By Mark Shenton
06 Mar 2008
The cast boasts Sally Ann Triplett (recently seen in Take Flight at the Menier Chocolate Factory and as Reno Sweeney in the revival of Anything Goes at the National, and subsequently the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 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).
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 is 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.