Steve sings Monro
PUBLISHED: 16:49 13 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 24 May 2010
ONE of the 20th century's most popular songwriters, Matt Monro, will be the subject of a musical tribute at The Playhouse in Weston on Sunday. Award-winning entertainer Steve Laister will help bring memorable songs like From Russia With Love and Portrait
ONE of the 20th century's most popular songwriters, Matt Monro, will be the subject of a musical tribute at The Playhouse in Weston on Sunday. Award-winning entertainer Steve Laister will help bring memorable songs like From Russia With Love and Portrait of My Love to life at the theatre.The London-born balladeer, dubbed the British Sinatra, produced hit singles including My Kind Of Girl, Softly As I Leave You, Walk Away and Yesterday and in 1961 Monro was named Top International Act and Most Promising Male Singer by Billboard Magazine. The performer continued to make music and joke with audiences right up until his sudden death in 1985 from liver cancer.The Tribute to the Life and Songs of Matt Monro show is a combination of great songs and other musical and comedy material performed by up-and-coming South West performers.The show is hosted by comedian and vocalist Steve Laister, who combines a warm personality and great voice with a Ken Dodd/Bob Monkhouse comedy style. Steve will be joined by comedian and vocalist Dean Winters and Lindsey Collard singing the songs of Doris Day, plus musical director Will Penney and his band.Steve Laister won the Millennium Grand Final of Carlton Television's Stairway To The Stars competition and he has performed in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Germany as well as numerous UK venues. In 2003, he came to The Playhouse for the South West regional final of the Laughter Link Comedy Contest, a national competition for family-friendly comics. He won the regional and national final.Veteran entertainer Dean Winters started his career as a Butlins Redcoat. His comedy talents and vocal ability have seen him perform throughout the UK and abroad. The show also features Steve Laister and Will Penney's song Playground In The Sky, which has helped raise more than £20,000 for Children's Hospice South West through live shows and cabaret weekends. There will be a collection in aid of the Children's Hospice South West Babe Appeal after Sunday's show. Performances take place at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. For tickets, priced from £8, call 01934 645544.