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Ivor Novello's...THE DANCING YEARS (1976) Musical Play.

Simply told it is a confection whereby a struggling Austrian operetta composer meets and falls in love with an opera star who nurtures his career. Her shady past as a woman with many liaisons is brought to the fore by her current amour, a Prince who hopes to eventually win her. Through a number of misunderstandings the composer and singer eventually part. She is pregnant with his child but he does not know this until the final Act. She marries the prince and raises the child as their own. There is a touching reunion/farewell scene where the composer sees his love for the last time and for the first time meets his son.

The Cast:
Anthony Valentine as Rudi Kleiber, Celia Gregory as Maria Ziegler, Susan Skipper as Grete, Neville Jason as Charles, Vera Jakob as Hallie, Tim Brierley as Franzel, Joyce Grant as Cacille Kurl,

The Singing Voices of: Marilyn Hill Smith for Maria, Ann Howard for Cacille Kurl.

Produced for Television by Cecil Clarke, Directed by Richard Bramall. Written by Ivor Novello.

The performances are excellent - Marilyn Hill Smith sings superbly while Celia Gregory mimes the songs (and Ann Howard sings for Joyce Grant), and Gregory is excellent at portraying the vacillating, obsessive prima donna. Anthony Valentine in the Novello part (composer Rudi Kleber) makes the dated dialogue seem just plausible, and as Grete, the young girl who asks Rudi to give her first refusal when she is old enough to marry him, a request which has disastrous repercussions, Susan Skipper sings and dances charmingly.

All in all, anyone who enjoys the old style of musical comedy, when the cast really had to be able to sing (i.e. with trained, light operatic voices), and a separate chorus of dancers was customary, will be delighted with this production. For once, it's true that they don't make them like this anymore.

Due to the increasingly easy ability to copy these discs ALL SALES ARE FINAL , however any defective disc will be immediately replaced upon return.

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