THE STORY OF BART
A MUSICAL PLAY ABOUT THE RISE AND FALL OF BRITAIN'S GREATEST SONGWRITER LIONEL BART
In the 1960’s Lionel Bart was a songwriting genius having a career penning huge chart hits, musicals, film scores and one of
the biggest musicals of all time ‘OLIVER’ earning every minute what the average person earned in a week. But things went
wrong, very wrong and by 1972 he was tragically declared Bankrupt. This musical play is far more than a run-through of
Bart’s evergreen hits, as interweaved within them are all of the juicy yarns about Bart’s crazy millionaire-to-bankrupt life.
West End Star John Barr (Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Sweeney Todd) will be taking on the role of Lionel Bart telling
you his story, he will be joined by a supporting cast utilizing some of Bart’s most unforgettable hits as well as one or two
songs you haven’t heard before..
Was there a Happy Ending?
For almost two hours at the London Hippodrome, John Barr WAS Lionel Bart, so much so that my companion asked
innocently on the way out: “I wonder what Lionel’s doing next?”
John Barr’s eerily accurate ninety-minute-narrative impersonation captures the watchful handsomeness of the younger
Lionel and his voice is pretty close to the original. Like Bart himself, he’s overly generous with the anecdotes and doesn’t shrink from telling the darker sides of the story, the lavish showbiz parties which nearly bankrupted him, and the constant
unfulfilled eagerness for affection and admiration.