Although press reports have made the closure sound imminent, a press representative for the show insists that the closure will happen in October, with the current booking period set to finish Oct. 9. Since previews started October 15, 2003, the show is likely to make its first birthday before closing up shop at the Victoria Palace. At a time when plenty of London shows are closing, neither the show’s catalogue of Rod Stewart numbers (including “Maggie May”, “Do Think I’m Sexy” and “We Are Sailing”), nor the fact that Ben Elton (whose other pop catalogue musical, We Will Rock You, featuring the songs of Queen, is still strutting its stuff at the Dominion Theatre more than two years later) wrote the book could save it, and mostly dreadful reviews will not have helped.
The production is directed by Elton, with designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Mark Hendersen, choreography by Stephen Mear and musical supervision by Gareth Valentine. The cast includes Tim Howar (as the man who make a deal with the devil to swap souls with Rod Stewart), Dianne Pilkington, Hannah Waddingham and Mike McKell.
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