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Copacabana brings music, glitz and glamour to the Civic, Brierley Hill

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Lead characters Lola and Tony (Centre) played by Fleur Petford and Mitchell Craig (Picture by John Workman)

Lead characters Lola and Tony (Centre) played by Fleur Petford and Mitchell Craig (Picture by John Workman)

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COPACABANA has become such an unforgettable word in the English language, and once spoken it tends to encourage a few lines of the famous song by Barry Manilow, "Copacabana (At the Copa)" to be sung with great gusto, for instance, "Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl ... at the hottest spot north of Havana".

This April (Tuesday April 8 - Saturday April 12) the TAB Operatic Society based in Cradley Heath will be performing, by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Ltd., Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" at Brierley Hill Civic Hall.

The show is expected to be a barn-storming production, full of glamour, glitz colour and song, a showbiz spectacular that will no doubt go further to enhance the reputation and continue the long tradition of success that TAB, as a leading light in live Black Country stage productions, has enjoyed for many years.

The original Copacabana film was released in 1947 as a musical comedy starring Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda. Then in 1985 Barry Manilow wrote the song and starred in the TV Movie of the same name.

The central characters are Tony, a piano player in a bar, and Lola who wants to make a name for herself in show business. Tony immediately falls in love with Lola's beauty and charms and they both start finding fame at Manhattan's Copacabana Lounge. However fate intervenes and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a nightclub where she is sure fame and fortune will come knocking at her door. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who is also manager of the club.

Tab's producer and choreographer, Audree Henwood, is rubbing her hands in anticipation of the latest show. She told us, "It's the first time we've attempted Copacobana, but we are all looking forward to its spectacular presentation; it should look terrific when it all comes together on stage. Mitchell Craig will be playing Tony, a new member we have welcomed to the society this year and who we reckon is perfect for the part, and Lola will be played by gorgeous Fleur Petford."

Tickets are now available and range from £10, to £13.50 for the last Saturday performance. There will also be a Saturday Matinee on April 12. For advance bookings please contact the dedicated TAB ticket line 07722 417962, and for any further information, www.taboperatic.com.

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