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The music series “Mid-Day Music at Melville” will resume at Melville United Church in Fergus on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 and continue on Wednesdays thereafter.  Pianist Brad Halls is taking the audience on a musical tour through the past 100 years of the history of the Broadway musical, with a presentation of the many enduring classic songs from some of the greatest of the past century’s songwriters.  Each performance begins at 12 noon and continues to about 1 p.m. 

          On Wednesday, January 10, the songs come from the Broadway seasons of 1948 and 1949, and will feature songs from memorable productions such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and others. Come and enjoy many classic songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, Wunderbar, So in Love and many more.

          On Wednesday, January 17, we will celebrate productions from Broadway shows of 1950 and 1951.  Those seasons were highlighted by Frank Loesser’s classic Guys and Dolls, Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam, and the massive Rodgers and Hammerstein hit The King and I.  We will include classic songs including I’ve Never Been in Love Before, Hello Young Lovers, It’s a Lovely Day Today, Luck Be a Lady Tonight and more.

          On Wednesday, January 24, we will visit productions from Broadway seasons between 1952 and1954.  Brad will present songs from musicals including Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, Peter Pan, The Pajama Game and Kismet among others.  Featured songs include Here’s That Rainy Day, Never Never Land, Baubles Bangles and Beads and Hey There among several others.

          On Wednesday, January 31, we will celebrate productions from Broadway shows which debuted in 1955 and 1956.  Those seasons were dominated by Lerner and Loewe’s enduring classic My Fair Lady, but there were several other popular productions including Damn Yankees, Bells are Ringing and others.  Wonderful songs from these shows include Just in Time, Standing on the Corner, I Could Have Danced All Night, You Gotta Have Heart and almost a dozen more.

          There is no admission charge for these presentations, but a voluntary contribution to Melville United to help keep the heat and lights on, and the piano tuned, is always gratefully received.