Bridewell Theatre – 2nd August and 5th August 2017
as part of the
OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL
Written and Performed by Andrew Bain with Julie Rose Smith
Piano and musical direction by Tsivi Sharett
Directed by Anthony Shrubsall
LANZA charts the life of sensational 1950’s singer and movie star, Mario Lanza. More than a tribute show, he comes alive to set the record straight, weaving together personal reminiscence and song. In a hospital room in Rome, inspired by a scratchy Caruso record, Lanza’s life flashes before him. He is tended by his nurse; who comes to embody all the women in his life. The drama examines the nature of fame and asks why a man, who seemingly has the world at his feet, spirals out of control.
LANZA punctuates the compelling drama of his life with the music which made him famous. The operatic hits and lighter classics include, ‘E Lucevan le Stelle’, ‘Granada’, ‘You’ll never walk alone’ and Mario Lanza’s most famous song, ‘Be my Love’.
Here is a link to a video trailer:
Andrew is a singer and actor with experience in a broad range of genres. He originally studied Dentistry at Bristol University and continues to practice dentistry in London. He has worked for a many UK Opera companies some roles include, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Don Jose in Carmen, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Eisentstein in Die Fledermaus.
In the world of music theatre he has played the role of Tony in West Side Story, Lancelot in Camelot, Courfeyrac in Les Miserables, Boone in Whistle Down the Wind, Beast in Beauty and the Beast and numerous other musicals in West End, UK/International tours and regional theatre. He has also performed in a number of plays on the London fringe. His extensive concert work includes performances at St Petersburg Philharmonic Concert Hall and Royal Palace, Oslo. Andrew signed a recording contract in 2008 with SonyBMG and was marketed as the ‘Singing Dentist’, and recording an album of operatic versions of pop songs.
WHAT THE PRESS SAID:
‘A stirring Granada…Bain’s versatility and courage to admire’
‘Andrew Bain, with the physique of an Italian boxer and enough alpha male body language to send the whiff of testosterone right up the audience’s nostrils’
‘Bain recreates with marvellous energy the anxious wanting of an aspiring talent. He captures Lanza’s innocent zeal and his portrayal is at times both wretched and tormented’
‘A tour de force hits all the right notes’
HAM AND HIGH
Dates: 2nd and 5th August 2017 at 7.30pm
Venue: Bridewell Theatre,14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Twitter: @andrewbain @LanzaThePlay