A 1991 film version, Frankie and Johnnie
, starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Hers is one in a long line of comic works Whitener has brought into the KCB repertoire, such as de Mille's Rodeo and Debut at the Opera, Tudor's Gala Performance, Ruth Page's Frankie and Johnnie
, and Balanchine's Renard.
The compositions comprising this enthusiastically recommended trilogy of instruction books range from After You've Gone; and Ain't She Sweet; to Frankie and Johnnie
; Tico Tico; Bye Bye Blackbird; Billy Bailey, and so many more.
And when compared with last summer's behemoths ("Hairspray" and "Frankie and Johnnie
"), it continues to be a pipsqueak.
We brought Frankie and Johnnie
together at our gala concert for Kosovo.
Bassist Paul Bridge and drummer Adrian Macintosh well to the fore on a cracking Frankie and Johnnie
, and a haunting Creole love call, with Humph on clarinet, rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable evening of old time but invariably fresh sounding jazz.
Georgie Fame did put one name at the top of the band's list of inspirational musical forebears, and if you didn't know better, you might have sworn you'd just seen the late Lonnie Donegan perform his first recorded song Frankie and Johnnie
( surprise guest, his son Peter, giving out all the energy of the man himself.