Whip crack away the winter nights and enjoy a little ray of sunshine in the form of a Doris Day tribute show. BARBARA HODGSON reports
A TOUCH of Hollywood comes to Seaton Delaval tonight in an evening of musical cabaret which celebrates the life and music of Doris Day.
The one-night-only show Wonderful Day promises the mix of star glamour and girl-next-door charm you’d expect from a tribute to the actress and singer.
Besides her 29 albums, Hollywood darling Day made 39 films ranging from tomboy musical Calamity Jane to her popular rom-coms such as Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson.
They were in the 1950s yet remain TV staples and just about everybody can sing along to one of the songs she was famous for: Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, for instance, has been recorded by The Pussycat Dolls and Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club as well as by Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton.
Now 88, Day released a new album just last year, making history with My Heart – her first new material since 1967’s The Love Album – as the oldest female artist to have a Top 10 album on the Top 40 Official UK Album chart. Hers is quite a story and the person tasked with telling it tonight is London-based musical theatre actress and singer Airlie Scott, described as a great performer by Sir Tim Rice, who is looking forward to tomorrow’s tour stop-off at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre.
“We’re excited to be able to bring Wonderful Day,” she said. “I love playing Doris and it’s such an upbeat, feel-good show.
“It’s an antidote to all the doom and gloom in the news today and toe-tapping, sing-along stuff.”
Expect many favourite tracks from the famously clean-cut star’s films which, besides Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, include Young at Heart, Love Me or Leave Me and The Pyjama Game.
The tribute show will tell the journey of where Day came from and how she became an international star, so also expect plenty of glitz, glamour, anecdotes and laughter.
And hits such as Que Sera Sera, Deadwood Stage, Sentimental Journey, Secret Love and the Black Hills of Dakota will no doubt have everyone singing along.
Scott will be backed by The Rhythm Boys jazz musicians – pianist and singer Andrew Brewis joined by Francesco Corallini on drums and Terry Davis on bass.
Wonderful Day is at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre in Blyth Street tonight at 7.30pm. Visit www.seatondelavalartscentre.com or call the box office on 0191 237 5460. For more on the Double Sharp Productions’ Wonderful Day visit www.dorisdaytour.biz