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The Very Thought of You

Songs and Souvenirs of Al Bowlly

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In his heyday, Al Bowlly sold more records in the UK than Bing Crosby. When he sang in Piccadilly, shop-girls and debutantes mobbed the stage door. A lady from Dulwich sent him hand-made silk knickers through the post... In this new musical play by West Country author Tony Staveacre, Al's second wife conjures up memories of the legendary crooner through the songs he made famous. From the sweetshop in Bournemouth where she ended up after the war, Marji recalls a hectic musical journey that links Raffles Hotel, Berlin in the Depression, the Rainbow Room in New York, the Grand Canyon, the Kursaal at Scheveningen in Holland, the night-clubs of the West End and the variety theatres of the North. The songs tell the story of class and aspiration, high society and snobbery, fame and fantasy, the joy of music, a holiday without strings, sentimentality and sexuality, the sweet and the sour. This is a play about a singer, played by a singer, Kate McNab who is no stranger to audiences.