The show, on Oct. 2 at 7:30 PM, is aimed to entice investors for a full stage production which, it is hoped, will make its West End bow in 2006. The show is distinct from the Broadway musical Little Women, which has just announced its imminent closure in New York. The London show is by the British composer and lyricist Lionel Segal, whose other stage musicals include World in My Pocket and The Pied Piper. The book is by Segal and Peter Layton. Gillian Gregory (who won a Tony for Me and My Girl on Broadway) will direct, with Sandi Toksvig as narrator and Steven Edis as conductor and orchestrator.
Dave Willets became a West End leading man when he followed Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and then succeeded Michael Crawford as The Phantom of the Opera. More recently, he co-starred with Maria Friedman in Ragtime. Dillie Keane is one-third of the Fascinating Aida cabaret trio. Sandi Toksvig is a popular UK comedienne and championed “Little Women” in the BBC’s Big Read competition (to find the UK’s favorite book).
For more information, call (0)20 7494 5095, or visit www.littlewomenthemusical.co.uk.