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    TRIBUTE: Melissa Langton will perform ‘Downtown’ in a celebration of the songs of Petula Clark.

Invitation to go downtown

A tribute to Petula Clark will feature at Horsham Town Hall on Friday as part of Seniors Week celebrations.

Music-theatre star Melissa Langton, part of  internationally renowned girl-group The Fabulous Singlettes, will bring the songs and story of one of Britain’s most cherished entertainers to life in ‘Downtown’.

Critics have described Downtown as a hand-clapping, toe-tapping tribute to the woman who at the height of Beatlemania wrestled the Fab Four for the number-one position on the music charts – and came out on top.

In the 1960s Clark repeatedly topped the charts around the world with hits such as Colour My World, I Know a Place, My Love, Happy Heart, Don’t Sleep in the Subway and Downtown.

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She is the most commercially successful female singer in British chart history.

Downtown celebrates Clark’s pop hits but also features highlights from her acclaimed performances in stage musicals such as The Sound of Music and Sunset Boulevard, and her starring roles in movies such as Goodbye Mr Chips and Finian’s Rainbow.

Clark made her singing debut on radio at nine and her most recent recording was in 2012 at the age of 82.

Langton has toured Australia and New Zealand with productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Crusade, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Brigadoon, Eurobeat and in Japan, We Will Rock You, The Threepenny Opera. 

She created the role of Angel in Kathy Lette’s How To Kill Your Husband for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in an Opera and Vonnie in Strange Bedfellows. 

She played Jack’s mother in The Victorian Opera’s production of Into the Woods and was a part of The Angel City Four in City of Angels and has many other musical-performance credits.

The Horsham performance is in the town hall’s Heritage Hall and doors open at 10am for complementary morning tea. The performance starts at 11am.  

All tickets are $10 and available from the town hall box office by calling 5382 9555 or online at

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