Saturday, 9 October 2010, 5.00pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This production is an adaptation of the classic Brazilian show Pobre Menina Rica and features twelve songs composed by two of the founders of the Bossa Nova movement, Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes. The show was first staged in 1963 and reflects the contradictions of Brazil at the time, a period that is seen as Brazil’s ‘Golden Years’. It is performed and sung in English, whilst maintaining its Brazilian charm with interferences in Portuguese.

The performance will be preceded by talks.


5.00pm – 6.00pm ‘Bossa Nova: The Emperor’s New Clothes’, Dr Aquiles Alencar-Brayner (British Library)

6.00pm – 7.00pm ‘Suspended Time and Utopia in Bossa Nova’, Professor David Treece (King’s College, London)

7.00pm – 7.30pm Interval

7.30pm – 8.15pm Poor Little Rich Girl

Written by Vinicius de Moraes

Songs by Carlos Lyra & Vinicius de Moraes

Directed by Franko Figueiredo

Musical director: Gui Tavares

Performers: Maria O’Connell (voice) Rogerio Correa (voice) Gui Tavares (voice and guitar) Uira Cairo (percussion)

8.15pm – 9.00pm Drinks reception

This event is free and open to all

Please click on Vinicius poster to download a copy