The show began life in 1995 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and via a stint at The Queen’s Theatre in 1998, took up residence for two years in a club under London Bridge’s arches.
Saucy Jack's most recent season opened at the West End’s The Venue Dec. 6, 2005, and was originally booking until Feb. 18, 2006.
With a book by Charlotte Mann, who co-wrote the lyrics with director Michael Fidler, the musical’s humor mines an everlasting seam of double (and single) entendres. Set in the eponymous Saucy Jack’s cabaret bar on the planet Frottage 3, a series of murders by the Slingback Killer, whose victims are found with the heel of a sequined shoe buried in their chests, prompts an investigation by the (equally eponymous) Space Vixens who save the day through the Power of Disco. The music is composed by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest.
With characters such as Willhelm von Whackoff, Chesty Prospects and Jubilee Climax (Tozer), the show was originally conceived for audiences more at home in bars and clubs than in a proscenium arch theatre.
No further productions have been confirmed for The Venue, which in Jan. 2002 hosted the West End premiere of Boy George’s musical Taboo before the show’s Broadway transfer to The Plymouth Theatre in October 2003.