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Song-and-dance revue not just for Anglophiles

May 23. 2013 4:51PM

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What: ‘Majesty of the British Empire’ show

Who: Presented by Tonylou Productions

When: Event begins 11:30 a.m. and includes a luncheon

Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton

Tickets: $31 per person

Reservations: Call 570-226-6207 by Monday.

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All right, old chaps, gather round and let’s see how well you know your trivia:

Who discovered King Tut’s tomb back in November 1922? If you immediately thought of British archaeologist Howard Carter, you’re right.

How many older brothers and sisters does Celine Dion have? The Canadian singer grew up the youngest of 14.

In the musical “Spamalot,” which country does the chorus sing about first? They sing about being in Finland until they realize they’re supposed to be in jolly olde England, in a not-so-jolly time of plague.

We present these questions just to get you into the mood for a song-and-dance revue called “Majesty of the British Empire,” which will be presented Thursday at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton.

“You don’t have to be an Anglophile to enjoy it,”said Mary Lou Ambrose, who is taking reservations. “You just have to enjoy good music and dancing.”

During the show, three performers will appear in one costume after another, presenting five decades’ worth of music from the Beatles (who got their start in Liverpool) to Bob Marley (a Jamaican reggae artist whose father was British) to Dion (whose Canadian homeland is part of the British Commonwealth of Nations.)

Characters from “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats,” which were written by Brit Andrew Lloyd Webber, will appear along with some folks you might remember from “Spamalot,” a musical based on the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The performance will be preceded by a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. and a trivia contest at 11:30 a.m.

What kind of questions will there be?

“Oh, questions about science, television, general knowledge,” Ambrose said.

But don’t people have to study up on the British Empire or British culture or even the musicians or musicals that will be represented in the performance?

“Absolutely not,” Ambrose said.

OK. But just for fun and to get us all in a British mood, let’s pass the marmalade and ponder more questions and answers.

Would you meet a “Doubting Thomas” in “Spamalot?” No, but you might meet a “Doubting Dennis.”

Which character in “Cats” is reputed to perform sleight-of-hand tricks? That would be Magical Mr. Mistoffelees.

When is the traditional time to serve afternoon tea? Thanks to the influence of Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, it became a custom to serve tea and little snacks at 4 p.m.

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