Me and My Girl’s politics may be of the dark ages – but its ability to put grins on faces and set toes tapping is the mark of a modern show that knows how to please its audience.
Long-running New York spoof Ruthless! The Musical opens in March at the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 14-week run. Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s award-winning all-female character ‘camp killer cult classic’ has played Off-Broadway over the past 25 years. The new UK production, directed by Richard Fitch, will run at the Arts Theatre from 16 March to 23 June 2018, with a press night …
Dan Burton who plays Sawyer’s love interest Billy Lawlor is another of Mear’s regular ingénues, last seen in the West End’s Gypsy. Arguably the best of his generation in musical theatre dance, Burton has a grace in his movement that has to be seen to be believed alongside perfectly pitched, mellifluous vocals. Other Brits in the cast include Alexander Hanson, Ria Jones and Jenny Dale.
A concert of this sort – large numbers of quite well known people along with full backstage back-up giving their services for charity (Esther Rantzen’s Silver Line) on a Sunday evening usually succeeds on adrenaline and goodwill and this one was no exception. With people such as Nicholas Parsons, Sally Ann Triplett and Michael Xavier on stage, you can’t really go too far wrong.