11th - 14th June 2015
at The Victoria Theatre
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman
Book by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman
Orchestrations by Andy Rumble
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd
The story follows aspiring songwriter, Stephen, as he composes what he hopes will become a hit musical. His imagination takes him back to the 1940s as he creates a story surrounding an ambitious young singer Lola Lamar who arrives in New York City from Tulsa hoping to become a star. She lands a position at the famous Copacabana Nightclub, "the hottest club north of Havana", and strives to become a 'Copa Girl' dancer with the help of the bartender, Tony Starr.
Copacabana is a musical spectacular full of glitz and glamour with fabulous costumes, fantastic lighting and lovely scenery. The show started with a dream sequence in a 1940's night club with a stage full of show girls all dressed in white. As the story unfolds we find ourselves in a New York apartment in the present day, with Stephen/Tony Forte (Ashley Wade) as he suddenly snaps into reality as his wife Samantha/Lola La Mar (Amy Straw) reminds him her parents are visiting and wishes he would spend as much time looking at her as he does his keyboard. As the song he has written comes to life Stephen and Samantha become Tony and Lola. This well matched duo took the top honours as they sang and danced together, especially in their duet "This Can't Be Real". Gladys Murphy (Rachel Rogers) who could certainly belt out a song, along with grumpy Sam Silver (Martin Welsh) added to the comedy. In the rival night club the Tropicana in Hanava, the suave and villainous Rico Castelli (Richard Armstrong) who drugged and abducted Lola, tries to replace his older star Conchita Alvarez, (Francesca Hardman-Saiao) with the young Lola. Of course Tony comes to her rescue with help from his friends at the Copacabana. As the modern day Stephen re-enters his New York apartment and Samantha also re-enters, he realises she looks exactly like Lola and she is all he wants.
Congratulations to all the principal roles playing with commitment and enthusiasm, the two tap numbers helped the show zip along with a superb finale in exotic costumes that left the audience wanting more.
Jacqui Hartley - NODA representative District 10
Samantha/Lola La Mar
Coat Check Girl
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Richard Lumb and Jim Green
Nuala Smith and Team
Norma Bateman and Team
Ian Stead Theatrical Costumier
Scenic Projects Ltd.