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“COPACABANA” AT THE
– Barry Manilow's hit song, “Copacabana,” is the inspiration for an exciting
and passionate musical, a tale of love and romance set at the heart of
the 1940s swinging nightclub scene. The flamboyantly fun show will be staged
at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia
Theatre for the Performing
Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 6.
TO HAVANA – “Welcome to Havana” opens the second act of “Copacabana,” a
loving tribute to the Technicolor movies of Hollywood's early days, complete
with beautiful costumes, beautiful people and beautiful voices. Windwood
Productions’ version of the show inspired by Barry Manilow’s hit song can
be seen at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the
Performing Arts on March 6.
FUN, COLORFUL “COPACABANA” COMES TO COLUMBIA MARCH 6
HAMMOND -- Sometimes a song is
more than a song. Such is the case with "Copacabana."
"Her name was Lola...." The unforgettable
opening lyric of Barry Manilow's Grammy Award winning hit song has been
expanded into a musical tale of love and romance set at the heart of the
swinging nightclub scene of the 1940's.
Windwood Productions “Copacabana,”
the musical, will hit the stage of Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on March 6.
"Musical theatre of such high
quality is always a treat, but to have one written by Barry Manilow is
an added bonus,” said Columbia Artistic Director Donna Gay Anderson. “This
show is feel-good entertainmnet that will leave you humming for days."
Tickets for “Copacabana” are
$33, orchestra 1 and loge; $30, orchestra 2 and balcony 1; and $27, balcony
2. Tickets are available online through TicketWeb or
the theater’s box office, 220 E. Thomas St., beginning February 28. The
box office is open from noon to 5 p.m., weekdays, and one hour before the
Critics say Manilow's musical
is flamboyant fun and gorgeous silliness, “just plain fun and a good night
out.” Described as a loving colorful tribute to the Technicolor movies
of Hollywood's early days, the show is filled with beautiful costumes,
beautiful people and beautiful voices. The dialog is often clever and funny,
but song and dance numbers dominate the action.
The story line is typical “boy
meets girl -- boy and girl fall in love.” But the tale then takes a twist
when the girl is kidnapped by a crazy Cuban nightclub owner.
While creating the world's next
big hit, Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, is carried back to
an era when "music and passion were always the fashion" at the world
famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. In his dream, Lola
Lamar, a hopeful showgirl, is launched on the path to stardom as a Copa
Girl with the help of Tony Starr, a bartender with dreams of his own.
Captivated by Lola's performance,
the villainous Rico whisks her away to the Tropicana nightclub in Havana.
From this exotic, distant new world, a tale of old-fashioned love, jealousy,
and murder in the entangled lives of Lola, Tony and Rico unfolds amidst
dazzling costumes, sets and choreography.
"Copacabana," the song, was written
in 1978 for Manilow's "Even Now" album. Though it was loved by all who
heard it, the record company didn't know quite what to do with it.
Despite hearing from disc jockeys that "Copacabana” was producing some
excitement, the record company decided to release three other songs as
singles. The city of Miami then weighed in. Florida disc jockeys,
at the request of their listeners, began to play "Copacabana” straight
off the album. Within weeks, the record company was forced to release it
as a single.
The song soared up the
charts, quickly went gold, and contributed to the album going triple platinum.
It also earned Manilow his first Grammy Award.
Several years later, Dick Clark
approached “Copacabana’s” writers, Manilow, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman,
about adapting the tune into a musical film for television, a first
since Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella.” Starring Annette O'Toole,
Barry Manilow, Estelle Getty and Joseph Bologna, the movie garnered great
ratings and wonderful reviews and won an Emmy Award.
Shortly thereafter, Caesar's
Resorts in Atlantic City contacted the creative team about adapting the
film for their show room -- if it could be cut to 75 minutes. The songwriting
trio proceeded to invent a successful new form: Vegas review meets Broadway
This prompted British producers
to inquire about the possibility of expanding the show to a full-length,
two-act, West End musical. Discarding much of the Atlantic City production,
the creators added several more characters and sub-plots and doubled the
size of the score. The production enjoyed a four month, pre-London
tour, and ran two seasons on London's West End. “Copacabana”
had its American premiere at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera in July 2000,
followed by a 30 week national tour.
For additional information about
“Copacabana,” contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-549-4366 or email@example.com.