Peter Noone to bring classic hits, stage presence to The Maryland Theatre
The sounds of the 1960s will fill The Maryland Theatre when Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits take the stage on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer, who has been performing for audiences nearly his entire life. He was born in Manchester, England, where he studied voice and acting at St. Bede’s College and the Manchester School of Music and Drama.
Noone started out his entertainment career as a child actor. He played the role of Stanley Fairclough in the long-running British soap opera “Coronation Street.” He was also featured in the television series “Knight Errant,” “Family Solicitor” and “Monro’s Saki Stories.”
But music was always in his blood thanks to growing up with a musical family. He said he grew up before television and whenever his family would get together they would make music together, his family members would play instruments and he would sing.
“All the people from the British invasion had that experience and I think that really shaped all of us,” Noone said.
At the age of 15, Noone achieved international fame as Herman, lead singer of the legendary pop band Herman’s Hermits.
“From the early days, my hobby was music, and then it turned into my career and everything I’ve ever done is now represented on the stage when I perform,” Noone said.
His classic hits include: “I’m into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Wonderful World,” “Just a Little Bit Better,” “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “A Must to Avoid,” “Listen People,” “No Milk Today,” “The End of the World,” “Leaning on a Lamp Post,” and “Dandy.”
Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold more than 52 million recordings. In all, 14 singles and seven albums went gold.
“I think I was lucky. When I was a kid, I had very good taste in music and the songs I recorded with Herman’s Hermits and the songs we sang have held up and stood the test of time. You can still sing them all today without any embarrassment,” Noone said.
As Herman, the photogenic Noone graced the cover of nearly every international publication including Time Magazine. He performed on hundreds of television shows and appeared with such luminaries as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye.
The Stanislavski Method-trained actor had great success on film and on stage as well. He was cast as the Duke of Cheshire in ABC’s musical version of “The Canterville Ghost.” Soon thereafter, he portrayed the title role in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Pinocchio.” He also starred in three successful feature films, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “Hold On!” and “When the Boys Meet the Girls.”
He achieved success on stage. Noone took on leading roles in “Dick Wittington,” “Aladdin” and “Sinbad The Sailor.” In “The Pirates of Penzance” he played Frederic both on Broadway and at the world-famous Drury Lane Theatre in London.
Peter’s acting career flourished with guest-starring roles in prime-time television series such as: “Married With Children,” “My Two Dads,” “Dave’s World,” “Easy Street,” “Too Close For Comfort,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Quantum Leap.”
The 1990s found Peter embarking on a four-year stint as the host of VH1’s “My Generation.” More recently, he was featured in the recurring role of Paddington on the CBS daytime drama, “As The World Turns.” He also has a weekly show on Sirius XM radio Channel 6, called “60s on 6,” which airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year, and his audiences span the generations.
Noone said one of the reasons the show is popular is due to the music.
“All of the songs from the ‘60s seem to be refreshing and they bring back pleasant memories. It’s all reminiscent of a time when it was a happier time and we didn’t have 24-hour news,” Noone said.
The singer said he always starts with “I’m Into Something Good” and ends the show with “There’s a Kind of Hush.”
He said while everyone in the audience always sings along with “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” it is “There’s a Kind of Hush” that always gets the biggest reaction from the audience.
“When I start it, they all start to sing it,” Noone said. “When musicians come to see me perform they are always surprised at the effect that song has on the audience.”
Noone said he always enjoys performing in the Hagerstown area.
“That part of America was always the best part of America for Herman’s Hermits to play from the very beginning. Baltimore and Pennsylvania was our major market,” Noone said. “A lot of people in our fan club live within 100 miles of Hagerstown.”
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $44.50 to $34.50 and can be purchased online at www.mdtheatre.org.