Marshall Fisher has been faithfully digging up musical relics and putting them on display for 15 years now. He has uncovered more than 70 shows and employed around 1,500 actors, including stars such as Janie Dee, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tim Flavin, Desmond Barrit, Joanna Riding and Denis Quilley. Next year, however, will see a new residency at Sadler's Wells.
The new season will begin with Fanny, with book by Joshua Logan (South Pacific) and S. N. Behrman, and music and lyrics by Harold Rome. The show, a hit on Broadway in 1954 and the first Broadway show to be produced by David Merrick, is a dramatic comedy set in Marseilles. It originally starred Ezio Pinza and features songs such as "Restless Heart," "Welcome Home" and "Be Kind to Your Parents." Performances will play at 4 PM on Sundays March 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Cole Porter's last show, Silk Stockings, played Broadway in 1957 (it was also turned into a movie, but has never been professionally produced in England) and was based on the film "Ninotchka." With a book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows, it satirizes Hollywood and Communism. The song list includes "All of You," "Paris Loves Lovers" and "Silk and Satin." That plays at 4 PM on Sundays May 22, 29 and June 5 and 12.
The "new" Sondheim is Evening Primrose. With a book by James Goldman (who also co-wrote Sondheim's Follies), the show was a 1967 television project that starred Anthony Perkins. About a poet, Charles, who seeks to escape the world by living in a department store — where he falls for a mannequin — Evening Primrose has not, according to a press release, been performed since it was first broadcast. Songs include "Take Me to the World," "If You Can Find Me I'm Here," "I Remember" and "When." Performances are on Sundays July 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Casting is expected to be announced around January 2005. For more information, call (0)870 737 7737.