The Songs That Got Away
22 - 24 September 2022
His Majesty's Theatre, Downstairs at The Maj

The Songs That Got Away

22 - 24 September 2022 His Majesty's Theatre, Downstairs at The Maj Buy tickets
Presented by His Majesty's Theatre
Part of the Downstairs at The Maj 2022 Season

Take a stroll to 1930’s Manhattan and pull up a chair at the Cotton Club.

The music of Harold Arlen drifts in and reigns supreme. He gave the world 'Stormy Weather', 'That Ol’ Black Magic', 'Get Happy', 'Paper Moon', 'Blues in the Night', 'One for my Baby', and the most recorded song of all time 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'. These songs that have seeped into our consciousness and remain universally loved, but the man who wrote these songs remained an enigma, while the women who sang them became household names.

Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, and of course Judy Garland. All championed by Arlen, and associated with his music. He quietly fought against prejudice, poverty and limitation in segregated America, whilst writing some of the most loved music of all time. This is his story and theirs.

Acclaimed artist Johanna Allen, accompanied by Mark Simeon Ferguson, gives you a musical play based on the life of Harold Arlen, featuring his most famous standards and showtunes.

"She takes us back in time using only her hypnotic voice and extraordinary acting range. This hardened critic blubbered. Perfection" - The Age

"She takes the audience on a time travelling expedition back to the Cotton Club in 1930s Harlem. From Ethel Waters to Judy Garland and even Arlen’s wife and parents, the performance seamlessly weaves between songs, with inspired re inventions of classic songs, threaded together by a superbly executed narrative. 5 stars" - Broadway World

"Unforgettable, ageless songs. … Johanna Allen has written a savvy script, loaded with the stories behind the them, delivered with the skill and artistry of a thoroughly trained and unshakeably confident singer.… ‘This is near genius. 5 stars" - The Advertiser.

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.


  • $47.00 Admit
  • $55.00 Admit + Wine
  • $63.00 Admit + Grazing Plate
  • $71.00 Admit + Wine + Grazing Plate

Downstairs at The Maj VIPs and Candlelight Club Members

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  • $42.00 Admit
  • $50.00 Admit + Wine
  • $58.00 Admit + Grazing Plate
  • $66.00 Admit + Wine + Grazing Plate

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See three shows and save $2 per ticket or see four or more shows and save $5 per ticket. All discount pricing applied in cart. 

  • $45.00 Admit 3 shows
  • $42.00 Admit 4+ shows
  • $40.00 VIP/Candlelight Club Admit 3 shows
  • $37.00 VIP/Candlelight Club Admit 4+ shows

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