But he is likely to be best known for co-writing and starring in the hit musicals Stop The World, I Want To Get Off and The Roar of The Greasepaint
, The Smell of the Crowd and a number of best-selling hit singles, including What Kind Of Fool Am I?, The Candy Man and Goldfinger.
"Starlight aims to introduce budding performers into the world of theatre, and we pride ourselves on providing a pathway into the bigger amateur dramatic companies, such as LAOS, ESNA, CTC Presents and Greasepaint
But now six city youngsters can almost smell the greasepaint
after being chosen to take part in a pioneering scheme involving Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
1983 - 5 Buck House, Churchfield Boy, Greasepaint
, Bit Of A Skite, Eliogarty.
Jenny Pitman becomes the first woman to train the winner of the Grand National when Corbiere, ridden by Ben de Haan, just gets the better of the Irish-trained Greasepaint
. Mrs Pitman's then husband Richard was pipped on Crisp in the year of Red Rum's first Grand National victory ten years earlier.
Since Michael Cunningham won both the Kim Muir (with Greasepaint
) and the Grand Annual (Churchfield Boy) 19 years ago, the only Irish horse to win a Festival handicap chase has been Space Trucker in the Grand Annual of 1999.
Which is why he is happy to spend ages slapping on the greasepaint
for his role as a panto dame.
When I marked my ballot paper I voted for someone who would make sure my bins were emptied, not someone who yearned for the smell of the greasepaint
and the roar of the crowd.
So he defied Hull council guidelines and daubed on the greasepaint
before continuing with his rendition of Mammy - the song made famous by a "blacked up" Jolson, one of the world's most famous entertainers, in the first talking picture The Jazz Singer in 1927.
But the battle for power at Goodison has proved Kenwright has the guts for a fight as well as a nose for the greasepaint
Cunningham, still going strong at his base near Navan, has also trained top Flat and jumping horses like Cairn Rouge and Greasepaint
. For Auction was third in the 1983 Champion but was killed in a fall at Fairyhouse in 1986.
But when the opportunity arose to slap on the greasepaint
, strap on stilettos and pull that glittering gown over an immaculately coiffured wig, he jumped at the chance.