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From Broadway to Ffwrnes

August 21, 2013


LLANELLI'S longest running theatre group is set to entertain audiences across the town with an evening of entertainment from the stages of Broadway.

Following their production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which received rave reviews from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, The Academy are returning to Ffwrnes with Made On Broadway -- A Gala Perfor mance.

The two-and-a-half hour show, which takes place on Sunday, September 22 at 7.30pm, will feature a five-piece band complete with 40 numbers from much-loved shows such as My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Maime and Showboat. There will also be guest appearances from past names in the group, as well as Kidwelly Festival Choir and Sounds Original -- which is led by the group's musical director Diane Williams. The show's director Peter Sharp said: It's going to be a big Broadway show featuring big song and dance routines from names past and present. The show will be one of the first to take place at the theatre on a Sunday.

Not everybody goes to church on a Sunday and it will be something for people to go and see.

A lot of big theatres do it now and we want to try it out here -- people will definitely be in for a good night.

Everyone should remember the people who were in Jesus Christ Superstar -- it was one of the best shows to hit the new theatre and this will be the same here.

The group is also busy preparing for its next big production Hot Mikado, which takes place at the Diplomat Hotel in October and November. The show is an adaptation of the 1885 Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado, using much of the original music but in a 1940s jazz and blues style. Mr Sharp added: They are getting into the music now, it is a big thing to go from an old show into a revamped show and we are bringing lots or rhythm, jazz and blues into it.

? There are still a couple of spots available for men over the age of 16 who have stage and vocal ability to perform in the show.

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