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In 1962 Stop the World moved to Broadway where, produced by David Merrick who had bought the American rights while it had been trying out in Nottingham ("I felt no need to wait and see if it would be a hit in London - I had been thoroughly entertained and absorbed by the freshness of conception shown by its authors"), it ran for over 500 performances.
Both the London and New York productions were directed by Newley, of whom Merrick was to write, "I have no doubts at all that Mr Newley is going to enjoy widespread and durable success in America.
"I'm not a trained musician or singer," he once said, "but I can turn out a song." Born in Hackney, east London, in 1931, he left school at the age of 14.
"The saddest thing about myself," he later said, "is that I never read a book.
It was in 1955 that he was able to display just how versatile he was when he starred with Annie Ross in the musical revue Cranks at the small club theatre the New Watergate.
ONE OF Britain's most distinctive talents, Anthony Newley was an actor, singer, composer and writer who had his first starring role in films at the age of 16, composed hit musicals and songs, topped the hit parade himself as a pop star, played everything from romantic leads to quirky character roles in movies, starred on both the West End and Broadway stages, and became a favourite of cabaret audiences from New York to Las Vegas.
His elongated Cockney vowel sounds made his voice an unmistakable one which people either loved or hated.
A turning point came with a literally star-making role in the low-budget musical film Idle on Parade (1959) in which Newley played a rock 'n' roll star inducted into the Army (in America the film was called Idol on Parade).
One of his numbers in the film, "I've Waited So Long" (composed by Jerry Lordan) became a pop sensation and overnight Newley found himself a teenage heart-throb.