A spokesperson for the West End production confirmed that Webb, a fixture on the London theatrical scene for over 30 years, will play Mrs. Meers at least two performances a week in the Tony-winning musical. Maureen Lipman is contracted to play the role of the white slave trader six times a week. The alternating schedule was arranged to allow Lipman time to care for her husband, writer Jack Rosenthal, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Marti Webb is one of the leading musical theatre actresses in London, having performed in West End productions of Divorce Me Darling, Song & Dance, Cats, Evita, Godspell, The Card, Half a Sixpence and Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. Her solo recordings are numerous, including "Marti Webb: Performance," "I Won't Change Places," "If You Leave Me Now," "Marti Webb Sings Gershwin" and "Tell Me On a Sunday." Webb recently completed a tour as Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
Starring Amanda Holden in the title role, the London production of Thoroughly Modern Millie begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre Oct. 11. The official opening of the Jeanine Tesori-Dick Scanlan Richard Morris musical is set for Oct. 21.