Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mad About The Boy

Songs poured out of Noel Coward, over 400 of them. From the 1920’s to the 1960’s they filled his revues and musicals – love songs like Some Day I'll Find You or the wit of Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Now they’re overshadowed by his plays.

For BBC Radio 2, Pet Shop Boys’ lead singer, songwriter and composer Neil Tennant talks to fellow performers and enthusiasts about the enormous range of Coward’s work – tender love songs, yearning melodies, sharp lyrics and skilful wordplay. Coward’s own performances make the songs particularly his own, but Neil Tennant presents versions by todays’ singers and bands and meets those, like Dillie Keane of Fascinating Aida or Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, that recognise his influence on their work.

Mad About The Boy: The Songs Of Noel Coward
BBC Radio 2
Friday 20 July - 1900-1930

Related Links
* The Noel Coward Society
* BBC 4 Interviews: Noel Coward
* Noel Coward on Wikipedia

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