Musical Version of "Desperately Seeking Susan" Heading for London's West End

News   Musical Version of "Desperately Seeking Susan" Heading for London's West End Producer Mark Rubenstein has confirmed to Playbill.com that a musical version of the film "Desperately Seeking Susan" is planned for a West End mounting in autumn 2007.

The show, adapted by the writer, director and actor Peter Michael Marino, will feature the music of the post-punk band Blondie. Angus Jackson will direct.

Casting for the show, which was workshopped in London earlier this month and in New York a year ago, has not been confirmed. "But we are delighted with the cast we had with the workshop, with Emma Williams (A Model Girl) playing Susan and Kelly Price (Guys and Dolls) playing Roberta,” said Rubenstein.

The story centers on Roberta, played by Rosanna Arquette in the 1985 movie, a bored suburban housewife who finds adventure through the personal ads and her friendship with Susan, a New York City drifter played by Madonna.

The show features such Blondie hits as “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me” and “Rapture.” For the production Blondie’s Debby Harry has written another song called “Moment of Truth.”

"Debbie has been very supportive of the show," said Rubenstein, who is co-producing with Susan Gallin, Ron Kastner and Old Vic Productions.