The Wonderful Wizard of Song

The Wonderful Wizard of Song

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FROM THE PRODUCER OF AMERICAN IDOL, WIZARD is the musical story of Wizard of Oz composer HAROLD ARLEN with a special video performance by TONY BENNETT, Never before seen footage from the Wizard of Oz, SAM ARLEN, his Orchestra, and GEORGE BUGATTI’S, THREE CROONERS

Biography

From the producer of AMERICAN IDOL, WIZARD, is the Musical story of Wizard of Oz composer Harold Arlen. This multi media musical celebrates the Oscar Winning Songwriter of Stormy Weather, I've got the World on a String, Old Black Magic, One for my Baby, and of course, all the Music from Oz including Over the Rainbow! With a special video performance by TONY BENNETT, Never before seen footage from the Wizard of Oz, the composers son, SAM ARLEN with his swing band, and GEORGE BUGATTI'S, THREE CROONERS, take you from the cotton Club thru the hollywood years and to your heart.

Co-written by NIGEL WRIGHT (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s partner for 12 years, Executive Music Producer of Warner Bros. Phantom of the Opera and American Idol), The Wonderful Wizard of Song is a multi-media, family friendly concert. The Three Crooners make their world premier in this production. Young, and Debonair, These “American Divos”, Bring A Fresh Look And Feel To The Standards You Know By Heart.

As Simon Cowell's ll Divo is striking a chord with The "Desperate Housewives" across America and selling out arenas, former American Idol producer Nigel Wright is now at the helm of a new show, which stars the latest incarnation of the "male supergroup," George Bugatti’s Three Crooners.
Bringing a fresh, updated look and sound to Arlen’s classic’s with attitude and flair that already has industry insiders talking.

Corralled by singer/pianist, George Bugatti (39) the Three Crooners are; Alistair Tober (25), Johnny K (30) and George Bugatti.

George, who made his concert debut with Tony Bennett and who is also the protégé of the late Steve Allen, went on a worldwide search for the two best, undiscovered crooners in the biz. Little did he know, he would find them right in his back yard.

Just as Steve Allen and Tony Bennett took him under their wing, he is now doing the same for Tober and Johnny K.

Bugatti was looking for " All American" singers to celebrate the only two art forms that are indigenous to America… Jazz and Crooning. With Alistar being a longshoreman, Johnny a surfer from LA and Bugatti himself a Brooklyn boy, he seems to have accomplished that.

Singer and actor ALISTAIR TOBER has been featured on “The O.C.,” in the film Spiderman 2 as well many regional theater productions including Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. At 25 years old, his potential as a performer and personality in boundless.

JOHNNY K, who along with Tober is a Southern California native, has sung with the Los Angeles Opera Company, California Boys Choir and has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad since the age of 4. He has also produced and engineered albums for the likes of Rod Stewart, Steve Tyrell along with many others.
While their stage chemistry and vitality is indeed reminiscent of the Rat Pack, their singing is almost as pure as old blue eyes himself. In the coming tribute at the Ford, which will also tour nationally later this year, Arlen-penned songs like “That Old Black Magic,” “One For My Baby One More For The Road,” “Stormy Weather” shine with sex appeal and stunning three part harmonies only to be complimented by each crooner’s Hollywood good looks, humorous banter and unbeatable charisma.

The stage will be adorned with 7 by 10 foot revolving movie posters from the original motion pictures, Let’s Fall In Love, A Star Is Born and of course, The Wizard of Oz. Also featured are never before seen manuscripts, memorabilia and footage provided courtesy of Sam Arlen. The tribute is a must see for lovers of Broadway, Film and classic, timeless music.

SAM ARLEN
Sam Arlen is a professionally trained musician with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Son of the renowned pianist and composer Harold Arlen, Sam displayed a natural talent for music from an early age. He began playing alto and tenor saxophone at 12 years old and developed his skills at the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan.
Sam expanded his performance skills after graduation by touring with different musical groups and playing at notable venues such as the Roseland Ballroom in New York. In 1986, Sam parlayed his practical experience in music into the business end of the industry and created S.A. Music Co. to publish many of his father’s greatest compositions. In 1996, Sam and his wife Joan Arlen, also a professional musician, formed JoSam, Inc. and Arlen Music Inc. publishing companies to represent various new artists.
In addition to heading successful music publishing companies, Sam spends time performing, lecturing, and co-chairing the Harold Arlen 2005 Centennial. In 2001, Sam and S.A. Music Co. began organizing a celebration in Harold Arlen’s honor in order to bring his name and music to the forefront and have him posthumously recognized for his extraordinary contribution to American music. Sam is joined by co-chairs Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinst

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Set List

The Wonderful Wizard of Song Program

ACT I
OVERTURE
TONY BENNETT FILM CLIP
GET HAPPY
WORLD ON A STRING
LEARN TO CROON
ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE
LET’S FALL IN LOVE
OLD BLACK MAGIC
LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
FINE KIND PF FREEDOM
DOWN WITH LOVE/HURRAY FOR LOVE
THIS TIME THE DREAMS ON ME
PAPER MOON
BLUES In THE NIGHT

INTERMISSION

ACT II
ORCHESTRA ENTREACTE
ANYPLACE I HANG MY HAT IS HOME
SALOON MEDELY
COTTON CLUB MEDELY
DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
MINNIE THE MOOCHER’S WEDDING DAY
STORMY WEATHER
WIZARD OF OZ MEDELY & ARLEN HOME MOVIES
OVER THE RAINBOW