Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl . .

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Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl… everyone knows how that song starts. But Copacabana is more than a song – it’s a hit musical, which Halifax Light Opera stages next month at the Victoria Theatre.

The song became a by-word for glitz and glamour - and its success prompted singer and composer Barry Manilow to adapt it into a full scale musical which took the West End by storm in 1994.

Now Halifax Light Opera Society puts its own stamp on the show.

As director Kathryn Beverley says: “It’s a fast moving show filled with music and dance and whether you’re a Manilow fan or not you’re bound to leave the theatre singing its title song.

“It’s a tremendous spectacle with a song everyone knows.”

The show has allowed numerous top performers including, principally Gary Wilmot, to come up with their own interpretations of Manilow’s hits, including ‘Dancing Fool’ and ‘Sweet Heaven’ which are featured in its story.

Original songs created by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes, spectacular sets and sensational choreography all add up to an evening of entertainment that will leave audiences breathless. 

Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, engrossed in the perpetual tempo of his electric synthesizer, envisions and creates the world’s next big hit, as his patient wife vies for attention.

But alas, only this new song is on his mind and in his heart.

His remarkable inspiration carries him and the audience back to an era when music and passion were always the fashion at the world famous Copacabana nightclub in New York city as the saga of Lola and Tony begins.

The show has been delighting audiences in Britain, the USA and further afield since 1994, and as the song goes: “At the Copa, Copacabana…” – see you’re singing it already.

The show will run from Wednesday, November 11 to Saturday, November 14 at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.

Tickets from £14. Contact Victoria Theatre box office 01422 351158, www.victoria theatre.co.uk