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Sound of Music

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Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music | Overture Center


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HISTORY Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start… Allegedly the first ever sing-a-long happened at an old people’s home in Inverness. The nurses wanted to involve the residents in interactive group therapy, so they screened Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and gave out song sheets so that everyone could sing along. The idea was then developed for the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in London in 1999 before opening at the Prince Charles Cinema in August of that year. Initially, there was an eight-show run, but the show sold out very quickly, picking up amazing TV coverage and amassing a stack of newspaper stories. The regular shows of Singa-Long-a Sound of Music then began at the Prince Charles Cinema, and the show has been running there ever since. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music of Music has been on tour around the UK since January 2000, visiting almost every major venue in the country. In 2001 over 7,000 dressed up to an outdoors sing-a-long at the famous Kenwood House in London. The show has also taken the world by storm including Amsterdam, Dublin, New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Oslo, Stockholm and many other major cities around the globe. A highlight has been a series of sell-out performances to 18,000 people each time at the famous Hollywood Bowl. In 2001, Elton John and 40 of his friends dressed up as nuns to ‘sing-a-long with Julie,’ hiring the show for a private party to celebrate David Furnish’s birthday. After a celebratory lunch at the Ivy, the party of 40 donned habits and tuned their vocal chords to sing along. Celebrity faces spotted under their wimples included Elton and David, Lulu, Janet Street Porter, Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys, Hugh Grant and Joan Collins. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music was followed by the first ever live show – Sing-a-Long-a Abba which celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a tour in 2011. It enjoyed a highly successful run at The Whitehall Theatre in London’s West End in 2003 and has played in Toronto, New Zealand and St Petersburg, Russia, as well as a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002. 2011 saw the addition of Sing-a-Long-a Grease, the film that audiences have been asking for since the very beginning.  It has been running in London since May 2011 and will tour the UK from January 2012. Other Sing-a-Long-a shows include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (launched by Donny Osmond in 2002), The Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and, in 2004, the second live show, Sing-a-Long-a Elvis.

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THE PRODUCTON The world-famous Sing-a-Long-a format has been delighting audiences since 1999. The important thing about Sing-a-Long-a is that it’s completely inclusive – you join in as much or as little as you want.  It’s not compulsory to dress up, but many people do and it really adds to the fun. There’s a 30-minute pre-film show during which the host leads you through a vocal warm-up, prepares you for special moments throughout the film and judges the fancy dress competition. Everyone receives a free fun pack with special props for the “magic moments” that make the evening go with a bang. SINGALONGA PRODUCTIONS Singalonga Productions is based in London, UK and has been touring the shows since 1999. The productions are managed by a small team, with extensive expertise in cinema and theatre management, and can be seen throughout the UK and the rest of the world. You can follow Singalonga Productions at: @singalonga


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Overture Center for the Arts thanks the following supporters for their generosity and partnership. PUBLIC SUPPORT

The City of Madison LEGACY SPONSORS

Dianne Christensen


Kelly Family Foundation


American Girl’s Fund for Children $20,000 – $99,999

CUNA Mutual Foundation Exact Sciences Madison Community Foundation Arts Access ProVideo UW Health & Unity Health Insurance $15,000 – $19,999

Bell Laboratories Food Fight, Inc. Full Compass Systems, LTD SVA Certified Public Accountants & SVA Plumb Financial $10,000 – $14,999

Capital Newspapers, Inc. Kuehn Family Foundation Madison Investment Advisors Robert W. Baird & Co. University Research Park Webcrafters – Frautschi Foundation WISC-TV $5,000 – $9,999

Alliant Energy Foundation Courtier Foundation Custer Financial Services Dane Arts

Dane County Diego’s Mexican Bistro & Icon Restaurants Evjue Foundation General Beverage Sales Company Goodman’s Jewelers John A. Johnson Fund Outrider Foundation The Madison Concourse Hotel Pepsi Cola of Madison Promega Corporation ScheduleSoft SupraNet Communications Trek Bicycle Corporation $1,000 – $4,999

Arts Midwest Axley Brynelson, LLP Badger Bimmer ChapterBMW Car Club of America BMO Harris Bank Fresco Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Kerkman Dunn Sweet DeMarb Ian’s Pizza Kilwins National Guardian Life Insurance Company New England Foundation for the Arts Preferred Title TDS Telecom Service Corporation Wilson Foundation Wisconsin Bank & Trust

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