Tony Winner Frances Ruffelle to Star in Songs from a Hotel Room, Featuring Songs of Kurt Weill

News   Tony Winner Frances Ruffelle to Star in Songs from a Hotel Room, Featuring Songs of Kurt Weill
 
Frances Ruffelle, who created the role of Eponine in the original London production of Les Miserables and won the Tony Award for re-creating her performance in the Broadway transfer, will star in Songs from a Hotel Room, a new work of choreographic music theatre featuring the songs of Kurt Weill.

Frances Ruffelle
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It will premiere at Watford Palace Theatre Oct. 14, for a run through Oct. 16, then travel to Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre (Oct. 20-23), before coming to the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre in London (Nov. 4-6). The show, directed and choreographed by Kate Flatt, has musical direction by James Holmes and also features Nigel Richards. A Segue, New Wolsey Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre co-production, it was commissioned by ROH2 The Royal Opera House.

Set in 1949 in the noir atmosphere of post-war New York City, Songs from a Hotel Bedroom tells the story of a tragic love affair between a cabaret singer Angélique Picard (Ruffelle) and a songwriter (Richards). It unfolds against a backdrop of bittersweet love songs written by Kurt Weill after he emigrated from Germany to America during in the 1920s, subsequently becoming one of America's greatest composers for the stage. Songs such as "September Song," "You're Far Too Near Me" (lyrics by Ira Gershwin) and "I’m A Stranger Here Myself" are performed by Ruffelle and Richards, accompanied by a seven-piece band. Against this musical backdrop, two tango dancers shimmer and sway, lending an air of sensuality to the action.

In addition to Les Miserables, Ruffelle's other West End credits include originating the role of Dinah in Starlight Express, and playing Roxie Hart in Chicago. She has released five solo albums. Richards toured in Bob Wilson's production of Tom Waits' The Black Rider and his debut album, "A Shining Truth," was released in 2009. Flatt has been choreographer and movement director for Les Miserables, and worked extensively at the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and for BBC-TV. Rowe is artistic director of Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre.

To book tickets for Watford, contact the box office on 01923 225 671, or visit www.watfordtheatre.co.uk; for Ipswich, 01473 295 900 or visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk; for London, 020 7304 4000 or visit www.roh.org.uk.

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