The Music Biz was a trial of a new musical with a Faustian Theme set in the 1960s
Directed and Choreographed by Robert Arditti
The show starts in a working mens club somewhere in the north of England
with a sub standard dance act trio the Tinker Sisters played by
Tracy Hart, Holly Russel and Lynette Dundas
Laurie Webb as Danny
The Compare of the club the usual tacky has been comic performer
He introduces a new up and coming singer Miss Julie Carr
played by Nicola Kimber
Julie sings her lateast recording
She encounters a drunk during her act and runs to the dressing room for cover
Back Stage the Compare talks to all about the pit falls of the Music Biz
Everybody starts to dream of what their life would be with the right break!
above Dick Aldridge, Stephen J. Dean and Tony O'Keeffe
even the Chorus Girls have their dreams of stardom
finaly all are feeling high on their dreams
"Cos' that's the Music Biz!"
Julie goes to London and starts hanging out in the mus'o clubs
The title number of the show 'The Music Biz'
The song tells of the rise to fame and the fight to get there
all have their own story and solution to get what they want
From the singers to the backing players
each will crawl on their hands and knees for that one big break
above Michael Gyngell
or jump through hoops to get to the top.
Julie soon meets a new manager and her life takes off.
Julie sings 'Don't Let The Music End'
Julie's old Jewish Agent played by Hugh Futcher
the agent explains the Music Biz to his assistant
The girls tease the third member of the team Cindy played by
Holly Russel about her married lover
Lynette Dundas and Tracy Hart sing 'There goes your baby!'
Julie teams up with her new arranger Mike played by Peter Fleetwood
Then cuts a new disc
before she knows what is happening Julie is taken to a PR company
camp hairdressers and makeup guys fawn over her
plus a slick team to sell her to the public
Steve Fortune and Debra Mcullock sing 'Everybody needs P.R.'
Stone or the Devil, Julie's new manager starts to tout her record
The Devil gets a team of touts to sell Julie Carr
above the team with Ted Merwood as Mac
Allan Walsh, Michael Gyngell and Debra McCulloch
Back at the PR company lots of deal are being done
Julie is told to leave Mike alone by Rena played by Clovissa Newcombe
The Big number of the show 'Mr Teaser'
The girls setting the pace for Julie
Julie sings 'Mr Teaser'
Rehearsals start for Julies tour of the US
the Devil never far away pays the girl to upset Julie with stories about Mike
In America the PR people try to get Julie to the top
Tracie Hart and Michael Gyngell
however when Julie doesn't please Mr.D she finds herself
back in the working mens club where she started.
Had she known stardom or was it all a dream?
two rehearsal shots from the playbill