Bayou City Concert Musicals Presents ‘Tea For Two’

April 28, 2010

Bayou City Concert Musicals introduces another chapter in its ongoing series celebrating the Great American Songbook with “Tea For Two – The Music Of Vincent Youmans.”

Performances are scheduled for three consecutive Monday nights on May 3, May 10 and May 17 at 7:30 p.m. and will be presented at the Performance Centre of The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street between Holman and Berry.  The entrance to the Performance Centre is located on the corner of Fannin and Berry. 

Musical Director for the cabaret will be well-known accompanist, Michael Mertz and Founder and Artistic Director Paul Hope will direct and serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Many of Vincent Youmanssongs qualify as “classics” today.  Mention a Youmans’ song and audiences will immediately either start humming it or even know a few of the words, such as “Picture me upon your knee, just Tea for Two”….or “I Want To Be Happy, but I can’t be happy”….or even the beautiful ballad, “More Than You Know, man of my heart I love you so.”  The cabaret will include these wonderful songs, along with many others, such as “Through The Years,” “Without A Song,” and “Great Day,” all sung by some of the best musical theatre professionals in Houston.

One of the biggest hits for Youmans was “Hallelujah” a song that he wrote while serving in World War I.  When he showed this song to John Philip Sousa, Sousa liked it so much, he passed it along to the Navy.  It became a huge hit with the troops who marched to this tune all over the country during the war years.  “Hallelujah” was later included in the musical “Hit The Deck.” 

In 1933, he contracted tuberculosis and retired to Colorado.  Though he continued to write, he was never as successful again and finally succumbed to the disease and died in 1946 at the age of 35.

Tickets for the cabaret are $25 and are available online at bayoucitymusicals.org or by calling 713-465-6484. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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