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Reviewing the Situation
Tenacious C
Venue: Orange Civic Theatre
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018  8:00 PM
Prices: Adult $46.00 Subscriber $40.00 Concession $42.00 Junior $28.00
Contact: 6393 8111

In this one-man show, Phil Scott plays the English/Jewish composer and lyricist Lionel Bart. We meet Lionel in his final years. The audience are party guests in his tiny flat . Lionel is impoverished and alcoholic but still sociable. He reminisces over his early life: his successes writing pop songs for the likes of Cliff Richard in the 1950s, and early shows like Fings Ain’t What They Used to Be, dropping names and providing examples at the piano between drinks (even though he is supposed to be “on the wagon”).

A long section about the genesis of his great hit show Oliver! leads into a revelation about his  closeted homosexuality, putting an unexpected slant on the song ‘As Long as He Needs Me’. Lionel takes us through the disaster of his Robin Hood musical “Twang”, which led to bankruptcy and forced him to sell the Oliver! rights to pay off  a debt.

We realise that his boozy later years were only randomly productive, and perhaps he lost his chutzpah, but he remains (in Cameron Mackintosh’s phrase) the “least bitter man” in show business. To the strains of “Be Back Soon”, Lionel finally closes the piano, raises a glass and staggers offstage, leaving behind an unforgettable body of work and a remarkable life.