A Tribute to Leslie Bricusse

(A Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast from Inner FM)

A Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast pays tribute to the Academy, Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter, Leslie Bricusse (who passed away at his home in the South of France last week at the age of 90).

The program features an archival interview with Leslie from July 2021 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the London premiere of the Bricusse – Anthony Newley musical Stop The World – I Want to Get Off, in which Leslie also discussed his up-coming projects, which included the long-awaited British premiere of his Sammy Davis Jr. bio-musical Sammy, plus his recently completed stage work The Great Musical Comedy (aka Sunday Dallas), the concert presentation of A Few Words With George (for which Leslie wrote lyrics to accompany the orchestral works of George Gershwin), animated film versions of Noah’s Ark (featuring a song score originally written in the 1960s) and Scrooge (based on his 1970 film and subsequent stage adaptation) and the projected film version of Jekyll & Hyde.

The programme concludes with a replay of excerpts from a 90th Birthday tribute to Leslie Bricusse which featured a selection of his songs written and co-written (with collaborators including Anthony Newley, Cyril Ornadel, Henry Mancini, John Williams and Frank Wildhorn) for the stage musicals Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, Pickwick, The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crowd, The Good Old Bad Old Days, Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll & Hyde and Cyrano de Bergerac; and screen musicals Charley Moon, Doctor Doolittle, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Scrooge, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Victor/Victoria, from the respective original cast and film soundtrack recordings.

See Leslie Bricusse's Obituary by Anthony Wills

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