Tony Winner Frances Ruffelle to Bring Hit Edinburgh Show to London's West End

News   Tony Winner Frances Ruffelle to Bring Hit Edinburgh Show to London's West End Frances Ruffelle, who created the role of Eponine in the original productions of Les Misérables at the Barbican, then the West End and on Broadway, where she won a Tony Award for her performance, will bring her one-woman show, Frances Ruffelle: Beneath the Dress, to the West End's Garrick Theatre for one night only, Sept. 12.

She will be accompanied by a six-piece band, led by musical director David Barber.

The show is devised by Ruffelle and Matt Ryan, directed by Paul Baker and Ryan, and produced by Neil Eckersley and Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment and Stuart Piper & Jon Bath for Cole Kitchenn. It was originally produced by Danielle Tarrento.

Design is by John Risebero, lighting design is by Mike Robertson and sound design is by James Tebb.

The show draws on Ruffelle's musical influences from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill to some lesser-known writers. She was last seen in the West End as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Other West End roles include the original production of Starlight Express (playing Dinah), creating the role of Yonah in the original West End production of Stephen Schwartz's musical Children of Eden and Apples at the Royal Court. She has performed concerts in London with the Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and has played sell-out gigs at London's Ronnie Scott's with her Big Band. She has also produced four solo albums, and represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with her hit song "Lonely Symphony." She launches her new solo album, "Imperfectly Me" on Sept. 13. At the end of 2010, she will be starring in Songs from a Hotel Bedroom at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4662, or visit www.beneaththedress.com for more details.

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