupt town who fakes a miracle to revitalise its fortunes. There’s a nurse who sets out to  expose the fraud and a doctor who embraces it and is determined to enjoy the chaos it brings. In the end, the show delivers a powerful message about the importance of the individuality in society whilst aiming a few timely jabs at government, religion and science.

The show opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, at the Majestic Theatre, where it closed after 9 performances and 12 previews but even after such a short run became a cult favourite.

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