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Sammy Davis, Jr.

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities.
Davis started as a child vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and Las Vegas, Nevada. He went on to become a world famous recording artist, television and film star. Davis was also a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".
At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, toured nationally, and after military service, returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards. With the trio, he became a recording artist. In 1954, he lost his left eye in an automobile accident.
His film career began as a child in 1933. In 1960 he appeared in the first Rat Pack film, Ocean's 11. After a starring role on Broadway in 1956's Mr Wonderful, Davis returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy, and in 1966 had his own TV variety show, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Davis' career slowed in the late sixties, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man", in 1972, and became a star in Las Vegas earning him the nickname Mister Show Business.

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is currently involved with

Kiss Me, Kate - Lighting Designer

19:30, Wed 20th January 2021 - Sun 24th January 2021 at Globe Theatre, London

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul with some gangsters. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang and won the Tony-Award.
Kiss Me, Kate was Porter's response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals; it was the first show he wrote in which the music and lyrics were firmly connected to the script, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. In 1949, it won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.

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  • The Miser - Harpagon

    17:00, Sun 14th February 2021 - Wed 17th February 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    The Miser is a five-act comedy in prose by the French playwright Molière. It was first performed on September 9, 1668, in the theatre of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

  • The Tempest - Technical Director

    20:45, Wed 14th April 2021 - Mon 19th April 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where…

  • The Fantasticks - Editor

    19:45, Thu 18th November 2021 - Mon 22nd November 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighbo…

  • The Rocky Horror Show - Technical Director

    19:30, Wed 12th January 2022 - Sun 16th January 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tell…

  • The Book of Mormon - Producer

    19:30, Tue 18th January 2022 - Mon 24th January 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    19:30, Tue 25th January 2022 - Mon 31st January 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    11:15, Tue 1st February 2022 - Mon 7th February 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-cr…

  • Antony and Cleopatra - Augustus

    16:30, Thu 26th May 2022 - Sun 29th May 2022 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relat…

  • Annie - Annie

    20:45, Thu 16th June 2022 - Sun 19th June 2022 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Thu 23rd June 2022 - Sun 26th June 2022 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Thu 30th June 2022 - Sun 3rd July 2022 at Royal Opera House, London

    Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broad…

  • A Raisin in the Sun - Sound Designer

    12:30, Thu 21st July 2022 - Sun 24th July 2022 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Thu 28th July 2022 - Sun 31st July 2022 at Royal Opera House, London
    21:00, Thu 4th August 2022 - Sun 7th August 2022 at Royal Opera House, London

    A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family's experiences in…

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