January Starts with Music…

If your New Year’s resolution is to go out to see more live music, then Chelmsford’s theatres have some New Year treats lined-up for you.

The Elvis Years is the incredible and compelling story of Elvis Aaron Presley, and it charts how a poor boy from Tupelo, Mississippi became the undisputed king of rock and roll. The show will transport the audience through the key moments of Elvis’s life, from his first Sun sessions, the Louisiana hayride, the death of his mother, his time in the army, the Hollywood years, the ’68 Comeback Special and more. The show features over 50 of Elvis’s hits, performed by Mario Kombou, from the West End’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and a tight live band worthy of Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The Elvis Years comes to The Civic Theatre on Friday 12 January at 7.45pm.

Fans of The Police and Sting’s solo career will love Message In A Bottle: A Tribute to The Police, when they play the Civic on Friday 19 January at 7.45pm. The band will bring the chemistry and musical precision of one of the greatest rock bands of all time alive on stage. Playing all of the hits including: Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, So Lonely and Englishman in New York.

Thank ABBA for The Music is a two-hour celebration of the Swedish super stars finest pop perfection songs. Abba’s golden run of hits started in 1974, when they won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo and continued until 1982. Thank ABBA for The Music brings alive all of the hits including; Dancing Queen, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Take A Chance on Me and many more with a live seven-piece band, costumes, video projections and the group’s humour. Come along in 1970s costumes and join in the party atmosphere on Saturday 20 January at 7.45pm.

In The Mood: The Glenn Miller Story covers all of big band leader’s best-known songs, including; In The Mood, Little Brown Jug and Chattanooga Choo Choo. The show will feature the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the smooth jazz vocals of Catherine Sykes and one of the top swing/big band vocalists, Mark Porter. A special treat on the night will be The Polka Dot Dolls, who will sing the songs of The Andrews Sisters. The show is on Sunday 21 January at 3pm.

The UK’s premier Rock ‘n’ Roll show, That’ll Be The Day, returns to the Civic Theatre on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 January with a brand new production. The fantastic new line up of hits span from the 1950s through to the 1980s and includes the show’s trademark comic sketches performed by the cast. The show is ideal for those who love the golden era of pop music and comedy.

The sudden death of Whitney Houston in 2012 was a shock to her legions of fans across the world. Now, West End star Rebecca Freckleton has brought the Whitney legend back to life in ‘Whitney – Queen of The Night’, her emotional tribute to one of the greatest singers of our time. This celebration of Whitney’s music comes to the Civic Theatre on Friday 26 January at 7.45pm. Not only possessing a close resemblance to Whitney, Rebecca also has a stunning voice and has performed with Macy Gray, Paloma Faith and Jools Holland. Rebecca and her highly talented band will play all of the classic hits including; ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘The Greatest Love of All’ and ‘I’m Every Woman’.

A Legend of a Band is a tribute to The Moody Blues and features Gordy Marshall on drums, who played drums with the original band for 25 years. The band will feature an all-star line-up of musicians who have played with 10cc, Leona Lewis, James Blunt and Strictly vocalist Patrick Smyth. Hear ‘Nights in White Satin’, ‘Go Now’ and many more hits on Saturday 27 January.

Let’s Hang On is a celebration of timeless songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The award-winning production follows the band from the wrong side of the tracks in their New Jersey origins to them writing their own songs, finding their sound and world-wide fame. The show features all of their hits including; Grease, Working My Way Back To You, December 1963 (Oh What A Night) and many, many more. Let’s Hang On comes to The Civic Theatre’s stage on Sunday 28 January at 7.45pm.

The Lunchtime Concerts continue every Wednesday in the Cramphorn at 1pm and offer a toe-tapping relaxing interlude to the day. The lunchtime concerts are free although a donation of £1 is suggested.

Opera lovers are provided for when Verdi’s Rigoletto is broadcast live from The Royal Opera House, London, at Chelmsford Picture House on Tuesday 16 January 2017 at 7.15pm. Director David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the Duke of Mantua’s court, where Rigoletto is the court jester.

To book tickets to see any of these events, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.