Talented families take the stage for Saturday night concert at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 17 September 2016, 7.30pm

Judy Garland and Liza Minelli, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher – celebrity names that show how talent runs in families, and that is precisely the treat in store this Saturday evening (17 September) at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, when some well-known local performers are joined on stage by their talented children for a generational musical extravaganza!

Directed by Don Pears, Music Night: Generations will see Joseph Rowntree regulars including Jessa Liversidge, Andy Stone and couple Paul & Susan Blenkiron joined on stage by their children, singing songs from stage and screen from The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The King & I and The Lion King .

“Our stage is often the launch-pad for emerging talent in York, with groups like York Orchard Theatre Company and York Light Youth performing here, but this is a great chance to see some of our adult performers take the stage with their talented children – a great way to spend a Saturday evening,” comments fundraising director, Graham Mitchell.  “We’re delighted to be welcoming back Don Pears and his band to provide live music for the evening, too.”

Music Night: Generations is at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 September.  Tickets are £10, and are available in person from the Joseph Rowntree Theatre box office on Haxby Road, by phone on 01904 50 1935 or online at the brand new theatre website, www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk

Music Night: Generations is a fundraising concert for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, which is run entirely by volunteers and receives no council or government grants or funding.


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Jay Commins

Pyper York Limited

Tel:         01904 500698

Email:    jay@pyperyork.co.uk

About Us

Joseph Rowntree Theatre is York’s Art Deco theatre. Hosting concerts, plays, shows, pantomimes and musicals for the last 80 years by touring artists, groups and talented local companies, Joseph Rowntree Theatre has some of the most comfortable and roomy seats in York – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the show. All seats across stalls and the balcony have a completely unrestricted view of the stage; even the last ticket on sale guarantees a great seat! Its location on Haxby Road is just over a mile from the city centre, with free parking and public transport stopping outside the gates. Joseph Rowntree Theatre is part of York’s vibrant chocolate heritage, having been built by Joseph Rowntree as a community hall for those working at his confectionary factories, which still surround the theatre today. It continues to be a friendly, vibrant hub of live entertainment to which patrons return time and again. Since 2001 the Theatre has been run by a charitable trust to provide an affordable venue to over 30 performing hirers, thanks to the efforts of its 150 regular volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life, be they retired former members of amateur dramatic societies, or youngsters wanting to learn the skills of stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk01904 50 1935