40 Songs for 40 pages
Say Hello to Our Newest Season Brochure with our Official Playlist.
From August to November this year we've got a jam-packed programme with something special to suit every theatre-goer and it's all down on paper for you to browse through in this season's brochure, out now! So to celebrate, why not grab a copy, or open up the online version and put on our tailored tracks? Then all you need to do is kick back with a cuppa and decide what you're going to see this year! It's as simple as that.
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1. Never Forget - Take That
Our first page is a colossus. It's our lustrous cover, emblazoned here with an uplifting production shot from Take That's The Band coming to us in October. The show promises to facilitate audiences reliving the highs of the 90's, hence this choice of a 90's track.
Take That's single Never Forget is from their third studio album Nobody Else released in 1995. It stayed at number one on the UK Chart for three weeks.
2. Wimbledon - The Paper Tigers
As we are a very local venue, the next page is, of course, a local advertisement for the Wimbledon BookFest, (4 - 14 October). Therefore, how perfect is it that The Paper Tigers a Brisbane-based band have a song on their EP The Orpheus Club entitled Wimbledon? I mean their name even has the lexis Paper in it, the principle material of a book, making clear it was fate that we stumbled across this song.
Lyrics from the song Wimbledon read 'I'll see you on the tennis court. Where we derailed our trains of thought'. How edgy.
3. Staying Alive - Saturday Night Fever Original Cast Recording (Starring Adam Garcia)
Next we move onto the inevitable welcome page. Your local theatre is now in its 108th year and shows no sign of slowing down, so just as the song says it's, for the time being, Staying Alive. Saturday Night Fever is of course opening its tour with us at the end of August as well.
Single Staying Alive, the Bee Gees classic actually opens the show and did you know the original production of the musical was a 4 million effort at the London Palladium choreographed by Arlene Phillips?
4. Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Next up is the groups page, we offer great packages that can be tailored to your group's needs. So why not grab your pals together and escape, because 'we're all going on a Summer Holiday' and you can too.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows released the single in 1963, the second to be divulged from the film of the same name and now, it's a thrilling stage show complete with a big red bus!
5. (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
From smash-hit film and stage adaptation Dirty Dancing, arriving here in November, for our What's On summary page, we could only choose: (I've Had) The Time of My Life, as we want you, our audience to have the time of your life when you visit your local theatre. Whether you are here for comedy, a feel-good musical or a more serious drama, we want to make each visit a unique one.
This single was released in 1987 and has subsequently won many awards including an Academy Award for 'Best Original Song', a Golden Globe Award for 'Best Original Song', and a Grammy Award for 'Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals'.
6. Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat - Guys and Dolls Original Cast Recording
And finally it's time to get excited, we've reached the show pages! First up is our Summer Stage Experience Guys and Dolls! August 17 - 18!
Considered to be Guys and Dolls' 11 o'clock number, written by Frank Loesser, we've chosen the 1950 song sung by gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat. The premise of the song is that Nicely invents a dream about being saved from hell in order to bring together members of a prayer meeting.
7. Swan Lake Op. 20, Act II No. 10 - Tchaikovsky
Next in August we have the English Youth Ballet with two productions Ballet Virtuoso and Swan Lake. The page reads 'ELECTRIFYING. BRILLIANT. PASSIONATE', so what better song to pick than the dramatic and consequential Op. 20, Act II No. 10?
Though Op. 20, (Swan Lake) written in 1875 '76 was an initial failure, it is now one of, not just Tchaikovsky's, but the world's most popular ballets.
8. You Should Be Dancing - Saturday Night Fever Original Cast Recording (Starring Adam Garcia)
9. Disco Inferno - Saturday Night Fever Original Cast Recording (Starring Adam Garcia)
You Should be Dancing and Setting Alight a Disco Inferno because we've finally reached the Saturday Night Fever page. The show finger points its way to us from 30 August - 8 September.
Starring John Travolta, the original film of the same name actually premiered 40 years ago this year, so Bill Kenwright's brand-new, exponentially big production will mark 40 years in true style with a dance extravaganza!
10. Dancing Shoes - Cliff Richard
11. Bachelor Boy - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
Don't be a Bachelor Boy, put on your Dancing Shoes and hitch a ride on Don, (Ray Quinn)'s, converted red bus. These next two pages, if you haven't already guessed are all about the feel-good, Summer Holiday the Musical.
The film starring Cliff Richard was the second most popular movie at the British box office in 1963. And arguably only flopped in the US as it was released two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Astonishingly a multitude of the songs reached number one in the UK charts including Bachelor Boy.
