Young@Heart is an entertainment group created by and for the elderly, comprised at present of people at least 70 years of age. Some have prior professional theater or music experience, others have performed at amateur level, and some have no experience whatsoever.
1982in Northampton, Massachusettsthe members all lived in an elderly housing project, The Walter Salvo House. The first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One had fought in the Battle of the Sommeas a 16 year old and another, Anna Main, a stand-up comic, lost her husband in the First World War. Main stayed with the group until she was 100 years old. Diamond Lillian Aubreywho performed with the first two European tours performed Manfred Mann's " Doo Wah Diddy". In later years she appeared “on stage” via video, performing the Rolling Stones' " You Can't Always Get What You Want".
In early 1984 Eileen Hall, Warren Clark, and Ralph Intorcio joined the group. Warren and Ralph did female impersonations. Warren took on the persona of
Sophie Tuckerand Ralph did a send-up of Carol Channing's " Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".Eileen, originally from Londonbrought us an array of different routines, including strip, mime and the song “Nobody Loves a Fairy When She's ...Ninety”. They joined with a group of Latino break-dancers from another local housing project. The result was “Boola Boola Bimini Bop”. These two shows were the first of many collaborations we created with different arts groups in town. A few others included "Oh No a Condo" in 1988, with Cambodian folk artists and punk rockers; in 1991 “Louis Lou I – A Revolting Musical”,a re-telling of the French Revolution using Frank Sinatra's songs. In 1994 they created "Flaming Saddles" alongside the Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus.
In 1996 Young@Heart's chorus performed in
Rotterdamand did twelve more tours in Europe, Australia and Canada between 1997and 2004.
The group was filmed for a
documentary filmshown on Britain's Channel 4in 2007. A feature-length version of the documentary was released in April 2008by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
* [http://www.youngatheartchorus.com Official website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u6k-99qcCE YouTube: Young@Heart sing "Fix You" by Coldplay]
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