Review: Swinging at the Cotton Club, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Swinging at the Cotton Club
Swinging at the Cotton Club

Deco Days at the Stephen Joseph Theatre closed with a swinging affair led by Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers.

We mooched, soft-shoed and lindy-hopped our way through the 1920s and 30s of the Cotton Club which was in New York.

Cue the sounds of Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington with songs made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday.

The musicians and dancers were joined by vocalist Marlene Hill and the evening was hosted by a George Melly-style singer and ranconteur Megs Etherington.

Stardust, God Bless the Child, Stormy Weather, Minnie the Mooch (hi-di-hi-di-hi-di- oh) and Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey were performed as the party atmosphere was racked up.

This type of music becomes less and less popular with those who schedule radio and TV programmes – only Radio 2 plays big band and jazz with any real sense of commitment.

But there is an appetite for it – this was a sell-out and before there are sneers about the audience age averaging above 70 – you’re wrong.

It was quality entertainment from the orchestra, vocalists and the Lindy Hoppers from start to the swinging finish with the audience on their feet – dancing and clapping along.

More please.

By Sue Wilkinson