From Leading Ladies to Golden Girls – Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford to release album and tour
Following last years release of Leading Ladies – an album of show tunes by Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson, Universal Music have today announced the release of ‘Golden Girls – the greatest women of the stage, together for the very first time’ featuring Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford.
The album is due to be released on 30 November 2018 and if you pre-order now at goldengirlsmusic.com you can get a signed copy!
1. Feelin’ Good – Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
2. Get Happy – Harold Arlen
3. Nobody Does It Better – Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager (from The Spy Who Loved Me)
4. Que Sera Sera – Jay Livingstone and Ray Evans
5. This Is Me – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (from The Greatest Showman)
6. The Way We Were – Alana and Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch
7. I Know Him So Well – Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (from Chess)
8. Send In The Clowns – Stephen Sondheim (from A Little Night Music)
9. Music – John Miles
10. Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA
11. Magic Moments – Burt Bacharach and Hal David
12. DownTown – Tony Hatch
13. As If We Never Said Goodbye – Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Andrew Lloyd Weber (from Sunset Boulevard)
A 3 week long UK Tour will begin at the Marlow Theatre in Canterbury on 12 January 2019 to promote the album.
12 CANTERBURY, THE MARLOWE
13 SOUTHEND, PAVILION
14 BIRMINGHAM, SYMPHONY HALL
15 IPSWICH, REGENT THEATRE
17 BATH, FORUM
18 READING, HEXAGON
19 BOURNEMOUTH, PAVILION
20 SOUTHAMPTON, MAYFLOWER
21 CARDIFF, ST DAVIDS HALL
23 NORTHAMPTON, ROYAL & DERNGATE
24 YORK, BARBICAN
25 SCARBOROUGH, SPA
26 EDINBURGH, USHER HALL
28 GATESHEAD, SAGE
29 LIVERPOOL, PHILHARMONIC HALL
30 MANCHESTER, BRIDGEWATER HALL
1 LEICESTER, DE MONFORT
2 LONDON, PALLADIUM
3 NOTTINGHAM, RCH
4 SHEFFIELD, CITY HALL
Maria Friedman is best known for her work in musical theatre, having won 4 Olivier Awards (and been nominated for 9 – more than any other musical theatre artist). She was a chosen singer of Michel Legrand and Marvin Hamlisch and originated roles for Stephen Sondheim in the UK. She has starred in over 16 West End shows including her award-winning one-woman cabaret, Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement and Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. Maria has starred in Chicago and Ragtime, both in the West End. She has appeared with Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin and has performed in concert halls all over the world. Now also an international award-winning director, in 2012, Maria directed a revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along in London and the USA and in 2015 she directed a revival of High Society at The Old Vic Theatre. She is directing the debut of stage show Dusty, a musical about Dusty Springfield. Maria is also known for her role as Elaine Peacock in EastEnders.
Yorkshire-born Lesley Garrett CBE FRAM is famed as the nation’s most loved soprano. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Lesley made her professional debut in 1980 and from 1984 was Principal Soprano with the English National Opera. As well as an extensive operatic career, Lesley Garrett has released 14 solo studio albums and was awarded a CBE in 2002 for Services to Music. She has performed in major concert halls and opera houses worldwide and has starred in musicals ranging from My Fair Lady in the Hollywood Bowl to The Sound of Music at the London Palladium. A popular broadcaster and media personality, Lesley has had her own BBC TV series Lesley Garrett Tonight and came third in the first series of Strictly Come Dancing. She has also appeared regularly on ITV’s Loose Women and had her own show on Classic FM. She will shortly be performing across the UK with Patrick Barlow’s play The Messiah.
Bonnie Langford first appeared on our television screens at the age of six (Opportunity Knocks), on London’s West End stage at the age of seven (Gone With the Wind) and on Broadway at the age of nine opposite Angela Lansbury in Gypsy. Her many-faceted career has included Lena in the movie Bugsy Malone, original London cast of Cats, Dr Who’s assistant for BBC TV, first and final seasons on ITV’s Dancing On Ice and Chicago in London and on Broadway. Most recently, she played Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders for BBC TV and is currently back in the West End playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.