A Sentimental Journey, Based on the Life of Doris Day, to Transfer to London's Wilton's Music Hall

News   A Sentimental Journey, Based on the Life of Doris Day, to Transfer to London's Wilton's Music Hall
 
A Sentimental Journey, a musical play by Adam Rolston that tells the story of Doris Day, is to transfer to London's Wilton's Music Hall for a four-week season, beginning performances March 9, prior to an official opening March 11, and running through April 4. It originally received its world premiere at the Mill at Sonning, a regional theatre near Reading in Berkshire, where it played as sell-out eight-week season that began last February.

According to press materials, Day was a vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, who was able to sing, dance, play comedy and dramatic roles with equal dexterity, who became one of the biggest box-office stars in the world. But behind the screen, there was a story that rivaled any script Hollywood could ever dream up. At 13, a car accident threatened to end her dancing career. By 17, she was married to a psychopathic bully. When her third husband died, a man she had been married to for 17 years, she discovered he had left her with a debt of half a million dollars.

Musical numbers that will be featured include "The Deadwood Stage," "Secret Love," "Little Girl Blue," "Day By Day," "Que Sera Sera," "It's Magic" and "Young At Heart."

The cast includes Sally Hughes as Doris Day, with Ian McLarnon (Terry), Elizabeth Elvin (Alma Kappelhoff) and Mark Halliday (Marty Melcher). It is directed by Alvin Rakoff, with choreography by Joseph Pitcher musical director Jo Stewart, design by Eileen Diss, costumes by Jane Kidd and lighting by Filippo Capitani.

Hughes has been the artistic director of the Mill at Sonning since 1984, where she has appeared in Dames at Sea and Too Marvellous For Words, among others. Director Rakoff has directed a dozen feature films and over 100 TV films, twice winning Emmy Awards for "A Voyage Round My Father" and "Call Me Daddy."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7702 2789, or visit www.wiltons.org.uk.

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