MR. MUSIC BOX



Seven rows of seven buttons upon the front side of an attractively painted box draw the guests’ attention to various song titles and raise the enticing question as to what might happen if a button were to be pushed. The answer comes quickly as two doors swing open to reveal a tenor in white tie and tails, who sings the selected song a cappella: "I'm singing in the rain." Afterwards, just as abruptly as the box opened, its doors close once again. The guests laugh and clap, then press forward to choose the next title.

Between George Frederick Takis and his listeners there begins a lively interchange whose rhythm is impelled onward by the opening and closing of the doors. One compelling aspect lies in the wild succession of titles: after rock-’n’-roll a tender love song, "Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr" between "Life is a Cabaret” and “Santa Lucia.” Each individual mood is savored, then yields to the next melody in a zigzag of pushed buttons. The jollity of the guests grows from song to song. The jukebox becomes the focus for a communal feeling that, with well-known titles like "Yesterday” or "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" often leads to spontaneous group singing.

The entertainer appears and disappears like a jack-in-the-box. The buttons and doors awaken a playful urge in the adults to repeat this simple procedure again and again. Yet the person inside the tiny stage is not a mere toy but rather a classically trained singer performing the desired songs with a warm, lyrical tenor voice. He enters into a momentary but profound relationship to each individual whose favorite song he presents. The peculiar charm of this human jukebox lies in an admixture of friendly humor and musical talent.


REPERTOIRE


GERSHWIN-SONGS
Swanee
Summertime
Fascinating Rhythm
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
I Got Rhythm
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
A Foggy Day

OPERETTA MELODIES
Immer nur Lächeln
Wolgalied
Gern hab’ ich die Frau’n geküßt
Ich bin nur ein armer Wandergesell
O Mädchen, mein Mädchen
Da geh’ ich zu Maxim
Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr

BROADWAY SONGS
Maria
The Phantom Of The Opera
On The Street Where You Live
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
It’s Too Darn Hot
I Get A Kick Out Of You

GERMAN FOLK SONGS
Ännchen von Tharau
Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht
Heidenröslein
Am Brunnen vor dem Tore
Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund
Ade zur guten Nacht
Der Mond ist aufgegangen

FILM MELODIES
Cheek To Cheek
Life Is A Cabaret
Singing In The Rain
Moon River
True Love
Sonny Boy
Alexander’s Ragtime Band

ROCK OLDIES
Bye-Bye Love
Downtown
I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane
Yesterday
Love Potion Number Nine
Needles And Pins
Hush

INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE
Loch Lomond
Eileen Aroon
Au Clair De La Lune
Santa Lucia
Molly Malone
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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