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MARDI GRAS A musical in 2 acts. Libretto by Melvin Bragg. Lyrics and Music by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard. Prince of Wales Theatre, London. 18 March, 1976. (212 perfs) SYNOPSIS Aspiring musician, Lorne, becomes deeply involved with a top hooker, Celandine, in an atmosphere of hot hearts and hot music among the fleshpots and jazz clubs of New Orleans - all of which leads to a tragic finale. (Shades of Bizet's Carmen) STORY Would-be jazz musician, Lorne, arrives in New Orleans at the time of Mardi Gras, and gets caught up in the atmosphere of hot hearts and hot music among the fleshpots and jazz clubs where all proprieties are thrown aside and anything goes at the time of this wild carnival of New Orleans. This is a world where the singer Concepcion works a Spanish tart act and the nun Sister Anne sings with religious fervour while stripping down to her red bloomers. Lorne meets and is obsessively attracted to Celandine, New Orleans’s top hooker, and, very much in the tradition of Carmen and Don Jose, it all leads to a tragic finale. CAST - (in order of appearance) • Studs • Cleo • Lorne • Celandine • Prince • Concepcion • Sister Anne • Sporting Gent • Eddie • M. le Grand • Voodoo Woman Chorus MUSICAL NUMBERS: 1. Prologue: Storyville Rag - Studs 2. Mardi Gras (Breeze From the River) - Lorne, Celandine & Prince 3. Everything About You - Lorne & Celandine 4. From Now On (Immortal, Invisible) - Celandine, Sister Anne & Chorus 5. Isn't It a Nice Sensation? - Chorus 6. I Call the Tune - M. le Grand 7. That's That - Concepcion & Chorus 8. The Second Line - Cleo 9. Love Keeps No Season - Celandine 10. New Orleans - Lorne & Celandine & Company 11. Everybody's Moving - Concepcion, Eddie & Company 12. I Can See It All - Prince 13. Make Jazz - Concepcion & Company 14. Celandine's Blues - Celandine 15. When I Feel the Spirit Move Me - Sister Anne, Concepcion & Company 16. The Calinda - Voodoo Woman & Company 17. Love's Foot - Lorne & Celandine Orchestra Conducted by Ray Cook. Vocal Arr. by Fred Tomlinson. Produced by Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley DISCOGRAPHY: Original London Cast Recording [Vinyl LP - EMI - EMC 3123