Michael Flanders and Donald Swann were the biggest musical comedy stars of the s and s. This global smash hit of a show pays affectionate tribute to their words and music, mirth and infectious silliness. With generous support from the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, At the Drop of a Hippopotamus continues to go from strength to strength. As Michael was the first to suggest, their songs were - and are - not sung nearly enough. At the Drop of a Hippopotamus is an attempt to redress this, and an attempt by Duncan's wife to re-dress him, in a smart suit. The biggest live stars Britain produced in the late 's, together the musical pair toured the globe bringing laughter and song to millions with songs that have now become legend. The songs remain masterfully comic compositions…if you think Eminem is the last word in lyrical dexterity listen to FitzHigham a younger, sexier Richard Stilgoe for admirers of cabaret with impeccable manners these Swann songs certainly fit the bill.
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As Michael Flanders says, the animal songs made him and his partner Donald Swann famous. Indeed, I suspect that even a few Americans know this one. In terms of Flanders-and-Swann awareness, Canadians seem somewhere in between — more than Americans, but less than Britons. Flanders was the Gilbert , writing nearly all of the lyrics, and Swann the Sullivan , writing all of the music and the occasional lyric. With wit, wordplay, and complex rhyme schemes, the duo wrote over a hundred songs, and between and gave hundreds of performances in the UK, Canada, and the US — plus, in , a few in Australia and New Zealand. Never heard of Flanders and Swann? Or care to be reacquainted? A few allusions of note. Showing their range, Swann and Flanders explain thermodynamics via a jazzy scat number.
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Flanders and Swann were a British comedy duo. Actor and singer Michael Flanders OBE — and composer, pianist and lyricist Donald Swann — collaborated in writing and performing comic songs. They first worked together at a school revue in and wrote more than a hundred comic songs together. Meeting up to write comic songs following the war, their most successful hit, The Hippopotamus was written the first afternoon they reconvened. Initially writing songs for other people e. Within four weeks it transferred to the Fortune Theatre in the West End, and ran for two years before they toured the world. At the Drop of Another Hat followed initially at the Haymarket Theatre, with live recordings of both shows released both produced by Sir George Martin. With over live performances and the most successful musical comedy songs of a generation Flanders and Swann occupy a very special place. The evening was extraordinary: Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus was born and the hospital brought a new plaster cutter.