12. A Girl Has Died - An Inspector Calls
13. Her Name Was Eva Smith - An Inspector Calls
Though we are not even halfway through the playlist, we have already reached the dramatic climax, Stephen Daldry's An Inspector Calls. Find inside our brochure a fantastic article about the history of the show.
The music here is written by Swiss-born British composer Dominik Scherrer, used in the 2015 An Inspector Calls television series of the same name. The track titles tell you all you need to know at the start of the play, 'A girl has died, her name was Eva Smith'.
14. Pray - Take That
15. Greatest Day - Take That
Next, it's the pages you've been Pray-ing for, the show that will prove to be your Greatest Day, Take That's The Band.
Released in July 1993, Pray was Take That's first of twelve singles to reach number one in the UK charts and stayed there for four long weeks. Greatest Day was subsequently their eleventh to reach the converted number one spot. And now they've taken their talents to producing a musical instead, though not moved away from the hits as many feature in this uplifting musical!
16. Consider Yourself - Oliver (2009 London Cast Recording)
These pages are all about you! What we want you to get out of New Wimbledon Theatre, it is yours after all. That's why we say 'consider yourself one of us'.
Consider Yourself has surprisingly cropped up in popular culture since Oliver's premiere at New Wimbledon Theatre in 1960, including: the 1969 premiere episode of Sesame Street, a 1977 episode of the The Muppet Show, as the theme song of ITV sitcom Home to Roost, on 2007 charity album Over The Rainbow performed by Richard Fleeshman and the cast of Avenue Q, sung by celebrities in a BBC Christmas promotion 2011 and finally in Doctor Who episode 'Sleep No More', where Nagata begins to tell The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), to 'consider yourself', to which he sings 'part of the furniture'.
17. Luck Be A Lady - Guys and Dolls Original Cast Recording
Similarly, as this theatre is all about you, it's local community we are using this song and the article on the page to remind you of our Stage Experience, Guys and Dolls, happening this August. The undertaking of which will give a group of youngsters the chance to work with industry professionals and utilise the stage to put on a full-length performance. They are so Luck-y!
Luck Be a Lady is from the point of view of a gambler, Sky Masterson, hoping to win a bet, the outcome will decide whether or not he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams.
18. Tell Me It's Not True - Blood Brothers (1995 London Cast Recording)
19. Marilyn Monroe - Blood Brothers (1995 London Cast Recording)
Tell Me It's Not True! The iconic Blood Brothers is back this October! We're all about providing you with quality performances and this is a prime example.
Marilyn Monroe is an ongoing musical theme throughout the show representing the act of reflecting upon the past. With Tell Me It's Not True then closing Blood Brothers, a commentary upon the ever growing class divide.
20. Lola - Sunny Afternoon Original Cast Recording
We hope you don't mind a fun little interlude for potential business partners. As the page states, New Wimbledon brings the glamour of the West End to the South-West, hence the choice of upbeat West End accompaniment Lola from The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon.
The song details a romantic encounter between a young man and possible trans women. Lola, 'walked like a woman but talked like a man'.
21. Rumour Has It - Adele
Rumour Has It, Adele filmed her BBC Graham Norton special 'When Adele wasn't Adele... But was Jenny!' at New Wimbledon in 2015. it features her surprising a host of impersonators and if you look closely, you can certainly recognise the Piano Bar and distinctive auditorium. For more historic tidbits, follow our brand new feature #OldWimbTheatre, you can even get involved and share your stories!
Adele previously stated that Rumour Has It was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard about her!
22. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
As we move on to our next big show page, we know you've still got Hungry Eyes for more. Experience the passion and romance theatre can bring with Dirty Dancing this November!
The chosen song Hungry Eyes, performed by former Raspberries band member Eric Carmen peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Recorded the same year as the movie, 1987.
23. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
24. Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
25. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) - Daniel O'Donnell
26. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
27. Freedom! '90 - George Michael
Now as you can see, we have hit the one-nighter show pages! For one night only these productions will thrill, astound and amaze! But most importantly they are packed with variety, as we want to make sure as many of you as possible are getting something great out of the offered programme. The playlist presents but a selection of highlights, so don't forget to delve deeper into what's on!
Don't Stop Me Now was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen's 1978 album Jazz. Remastered here. One Night of Queen (Gary Mullen and The Works) will treat audiences to a live rendition.
'It was dark and misty for 2 weeks, and I didn't come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was, 'Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.' I wrote Mr. Blue Sky and 13 other songs in the next 2 weeks.' Jeff Lynne on writing ELO's Mr Blue Sky. Experience that kind of symmetry live at The ELO Experience.
Daniel O'Donnell is a crowd favourite, he often pleases and delights audiences with popular 1956 sing-a-long Que Sera Sera.
