2005-08-12 / Community

Petula Clark At NorthFork Theatre August 24

Ron Delsener Presents Petula Clark live in concert at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury celebrating the 40th anniversary of her hit “Downtown” on Saturday, August 24 at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the box office, select Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (212) 307-7171 or at (631) 888-9000, or can be purchased at www.northforktheatre.com

Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops, both on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine and quickly filled the role of a British “Shirley Temple.” In 1944, Petula made her first movie and has since appeared in over 30 British and American films. In 1949 she recorded her first song “Music, Music, Music” and hasn’t stopped recording since. 50 plus years and over a 1,000 songs later, Petula has enjoyed an extraordinary life of upbeat, ever-popular music, including her signature song, the Grammy Award-winning “Downtown.” Among her many other hit recordings are “I Know a Place,” “My Love,” “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love,” “This Is My Song,” and “Don’t Sleep In The Subway.”

Her first hits were children’s songs such as Where Did My Snowman Go (1952). Petula greatly expanded her horizons from here, becoming a French pop star and enjoying success recording in German and Italian. Quickly, she established herself as a superstar throughout Europe with Number One tunes sung in different languages in different countries across the Continent. Urged by friends in Britain to record in English, Petula recorded Downtown which skyrocketed to number 1 in the USA, launching her American career and earning her a Grammy in 1964. She followed with I Know A Place which went to number 3 and earned a second Grammy. In the sixties, she starred in two Hollywood musicals, Finian’s Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips . Later she became a country recording star with her top-10 hit Natural Love , before reinventing herself as a highly successful stage star in London’s West End, beginning with the role of Maria in The Sound of Music. In the 90’s Petula made her Broadway debut, starring opposite David & Shaun Cassidy in the highly successful Blood Brothers . In ’98 she was presented with a prestigious CBE by her Majesty the Queen of England, in honor of a legendary career. In October ‘00, Petula presented a one-woman show highlighting her life and career. She has since embarked on a 24-city tour of the UK to coincide with her newest UK album, “The Ultimate Collection,” which charted in the Top 20. In ‘03, she was the recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her timeless recording of “Downtown” and later returned to Paris after a 38 year absence. In 2004 and 2005 Petula has continued to bring her immense collection of songs to the world visiting Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. shores, stopping in on Long Island for one night only on August 24 at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury.

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