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The cream of Broadway and West End musicals can be relived in Bangkok this Saturday

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Aah, the unlikely miracle of history. Forty years ago, the United States reigned supreme in the pop music business. The Sound Of Music was the highlight on Broadway, Hair was playing off-Broadway, the Beach Boys were re-inventing California and Elvis had conquered everything in sight. Right? 

From left: Michael England, Robyn North, Graham Bickley. Photos courtesy of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

Wrong! The Beatles, that quartet from Liverpool, defeated both Elvis and the Beach Boys in the battle for the hearts of the proletariat. And this Saturday, at the Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok's elite will discover how Broadway was brought to its knees (or feet, rather) with musicals that dwarfed Rodgers and Hammerstein and, at times, even Stephen Sondheim. For the occasion, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the legendary Michael England and provide backing for two star singers from the most unlikely _ and most successful _ musicals to ever grace a stage.

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