The Story of the Sherman Brothers
Next month on the 10th and 11th of April, the West End hit show A Spoonful of Sherman comes to Harrogate Theatre. This is the story of the Sherman Brothers on stage...
Most people will be familiar with the songs from Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book, but how familiar are you with the men behind the music?
The Sherman Brothers (Richard M Sherman & Robert B Sherman) wrote more motion-picture musical song scores than any other song writing team in film history.
The brothers began writing together in 1951 as suggested by their father, Al Sherman who wrote music for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holliday and Frank Sinatra.
They started out writing country, pop and rock tunes until they were noticed by Walt Disney for writing “Tall Paul” for popular Mousketeer, Annette Funicello.
In 1961 they wrote for their first Disney film, The Parent Trap and then four years later were awarded Oscars for Mary Poppins. 1967 brought another accomplishment with The Jungle Book followed by another hit (not with Disney this time) with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, winning them another Oscar. Other notable films they scored include Aristocats and Bedknobs & Broomsticks.
As well as writing for films they also wrote what could be considered their most recognisable song, "It's a Small World”, one of the most well known theme park songs to date.
They left Disney in the early 70s and continued to work freelance on many other films.
Years later, present day composer Robert J Sherman, son of Robert B Sherman brings the story of the family’s award winning musical journey to the stage. With songs from three generations of Sherman’s this feel good family show features live music and stars Olivier Award nominated Sophie-Louise Dann (Gary Barlow’s The Girls Musical), Glen Facey (Hairspray), Jenna Innes (Animus), Mark Read (Boyband A1, Guys and Dolls) and Ben Stock (Beauty and the Beast).
Learn more about the show by watching the video below, and if you'd like to book, click here