NEWS: Fifties musical Forever Plaid runs at St James in April

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One of the most popular and successful musicals in America and now performed internationally to great acclaim, Forever Plaid, comes to St James Theatre Studio for a three-week run from the producing team behind recent Studio hits Jerry’s Girls, Marry Me a Little and Miss-Leading Ladies. Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James present the show, directed and staged by Grant Murphy, with lighting design by Ben Rogers. It runs 5 to 25 April 2016.

Join the boys of Forever Plaid on a humorous ‘heavenly’ journey through some of the greatest close-harmony songs of the 50’s. With one final chance to give the concert they never gave, The Plaids sing nostalgic hits Rags To Riches, Love Is A Many Splendid Thing, Catch A Falling Star, Three Coins In A Fountain and many more – all in glorious harmony with patter that will keep any audience rolling in the aisles.

Forever Plaid was first performed off-Broadway in 1990 and continues to be performed internationally. It was made into a film in 2008. This production is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James, the producing team behind previous Studio hits Jerry Girl’s, Marry Me a Little and Miss-Leading Ladies.

Cast and further creative details are to be announced.

Director Grant Murphy trained at Arts Educational School on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship. Directing includes When Midnight Strikes (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Gangsters of Love (Charing Cross Theatre). He was an Associate Director on Saturday Night Fever (UK tour) and Assistant Director on Guys and Dolls (Cadogan Hall).

Aria Entertainment was founded in 2012 by producer Katy Lipson. Recent productions include Seasons Of Larson (Lyric Theatre), See What I Wanna See (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), Miss-Leading Ladies (St. James Studio), Bette Midler And Me (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Tour), The House of Mirrors & Hearts (Arcola Theatre), The Jewish Legends (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Portia Coughlan and The Verb, ‘To Love’ (Old Red Lion Theatre), Jerry’s Girls (St. James Studio and subsequent transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre), Marry Me A Little (St. James Studio), The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), RAGS The Musical – In Concert (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue). Other productions include The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and The Secret Garden (UK Tour). Katy also launched the From Page to Stage season of new musicals. She has produced three seasons to date, each of which showcased 8 new musicals. The next season is planned for Autumn 2016. Current projects include the revival of Jule Styne, Don Black and Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy and The Great Jewish American Songbook.

Guy James’s producing credits include Seasons of Larson (Lyric Theatre), Lonely Robot (Scala, London), The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre Studio and subsequent transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre), When Midnight Strikes (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Finborough), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Landor), The Fantastiks (Pentameters), Walking on Sunshine (UK No. 1 Tour) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Aladdin (Shaw Theatre)

 

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.
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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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