2011-07-19 (Day 326) Learning the song…

My daughter wanted to make this a quiz, to see whether anyone could work out which song it was. I didn’t really think it would be worth the effort…

The song is "Soliloquy" from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel. It’s one of the more interesting songs in the male repertoire, as the singer has to express various emotions he feels on learning that his wife is pregnant. Swaggering as he recounts the times he will have with his son, proud as he discusses how he will be if it’s a daughter. Then self-loathing as he realises how little he can provide for his child, followed by determination to go out and make money… "or die!"

So you can guess what’s about to happen to the fellow!

Anyway, this might be a good opportunity to tell you about a couple of shows that I’m involved in

First is "Beauty and the Beast" – a show in a week at the Dunblane Centre. Performances are on 5th and 6th August, should be lots of fund. Tickets from the Dunblane Centre on 01786 824224 or at www.dunblanecentre.co.uk/

Then, in October, we have "Chess" – Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ story based on the Fischer/Kasparov chess matches of the 1970s. Perhaps some of the best show music written in the 1980s, Chess is a great love-triangle story with hits such as "One Night In Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well". This will be in the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline from 5th to 8th October. Info from www.thelimelightproductions.co.uk/index.htm