Gimme Shelter is the opening track to 1969 Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed. The first word was initially spelled 'Gimmie', subsequent recordings have made 'Gimme' the customary spelling. Learn more about the band at The Rolling Stones Story.
Freedom 90! released by George Michael in 1990 had the '90' applied to the end of the title to prevent confusion with a hit by Michael's former band Wham! Get ready to bring the 90's back at Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael.
28. 20th Century Blues - Noel Coward
You really are flying through the pages now! Finally, we are at the second space, Time and Leisure Studio, pages. There are a lot of quirky, fringe-style performances, or talks, intimate comedy gigs and music events that go on, so again the key word is variety.
From the old... The Humour of Noel Coward.
29. Why Can't You Behave - Verona Chard
to the new... Jazz in a Broadway, a monthly Jazz club coordinated by vocalist Verona Chard.
30. A Whole New World (Aladdin Original Motion Picture) - Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle
31. Arabian Nights (Aladdin Original Motion Picture) - Bruce Adler
Reaching our magical, sparkly panto pages means that you have extended to what are known as the 'trails', pages detailing shows not within this brochure period, (July - November), but these productions are on the contrary, highlights of what's to come beyond. Join Paul Merton and Pete Firman on a magic carpet ride this Christmas!
A Whole New World garnered the 1993 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1994, the first and so far only Disney song to win in the category. The Peddler who sings Arabian Nights was voiced by Robin Williams, but the song was actually sung by Bruce Adler, voice artist of the villagers in Beauty and the Beast. Williams simply could not reach the notes. The tune is used as Jafar's theme throughout.
32. What Do You Do with a BA in English - Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
We guess Q's back February 2019! Did you know? The Avenue Q puppets cost up to $10,000 each and require up to 120 hours of hand fabrication per character.
What Do You Do with a BA in English opens the show, Princeton, a recent college graduate, is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first, he must find an apartment and a job, with no work experience and an English degree. The song is later reprised before the show closes, as a new fresh-faced college graduated mirrors Princeton's earlier search and inquires about an apartment.
33. Time Warp - The Rock Horror Picture Show
Richard O'Brien's iconic rock musical returns. Let the Rocky Horror Show subvert you!
The Time Warp is essentially a parody of the dance song genre in which much of the content of the song is given over to dance step instructions. Providing enviable audience participation!
34. Fame - Fame: The Original Soundtrack, Irene Cara
This 30th Anniversary Tour proves that Fame will live forever.
Written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford, 1980 hit Fame is performed by Irene Cara who played Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980 and the Golden Globe Award the same year.
35. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Rock of Ages Soundtrack
LA love story Rock of Ages, conceived for stage in 2005 then developed into a musical-comedy film in 2012, irresistibly bursts back onto stage.
This 1980 hit sung by Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot, sold well over a million copies in the U.S and was subsequently sung in the 2012 movie by Catherine Zeta Jones, playing the part of Patricia Whitmore, the anti-hero.
36. Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
37. Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama
Series 10, the final release from the Benidorm team has completed airing. But writer Derren Litten brings the cast together one last time for a quick, on-stage blow 'n' go.
Sexy and I Know It was hilariously performed in Series 8, Episode 2 by actor Nathan Bryon. Bananarama also performed their hit Robert De Niro's Waiting live in Neptune's Bar for an episode. Bring us to the Booking and Venue Information page... Robert De Niro's Waiting for you to Buy Your Tickets, Find Out More and Plan Your Visit.
38. Seating Plan - Radio Edit - Swahili Beat
Don't know where to sit? Take a look at the venue seating plan. Whilst also letting the beats of this Ibiza Night Records track wash over you.
39. Diary - Alicia Keys
Confide your secrets in us, and find a date in your diary for Theatre at New Wimbledon.
Diary's lyrics tell listeners that they can reach Keys by calling a particular number, 489-4608, which was her former telephone number, (without the area code), in NYC.
40. Applause - Lady Gaga
What do you do when a piece of theatre ends? Conventionally, you applaud and so that brings us to the end of the brochure pages... *Applause!* Congrats, you made it! This is also the ATG Theatre Card page and with membership giving customers such amazing discounts for unforgettable theatrical experiences, it is certainly something to give a standing ovation for.
'I realized it was the applause of the fans that really kept me going. Because I would be ready to go onstage and just be crying hysterically not understanding even how I was feeling. I was feeling very dizzy, I had a lot of vertigo, I had pain but it's like f*** if I know what hurts the most because I'd been on tour for a year. But I didn't want to let them down and I just couldn't cancel because the thought of leaving 50,000 kids in the arena just broke my heart. So I went out every night and I played and I played and I played until I couldn't walk one night'. Lady Gaga on the conception of Applause.
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