Millicent-Martin

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If you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of Glamour then look no further.

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Kiss Me Kate was the gala centrepiece for the opening night of the BBC’s second TV station, BBC Two, on 20 April 1964. Stars included authentic Hollywood legend Howard Keel, Broadway star Patricia Morison, dancing prodigy Irving Davies. Local talent Millicent Martin, star of That Was The Week That Was was also present. Like the rest of the evening’s programming the show was taken off the air by a power cut but it went out the following night. Click the pictures for original captions.

The John Wilson Orchestra brought Kiss Me Kate to The Proms for the 2014 season. Listen on the Radio 3 web site for thirty days and watch the performance, appropriately, on BBC Two in December.

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Millicent Martin performs “I’m Still Here” from Follies on behalf of Side by Side by Sondheim on the 1977 Tony Awards broadcast. It’s interesting that she’s accompanied by full orchestra, since in the show she sings it with only piano. (Well, two pianos, I believe.)

Niles: Hello, Mrs. Moon. Would you care for a bite to eat?
Mrs. Moon: Oh, that would be lovely - if I thought I could keep anything down. How could your father do this to me? You sleep down the hall from someone for forty years, you think you know them!
Daphne: I know you’re upset, Mum, but it’s not like you and Dad had a perfect marriage.
Mrs. Moon: That’s because there’s no such thing! You young modern people think marriage is some sort of promenade through paradise, when it’s more like a march through Hell with a man strapped to your back and a litter of nasty babies swinging from your teats!

Frasier 9.13 - Mother Load Part 2

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Millicent Martin performing “I’m Still Here” at the 1977 Tonys