Connie Fisher to Star in New Production of Wonderful Town at U.K.'s Lowry, Salford in April 2012

News   Connie Fisher to Star in New Production of Wonderful Town at U.K.'s Lowry, Salford in April 2012 Connie Fisher will lead the cast of a new production of the Bernstein, Comden and Green classic Wonderful Town that sees three leading U.K. arts institutions uniting for the first time to present. Performances begin March 31, 2012, prior to an official opening April 4, at the Lowry in Salford, who are presenting it in collaboration with The Hallé Orchestra and Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. It will run through April 14, 2012.

Connie Fisher
Connie Fisher

Fisher, who will play Ruth Sherwood, is best known for winning the public vote for "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," the first BBC TV reality TV casting competition used to find the lead for the 2006 London production of The Sound of Music. She recently won the 2011 MEN Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Visiting Production for reprising the role of Maria in the recent national tour of that show. She has also appeared in They're Playing Our Song at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, and her TV credits include ITV's "Caught in a Trap" and BBC's "The Omid Djalili Show." She has released two solo albums, "Favourite Things" and "Secret Love."

In a press statement, Fisher commented, "I have always enjoyed playing comedy and the part of Ruth is such a great comic role. As if that opportunity wasn't great enough, I also get to sing with the Hallé and work at The Lowry! Awesome!! I've always wanted to follow in Maureen Lipman's footsteps so here's my chance..." (She was referring to the fact that the role was last played on the London stage by Lipman in a revival that ran at the Queen's Theatre in the 1980s.) The show was first staged on Broadway in 1953, where it ran for 559 performances and won five Tony Awards. The last Broadway revival, starring Donna Murphy, ran in 2003.

This fully staged production will be directed by Braham Murray OBE, joint artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre. In a press statement, he commented, "To do a great musical, with a great orchestra and a great conductor is a dream come true. There is only one word to describe it – wonderful!"

The Hallé will be conducted by its  music director, Sir Mark Elder CBE, who commented, "Manchester and Salford are leading the way in artistic collaboration. Leonard Bernstein’s magnificent work will get what it deserves – a great orchestra performing a great score as part of a great production."

Wonderful Town will be produced by Kenny Wax. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0843 208 6005, or visit www.thelowry.com/wonderfultown.

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