The Sedaka Songbook
The Sedaka Songbook celebrates one of the greatest music writing partnerships of all time – Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.Writing together for almost 30 years, Neil’s memorable melodies and Howie’s unforgettable lyrics helped shaped the modern day pop song, selling millions of records all over the world. They could turn a “down do bee doe do”, a “wo wo wo yeah yeah yeah” and even a “Tra la la la la” into platinum selling, Grammy award-winning songs. The show tells the story of Neil and Howard’s humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the dizzying heights of their success in the 50s & 60s, their loss of popularity through the British invasion in the USA and finally to the ultimate musical comeback. Their musical partnership that will go down in music history forever. Conceived, written and performed by Damion Scarcella. First performance at Crazy Coqs, London 2010. Going on to tour throughout UK theatres.
Yesterdays Heroes, a concert celebration of some of the greatest tenors of rock n’ roll from the 1950’s and 1960’s. From their signature ballads to their falsetto cries, the show features some of their biggest hits, by some of the era’s most loved male vocalists including Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka and Frankie Valli. Conceived by Damion Scarcella, the show honours the incredibly distinct, powerful and soaring voices of popular music’s answer to Pavarotti, with songs that thrilled and excited audiences all over the world, it’s a true legacy to the music and stand out hits of the modern day tenor.
The Bowlly Years
Al Bowlly hailed as Britain’s very first popstar, recorded over 1000 songs, his most popular include, “Good night sweetheart”, “Moonlight the stars and you” and “the Very thought of you”. From his barber shop in South Africa, the singing barber’s musical journey led him to London where he made his mark on the in the english dance band scene. He had a long affiliation with band leaders Ray Noble and Lew Stone, sharing his time between the two, Al made many recordings , regular appearances on BBC radio and playing at some of London finest hotels. Many of the recordings were released by Victor records in the US meaning his reputation preceded him as he headed to the USA for successful tours with Noble with regular appearances on NBC radio, extending his popularity further. Missing England, Al returned but unfortunately due to vocal problems took a hiatus from singing and went to NYC to have vocal surgery. Upon his return his popularity had diminished somewhat in Britain and in order to make a living Al toured regional theatres and recorded as often as possible moving from orchestra to orchestra. Unfortunately the crooners story was tragically cut short one fateful night on the 16th of April1941 night during the London Blitz. Al’s music and story inspired me to create “The Bowlly Years – Megaphone to Microphone”. which premiered on the 6th of December 2009 at Jermyn street theatre, London.