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Petula Clark: You And I -- An Intimate Concert


Mon 18 Oct 2010, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Christchurch Town Hall, 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: sandra roberts

Pacific Entertainment proudly presents You And I - An Intimate Evening with Petula Clark in October 2010. A delightful two-hour show with one of the most accomplished leading ladies in showbiz with great hits including "Downtown", "I Know A Place", "My Love", "Colour My World", "A Sign Of The Times", "Don't Sleep in The Subway", "This Is My Song", her concert is not to be missed.

With more gold albums to her credit than any other British artist and total world record sales in excess of 68 million, film and music star Petula Clark is one of the most sought-after recording artists and concert personalities in the world today. She is in constant demand with lead roles in major theatrical productions such as "Sound Of Music, "Blood Brothers" and "Sunset Boulevard". In 1998, Clark was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II by being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and the subject of several BBC-TV documentaries.

Dubbed the British "Shirley Temple", she is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine. Accolades include “Britain's most popular child star", "Britain's leading teenage star", "Juke Box Queen", "First Lady of Pop", and she is now one of the few people to whom the title "Superstar" really applies.

She has never stopped recording —over a 1,000 songs and still counting! Her first hits were children's songs like Where Did My Snowman Go (1952) and The Little Shoemaker (1954). To date, she has sold well in excess of 68 million records.

She was urged by her friends to record Downtown and the rest is music history. Downtown skyrocketed to number 1 in the USA, launching Petula's American career and earning her a Grammy in 1964. She quickly followed with I Know A Place, which went to number 3 and earned Petula her second Grammy in 1965. Numerous top 40 hits followed. All told, Pet has had 15 top 40 hits in the USA (two #1 hits). Internationally, Petula Clark has charted in the top 40 somewhere, sometime, with 159 recordings!

In the sixties, she starred in two Hollywood musicals (Finian's Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips) opposite the likes of Fred Astaire and Peter O'Toole. Throughout the sixties she made numerous TV appearances both as a guest star and as the host of two popular variety series for British television, as well as three of her own American TV specials. She also continued a highly successful concert career, beginning with a sellout season at the Copacabana in 1966, at Caesar's Palace in Vegas and at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles before a star-studded audience that included Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.

In the eighties she found fame as a country recording star with her top-10 hit Natural Love, before reinventing herself as a highly successful stage star in London's West End, beginning with the role of Maria in The Sound of Music and continuing with the production of her own musical Someone Like You, for which she wrote the music.

In the nineties Petula made her Broadway debut, starring opposite David and Shaun Cassidy in the highly successful production of Blood Brothers followed by a well-received American tour of the same production. In 1998 Petula returned to England, where she was presented with a prestigious CBE by her Majesty the Queen, in honour of Petula's legendary career. As of September 2000, Petula's most recent appearance on the stage was in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, in the starring role of Norma Desmond, a role she has now played more than any other actress to date. After appearing at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End she embarked on a national tour of most major cities in the U.S. with the musical.

In 2003, she was the recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her timeless recording of "Downtown" and hit the Top 20 in French Canada - while preparing appearances in France to promote another new release, "Kaleidoscope."

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