The moment the curtain opens on ‘Remembering Fred’ guests will be transported back to another age, an unforgettable age – the Golden age of Hollywood, Broadway and the small screen – all soundtracked by songs originally introduced and/or performed to by the one and only Fred Astaire.
Fred’s very first song introduction (“The Justine Johnson Rag”) occurred in 1917 for his debut Broadway show ‘Over the Top’, with his last being a song written by Astaire himself in 1974, together with Tommy Wolf, entitled “Life is Beautiful”, used as the closing theme for ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.
They’re just two of many timeless songs of screen and stage to play a major part in Fred’s remarkable career, classics that will live on forever, just like Fred.
There were also a phenomenal number of other stunning songs associated the screen and stage released during that magical Astaire era.
We have picked out 5 of our favourites:
1. “I Got Rhythm”
Composed and written by George and Ira Gershwin, the jazz number “I Got Rhythm” first featured in the musical ‘Girl Crazy’ in 1930. It later found its way onto the soundtrack of the film ‘An American in Paris’, starring Fred’s great friend, Gene Kelly, who sang and tap-danced to the song.
2. “Over the Rainbow”
Popularised once again by the late Eva Cassidy in 2001, “Over the Rainbow” was originally written in 1939 and performed by Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
3. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Regularly sang by supporters at various football grounds around the world, most notably at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was written in 1945 by Oscar Hammerstein for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’.
4. “There’s No Business Like Show Business”
Regarded by many as being the world’s greatest ever songwriter, Irving Berlin penned a catalogue of hit tunes for stage and screen, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business” in 1946 for the musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. It was later performed by Ethel Merman in the 1954 film of the same name.
5. “I Could Have Danced All Night”
Fred would love to have danced all night, and it was Julie Andrews whilst treading the boards and playing Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ on Broadway in 1956 who first sang “I Could Have Danced All Night”. The musical was adapted into a film in 1964 with Audrey Hepburn taking over lead role duties.
There will be plenty opportunities for you to sing-along at ‘Remembering Fred’. Find your nearest venue here and book your tickets now.
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