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Language: English | Duration: 1hr 30mins
Play On Words sees multi-accomplished performer, composer and lyricist Hal Cazalet honouring the Broadway career of his step great-grandfather P.G. Wodehouse, alongside his favourite songs celebrating the birth of the American musical and theatrical writing highlights of the last 120 years.
Featuring the work of P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Maury Yeston, Noël Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Cazalet, Dudley Moore, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Ayckbourn, and many more.
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Trained at The Juilliard School, New York where he won the Shoshana Foundation Award, Hal has created leading roles in World Premiere’s for composers, Philip Glass’ Les Enfants terribles (World Tour), Roxanna Panufnik’s The Music Programme (Polish National Opera, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House) and Tod Machover’s, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Death and the Powers (Chicago Opera Theatre & Dallas, Boston and Monte Carlo Operas). Other highlights include Cascada, The Merry Widow (ENO), Albert Herring (Glyndebourne Tour), Dick Dauntless Ruddigore (Barbican Centre, Opera North) and in concert at The Wigmore Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, DC. Hal’s musical of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince was showcased at The Palace Theatre, London, starring Janie Dee, with plans to open at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai in 2024.
Music Supervisor/Conductor of the Glamis Prom with the Scottish Pops Orchestra, Live At Las Vegas, Scott Alan Live at IndigO2, West End Stars In Concert with the Orchestra of Contemporary Music of ERT starring Ramin Karimloo, and Dancing On Ice on Greek national TV. Music Supervisor/Arranger of The Boyfriend, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show. Music Director of The Boyfriend, Sweet Charity, Spa- milton, Ruthless!, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Victoria Wood’s Talent, West Side Story, Sinatra, The Rocky Horror Show. Simon recently released his debut album The Courage of A Dreamer.
Hugh is a director, teacher, producer, lighting designer and writer. He has been a resident director in three UK theatres including the Old Vic in London; he was the Head of Music for Television South. For the past 25 years, he is best known for creating and directing large scale concerts and events including the international tours of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Golden Wedding Celebration of HM The Queen at the Royal Festival Hall in London, 20 years of The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London with Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. He also produces and directs large fund-raising concerts and events; for the BBC TV and Mentorn he devised Challenge Anneka. He is currently directing Jeeves Takes Charge for a UK Tour and A Murder Has Been Arranged at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.