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ROLLING BACK THE YEARS; in association with DOC FICTORIA CATRNAFON Stena Line Making good time Gary takes you on a trip of musical memories CATRNAFON.

Byline: By DAVID POWELL

SHOWBIZ all rounder Gary Wilmot promises fans a varied musical evening in North Wales.

The star of hit musical Me and My Girl joins performer Mike Alexander to bring us classic music and witty reflections on two careers spanning 50 years.

Gary, 54, says: "People can expect a really great evening out, the like of which you don't see very often. Some terrific, eclectic songs and great musicianship.

"The only connection is songs from shows Mike and I have done or songs Mike and I have written. We do Me and My Girl, Copacabana, a song by Anthony Newley and a fantastic West Side Story arrangement Mike has done.

"There are five songs from West Side Story, probably the greatest musical of all time. I'm not alone in the industry in thinking that. It's a great score and it was groundbreaking in its conception.

"We've done four shows on this tour so far and all of them have been absolutely fantastic.

The audience has gone away happy. We go to the front of house afterwards and get some feedback and sign autographs.

"It's a simple, funny intimate show. These aren't gift-wrapped apples at Waitrose. This is market place stuff. We give them the best quality of the stuff we do."

On his singing partner, Gary says: "Mike has conducted virtually every major orchestra in the world and he was Shirley Bassey's MD for 15 years. He's a great raconteur as well."

Gary's talking by phone in front of a computer in the corner of his lounge in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

He muses: "I get the most satisfaction from whatever I'm doing at the moment. I love being on stage.

"I love working with people who know what they're doing.

Even great directors who probably you wouldn't know. I enjoy working with people, not necessarily famous people.

"There are people who are celebrities and people who achieve celebrity because they're good at something. I like the latter."

Gary was born in Lambeth and worked as a scaffolder and in other manual jobs before landing singing and comedy jobs on TV.

But he doesn't fancy writing his autobiography.

"I don't think anybody would read it," he admits. "I've had all sorts of jobs.

I was a forklift driver. Who would want to know it, quite honestly."

Gary says he's sorely tempted to take a year off next year to finish five or six projects.

They include big musical projects and scripts for TV and film.

TICKETS

Gary Wilmot and Mike Alexander perform With Compliments at Rhyl Pavilion, Wednesday, October 8, 7.30pm.

www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or ring 01745 330 000 to buy pounds 18.50 tickets or pounds 16.50 concessions.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2008
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