National Symphony Orchestra

Swingin' on Broadway

Friday 22nd July, 2022

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National Symphony Orchestra
Brian Byrne
, conductor and arranger
Lucia Evans, vocalist
William Byrne, vocalist
Matt Ford, vocalist
Anna-Jane Casey, vocalist

Presented by Aedín Gormley, RTÉ lyric fm

Programme:

Arlen/Harburg Somewhere Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
Loesser Luck Be A Lady (Guys and Dolls)
Loesser I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Guys and Dolls)
Bernstein/Sondheim Somewhere (West Side Story)
Bernstein/Sondheim Something’s Coming (West Side Story)
Rodgers & Hammerstein This Nearly was Mine (South Pacific)
Rodgers & Hammerstein Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
Kern/Hammerstein All the Things You Are (Very Warm for May)
Rodgers & Hart My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)
Rodgers & Hart Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Pal Joey)
Kander & Ebb Maybe This Time (Cabaret)
Porter Night and Day (Gay Divorce)
Porter I Get a Kick Out of You (Anything Goes)
Styne/Merrill Don’t Rain on My Parade (Funny Girl)


Take a stroll along the Great White Way as we travel to the heart of New York theatre to celebrate the tune-filled glories of the Broadway musical arranged with brilliant Swing-era panache by Brian Byrne.

One of the most in-demand composers and arrangers at work today, creative powerhouse, multi-award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Brian Byrne leads the National Symphony Orchestra and a quartet of superb singers in iconic musical theatre hits that have become popular classics in their own right.

New York is also the setting for two signature Broadway musicals – Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls boasting the chancer’s anthem ‘Luck Be A Lady’ and heart-on-sleeve ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’; and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story with its sublime ‘Somewhere’ and thrilling ‘Something’s Coming’.

Romance is in the air with Cole Porter’s ‘Night and Day’ and ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’, songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s exotic South Pacific, the haunting ‘My Funny Valentine’ from Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms, the same writing team’s ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ from Pal Joey, and the joyful ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ from Funny Girl by the classic song-writing partnership of Jules Styne and Bob Merrill.

And Hollywood muscles its way into act with the yearning innocence of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz and its sweetly earnest conviction that ‘dreams really do come true’. 

Presented by National Symphony Orchestra

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