The London staging will begin previews at the New Players Theatre March 3 with an official opening March 6. The limited engagement will run through April 6.
Also in the cast are the previously announced Frances Ruffelle (original Eponine in Les Miserables in London who subsequently won the Tony Award for re-creating that performance on Broadway, and recently returned for another of several stints as Roxie Hart in Chicago), Louise Dearman (Sarah Brown of the West End's recent Guys and Dolls), Gareth Snook (of the Donmar's Company and Assassins and the West End companies of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard), Simon Thomas (who'll appear in the West End's Marguerite in May) and Ian H. Watkins (of the pop group Steps, who has appeared in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
Triplett was most recently seen onstage in the Menier Chocolate Factory's premiere production of Maltby and Shire's Take Flight. Her many West End credits include appearances in the original London casts of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Drury Lane), Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), Jolson (Victoria Palace) and Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). She has also appeared in revivals of Grease (Dominion Theatre) and took over as Grizabella in Cats (New London Theatre). For the National Theatre, she appeared as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, which subsequently transferred to the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the premiere of The Villain's Opera. Amongst her numerous regional credits, she appeared in the world premiere of the notorious musical Carrie for the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon, subsequently transferring with it for its short-lived Broadway bow.
Make Me a Song features songs from Finn's Tony Award- winning Best Score for Falettos and his most recent Broadway show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as A New Brain and more rarely heard songs from Romance in Hard Times, his song cycle Elegies and the yet-to-be-produced The Royal Family.
Make Me a Song is conceived by Rob Ruggiero, who also directed the original bow of the show at Hartford's Theatreworks in 2006 before it moved to Off-Broadway's New World Stages last year. The London production will be newly staged by Andrew MacBean with musical direction by Matthew Brind. The New Players Theatre is located in the Arches off Villiers Street, below Charing Cross station, London WC2. For tickets call 08444 771000 or visit www.makemeasongthemusical.co.uk.