Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK

The British songwriting duo of Anthony Newleyand Leslie Bricusse, who together wrote some of the most enduring and loved songs of Broadway and Hollywood, will be celebrated in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's 2016 summer cabaret.

The pair, who burst onto Broadway and the pop charts in 1962 with their musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, became an instant sensation when the show's big number, "What Kind of Fool Am I?" was recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. The song rose to #17 on the Billboard Top 100 list and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Their next musical, The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd ran less than a year on Broadway, but its score introduced the standards "Who Can I Turn To?," "Feeling Good" and "On a Wonderful Day Like Today." For films, Newley and Bricusse wrote the songs "The Candy Man" (another big hit for Sammy Davis Jr.) and "Pure Imagination," for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as well as the lyrics for the title song of the James Bond film Goldfinger.

The cabaret will include these and many more, including gems from lesser-known musicals like the 1972 West End musical The Good Old Bad Old Days and the experimental movie musical Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Newley and Bricusse's two Broadway musicals, in addition to giving the music world an amazing number of hit songs, were groundbreaking in their use of then avant-garde theatrical techniques. Characters were symbolic, and costumes and sets were minimal and non-realistic. The Roar of the Greasepaint had parallels to Beckett's Waiting for Godot in its characters and settings. An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook, as conceived by co-directors Fred Anzevino and Courtney Crouse, will pay tribute to the pair's theatrical aesthetic.

The summer cabaret's cast of four men and one woman will include four newcomers to the No Exit stage along with Theo Ubique veteran Ryan Armstrong, who appeared in the company's Jesus Christ Superstar as Pontius Pilate and had roles in their productions of Blood Brothers and Passion. The cast's sole female will be Paige Hauer who appeared in Black Ensemble Theater's Sounds So Sweet.

The other men in the cast are David Wesley Mitchell, who has appeared in Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors with Awkward Pause Theatre and The Merry Widow with Light Opera Works; Averis I. Anderson of BET'sDynamite Divas and Raggedy And for Pride Films and Plays; and Graham Heacock, who has played The Artful Dodger in Oliver! and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress for Wilmette Center for the Arts.

Photos by Adam Veness

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Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Paige Faye Hauer, David Wesley Mitchell

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Paige Faye Hauer, David Wesley Mitchell

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Upper Row: Ryan Armstrong, Averis I. Anderson, Paige Faye Hauer Lower Row: Graham Heacock, David Wesley Mitchell

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Averis I. Anderson

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Averis I. Anderson, Graham Heacock, David Wesley Mitchell, Paige Faye Hauer, Ryan Armstrong

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Graham Heacock, David Wesley Mitchell

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
David Wesley Mitchell, Graham Heacock

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
Graham Heacock, David Wesley Mitchell

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