From The JWO website 12 May, 2018: “John Wilson and The John Wilson Orchestra present The Warner Brothers Story, an evening of sumptuous Technicoloured scores from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. Friday 9 August 2019 3.00pm & 7.30pm at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale at 9am for Prom 29 and 30 on Saturday 11 May. Royal Albert Hall Box Office: 020 7589 8212.” I think they’re all sold out by now. “The evening show will be broadcast live on BBC Four TV, live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2.” So there’s hope for me.
But “Technicolored”—sheesh. (Do you write your own copy, my love? I truly hope you don’t.) At any rate, here’s the program listed on my darling’s management’s website:
- “Blues in the Night” / Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
- The Constant Nymph (excerpts) / Erich Korngold
- The Sea Hawk / Erich Korngold
- My Fair Lady (excerpts) / Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
- Camelot (excerpts) / Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
- A Streetcar Named Desire (excerpts) / Alex North
- Now, Voyager(!!!) (excerpts) / Max Steiner
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (excerpts) / Max Steiner
- Romance on the High Seas (excerpts) / Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
Ah, Cahn, that altekocker. I rode up in an elevator with him and cartoonist Robert Clampett once and had nothing to say to him; at the time Cahn was siding with management and against us ASCAP solfeggists when we wanted to unionize. So I just stood there quietly, listening to the both of them natter on to each other about their respective accomplishments. “And I wrote that Jackie Gleason song!” exclaimed Cahn, while Clampett was adamantly proud of Tweety Bird, and rightly so.