A Grand Night for Singing
An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein in Concert
A Grand Night for Singing is an emotional journey through the highs and lows of love, beautifully explored through the stunning music and lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Presented by Brilliant Productions at the Alban Arena
on 25th and 26th May 2002 the show included classics from:
Some of the best local and professional talent united for one weekend only in front of packed houses to celebrate the centenary of Richard Rodgers.
The Grand Night Ensemble
Piano/MD - Ben Sherwood
Kit/Percussion - Les Arnold
Reeds - Andy Potts
Cello - Toby Turton
Harp - Catrin Morris-Jones
Bass - Glyn Owens
Lighting Design and Operation
Sound Design and Operation
Original Poster Design
Steve Gamble @ John Good Holbrook
Opening - Various - The Company
The Carousel Waltz - Carousel - The Company
So Far - Allegro - Emma, Alex, Bobbie
It’s A Grand Night for Singing - State Fair - The Company
Surrey with A Fringe On Top - Oklahoma! - Jeremy
Stepsisters Lament - Cinderella - Fenella, Charlotte
We Kiss In A Shadow - The King and I - Nick
Hello Young Lovers - The King and I - The Company
A Wonderful Guy - South Pacific - The Girls
I Cain’t Say No - Oklahoma! - Emma
Maria - The Sound of Music - Richard
It Might As Well Be Spring - State Fair - Alex
Honey Bun - South Pacific - Matthew
The Gentleman is a Dope - Allegro - Charlotte
Don’t Marry Me Flower Drum Song - Jeremy Nick Alex Emma
Many A New Day - Oklahoma! - Fenella, Bobbie, Charlotte
Wash That Man - South Pacific - Bobbie, Charlotte, Fenella
If I Loved You - Carousel - Fenella
Shall We Dance - The King and I - Matthew, Alex
That’s the Way It Happens - Me and Juliet - Bobbie, Nick, Jeremy
All At Once You Love Her - Pipe Dream - Matthew, Richard
Some Enchanted Evening - South Pacific - The Company
Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ - Oklahoma! - Nick
Do I Love You - Cinderella - Charlotte
To Have And to Hold - Allegro - The Company
Wish Them Well - Allegro - The Company
Kansas City - Oklahoma! - The Company
A Hundred Million Miracles - Flower Drum Song - Alex
When The Children Are Asleep - Carousel - Jeremy, Bobbie
I Know It Can Happen Again - Allegro - Emma
Soliloquy - Carousel - Matthew
It’s Me - Me and Juliet - Fenella and Company
Love Look Away - Flower Drum Song - Richard
Driving Through the Moonlight - Cinderella - Alex, Nick
A Lovely Night - Cinderella - The Company
Something Wonderful - The King and I - Bobbie
This Nearly Was Mine - South Pacific - Matthew
Impossible - Cinderella - The Company
I Have Dreamed - The King and I - The Company
A Grand Night for Singing for a multi-talented artiste
Two West End performers are snubbing the bright lights to return to their St Albans roots for a weekend in May.
A Grand Night for Singing – An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein in Concert promises to be an unforgettable evening’s entertainment from local talent.
Bobbie Chatt, from Radlett, who starred as Dorothy in the pantomime The Wizard of Oz at the Alban Arena over Christmas, was talent-spotted after appearing in a show in St Albans six years ago. Fellow performer in the 1996 production of A Chorus Line – Nicholas Maude from Croxley Green – was also destined for stardom and has since starred in top productions such as Phantom of the Opera.
Since becoming professional, Bobbie has taken leading roles in musicals such as Les Miserables. She has also started up her own company called Brilliant Productions. Her musical extravaganza, Showstoppers!, which played at the Alban Arena last year, was a sell-out success.
The 27 year old actress, who now lives in Watford, is also a talented singer, dancer and director. She said “I’m thrilled to be back at the Arena once more. The staff and audiences are so welcoming and supportive – we perform at many venues but here I feel like I’m coming home.’
Nicholas, 30, said: ‘There’s something for everyone in A Grand Night for Singing. And as we are all friends, the atmosphere onstage is brilliant. We’ll be performing numbers from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein hits – The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music to name just a few.’
The West End duo will be joined on stage by seven other local professional and amateur singers, including Charlotte Rhodes-Chamberlin, Matthew Gregory, Fenella Lee and Jeremy Pelzer.
St Albans Observer
Grand Night out as stars return to roots
Three Watford performers will ditch the West End for a weekend to return to their Hertfordshire roots.
Nicholas Maude, Emma Southorn and Bobbie Chatt worked together six years ago in Cassio Operatic Society’s production of Guys and Dolls at the Palace Theatre.
All were keen amateurs until they were spotted and whisked away to star in hits like Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Now the trio’s paths will cross again at the Alban Arena to wow audiences with A Grand Night for Singing – An Evening of Rodger and Hammerstein in Concert.
For Emma and Bobbie, working together will be a big reunion – the pair originally made their professional screen debuts at the tender age of 10, playing young dancers in the BBC series, Bluebell.
Emma, 25, said that working with Bobbie was like walking down memory lane. She said: ‘We are rehearsing in Moonglow, which is the same studio that Bluebell was filmed in. The first time I walked into the hall it brought back so many memories.’
Bobbie added: ‘It’s great for us to be reunited and we all feel that A Grand Night for Singing is going to be a fantastic show. There’s something in it for everyone. We will be performing numbers from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein hits – The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music to name just a few.’
The three West-Enders will be joined on stage by six other singers including Richard Sellek and Alexandra Bantin, together with musical director Ben Sherwood.
Nicholas said: ‘Watford audiences are so supportive. Now all we need them to do is migrate over to St Albans for the night!’