West End meets East Yorkshire
Tuesday and Wednesday 27th & 28th October 2009
The Floral Hall, Hornsea
Friday and Saturday, 30th & 31st October 2009
The Middleton Hall, University of Hull
Additionally, there is a Saturday Matinee at Middleton Hall, which commences
East Yorkshire is set to meet the West End after Hull Musical Society (formerly the Hull Amateur operatic Society) secured the rights to perform a lost gem by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Likes of Us, written by Lloyd Webber at the tender age of 17, with help from the then 21 year old lyricist Tim Rice, has been secured by Hull Musical Society in a revolutionary move by Lloyd Webbers’s Really Useful Group, in conjunction with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), to release the musical to amateur theatres across the region.
Lloyd Webber said: “I am absolutely thrilled that NODA is working with the Really Useful Group on The Likes of Us.”
The Likes of Usis the first show that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote together over 40 years ago. It never made the West End stage and received its world premiere in 2005 at the Sydmonton Festival where Tim himself played the auctioneer.
Tony Gibbs, chief executive of NODA, said: “The Likes of Us is truly unique and we're delighted that Hull Musical Society has secured the rights to perform it, and that audiences across East Yorkshire will have the opportunity to see this wonderful performance.”
Ian Start, Chairman of Hull Musical Society added: “I am extremely pleased and proud to be part of this exciting new musical, particularly since Hull Musical Society are the first company in the region to perform it!”
The Likes Of Us tells the story of the life of Dr Thomas Barnardo and his evangelical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic crusades to rescue children living on the streets. A musical that has existed for 40 years hidden away from view, The Likes of Us is an Oliver!-esque musical that is best known for the much-quoted lyric:
"Here I have a lovely parrot sound in wind and limb
I can guarantee that there is nothing wrong with him".
The children are an essential part of the show, and our children’s chorus has been drawn from a number of sources. Some are sons, daughters or grandchildren of a few of our adult members, several have been loaned to us by The Beverley Offshoots (the Junior Section of Beverley Musical Theatre) and we have three members from Bilton Amateur Dramatic Society’s Junior/Youth Section. In addition, we have several pupils of local music teachers Nina Lloyd Hirst and Janet Overfield.
Hull Musical Society is to perform The Likes of Us in October at two venues in East Yorkshire. On Tuesday and Wednesday 27th & 28th October, it will be at the Floral Hall, Hornsea at 7.30pm. Tickets for this venue are on sale at Cusworth’s Newsagents, Newbegin, Hornsea, telephone 01964 532239.
On Friday and Saturday, 30th & 31st October, it will be at the Middleton Hall, University of Hull at 7.30pm. Additionally, there is a Saturday matinee at Middleton Hall, which commences at 2.30pm. Tickets for this venue can be booked through Helen Davison on 01482 890997.
Tickets for both venues are £25 for a Family of 2 adults and up to 3 children, £10 Adults, £8 Concessions and £5 Children.
For further information contact
Ian Start, Chairman
Telephone 01482 843681
Mobile 07814 115357