LAUGH AND BE HAPPY: The Songs and Music of Randy Newman features West End and TV star Peter Polycarpou singing these songs and telling a few stories connected with Randy and his compositional style.
Peter explains the motivation behind the show:
"I guess if you're passionate about something then it inspires and motivates you in a way that other things don't. To be passionate, as I am, about Randy Newman's music, is something of an anomaly. It's also akin to belonging famously to a club that has members who sneak in by the back door and sit around in dark corners or empty kitchens, not really wanting to be in a club at all. They go to parties that their mother told them not to go to (Mama Told Me Not To Come) and kick tin cans down the street (I Think Its Going To Rain Today) thinking about the wives they ignored (Marie) and the women they got to strip for them (You Can Leave Your Hat On).
One of Randy's greatest achievements is that by his own admission his 'limited' voice has given artists of international repute, great songs to sing. His is a timeless writing with an open, inclusive and humanist palette. Above all his songs are about experience and reality rather than about fantasy and fiction and this is why I, as an actor, love them. They add to my own experience and help me to understand reality in a deeper and more profound way."
Peter Polycarpou has played leading roles in some of the greatest musicals of our time, including The Phantom in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera, John in the original Miss Saigon company, Thénardier in Les Misérables, Beadle Bamford in the five-time Olivier Award winning production of Sweeney Todd at The Adelphi in 2012 and Ali Hakim in Trevor Nunn's BAFTA award winning production of Oklahoma! On TV he appeared in Birds Of A Feather, Waking The Dead, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and EastEnders. He is also a teacher and has taught all over the country in Youth Theatres, Schools and Colleges.