THIS coming Sunday – 9 June 2013 – the Astor Theatre in St Kilda will be screening “Gold Diggers of 1933”, with music by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, extravagant Busby Berkeley choreography, and starring William Powell, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Ginger Rogers.
And to make the occasion even more luxurious, Peter Milley’s Cairo Club Orchestra will play its authentic brand of 30s music as a curtain raiser to the film.
The show starts at 2.00 pm with the Cairo Club performing live on stage. This will be followed by an intermission, and then the film. Prices $24/$21 Concert and Film. Bookings:
“Gold Diggers of 1933” was one of the top grossing films of 1933.
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, it is set in Depression-era Broadway and includes spectacular Busby Berkeley musical productions including “My Forgotten Man”, “We’re in the Money”, “Pettin’ in the Park”, and “The Shadow Waltz”. “The Shadow Waltz” is sung by Powell and Keeler. It features a dance by Keeler, Rogers, and many female violinists with neon-tubed violins that glow in the dark!
The description of the Cairo Club Orchestra from their website puts it better than I could:
Peter Milley’s Cairo Club Orchestra is a Vintage Dance Orchestra comprising Ten Specialist Musicians Dedicated to the Faithful interpretation of the Hot And Sweet sounds of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. These Talented Boys have sifted through archives, braved dusty garages and traded scores with Venerable Music Collectors in Australia and around the World, to locate the best in early Jazz, Blues, Swing, Talking Picture Hits and Novelty Music. When the Original Published Music cannot be obtained Quickly, some of the guys just go ahead and Transcribe scores from original Recordings. The Band Performs on Vintage Musical instruments and use Antique Radio Microphones and sing through “Megaphones” .
Here they play a hit from 1931 – “Egyptian Ella”:
And just to remind you of where the Astor is:
Corner Chapel Street & Dandenong Road, St Kilda.