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The Dress Circle: Remembering Leslie Bricusse

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We’re remembering British composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse, whom we lost on October 19th of this year, on this week’s Dress Circle (11/28 7:00 p.m.).   Through the course of the program, we’ll sample nine scores including three for which Bricusse wrote both music and lyrics: the stage versions of “Scrooge,” “Doctor Dolittle,” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips.”  We’ll also include two that he wrote with Anthony Newley, sharing both composer and lyricist credits: “The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd” and “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.”  As lyricist, we’ll have some of his songs from “Pickwick” which he wrote with Cyril Ornadel and was based on Dicken’s “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club,” “Jekyll & Hyde” which he wrote with Frank Wildhorn, and two scores he wrote with Henry Mancini, “Tom and Jerry: The Movie” and “Victor / Victoria.”  

This is only a small sampling of the contributions made to the British stage and screen by this gifted composer and lyricist, but we’re hoping that it’ll introduce listeners to works with which they may not be familiar.