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Bill Kenwright

Bill Kenwright

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First broadcast: Sun 14 Jun 1998

West End producer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the theatre producer Bill Kenwright. His West End successes include Shirley Valentine, Medea and Stepping Out. A gambler at heart, he continued to run Blood Brothers on Broadway despite a panning by the New York critics and it became a huge box office hit. An actor himself - most famously as Gordon Glegg in Coronation Street - he started producing in the provinces. There he lured audiences into the theatre by putting TV stars such as Pat Phoenix on stage - although sometimes he had to remind them that she wasn't Elsie Tanner.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Tim Hardin

1.

Tim Hardin

How Can We Hang On to a Dream?

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Leonard Bernstein

3.

Leonard Bernstein

Tonight (from West Side Story)

Orchestra: Ensemble

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Blueknowz

4.

Castaway's favourite

Blueknowz

Call To Arms (Everton FC and Z Cars Theme Tune)

Richard Swerren

5.

Richard Swerren

Any Dream Will Do

Victor Young

6.

Victor Young

The Call of the Faraway Hills

Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Charles Gerhardt

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Willy Russell

8.

Willy Russell

Tell Me It's Not True

Artist: Kiki Dee and Company of Blood Brothers

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Book

Everton - The Complete Record by Steve Johnson

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