Musical Theatre and the cinema in the late 1920s saw amazing transitions. From the light and frivolous revues of the early 20th century to shows that told a story – the birth of modern music theatre. In the world of film with the advent of the Talkies the audiences could suddenly hear their idols. This talk will look at some of the big hits of stage and screen of 1929 and the lives of the composers/writers. Enjoy excerpts from Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet, Jerome Kern’s Show Boat, Cole Porter’s Wake Up and Dream and Rodgers & Hart’s Spring is Here from the stage and The Desert Song, Hollywood Review of 1929, Gold Diggers of Broadway and the Jazz Singer from the silver screen. The talk begins with a substantial buffet lunch (please inform us of any dietary requirements when booking).