In press materials, Both Sides Now is described as an "intimate and highly entertaining programme of songs and anecdotes from the extraordinary career of one Britain's leading actresses." Phillips debuted her one-woman show, which contains an eclectic mixture of Weill, Rodgers and Hart, Coward and Sondheim through to contemporary material from Billy Joel and Joni Mitchell, in Israel over ten years ago following international success with her Tony-nominated performance in the title role of Marlene, which she took to Broadway's Cort Theatre in 1999 after a West End run at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in 1997. She has since performed the program in New York, Paris and as part of the Divas at the Donmar, where her opening night — on Sept. 11, 2001 — was preceded by a one-minute silence for the victims of the attacks on America that day. Phillips is accompanied by Kevin Amos on piano.
Phillips was last seen in the West End playing Jessie in the original company of the stage version of Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward Theatre from April to July this year, after previously playing the role in its original Chichester Festival Theatre season in September 2008 and the subsequent national tour. She was last seen on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre) and Off-Broadway in Paul Rudnick's Regrets Only (Manhattan Theatre Club). Recent U.K. stage appearances include The Dark (Donmar Warehouse) and Great Expectations (RSC). In musical theatre, she has also appeared in West End productions of Pal Joey and Gigi and also played Madame Armfeldt in the National's revival of A Little Night Music in 1995, opposite Judi Dench as her daughter Desiree. In June 2000 she was awarded a CBE, and in 2007 she recorded spoken word on Rufus Wainwright's album "Release the Stars."
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